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Archives for July, 2006

Drugs and Heat

This post on Black Triangle reminds me that it is a good idea to spread this warning, at this time of year. He notes several medications that increase the risk of heatstroke, or otherwise pose risks in heat and bright sun. Many of these are psychiatric medications. Antipsychotic medications, in particular, can increase risk of…

Being on vacation over the following two weeks, I’ve scheduled publication of some old posts. The formatting might be a little funny, but I can’t really check that ahead of time. The preview function in MT is not perfect. This one is from June, 2004…. From the newsletter, Psychiatric Times, here is a summary of…

First, Do No Harm, Part IIb

Mike, at The Questionable Authority, has a valuable perspective on what I wrote earlier, in First, Do No Harm, Part II.  He corrects some of my sloppy thinking on the matter, plus, he knows more about the subject than I do.  I replied that, even though he has more direct information than I do, I still…

This week’s Ask-a-ScienceBlogger question is: If you could have practiced science in any time and any place throughout history, which would it be, and why?… Hmmm.  I am not going to answer that question, exactly.  Instead, I will rephrase it, and answer the question that I would like to be asked.

American Scientist has an article about the potential for controlling mosquito-borne diseases, by genetically modifying the insects to make then inhospitable to malaria and dengue.  (Most of their articles are subscription-only, but this one is openly accessible.) I mention this article, because it is interesting for three reasons.   For one, mosquito-borne illnesses are a…

New Banner

Long-time readers have noticed that I tend to hype free software and resources from time to time.   After SB redesigned the skin for our blogs, I decided that I should redo the banner.  The old one was done in brown, specifically to match the old page style.  It looked dorky after the redesign. So,…

Coturnix picked up on an interesting study, which shows that “Simply asking college students who are inclined to take drugs about their illegal-drug use in a survey may increase the behavior.”  It is a finding that makes researchers nervous, presumably because they do not want to encourage such behavior. It turns out that the effect…

First, Do No Harm, Part II

I haven’t done much frank political blogging since moving to ScienceBlogs.  But this is just too provocative to pass up. Afghanistan close to anarchy, warns general · Nato commander’s view in stark contrast to ministers’ · Forces short of equipment and ‘running out of time’ Richard Norton-Taylor Saturday July 22, 2006 The Guardian The most…

Friday Nutrition Blogging

Hostess Twinkies Sushi Japanese animation, Hello Kitty, samurais, ninjas, and Sushi are really popular right now! Here”s a wild recipe that”s super easy to make and super fun to eat as a light and fruity snack! This recipe transforms the much loved Twinkie into a hip and tropical flavored treat. HT: Catty Girls Discuss blog

Gender Gap In Academic Medicine

This is from a study published in the latest NEJM: The “Gender Gap” in Authorship of Academic Medical Literature — A 35-Year Perspective [abstract/full text/editorial (subscription required for full text and editorial)]. First, the good news: During the past four decades, the participation of women in medicine has increased dramatically. Women now represent 49 percent…