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Archives for February, 2008

Judith Warner has some insightful essays in the NYT column, pertaining to the long-raging question about whether psychiatric patients are overmedicated or undermedicated. One of the essays addresses the question directly: Overselling Overmedication Judith Warner February 14, 2008 …In the book, Barber argues that Americans are being vastly overmedicated for often relatively minor mental health…

Gooood Morning!

I noticed this photo on Flickr… A smile is always worth something.

Bodies Revealed Controversy

A fellow blogger, Logtar,  tipped me off to a controversy, and asked if I had anything to say about it.  The controversy has come about over an exhibit: Bodies Revealed.  It’s a traveling exhibit that displays plastinated human cadavers.  The exhibit was organized by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. A bit of background can be gotten from…

Freud Was Wrong

Sigmund Freud was right about a lot of things, but he also was wrong about a lot of things.  For example, he thought that there were only two fundamental motivations: sex and aggression.  Bloggers know better, as this xkcd panel illustrates… (I know my colleague already posted this, but I couldn’t resist putting this twist…

Look-Alike Sound-Alike, Only Different

The FDA has been making a strenuous effort to combat the problem of look-alike, sound-alike drug names.  The reason is simple: there have been tens of thousands of documented medication errors, in which the wrong drug is substituted for a different one with a similar name.   An 8-year-old died, it was suspected, after receiving…

Do Cell Phones Cause Infertility?

Do cell phones decrease male fertility?  Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic think so.  According to Ashok Agarwal, et. al., greater use of cell phones is associated with decreased sprem count.  Other factors, such as sperm motility, are diminished as well. Effect of cell phone usage on semen analysis in men attending infertility clinic: an observational…

FDA Proposes Looser Marketing Rule

The US Food and Drug Administration is a weird chimera: it contains some elements of rule-bound regulatory hell, and some elements of laissez-faire libertarianism.  On the libertarian side, they allow physicians to prescribe any drug that they have approved, even if was not approved for the use for which it is being prescribed.  On the…

Comfortably Numb-er

I noticed while writing this, that the word numb, if modified by adding the suffix -er, becomes an entirely different word.  Number does not convey the meaning of more numb. According to Answers.com, number is a adjective, with the root numb.  The thing is, it only works if spoken; if written, it is ambiguous.  Ambiguity…

It Looks Like…

…You are trying to run a country.  What would you like to do? This must be old, before Powell joined the torrent of acceptably competent persons leaving the Administration, and before MS Office 2007.  It is still funny.  HT: Dark Roasted Blend.

Zyprexa Adhera Nears Final Approval

Zyprexa Adhera is a new formulation of Eli LIlly’s antipsychotic medication, olanzapine.  It contains the same active ingredient as the pills, but it is a long-acting injection.  It is supposed to last two to four weeks. There is not a lot of specific information available yet.  It is not on the market yet, either.  The…