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Archives for December, 2006

Fish Oil in Pregnancy: What it Means

I’ve been following the fish oil story for a while, ever since a small study in 1999 showed potential benefit in patients with bipolar disorder.  The theoretical basis for the study was that omega-3 fatty acids alter neurotransmission in a way that is similar to lithium and valproic acid.  A recent review in Am J…

The  reason it is interesting, is that it is unexpected, to me at least.  I’m always curious when it turns out that something known to affect one bodily system turns out to have an effect somewhere else. Enalapril is a drug used to treat high blood pressure.  It works by slowing the action of an…

Dumbest CME Question Ever

This was one of those snap quizzes, where you read an article, answer a couple questions, and get 0.25 CME credits. It had to do with biomarkers for cardiac risk.  After plowing through a ton of obscure information about CRP, urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio, and things like that, I get to the test questions: A 65-year-old…

Border’s Bugs Me

So, here I go into Border’s last night. Spend $95. Everyone is happy. Then this morning, I get up and they’ve sent me an email, with a coupon: $20 off a $100 purchase, before 12/24. It came in at 1:27 AM, about six hours too late.

Michael Crichton Gets His

PZ’s post on Crichton reminded me to point this out.  For those of you who don’t know, Michael Crichton got kind of nasty, paying back a critic by making up a character in a book.  The made-up character had just enough similarity to let us know who he was getting back at.  Details are here.…

More Antibiotic Resistance Problems

A hospital in the UK has reported an outbreak of nasty MRSA infections.  This time, the organisms are the PVL-producing MRSA. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  PVL stands for Panton-Valentine leukocidin.  PVL is a toxin produced by the bacteria.  As the name suggests, it kills white blood cells.   PVL: New strain of superbug…

Omega-3 To Improve Sex Life?

Psychiatrists sometimes try to get people to take omega-3 fatty acids, in order to reduce symptoms of mood disorders.   Although the evidence is not rock-solid, it is fairly good.  There is no evidence that it can hurt, and some evidence that it can help with cardiovascular health.  I’ve mentioned all that before.  But I’ve…

It Is Brain Surgery

Ever hear the phrase, “well, it’s not brain surgery!”  It seems to imply that brain surgery is a tricky business, requiring a high level of knowledge and skill.  Perhaps it does.  If you have ever been curious about exactly what brain surgery entails, now you can find out.  What’s more, you can find out what…

Just Have To ShareThis:

Our system, who art on raised tile, Hallowed be thy OS. Thy portage come, thy emerge be done, On servers, as it is on workstations. Give us this day, our daily sync, And forgive us our broken ebuilds, As we forgive those who break ebuilds against us. Lead us not into dependency frustration, But deliver…

Ask A ScienceBlogger: Harsh Criticism

We were asked to describe the most notable instance of harsh criticism experienced in our professional careers, and to say whether it was helpful or harmful. Naturally, most of us are our own harshest critics, so my harshest criticism came from myself. What is odd, is the way this came about and affected me. During…