Neuron Culture

Archives for October, 2006

I’m not speaking of political terrorists but of the terror that spreading “ordinary” violence brings to communities. Amid the rash of school violence over the last few weeks, the town just next to my own placid, lovely Vermont town, Barre, was recently shaken when three teenagers got involved in a grisly murder of a down-and-out…

Stroke damage in a human brain _____________________________________________ Horrors: I’ve forgotten to post several articles I wrote about findings presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference last week. I’ll work my way backwards, I suppose, so here’s the latest, about a University of Milan discovery that blocking a certain cell-wall gate in the hour after stroke…

A gate to stop stroke damage

I’ve been remiss in not posting several articles I wrote reporting on findings presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference last week. So, last first: This story, posted today at sciam.com, is about a nice piece of research done by the University of Milan’s Maria Abbracchio, who found that blocking the receptor that opened a…

Amid my guilt at not writing more on avian flu myself, I note well this typically excellent post from Effect Measure, pondering: Why so little word lately of bird flu? Its issues intersect, in a very rough way, with those raised about science journalism by Janet Stemwedel, James Hrynyshyn and Jonah Lehrer. I won’t go…

Eli Lilly Pushes the Envelope

Image from the “For Family and Friends” page of Eli Lilly’s Xigris website. _________________________________________________________ Even among the other scandals the drug industry has produced lately, the behavior described in the latest New England Journal of Medicine stands out as particularly stunning. According to a Perspective written by Peter Q. Eichacker, a National Institute of Health…

Boing Boing points out that Fox News has at least thrice identified disgraced Congressman Mark Foley — Republican of Florida, former chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, cyberstalker of adolescent Congressional pages — as a Democrat. See it to believe it. Apparently they identified him in captions several times as Mark…