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When you get baked by your brownies

I suppose under the theory that when dog bites man it’s not news but when man bites dog it is, CDC’s publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) recently ran an outbreak report about people getting baked by brownies:

If you smell, here’s a remedy

If you don’t want to smell, the FDA has a recommendation: use an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an intranasal zinc solution. You won’t smell. Possibly ever again:

The news of a new antiviral comes at a Press Conference. That could either mean a blockbuster breakthrough or an unwarranted device to get attention for some otherwise decent but not blockbuster science. Unfortunately, the news that “Experts Identify Compound That May Fight Bird Flu” is of the second type:

Pharma fish found

There has been more talk recently that our wastewater are loaded with pharmaceuticals. No surprise. People often dump out of date pills down the toilet, but much more important, they send them flushing in by excreting them. That’s wastewater, though, not drinking water. They do get into drinking water, too, but at much lower levels.…

Tufts University is the latest institution to step in the Conflict of Interest mess and come out with shoes that smell. The University had organized a conference on conflict of interest in medicine and research, with Iowa’s Republican Senator Charles Grassley as the keynoter. Grassley has been an indefatigable crusader against instances of fraud and…

When the Wall Street Journal called attention to a claim that the Journal of the American Medical Association called a whistle-blower a “nobody” and a “nothing,” a claim JAMA denied, I didn’t know what to think. I was inclined to give JAMA the benefit of the doubt. Whatever dealings I’ve had (and they are few)…

Leave Rush alone!

If we had decent substance abuse services in this country instead of criminalizing drug use, addicts like Rush Limbaugh could get treatment for their sociopathic personality disorders. In a spirit of understanding of his affliction, if not bipartisanship, I therefore gladly post John Amato’s plea to leave Rush alone:

The Economist is a right-of-center weekly from the UK that I like quite a lot. While I’m on the other side of the political center line, the writing is extremely clear and the arguments usually cogent. Even when I don’t agree, it’s thought provoking and the articles are not over long. Even so, I don’t…

Pills, profits and medical schools

When I was in medical school it was common to get gifts from drug companies. Since many of us had very little money, the gifts were welcome. One company gave me a Littman stethoscope, at the time, the most advanced stethoscope around. The same model costs about $100 now. I was glad to get it,…

Swine and MRSA

The peanut butter/peanut paste ingredient based salmonella outbreak has been in the news lately and we’ve discussed it here (and here, here, here, here, here). There are now about 500 reported cases and six deaths. That’s a case fatality ratio of just over 1%. So what if there were a disease outbreak of 100,000 cases…