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Archives for April, 2007

Practice Tip Number One

Just in case you are a physician looking for a reason to avoid drug reps, you should read this article on PLOS Medicine.  It is an enlightening, if sickening, inside view of pharmaceutical sales practices. Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors Adriane Fugh-Berman*, Shahram Ahari April 24, 2007

IEEE Spectrum (free registration required) has a nice little article about devices that generate heat and electricity for the home.  This is a good idea, except for two problems: one, it is more efficient, and two, it is more reliable than the current system. Micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems eliminate the inefficiency that is…

It is not often that retired NFL players get published in medical journals, but apparently it does happen.   Eric Hipple, formerly a quarterback for the Detroit Lions, has an article in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  Granted, he is the fourth or four authors, but it is still impressive. Depression and Pain…

Yet Another Annoyance

April 26, 2007 Dr. Joseph ***** **** * ******* St Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 Dear Dr. *****: Thank you for contacting me regarding the impeachment of Vice President Cheney. I appreciate hearing from you. As you know, impeachment is a very serious matter. The Constitution sets forth the general principles which control the procedural aspects…

OK, I turned on the TV, in all its 12-inch glory, and watched the show.  It is as good as any articles of impeachment will ever be.   Money quotes, from the transcript: BILL MOYERS: It didn’t make sense to Simon that the dictator would trust islamic terrorists. BOB SIMON: Saddam as most tyrants, was…

Panda Intimacy

From LA Times: The San Diego Zoo’s male giant panda, Gao Gao, nips at female panda Bai Yun’s back. The two adult giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo mated Tuesday, zoo officials announced, raising hopes of an offspring this summer. (Ken Bohn / Zoological Society of San Diego) I never can resist a good…

McGovern on Cheney

George McGovern takes Cheney to task for, among other things, misunderstanding political history.   Los Angeles Times: VICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney recently attacked my 1972 presidential platform and contended that today’s Democratic Party has reverted to the views I advocated in 1972. In a sense, this is a compliment, both to me and the Democratic…

Regarding efforts to reform the practices of student loan vendors, in light of the recent scandal: The state-by-state regulatory action, so far limited largely to efforts by Democrats, comes at a time of little progress in the development of federal rules on lenders’ dealings with colleges. A bid by the Education Department to negotiate such…

No Adult Left Behind

HT: Kurt Nimmo

Fat-fighting baby milk?

From BBC: Fat-fighting baby milk criticised Plans to add a hormone which suppresses hunger to baby formula food is unlikely to work say experts. University of Buckingham researchers are looking at adding leptin to formula milk to curb future over-eating. But experts said the work detailed in Chemistry and Industry was “wildly optimistic science fiction”…