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Archives for May, 2008

A particularly nice post by the Times’ Tyler Knepper, who keeps the "Bats" blog: Luke Scott explains why hitting is so very difficult. http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/30/why-baseball-really-is-a-game-of-inches/index.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

For Claudius Conrad, a 30-year-old surgeon who has played the piano seriously since he was 5, music and medicine are entwined — from the academic realm down to the level of the fine-fingered dexterity required at the piano bench and the operating table. C.J. Gunther for The New York Times IN TUNE Dr. Conrad, a…

A Chopin Nocturne… from Derek Bownds’ MindBlog by noreply@blogger.com (Deric) Bownds blogs on neuro matters — and, each week, posts a video of him playing a bit of classical music on his piano. Gotta like it. FDA To Mine Big Databases For Safety Problems from Pharmalot The effort, called Sentinel Initiative,will be the first time…

A couple weeks ago Slate ran a piece asking "Are doctors shilling for drug companies on public radio?", which I took brief note of in a previous post. Now I’ve written up a longer reaction (actually a reaction to the reaction to the Slate story) for Columbia Journalism Review’s "Observatory" blog, which covers science journalism.…

My (very short) story on a new omnidirectional treadmill for spatial cognition research is up at the Wired site: An Omnidirectional Treadmill Means One Giant Leap for Virtual Reality. …This April, a team based at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, unveiled the CyberWalk, an omnidirectional treadmill designed to serve as…

In a nifty bit of reporting, veteran health reporters Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer revealed in “Stealth Marketers,” a story on Slate, that a “Prozac Nation: Revisited,” a radio piece on antidepressants and suicide that ran on many public radio stations recently, “featured four prestigious medical experts discussing the controversial link between antidepressants and suicide”…

From Well, Tara Parker-Hope’s health blog at the NY Times: More than half of the task force members who will oversee the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s most important diagnostic handbook have ties to the drug industry, reports a consumer watchdog group. The Web site for Integrity in Science, a project of the…

I’ve been remiss in tracking here the farmed salmon issue I wrote about in the April/May Eating Well. Much has transpired; here a few tidbits and updates. Soon after my feature ran, news broke that the Sacramento king (aka chinook) salmon run — traditionally fairly robust, and the base of both the California salmon fishing…

That our brains account for 20 percent of our calorie use tends to amaze people, as it did me. Now it appears that about a third of that is devoted to brain maintenance rather than electrical signaling. The full dish here: Link: Why Does the Brain Need So Much Power?: Scientific American. It is well…