Terra Sigillata

Archives for July, 2006

Being part of a family with a high penetrance for both depression/anxiety and migraines, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked docs and pharmacists whether it is safe to take a “triptan” class migraine drug (e.g. Imitrex, Zomig) while taking maintenance doses of a SSRI or SNRI class antidepressant (e.g. Prozac, Lexapro, Effexor).…

Is it me or does anyone else feel like Terra Sigillata is becoming ScienceBlogs.com-version of the obituaries section of your local newspaper? This just in from the NCI Cancer Bulletin: Dr. Robert B. Dickson Dies at 54 Former NCI investigator Dr. Robert B. Dickson died on June 24, in Kensington, Md., at the age of…

While we’re on the topic of death and acknowledging that 70-ish is a life well-lived, I’d note that experimental pharmacologist and legendary gonzo journalist, Dr Hunter S Thompson, would have been 69 yesterday. His widow, Anita, keeps a blog at their fortified Owl Farm estate and posted this loving tribute to The Good Doctor yesterday.

This is growing tiresome and painful. I have a wonderful physician-scientist research collaborator who, God bless her (or your own personal God-equivalent), takes care of little people with cancer. You’d think that a person who chooses this line of work would get a frickin’ karmic break, right? I just learned that her brother died last…

We have a winner!

Monday’s contest to win $50 decoding the chemical and historical nature of the Terra Sigillata banner masthead got such a response that I didn’t even expect it. Amazingly, one entrant answered 4 of the 5 questions correctly, with the 5th being closest of anyone. I’ll be contacting the lucky feller forthwith regarding delivery of his…

Get ready to be barraged by news of a proprietary pine bark extract exhibiting efficacy against attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Today’s report by the French company that manufactures a maritime pine bark extract seems to be associated (see press release below fold) with Dr Steven Lamm, a clinical assistant professor at NYU Medical School, and based…

I’ve never properly acknowledged the commercial artist, Mr Brien O’Reilly of SaBOR Design, who designed the content-rich, scientific eye-candy banner in the masthead above for the Sb version of Terra Sigillata. So, I’d like to kick off the week raising awareness of the banner and advertising Mr O’Reilly’s talents and services by asking some questions…

Happy Birthday PharmMom, RN!

Dear Mom, I was still sick all day on our first day back from vacation. However, I just wanted you to know that we are all thinking of you for your birthday today hoping, especially, that the celebration included healthy doses of Chimayo Cocktails! Love, The Black Sheep of Your Family

I’ve gotten a few raised eyebrows this week as to why a modestly-compensated, mid-career cancer researcher would choose to (or could afford) to vacation in Aspen, Colorado. I’ll have more to say about this, but just one example of why this is such a worthwhile place to visit comes from my 2 hours yesterday at…

The Friday Fermentable, foiled

As alluded to on ScienceBlogs.com editors’ Page 3.14 blog, many of us are formalizing our more light-hearted posts on Fridays to coincide with the inevitable dropoff in internet traffic and reality-based work. I had intended to launch today “The Friday Fermentable,” my views on the joys of partaking in the diversity of products resulting from…