Terra Sigillata

Archives for October, 2006

Please alert your diabetic friends, family, colleagues, and students as to this alert from the US FDA: LifeScan and FDA notified healthcare professionals and the public of counterfeit blood glucose test strips being sold in the United States for use with various models of the One Touch Brand Blood Glucose Monitors used by people with…

Modern Skirts, the musical darlings of the Athens, GA, music scene, will be making their New York City live debut this evening at the legendary Mercury Cafe. They’ll be playing with tremendous Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Jennifer O’Connor, and indie stalwarts, Portostatic. Modern Skirts are an intelligent piano- and guitar-based band with impeccable focus on interesting and…

Medscape Pharmacists has a great article up by Jacqueline Kostwick on modern options for a careers in pharmacy (free reg required). The article is directed toward already-practicing pharmacists who are looking to move within the profession, but it is also a great primer for the prospective student. For those of you who think that pharmacy…

I’m a day late in recommending this, but I encourage all who are interested in alternative medicine for cancer to spend the time it takes to get through Orac’s heartwrenching documentation of the case of a young breast cancer patient who is likely to die in the very near future, through no fault of medicine.…

I sometimes get grief from my colleagues about subscribing to the Wall Street Journal, but it is worth every penny. Some of the best stories on health and drug development appear in the WSJ. Beyond its outstanding health reporting, even basic news articles will appear in the WSJ and get picked up, literally, three or…

How “Trackback” Works

For those of you are are snickering at how this blogger didn’t really understand trackback, a basic feature of blogging, just picture for a moment the all-too-common occurrence of four PhDs struggling at the lecture podium to get the A/V program to work for an esteemed guest speaker. Well, I’ve got me one of them…

The Stetson Kennedy birthday verses

Okay, the last bit about Billy Bragg, Woody Guthrie, and Stetson Kennedy before getting back to natural product medicines…. So, the folk musician in me had prepared for Stetson Kennedy at his 90th birthday celebration this weekend a new verse to the Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by Billy Bragg.

Billy Bragg follow-up

Thanks, all, for sharing in my initial disappointment with missing Stetson Kennedy’s 90th b’day party and then the happy accident of being home to take the call from Billy Bragg yesterday afternoon. My response to the comments began to grow so lengthy that I felt it necessary to create a whole new blog post. Here…

So, Billy Bragg just rang…

I’m sitting here, miserably pissed off, because a US Airways snafu has kept me from attending the 90th birthday party of Stetson Kennedy, legendary Southern author, rebel, and soldier for human rights and social justice, in Fruit Cove, Florida. For readers who may recall my admiration of Mr. Kennedy and visit with him earlier this…

This other thing called the day job has interfered with my finishing the last bit of the curcumin series (on the piperine/Bioperine bioavailability enhancer) and a new post for The Friday Fermentable. I’ve also got some biz travel scheduled today, so I hope that gives me some wine and/or beer fodder for next week. In…