Terra Sigillata

Archives for February, 2007

So reads the title of an excellent essay Medscape has reprinted from a recent issue of the American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacists by Emily Evans (free reg req’d). Evans is a Pharm.D. faculty member at the College of Pharmacy of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She writes: In Texas, three pharmacists are fired for…

As if everyone doesn’t have enough deadlines right now, 1 March is the deadline for submission of medical education manuscripts to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The call for papers was issued in December and accepted manuscripts will appear in the 5 September 2007 issue:

Enjoy the Oscars

You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, Some that you recognise, some that you’ve hardly even heard of, People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, Some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain. Celluloid Heroes, The Kinks, 1972 Hat tip: Pharmagossip

Energy drink launch gets Spiked

A Colorado high school has banned a newly-released energy drink after six students reported “symptoms including shortness of breath, heart palpitations and nausea.” Interestingly, convenience stores near the high school have also stopped selling the energy drink, Spike Shooter. Tim Patterson, chief executive of Colorado Springs-based Biotest Laboratories, which produces Spike Shooter, said the drink…

Do you have some ancient bottle of wine someone gave as a gift and you are waiting for that “special night” to open it? Well, tomorrow night is “that” night. We all seem to accumulate bottles of wine as souvenirs or gifts from overseas trips, weddings, birthdays, etc. and always think we need some special…

A new daily alternative medicine show is about to be launched on the Healthy Living Channel. The Healthy Living Channel announced today it is adding to its line-up the widely popular “Nutritional Living with Dr. Ward Bond,” a half-hour daily television series dedicated to nutrition, herbal medicine and alternative therapies designed for viewers seeking healthier…

Grand Rounds 3.22 at Pure Pedantry

Jake Young at Pure Pedantry has put together the “Oscars edition” of Grand Rounds for this week. The best of this week’s medical blogging makes for great reading, but I got a kick out of Jake’s explanation of the Oscars that precedes the proceedings. Thanks, Jake, for including our post on patients searching to purchase…

Lack of health insurance, or selective lack of drug coverage by some insurance companies, has created a large, Internet-based market for cheaper prescription drugs. There have been many warnings about the risks of buying one’s drugs on-line from such sources from the FDA and the pharmaceutical industry but those warnings, especially from drug makers, are…

If I live to 93 and someone holds a mirror up to my life, I wonder how proud or embarrassed I would be. In my weekend reading, I realized that I never commented on the passing last month of former Florida Democratic Senator, George A. Smathers. He was 93 and left this world largely revered…

The Friday Fermentable has been the unfortunate victim of my aim to lose some weight by cutting alcohol out of my diet. Since mid-November, I have lost 14 pounds but am now permitting myself two glasses of wine on each weekend evening. Hence, I am choosing carefully. (I should note, for the record, that a…