Terra Sigillata

Archives for June, 2006

Friday timesink

You really didn’t want to work today, especially in the States where we’re heading into the 4th of July holiday weekend. So, thanks to Julie Meloni at No Fancy Name, I’m blowing off stuff today to re-live memories of grad school through 1980s music videos. I still remember the mad rush to finish experiments to…

As someone who has been associated with colleges of pharmacy as student or professor for 25 years, I feel compelled to weigh in on the debate raging in the US between a pharmacist’s right of conscientious objection to filling certain prescriptions and their responsibilities as a licensed health professional of the state. I originally intended…

Yesterday, Matt over at Pooflingers Anonymous celebrated his one-year blogiversary. (Question: should it really be “anniblogary” to reflect the Latin, annum?). To understand the nature and concept of poo-flinging, I direct you to his mission statement. When I first began reading blogs, I was truly astonished, but not surprised, at the amount of uncritical and…

Last week’s local independent rag had a number of articles on the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals and the revived religious war against our fellow citizens. Featured therein is a brief from Pam Spaulding, who bloggers will recognize from Pandagon and Pam’s House Blend. But what really caught my eye in…

How do tattoos work, anyway?

Not exactly a natural products question, although naturally-occurring dyes have been used for millennia for body decoration. My elder SiBling, Prof Tara Smith at Aetiology, wrote a post last week on a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article about cases of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus infection in clients of tattoo “establishments” with poor regard for…

Well, you know my answer when you see that I am more than a week late with this post on the 15 June question.

Blogging has been very light over the last two weeks as I was serving my national health agency and fellow scientists and physicians by critically evaluating research proposals. By the end of last week, the sight of my computer screen began to induce migraines and I’m still not feeling 100%. However, my cross-town blog bud…

A brand-spanking-new blog carnival, Change of Shift, is up at Emergiblog. Focusing on nursing issues, as Kim does so beautifully, the carnival’s aim is to provide broad insights on nursing as a profession, akin to Grand Rounds. (Note to Mom: Kim and I have corresponded about your nursing career and she is very envious that…

…not to mention you are discriminating, generous, good-looking and intelligent! What am I talking about? First, recognize that our move to Sb has increased our daily visits steadily into the triple digits but we are still only floating around positions 32 to 40 among our 44 SiBlings. But, be still, dear readers – we are…

I am not making this up…

The US FDA has filed a seizure and forfeiture complaint for unapproved medical devices called, “Dr Ho’s Double Massage” and “Dr Ho’s Muscle Massage.”