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Archives for October, 2006

Limbaugh Apologizes (?)

A bunch of others beat me to it (1 2 3), so I did not blog about Limbaugh’s offensive diatribe against Michael J. Fox’s advertisement.  But Limbaugh’s latests statements are sufficiently offensive that I want to take a moment to respond.  As described in the Herald Sun: Limbaugh said Fox was simply playing his latest…

For My Birthday

I want a robot vacuum cleaner that goes around the room by itself, saying “Warning! Warning! Alien Approaching!”

Now, there is another element in the controversy.  What happens if a corporation essentially buys an undue degree of influence in the formulation of treatment guidelines? Treatment guidelines have always promoted controversy in medical practice.  Most physicians like the idea of a concise guideline that is based upon empirical data and expert consensus.  But some…

Statins Prevent Lung Damage?

Nature News reports on a preliminary study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.  The study indicates that the cholesterol-lowering drugs in the statin family may protect against lung damage caused by cigarette smoking. The study, presented by Walid G. Younis, MD, consisted of data analysis of results from a…

That’s the title of an article in the New York times.  It is about clusters of illness that are discovered by people posting on the Internet.  The concern is that some of these might by “psychosomatic,” more properly known as somatoform disorders.  In the article, they describe a group of persons who believe they have…

Great Headline

The British are famous for the clever turn of the phrase, and the headline writers at the BBC are among the best. Search for least-worst option in Iraq By Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website A “helluva mess” is how the former US Secretary of State James Baker is said to have described…

Mad Magazine

I just love this cover.  I haven’t actually read the magazine in over 30 years, but this cover is a gem.

Freshman 3.63 Kg

More headline comparisons: College kids add on pounds past 1st year San Jose Mercury News,  USA – 15 hours ago AP. BOSTON – The “Freshman 15″ is more like 5 to 7, but it is followed by the “Sophomore 2 or 3,” say researchers who led two of … Freshman 15: Weighty Issues Earthtimes.org – 1 hour…

Headlines as Approximations of Truth

Here are two headlines about the same subject: Meds Help Preschoolers with ADHD Psych Central News Editor Tuesday, Oct, 17, 2006 Study warns of risks of preschool Ritalin Associated Press Posted on Fri, Oct. 20, 2006 Both articles were written about the same journal article, an NIMH-sponsored study published in the Journal of the American…

How many?

HowManyOfMe.com There are: 3 people with my name in the U.S.A. How many have your name? I knew there was at least one other.  I used to get threatening letters and phone calls from bill collectors, because he had gotten divorced, gotten stuck with his ex-wife’s Sears bill (about $750) and did not pay it.…