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Archives for January, 2007

Brazilian researchers have been experimenting with an gel containing an algae-based anti-HIV compound designed for use by women to prevent the spread of the virus. Derived from the Brazilian brown alga, Dictyota pfaffii, two papers are available the describe the isolation and biological activity of the most active of the components, the dolabellane diterpene 8,10,18-trihydroxy-2,6-dolabelladiene.…

Martin Luther King Day link to Mike

I couldn’t think of much to write today until I saw Mike The Mad Biologist post a speech from Dr King to striking Memphis sanitation workers in 1968. Economic justice is the general theme, but there is little more moving than the oratory of Dr King. Mike didn’t highlight this quote, but let me do…

A thoughtful reader of mine and Kevin MD’s just brought to my attention the plight of six members of a California family who apparently ingested Amanita phalloides (deathcap) mushrooms following a New Year’s Day outing. Jondi Gumz of the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported today on the circuitous route the attending physicians took to obtain a…

Thanks, Colorado Tourism…

…for supporting ScienceBlogs. I normally don’t pay much attention to the adverts Seed posts around this joint (and I joined Sb just after the “volcano episode”). However, checking the “Last 24 Hours” channel, I was pleased to see that the Colorado Tourism office has bought some ad space. Karmen (Chaotic Utopia) and the recently-departed Kevin…

Library catalog card

So, Shelley tagged a few of us with this fun meme. Mark and PZ have followed suit. I am swamped with real-life work, as my posting frequency has shown as of late. I’ve neglected my New Year’s resolution to stay in better touch with my family, then promptly missed my brother-in-law’s birthday. Then I completely…

This blog was established originally to discuss the promise of natural products in human therapeutics, particularly to identify those herbal medicines that might have some potential for utility as medicines. However, a quick review of my posts reveals a majority of reports of negative outcomes of efficacy or other problems with herbal medicines. Well, as…

Redemption in Hogtown

The BCS Championship Bowl in Glendale, Arizona – the Tostitos Bowl….lovely. Anyway, I have to admit the the opening kickoff return for a TD by Ohio State had me thinking the same as all the critics: the Gators can never win the big game. Well, I was wrong…in a big way. Gainesville, Florida, is now…

Blogging difficulties

Like some ScienceBloggers, but not all, I have been unable to get a post to go through our MovableType interface for several days. There appears to be some offending code in some of my text but the powers-that-be are still working on it. Thanks so much for checking in – I hope to have problems…

It’s been over two years since I saw a notice for a conference entitled, “Developing an Adverse Event Reporting (AER) System for the Dietary Supplement Industry,” in St. Paul, MN, sponsored by the Center for Dietary Supplement Safety at the University of Minnesota and the Utah Natural Products Alliance. At this conference, I first heard…