Terra Sigillata

Archives for December, 2006

We last spoke in September about the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor unjustly imprisoned in Libya for the inconceivable charge of intentionally injecting 426 children with HIV at Al-Fateh Hospital in Benghazi. These health care workers are guilty of nothing other than volunteering as medical missionaries to care for ill children…

This is why we have the FDA

In a note of sad irony, I am finishing a chapter in Thomas Hager’s excellent, The Demon Under The Microscope, on the elixir of sulfanilamide deaths in the US in 1937. A specific formulation of this truly miraculous antibiotic at the time was associated with over 100 deaths from renal failure. This formulation had used…

Now here’s a wreath that won’t create controversy or get the homeowner’s association after you! If you’re agonizing over what to get for that hard-to-figure relative, how about a personalized gift wreath for the holidays? The idea: create your own memorWreath (PDF here). A nicely personalized holiday gift: supply up to 10 digital photo images…

Humility among scientists

Yesterday, Revere (Effect Measure) threw down the gauntlet challenging those critical of alternative medicine to examine work done at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2000 on the medicinal properties of chicken soup. The news release cites work that a chicken/vegetable soup, but not simple chicken broth, inhibits in vitro neutrophil migration, or chemotaxis.…