The Corpus Callosum

Archives for June, 2006

What makes a good science teacher? That is the new ask-a-scienceblogger question. I am sure that there has been a lot of research into this, none of which I have read. That is why this post is categorized as an “armchair musing.” I’m going to answer this in a roundabout fashion.

Gaboxadol for Insomnia

I’ve written about this before, but now there is some new information.  Gaboxadol (THIP; 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo- [5,4-c] pyridin-3-ol) is an investigational drug being developed by Lundbeck in conjunction with Merck. gaboxadol structure (image from ChemBank) At the 2006 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, data were presented from Phase II trials of the…

TMS for Migraine

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) currently is being investigated as a treatment for major depression.  (See Psychiatry’s Shocking New Tools in IEEE Spectrum.)  Now, there is a report that it also may be useful for migraine headache.  

The title of this post is taken from the title of a USC press release, about a topic in neuroscience.  A guy at USC named Irving Biederman is studying the role of opioid (enkephalin) activity in visual perception. Actually, the title of this post is misleading.  His research is not about beauty.  Rather, it is…

I’m sitting here, wondering why in the world I wrote so much about a topic that is of no more than passing interest to me.  Perhaps if I keep writing, I will figure it out. Note: this will not make much sense unless you’ve already read Janet’s more recent post on the topic of breastfeeding,…

Tamoxifen Abuse

Sometimes, when I write about new psychotropic medication coming to market, I include a comment on the abuse potential.  For example, I’ve commented before on the relative lack of abuse potential for ramelteon (Rozerem) and modafinil (Provigil).  Usually, I end with a disclaimer: “but some people will abuse anything.” Despite that universal disclaimer, I really never…

Two Views Of Neuroscience

Back in 2004 I blogged about a study of functional neuroimaging.  That was one view: the technical/scientific side of things. Today, I got another view.  On the blog Brian Kerr, Brian wrote about a project he and some others have started: Assistive Media.  Their idea is to have volunteers read magazine articles, then make the…

Essay On Independence

Moose, Isle Royale National Park National Park Service Photo, presumed to be in public domain Sometimes I am talking to people about how they feel about taking psychiatric medication.  Commonly, they say something like this: “I would rather be able to do it myself,” or, “I don’t like being dependent on something.” Indeed, in American…

The Sunday Times in the UK is reporting on efforts to being criminal charges against a doctor who claimed that the MMR vaccine caused autism.  Millions of children went unvaccinated, and now the UK has an outbreak of measles. Continue below the fold…

Give A Man A Fish

Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.  Teach a fish to write, and humans will eat forever.   This tuna is said to have a verse from the Koran on its side: “Wallahu khayru razikiyna” (God is the greatest of all providers). HT: What Would Jesus See?   Of course,…