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Endocrine Disruptors in the News, Again

The Guardian Unlimited has a provocative article on the role of endocrine disruptors in increasing the ratio of girl babies to boy babies in the Arctic.   I’ve written about the topic before (1 2) as have Abel and PZ.  James Hrynyshyn, on Island of Doubt, has already commented on the Guardian article: Two girls…

Autism Update

PNAS has an open-access article describing the current state of knowledge of the genetics of autism.  The authors looked at information from the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and two other databases; one from the University of Michigan, the other from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Research Database.  Their findings indicated that most cases of autism…

Moles, Telomere Length, and Aging

This press release (HT: medGadget) from King’s College tips us off to an article in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.  This is something that news sites picked up on.  Specifically, the authors reported a relationship between the number of moles a person has, and the length of their telomeres.  Telomere shortening is thought…

Parkinson’s Disease in the News

A couple of Parkinson’s Disease related items came across the news wires, briefly.  There are lessons in both of them, but both leave me with unresolved questions.   The first one I noticed was a report based upon a journal article, Risk factors for somnolence, edema, and hallucinations in early Parkinson disease.  The second was…

PLoS Goes Mainstream

One sure sign of acceptance in the mainstream media occurs when a publication gets picked up by Google News (as illustrated in the screen capture image, above). Yesterday, reading the Public Library of Science Medicine journal (PLoS Medicine), I noticed an article linking infestation with liver flukes and the development of cancer of the bile…

Tomatoes, Lycopene, and the FDA

The FDA just can’t win.  When they restrict something or say something negative, they are being too restrictive or complicit with big pharma.  When they approve something too slowly they are insensitive to the needs of patients.  When they approve something too quickly they are not protecting the public.   In fact, I’ve criticized them…

Chris Mooney on Pacifica Radio

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of hearing Amy Goodman interview Chris Mooney about the subject of his new book, Storm World.   It was a segment from Democracy Now!  I won’t trouble you with a synopsis, you can watch/hear/read it yourself: Listen to Segment | Download Show mp3       Watch 128k stream…

(RWOS=Republican War on Science) In case you haven’t noticed (and why would you?), the USA is without a Surgeon General.  The old one, Dr. Richard Carmona, unhired himself for unclear reasons last July, as noted on Effect Measure.  The candidate for the position, Dr. James Holsinger, has proven to be unpopular with the Democratically-controlled Congress…

I wrote about a similar topic a bit ago, it which a relationship was found between chronic pain and depression in retired pro football players.  Now, there is an NTY article that reviews some findings about a relationship between concussions and depression. Concussions Tied to Depression in Ex-N.F.L. Players By ALAN SCHWARZ Published: May 31,…

I am on call today, so I am about to go in to the hospital for a full day of work.  But while drinking my coffee I encountered an article that I need to get back to.  Maybe some of you could take a look at it too, if you have subscriber or academic access…