Terra Sigillata

Archives for June, 2007

The loss of a great thinker

I just learned from Orac and Bora that the father of blogger Lindsay Beyerstein (Majikthise) has passed away. Dr Barry L Beyerstein was a member of the executive council of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and a biopsychologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He was…

Drugs, death, and pain

Quite a few bloggers have been running their content through this website to get the equivalent of an MPAA rating. Here’s ours: The rationale for this rating?: This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words: * drugs (5x) * death (2x) * pain (1x) Well, a blog about drugs and drug…

A Longmont, Colorado, engineer has been released on bail after backyard explosions led law enforcement officials to find a cache of chemicals and homemade explosive literature at his suburban home. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Ronald Swerlein, who allegedly rousted his neighbors with explosions in the middle of the night, was told Monday he…

Hiatus

As you may have noticed, my posting frequency has been a bit light as of late between work, family, and other non-blog responsibilities. So, I’m going to take a bit of a hiatus to recharge the old batteries – maybe a week or ten days. There’s plenty of other good pharmaceutical reading both here at…

As I noted in a previous post on arsenic trioxide, you just never know what source will give rise to the next promising drug. Last week’s New England Journal of Medicine marked a key study on an old drug, mitotane (Lysodren, Bristol-Myers Squibb), that is a structural derivative of the pesticide, DDT. Adrenocortical carcinoma is…

Another Wine Escapade – “Some Old World vs. New” by Erleichda Our wine and dinner group known as Jim’s Disciples met recently at a BYOB neighborhood Italian-American restaurant. It wasn’t my neighborhood, as there is nothing close by to the woods where we reside, but the sort of place a neighborhood would be proud to…

Yesterday morning’s press release from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting included discussion of three abstracts on complementary therapies being tested in cancer and cancer-related indications. The highlights on the major news services are that 1) a shark cartilage extract failed to provide survival benefit in patients with non-small cell lung cancer, 2)…

Saturday news roundup

Here are some interesting news items I found during the week but lacked the time to blog about: Natural alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock feed in EU Related: Herbal therapy for pigs at PigProgress.net Coke and Cargill partner on herbal sweetener, Stevia (Rebiana) Singapore herbal remedy adulterated with potent prescription drugs Famed Karolinska Institutet…