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Archives for March, 2008

Document Freedom Day

On 26 March 1874, the great poet Robert Frost was born.   Perhaps it is not so notable, but 26 March 2008 is the first Document Freedom Day.   Early in the development of computer technology, the world decided to take the well-traveled road: the road of proprietary document formats.  This path led to endless…

In-Home Test for Bipolar Disorder

GrrlScientist wrote a post last month about a potential genetic test for bipolar disorder.  Read that first to get some background. Now, it turns out that a company is selling a testing kit that you can use yourself, in the privacy of your own home, to see if you have genes that increase the risk…

Depression vs. Dementia

This item just appeared on the news tubes, and I thought I’d pass it along.   Distinguishing signs of early dementia from depression is tricky Mar 24, 2008, 3:07 GMT Berlin – It’s often difficult to differentiate between early stages of dementia and depression, but a precise psychiatric examination can help, said the German society…

Nonsensical Gyrations

A reader pointed me to this article, by Miriam Axel-Lute, about the Nonsensical Gyrations that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (of New Jersey) is going through to try to avoid paying for health care: What’s Healthy? If you were an insurance company trying to cut your costs, how would you do it? Emphasize prevention over…

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps.  This item caught my attention, because I had an uncle who was part of the CCC.  He did forestry work in the U.P.  This helped my father’s family eat during the Great Depression. Currently the world economy is teetering on the brink of a…

Are Generics Really Just As Good?

When generic drugs started to become popular, many people were skeptical.  Many people got switched from brand name to generic products, and complained that the generic did not work as well. These complaints often were treated with skepticism.  After all, generic drugs contain the same active ingredient(s) as the brand-name product, but cost less.  Plus,…

Encyclopedia of Life

There is a new website, Encyclopedia of Life.  It is an online resource that aims “to document all species of life on Earth.”  One featured species is Pissodes strobi (Peck), the White pine weevil. The site currently contains: About 25 exemplar species pages. These pages show the kind of rich environment, with extensive information, to…

A Little Worrisome

This is a nice bit of Scandinavian design. But take another look.  Notice the ST segment? HT: Neatorama.

XP13512 Update

XP13512 is an experimental new drug currently in phase III trials for the treatment of restless legs syndrome.  I was reminded about this after seeing a post at sleepdoctor, and following the link to Sleep Expert, and browsing from there.  The author, Dr. Poceta, wrote about XP13512.  He appropriately discloses that he was involved in…

Yet Another Gentoo Defector

It amused me today to see two blog posts, both about users switching from Gentoo to *buntu.   Why I Am Making The Switch From Gentoo To Kubuntu Bye Gentoo… Welcome Ubuntu Gentoo is the most complicated version of Linux, but also the most customizable.  It enables the user to squeeze the greatest performance out…