Pure Pedantry

Archives for July, 2006

Are we dividing drugs into illegal and legal based on a rational classification system based on risk? A British government committee says no: The committee’s report recommends that drugs be ordered on “a more scientific scale, to give the public a better sense of the relative harms involved”. But Michael Gossop of King’s College London,…

Gov. Schwarzenegger and Tony Blair are endeavoring to create a California and Great Britain global warming pact, to pool their efforts in lowering CO2 emissions: Britain and California are preparing to sidestep the Bush administration and fight global warming together by creating a joint market for greenhouse gases.

This review in Nature Neuroscience is excellent. I have never seen the issue of gene-environment interactions laid out so eloquently. Unfortunately, it is behind a subscription wall, so those of you not affiliated with a University may have to just live with this excerpt:

Them’s, as they say, fighting words. The National Journal has a cover story on the Politicization of Science by Paul Starobin, and there is simply no way in the concievable Universe that this is not going to cause a ruckus. In part, this is because in his desire to equally indite indict the Right and…

Floyd Landis, most recent winner of the Tour de France, has tested positive for testosterone use:

That is just sad

A study reveals that an increasingly large number of Americans are too fat to fit in MRIs and have X-rays that lack resolution: More and more obese people are unable to get full medical care because they are either too big to fit into scanners, or their fat is too dense for X-rays or sound…

Apparently I will be spending today documenting differing opinions on the Ben Barres Nature editorial. Here is the man himself doing Q&A for the NYTimes: Q. What about the idea that men and women differ in ways that give men an advantage in science? A. People are still arguing over whether there are cognitive differences…

The WHO reports that the Sun kills as many as 60,000: As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization has reported. It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About…

Eugene Volokh from The Volokh Conspiracy has weighed in on the recent Nature editorial by Ben Barres that I commented about before. The editorial is about whether it was right for Larry Summers, former President of Harvard, to discuss the possibility of innate gender differences in the gender disparity in science. He agrees with Dr.…

…depression. This is related to something they make medical students memorize. When someone comes in with hypertension, it is always good to check whether the person has renal artery stenosis because this is one of the few causes of hypertension we can actually fix. Renal artery stenosis results in hypertension because your kidneys secrete hormones…