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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,…

Director of NIH resigns

Like a lot of other research scientists supported by NIH I got an email yesterday from NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announcing his intention to leave his position “to devote much of my attention to writing.” At least it wasn’t the hackneyed “to spend more time with my family.” While Zerhouni won’t actually leave until the…

As blogger Roy Poses at Health Care Renewal wrote, some things you can’t make up. Trying to compete with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the “can you imagine what they did” sweepstakes i fruitless, as I have cause to know. They are perhaps the most dysfunctional federal agency I have ever encountered, although admittedly…

Obama takes a science test

The folks at ScienceDebate2008 pushed hard during the primaries to have the candidates address science policy. Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum from Scienceblogs The Intersection were among the leaders in this movement. They didn’t succeed in getting a debate then, but now with the field down to the finalists, they have received a response from…

Bird flu test saves Australian horses

We have numerous examples of basic science that becomes unexpectedly useful and other examples of how veterinary science is useful to human health. Once you begin to understand how the world works it gives you tools that can be extended. The first stick used to knock a banana off a tree proved useful for lots…

Project Bioshield comes up dry again

We’ve had occasion to discuss the boondoggle, Project Bioshield a number of times (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here). Maybe I should have said, quite a number of times. REally, though, it’s hardly worth mentioning. Via the Clinician’s Biosecurity Briefing, this:

We seem to be doing a lot of vaccination stuff here lately. It’s an obvious public health topic, one that’s in the news and (in some quarters) considered controversial. I’m a strong proponent of vaccination where it makes sense (which is in most of the instances where it is used) but that doesn’t mean I…

About a month ago (March 1, 2008) we brought you the story of how a highly reputable and knowledgeable scientist, Dr. Deborah Rice of the Maine Department of Maine Department of Health and Human Services, was bonced off of an EPA scientific advisory committee because the chemical industry trade group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC),…

If the Osama bin Laden Foundation or the Adoph Hitler Memorial Fund offered to support your scientific research — no strings attached — would you take the money? Remember, you are hoping to do good with your work, say, investigate a new cancer drug or a model of the cardiovascular system. Pure science but with…

Late yesterday afternoon, a Friday and classic time to release news you don’t want anyone to read, I got the following email [excerpted] from David Schwartz, on leave as Director of the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIEHS), the main public health-oriented NIH institute and the subject of several previous posts (here, here, here, here,…