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Archives for August, 2009

Where the Rubber Hits the Road…

…and the steel hits the flesh.  Mark Rosenberg, MD, representing the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research, had an opinion piece published in the Boston Globe.  He makes a good point about health.  It is not just doctors and hospitals.  Urban design, and infrastructure maintenance have a role to play. Roads that are…

The health care reform process is getting extremely ugly.  Healthcare insurers get upper hand Obama’s overhaul fight is being won by the industry, experts say. The end result may be a financial ‘bonanza.’ LA Times  By Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger August 24, 2009 This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery Truthdig By Chris Hedges Aug 23,…

A fair amount has been written about the topic of motivated reasoning.  Jonah Lehrer explains the relationship between motivated reasoning and the political process; Orac addresses the issue with regard to quantum woo. (Plus more at Mixing Memory, here) Getting back to the political realm, now comes a research article about a study of the…

Sunday Iconoclasm Blogging

Some irreverent souls have taken to Sunday blogging on a freethinking themes.  I choose to Ozymandize* that which we worship the most: our economic system. That plant in the middle is my mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) tree, the one I am growing from seed.  It is, literally, a green shoot (although the leaves close and droop…

The Chicken-Hydrogen Connection

IEEE reports that chicken feathers are superior to carbon nanotubes: Scientists at the University of Delaware say that carbonized chicken feathers could be a cheap way to store hydrogen for fuel cells. According to chemical engineering professor Richard Wool, the heat-treated feathers could hold more hydrogen than costlier competing technologies, such as metal hydrides and…

It is refreshing to see something like this.  Both drugs are available as generics, so the financial motivation for a study like this is not great.  But the clinical benefit could e substantial, albeit for a small subset of patients. Clozapine is considered to be the most efficacious antipsychotic medication, in that it is the…

At the Lawrence Hall of Science, at the University of California – Berkeley, there is a children’s playground.  On the playground, theere is a whimsical sculture based on DNA.  Lots of people like it.  Indeed, Dr. Stemwedel wrote a post inspired by an experience her kids had there.  That’s where this photo comes from.  (More…

Fatigue

I haven’t been a good blog-citizen lately.  And no, it is not because of fatigue.  Anyway, I’ve going to try to get back to looking at other people’s blogs more, and not just here at ScienceBlogs.  Dr. Serani kindly pointed out an article on common causes of fatigue.  Sleep disorders, thyroid problems, diabetes, depression, and…

Healthcare Finance Debate

The way that the debate over health care is being conducted is brazen and disturbing. If it turns out to be a flashpoint for violence — as it may — it will be profoundly ironic: our efforts to improve health care delivery, end up being a catalyst for generalized thuggery.

Pretty Good Snark

This is good.  Indeed, it may qualify as the type specimen (holotype) of snark.  From The New Yorker: It’s So Obvious From Avi Zenilman, online news editor, The New Yorker:     Do you think the right is upset about President Clinton’s mission because he didn’t free the hostages by going through the Japanese to sell…