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Archives for April, 2007

You Don’t Either

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Bill Moyers on Iraq

Maybe I will turn on the TV next week: ‘Devastating’ Moyers Probe of Press and Iraq Coming By Greg Mitchell April 19, 2007 NEW YORK (Commentary) The most powerful indictment of the news media for falling down in its duties in the run-up to the war in Iraq will appear next Wednesday, a 90-minute PBS…

Stock Market Strangeness

If, after reading my earlier posts this week, you are thinking that strange things happen in the pharmaceutical market, you are right.  But strange things happen in the stock market too. A pharmaceutical company, Amgen, just saw the price of its stock shares jump by 3.9%.  The reason: they released a study that shows that…

FDA: The Ketek Bombshell

If you have glanced at this blog over the past week, you’ve noticed that I wrote three posts about the opportunity — and the pressing need — for reform at the FDA.  Mike the Mad Biologist had an interesting take on this, from an entirely different perspective: E. coli Conservatives, E. coli Liberals, and the…

Yet Another Quote of the Day

“My job is a job to make decisions. I’m a decision — if the job description were, what do you do — it’s decision-maker. And I make a lot of big ones, and I make a lot of little ones.” source

My Second

This is my second music-related post in one week.  Salon has an article with podcast, with Patti Smith.  The occasion is the forthcoming release of her new album, Twelve.  The interview is not so much about the album; it’s more about her political views, and a little bit of rock and roll history.  If you…

Water or Power?

Add this to the list of environmental worries:  The generation of electricity is a highly water-intensive process.  It takes three times as much water to produce the electricity needed for a home, than the water used in that home.   Trade-off looms for arid US regions: water or power? Water consumed by electric utilities could…

The first two posts in this series are here and here.   The final editorial in the NEJM’s three-part series on FDA reform takes it’s title from a line in the Institute of Medicine report: The Future of Drug Safety: “This [is] a golden moment of opportunity to improve fundamentally the way FDA regulation considers…

Why So Few Hurricanes in 2006?

Dust Dampens Hurricane Formation I’m hardly an expert, but it appears that there is some evidence that the amount of dust in the air over the Atlantic is a factor in determining the severity of the hurricane season.  More dust = less ocean warming.  Like so many things, this is hypothetical:

Drug for Nightmares?

Nightmares are a terrible problem for many persons with posttraumatic stress disorder.  Not only that, but they can be difficult to treat.   Lately, the LA Times has taken to emailing me a summary of some of their Science & Medicine headlines.  I’m not sure why; maybe the LA Times thinks the mighty prowess of…