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Archives for July, 2007

Dan Hurley on Medscape video

The author of Natural Causes: Death, Lies and Politics in America’s Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry, Dan Hurley, has a three-minute video editorial at Medscape today. I must admit to being a little ambivalent about his message that, “Evidence-based medicine is the rallying cry of a generation of physicians. So why do so many physicians…

This post appeared originally on 8 Feb 2006 at the old site for this blog. A frequent reader and commenter, Joe, suggested that I repost it here as it illustrates many common problems with clinical trials of botanical medicines. You’d think the funding folks would learn at the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative…

How did I miss Nevada?

Only 74% of the States? How ’bout you? create your own visited states map or check out these Google Hacks.

I once had a pharmacology professor who told us, “Today’s side effects are tomorrow’s therapy.” What he meant was one’s garbage is another’s treasure. Side effects in one setting can be used for therapeutic benefit in another. A perfect example is minoxidil, the antihypertensive vasodilator, that had the unusual side effect of causing inappropriate hair…

Clever clinical trials redirect

When readers are looking for clinical trials information, particularly for cancer therapies, I often refer to the NIH-operated clinicaltrials.gov: ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided…

An article in the most recent issue of Annals of Pharmacotherapy concludes that the vast majority of known cases of herbal medicine interactions with drugs go unreported. Researchers at the University of Alberta, University of Toronto, and Health Canada surveyed 132 pharmacists. While 47% of pharmacists had identified an herb-drug interaction, only 2 (1.5%) reported…

I woke this morning to BBC reporting that the six Bulgarian nurses and doctor charged erroneously with transmitting HIV to over 400 Libyan children have been released and are safely home in Bulgaria. Orac and Revere here at ScienceBlogs covered the upholding of death sentences against the six that opened the procedural door to their…

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Odile Crick: 1920 – 2007

From today’s Washington Post: Odile Crick, an artist who made the first widely published sketch of the double-helix structure of DNA, died of cancer July 5 at her home in La Jolla, Calif. She was 86. Her graceful drawing of the double-helix structure of DNA with intertwined helical loops has become a symbol of the…

Orac has the complete story but the FDA has finally shut down sales of dichloroacetate by theDCAsite.com and buydca.com run by Jim Tassano and Heather Nordstrom. Two agents (Chris and Steve) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, San Francisco, arrived unannounced at about 11:30 am, on July 17, 2007 at…