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Archives for December, 2006

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

President Ford and his family have a special place in the heart of Coloradans, in part for helping to popularize the Vail Valley ski resorts – the “Western White House,” as it was then known. Little-appreciated outside Colorado is that the Fords continued to contribute to the Vail and Beaver Creek areas long after the…

Religion and pediatric medicine

A week after my colleague Orac posts on the conundrum of bringing religion into medicine, Michael Conlon reports on a nurse’s book about how religious and cultural influences can compromise medical care: Any nurse can walk into a bad situation. The one Luanne Linnard-Palmer can’t forget came as she readied a little boy for a…

Merry Christmas!

To all of our readers, near and far, please accept our warmest best wishes for peace and happiness today and in the upcoming new year. If the other end of this internet connection finds you in a warm home and/or in the company of loved ones, consider yourself fortunate. Looking forward to returning to science…

In the US? Nope. In England? No, sir. In Australia? No, mate. In Canada? No, eh? Where??? In the United Arab Emirates.

Sharon Begley’s botanical gift

The Wall Street Journal’s Science Journal correspondent today “bestows holiday gifts” (sub req’d) on researchers, drugs, and other approaches that have advanced health and medicine, or set it back. Given yesterday’s discussion of the failed efficacy trial for black cohosh, I chuckled at this one: To the herbal supplement called saw palmetto, taken by some…

More on negative black cohosh results

As we discussed briefly on Tuesday, trial results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that alternative botanical supplements containing black cohosh were without benefit relative to placebo in treating the vasomotor symptoms (e.g., hot flashes, night sweats) of peri- and postmenopausal women. The Cheerful Oncologist followed up with a post entitled, “Oh M’Gosh!…

Hearty congratulations go out to fellow ScienceBloggers Orac (Respectful Insolence) and PZ Myers (Pharyngula, like I needed to tell you) for their respective wins in the categories of Best Medical/Health Issues Blog and Best Science Blog, respectively, of The 2006 Weblog Awards. Also nominated in the science category, and all with a nice showing, were…

Here is the NIH press release of a study published in today’s Annals of Internal Medicine. I’ll have to take a closer look at the specific formulations of the supplements tested (two of which contained black cohosh extracts) and study design before commenting more extensively. The trial was supported jointly by NIH’s National Institute on…

Terrible news this morning, but not entirely unexpected given the complete ignorance of science in the case of medical personnel charged with intentionally infecting children with HIV in a Libyan hospital. The defendants have again been sentenced to death. Luc Montagnier — the French doctor who was a co-discoverer of HIV — testified in the…

Wasn’t able to get off an original post today so I’ll direct Terra Sig readers to an excellent interview written by Carl Zimmer. As Carl writes, Discover chose Jay Keasling as their scientist of the year and asked me to interview him. Keasling, who directs the Berkeley Center for Synthetic Biology, is trying to get…