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Archives for March, 2007

So say the American elder statesmen of natural products in the 2007 update of their periodic review of the subject to be published in the 23 March issue of the Journal of Natural Products. (Details are in this Reuters article with by Julie Steenhuysen). I will post more about the article when I get my…

My blog buddy Orac at Respectful Insolence has a superb post today following up on his continuous coverage of dichloroacetate and two posts I had recently on local coverage in the Edmonton Journal of this unapproved, experimental compound. As an oncologic surgeon, he provides an authoritative rebuttal to the argument that there’s no harm in…

From the same reporter at the Edmonton Journal who brought us yesterday’s DCA article comes news of a highly-experienced Canadian pharmacist who has been providing patients with physician-prescribed dichloroacetate. Jodie Sinnema reports that a local pharmacist has been selling DCA to patients but their supplier has stopped providing the pharmacy with the compound after intervention…

I hope Orac won’t mind but with him in a surgical conference in DC right now, he may not have seen Matt the Heathen post in the comment thread at Respectful Insolence about a superb article that appeared in today’s Edmonton Journal, “Possibly fatal at $2 a pop,” by Jodie Sinnema. Jodie’s interview with the…

This week has seen the launch of a new health blog by the Wall Street Journal. While I don’t hold the highly conservative views of the WSJ editorial pages, I have found the paper one of the best international sources of information on health trends in both conventional and alternative medicine. The only problem about…

The new issue of Newsweek (19 Mar 2007) carried a surprise for me: former Wall Street Journal health reporter, Sharon Begley, has moved back to the magazine. In fact, Begley wrote this week’s excellent discussion and cover story on the massive amount of science in support of evolution. “The debate over human origins has been…

As cited by news services and the original source yesterday, In a survey of 97 new patients being seen at an infertility clinic, reported in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [April 2007 issue], Stankiewicz and colleagues discovered that two-thirds reported using complementary medicine. Nearly half of them said they had…

Daylight-saving time

As I may not be able to get an original post up today, I wish to direct readers to an interesting post by Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily. Dave does a very nice job of explaining how the purported energy savings of the DST change may not actually help, or worse, cost us energy in…

Since many homers read Terra Sig instead of my local interest blog, here’s news on today’s inaugural activities at our new community space, Bull City Headquarters (BCHQ).

Notable notes for 9 March 1957

On this day in 1957, A magnitude 9.1 earthquake shook the Andreanof Islands in Alaska, the second strongest quake in U.S. history (although Alaska would not become the 49th state until more than a year later), generating a tsunami that hit the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat (Day-O) was number 6 on…