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Psychologists and Torture

Amy Goodman has a good article on Truthdig.  The reason I like the article is that it provides follow-up to an issue that was in the headlines, briefly a couple of years ago.  It has largely been ignored by the media since then.   Hypocritical Oath: Psychologists and Torture By Amy Goodman Jun 5, 2007…

Drug Safety in Perspective

Often, on this blog, I’ve ranted about the risks that our government, and our corporate citizens, e.g. pharmaceutical companies, expose us to on a daily basis.   Perhaps it would be good to put some of those risks in perspective.  That is, to compare the risks of various medications to others risks that we take…

Practice Tip Number One

Just in case you are a physician looking for a reason to avoid drug reps, you should read this article on PLOS Medicine.  It is an enlightening, if sickening, inside view of pharmaceutical sales practices. Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors Adriane Fugh-Berman*, Shahram Ahari April 24, 2007

Not only that, but the genetically modified “organism” is an engineered HIV.  At least, that is what researchers at Emory College in London are contemplating. Disabled Aids virus could provide cure for cystic fibrosis Mark Henderson, Science Editor March 19, 2007 From The Times

Live Blogging Superbowl pt. 6

Part six.  It is ironic, isn’t it, that this game is being broadcast in High Definition, and it is raining, and the rain makes the picture indistinct.  I’ve been skeptical of the value of High Definition TV.  Seems like a waste of bandwidth.  Did it ever occur to anyone that bandwidth is a strategic asset? …

And what an unflattering light it is.  It occurs to me that often, when I write about the pharmaceutical industry, I have something negative to say.  Really, my thoughts are not all negative.  It’s just that it is easier to come up with criticisms when responding to news items.  Anyway, this one (from Washington Post)…

HIV/AIDS in Prisons

Everyone knows that HIV is American prisons is a huge problem, but we don’t hear much about it. There are several reasons for that. For one, prisons are unpleasant places, and for the most part, we don’t want to think about what goes on there. For another, many people figure that whatever happens to prisoners…

(I know Shelly has already posted about this on Retrospectacle.  Hopefully, you’ll see there is a different slant to this.)   Significant controversy arose over the idea of using pharmaceutical and surgical methods to permanently stunt the growth of children with severe disabilities.  The controversy arose with the publication of stories in the media about…

The End of Privacy

There have been stories and novels about the end of privacy.  1984, by George Orwell, comes to mind.  I also remember reading a science fiction short story once, about how technology had made privacy so difficult to maintain, and so accepted by society, that it was considered rude to want privacy.  I can’t remember who…

Ethics of HPV Vaccination

This has been a topic at ScienceBlogs before.  Now, finally, the New England Journal of Medicine is catching up.  They have an editorial on the ethics of vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus.  It turns out that there are many facets to this issue.  The background is this: HPV is a major factor in the development…