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Archives for June, 2006

There’s a brief article on Medpage Today, about a small study that suggests that improving sleep can improve the course of a particular type of headache.  (A nicety to the article is that it provides 0.25 CME’s.) They write specifically about transformed migraine, which is a kind of headache that occurs daily, with the daily…

This is a response to this week’s Ask-A-ScienceBlogger question.  I must say, it took a while to come up with a reasonable answer.  I finally settled on environmental policy. The Environmental Protection Agency was established in 1970, mostly in response to popular concern about the damage that was accumulating in the environment as a result…

Newsworthy?

I’m getting ready for work, so I won’t take the time to write about this at length.  It is just one of those things that is a bit startling and I often like to post such things.  This is from Medscape (free registration required): Could Dogs Pose a Risk Factor For Breast Cancer? Zosia Chustecka…

Psychotherapy for Infertility

Sarah Berga, et. al. presented a paper at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Prague, about the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for treatment of infertility.  It this post, I elaborate on some of the details that the mainstream media left out.  I end by speculating about what it might mean about…

Update On Spy Disclosures

Fresh from a bout with the Press regarding disclosures of spying on financial institutions, Vice-president Cheney has taken up a new cause.  The Reuters news agency has revealed operational details of yet another spy plot: Scientists seek to spy on world’s fish Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:15pm ET By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters)…

Selective Moral Outrage

I used to blog about this kind of thing fairly often.  I do it less, now, partly because so many other people are ding a fine job themselves.  This time, I am not writing in order to make a significant contribution to public debate.  Rather, I am writing it in order to feel better.

Project Mohole got underway in 1961, with undersea drilling off the Pacific coast of Mexico.  The idea was to get geological core samples from a bore hole, to learn about the nature of the Mohorovicic Discontinuity (the boundary between the earth’s crust and mantle).  The Project ended in 1966.  In 1971, our eight-grade science class was…

ADHD Resource

I got an email that I almost deleted without reading, thinking for a moment that it would be spam. It turned out not to be. Since the author appears to be well-intentioned, I’ll go ahead and post it here. He mentions some on-line resources regarding the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD. Based upon the…

The Washington Post has a mildly interesting article about Douglas M. Duncan, who just dropped out of the gubernatorial race in Maryland. Reportedly, he was diagnosed as having depression earlier in the week, then decided to withdraw. “It’s time for me to focus on my health” The decision was taken as an opportunity to discuss…

Not Sacreligious

On tonight’s edition of the PBS show, On Faith & Reason, Bill Moyers said: Religion is the continuation of politics by other means.” This was in the course of a discussion with Salman Rushdie Of course, he was not referring to religion as it is supposed to be practiced; rather, he was talking about religion…