Terra Sigillata

Archives for December, 2006

Do wine and yoga mix?

This is too late for The Friday Fermentable, but the NYT has a great travel article yoga and wine retreats to be offered at DeLoach Vineyards in California’s Sonoma Valley (one of my favorite zinfandel producers). Of course, this Americanization of an Eastern practice is not without its detractors: “Kundalini does things to balance your…

One year of Terra Sigillata

I specifically launched Terra Sigillata on my sister’s birthday last year so that my aging brain wouldn’t have to remember (or forget) yet another important date. The original post and ad hoc mission statement holds up pretty well after a year. I’ve also moved my second post, “Why Terra Sigillata?,” over here so that folks…

Happy Birthday, PharmSis!!!

A number of years ago today, with the number ending in a zero, my parents blessed me with a little sister. I was not the nicest little brother, we fought and I was frustrated that she couldn’t read immediately upon coming home. However, she grew to be one of my very best friends and remains…

Following from my previous post about the JCO paper on the medical ethics of managing pediatric cancer cases where parents refuse standard-of-care therapies, I wanted to discuss an accompanying review on complementary and alternative therapies for cancer-related pain. Unlike the previous article, this one is subscription-only but I’ll provide the highlights. Cancer-related pain is serious…

Tara at Aetiology just posted a few minutes ago that today’s New England Journal of Medicine has published a free-access, Perspective article on the case of the Tripoli Six, who awaiting their 19 December sentencing.

NBC now owns www.hornymanatee.com

Many ScienceBloggers are quite fond of manatees; I still keep my ‘Save the Manatee’ fundraising license plate from my days in the Sunshine State. But this made me laugh. From the New York Times, a Conan O’Brien skit on the absurdity of college mascots led NBC to cover its butt: At the end of the…

I finally just got around to reading the 1 Dec issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and was struck by two, back-to-back articles that address two interesting aspects of alternative medicine in cancer treatment. Mind you, I’m a basic scientist but I find the struggles that oncologists face to be quite interesting in this…

Among the many duties charged to the US FDA is the safety of veterinary feed. Therefore, equestrian enthusiasts should take note of the following warning from the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine on natural contamination of certain corn products with a toxin produced by an endophytic fungus of the Fusarium genus: FDA Warns Horse Owners…

Support Honolulu Marathon in Iraq

In an amazing show of solidarity, the Honolulu Marathon will be run twice this Sunday: once in Hawaii and once in…Iraq. Fellow ScienceBlogger, Mike Dunford, tells us that a number of soldiers serving in Iraq (including his wife) will run the Honolulu Marathon at a base near Tikrit: Yes, you read that right. The Honolulu…

Aurora kinase inhibitors for Jesus

As Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up. In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (sub req’d, but I’ll quote extensively), Stacy Meichtry wrote on an Italian Roman Catholic religious order whose cancer research laboratory, owned formerly by Pfizer, has recently entered partnerships with this and other major international pharmaceutical companies. But two years…