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Archives for September, 2008

Update on Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) currently is under investigation for treatment of sever, treatment-resistant depression (TRD).  It is not really news.  I wrote about it in 2005.  The background information in the earlier post still is pertinent, so I won’t repeat that now.  Briefly, though, the treatment consists of surgical implantation of a pacemaker-like device.  The…

Within the past year, public sentiment has shifted.  It has been changing slowly, but steadily.  Sometime in the past year, it reached the crossover point.  Now there is a simple majority who think that religious groups should stay out of politics. From the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press: More Americans Question…

Protests in Minneapolis

First, I learn that sheriffs in Minneapolis are engaging in preemptive detention of persons suspected of planning protests.  Then I learn that the Federal government is involved.  Then I learn that the FBI was recruiting informants (plants) to, among other things, attend vegan potlucks. Imagine that, the FBI sending a plant to a vegan potluck.…

Many denture adhesive creams contain zinc.  This has always been known.  The zinc is harmless, or so we thought.   The problem is thought to be rare.  The peculiar thing about this finding is that no amount of safety testing on the zinc itself could have detected the problem.  That’s because the problem does not…