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Archives for August, 2006

Cognitive Impairment in Diabetes

When I was in medical school, back in the mid-80′s, there was a bit of a controversy about whether “tight” glucose regulation was a good idea. Most people thought it was, but there was some concern that attempts to control the glucose too tightly could lead to increased risk of complications from getting the glucose…

We were asked to identify a film that did something positive for science.  I was not able to come up with anything, not being much of a film aficionado.  So I asked one of my contacts for ideas. My contact suggested the film, Contact, with Jodie Foster, based on a book by Carl Sagan.  …

Culture of Corruption, Part II?

I almost entitled this post “Lying to Congress, Part II,” to be congruent with my previous post, but it has not been established conclusively that anyone has lied.  All we know at this point is that information is being withheld, and it appears as though someone is lying.   From Fox News: Congressmen: Dept. of…

Is It Psychological Or Biological

About 15 years ago, I was giving a lecture on psychiatric medication to a group of MSW students.  One student asked a question that was intended to be provocative.  She asked, “how can you justify giving medication to treat a problem that is obviously psychological in origin, like posttraumatic stress disorder?” What she was referring…

Near Guadalupe Mountains

So, I lied, just one more…

Carlsbad

OK, we’re home, and I will stop cluttering up SB bandwidth with travel photos soon.  But just one more… That’s it for now.

What Is This?

Hint: It is literally a hands-on exhibit in a Farm and Ranch museum.

There is no excuse for this

There is no excuse for this. Thanks to the Open Voting Foundation, we now know that the Diebold TS (paperless touch screen voting machine) can be booted from flash memory, bypassing the BIOS that was tested and approved. This can be done without a trace. There is no way to know after an election has…

I just finished reading a news release pertaining to a finding in psychiatric genetics.  I was prepared to be irritated, but was pleased instead. New genetic findings add to understanding of obsessive-compulsive disorder Kara Gavin July 26, 2006 ANN ARBOR, MI – Obsessive-compulsive disorder tends to run in families, causing members of several generations to…

I Should Have Been A Herpetologist

This is a New Mexico Whiptail (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus).   It was found near the roadrunner: The roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) normally would eat the lizard.  This specimen, however, is composed entirely of found objects.  That is, it is made of trash collected from the city dump, by artist Olin S. Calk.  It is located at exit…