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Archives for November, 2006

Did you get a NIH K99/R00 award?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 30, 2006 CONTACT: NIH News Media Branch, 301-496-5787 NIH ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 50 AWARDS IN THE PATHWAY TO INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM Five-Year Grants Foster Transition to Research Independence Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, today named 58 recipients of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award. The…

Pfizer sales force cuts

One of PharmMom’s first jobs, before or around the time I was born, was as secretary for a Pfizer drug sales rep back in the golden days of the pharmaceutical industry (1960s). Doc Bushwell and I have been going back and forth the last couple of days on my post regarding Takeda Pharma’s interesting (and…

Undeclared anchovies

My subscription to US Food and Drug Administration missives usually returns horrific or, at least, disturbing cases of food or drug recalls. However, I never knew 1) that processed, prepackaged turkey and cheese sandwiches normally contain anchovy flavoring and, more surprisingly, 2) that some people are allergic to anchovies. Fresh Grill Recalls Smoked Turkey &…

I have an accent?

With more than half of my life in the South and the West, there’s still no taking the Jersey out of the boy: What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Northeast Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you…

Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is an unusual art form, even for those who consider advertising to be art. So why is Abe Lincoln in the kitchen with a talking beaver and a chessboard?? This imagery is the latest in the fight among prescription sleep-aids, brought to you in this case by Rozerem (ramelteon, Takeda). John Mack’s…

More things with cornstarch and water

Via Will’s Clicked, a Spanish TV show on science and technology demonstrates the “shear-thickening” property of a non-Newtonian fluid (i.e., where rapid application of forces causes the fluid to behave like a solid). Pretty cool – watch what happens around 1:49 when one of the hosts stands still atop the muck.

Fire safety alert: Turkey deep-frying

This was going to be a funny post until I saw this video, provided by the Cary, NC, Fire Department via our local newspaper. With the storms up and down the US East Coast today and tomorrow (and frickin’ snow in Georgia and South Carolina), our local public radio station just ran warnings to those…

I read yesterday with joy the post by fellow ScienceBlogger, Alex Palazzo (The Daily Transcript), on his disbelief that autism advocates are selling oral supplements of yeast RNA. The pseudoscientific rationale is that RNA might chelate divalent cations (i.e., mercury) in a less toxic fashion (i.e., with lower and more selective affinity) than EDTA. (exposed…

Long ago in a place far away, I was a full-time pharmacy professor. I love pharmacy students, almost as much as I love medical and nursing students. But, to me, pharmacy students were special because they would one day be the frontline health professional seen first by the majority of the public. I took very…

“It’s shameless,” says David Colquhoun, professor of pharmacology at University College London. “Medicines work or don’t work, and they should be labelled accordingly,” he says. Professor Colquhoun is quoted in today’s New Scientist in response to the first registration of an herbal product (arnica gel) in the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).…