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Archives for April, 2007

DJ Emmo

It is not often that I write about music.  In fact, it is not often that I even think about music.  But this little item caught my eye, if not my ear, if only because it is perplexing to try to imagine Balkan-Techno fusion: DJ EMMO Biography DJ Emmo has a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry…

This is a continuation of the first post, Things That Affect YOU: PDUFA and AERS.  PDUFA is the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.  AERS is the Adverse Event Reporting System.  The PDUFA is up for review soon, as it expires in September.  If it expires, 40% of the funding for premarketing drug approval will disappear.  …

The New England Journal of Medicine has a set of three early-release editorials, all pertaining to prescription drug safety, and all openly accessible: Paying for Drug Approvals — Who’s Using Whom? Jerry Avorn, M.D. Drug Safety Reform at the FDA — Pendulum Swing or Systematic Improvement? Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. PDUFA Reauthorization — Drug Safety’s…

Armchair Musings #foo

For some, cognitive dissonance is a way of life.

This is from Medpage Today, which often carries the same things as Medscape, but does not require registration (hint, hint). They report on the finding of a genetic variant that increases the risk of obesity.  the more copies of the allele, the greater the risk.  The association was found when researchers at were looking for…

From Reuters Health Information, via Medscape (free registration rquired): Jeb Bush Joins Board of Tenet Healthcare CHICAGO (Reuters) Apr 12 – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, will join the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp., the biggest publicly traded hospital company said on Thursday. The move to appoint Bush,…

White House: ‘We screwed up’

From CNN, et alia: White House: ‘We screwed up’ on deleted e-mails POSTED: 4:35 p.m. EDT, April 12, 2007 WASHINGTON (CNN) — The White House “screwed up” by not requiring e-mails from Republican Party and campaign accounts to be saved and is trying to recover any documents that may have been deleted, a spokeswoman said…

Statins and Pulmonary Mortality

[Update: Retired Doc's Thoughts has a more complete review of the varied potential benefits from statins.] This morning, Effect Measure posted about a retrospective study that indicates that there may be a protective effect if statins are taken by persons with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.)  In also appeared that statins lowered the risk of…

URGENT Product Recall

I thought this was kind of clever.  Not  sure why the Project for the Old American  Century put it up — it is not their usual fare — but they deserve credit for being creative.

These Ones Are Really Big

From National Geographic: April 9, 2007—Geologist Juan Manuel García-Ruiz calls it “the Sistine Chapel of crystals,” but Superman could call it home. A sort of south-of-the-border Fortress of Solitude, Mexico’s Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) contains some of the world’s largest known natural crystals—translucent beams of gypsum as long as 36 feet (11…