Terra Sigillata

Archives for July, 2007

Another Wine Experience – South American Reds By Erleichda The wine dinner group known as Jim’s Disciples met at another of the area’s BYOB restaurants. The theme selected for the evening’s repast was “South American Reds”, which translated into red wines from Chile and Argentina. In selecting my own bottles to contribute to the mix,…

My post the other day on a study showing a diet high in fructose caused massive increases in plasma triglycerides received an unusually high number of comments for this blog. One comment in particular, from Audrae Erickson, corrected me on subsidies given to sugar cane producers vs. corn producers: Regarding the comment that “large corn-processing…

Happy Birthday, PharmMom, RN!!!

We’re on the road today but I wanted to be sure that my Mom gets her birthday mentioned on the blog, so I scheduled this post in advance. Put simply, my Mom is my inspiration for everything I have become. She started college (to be a teacher, I think) then embarked on a career as…

More on arsenic anticancer drugs

Nearly two months ago, we spoke here of the surprising use of arsenic trioxide (Trisenox) in treating various cancers. Trisenox, approved in the US in 2000 for treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), is also being investigated for other hematologic malignancies. Now, the 23 Jul issue of Business Week reports on a company making second-generation…

Consumption of fructose, usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has been suggested as one of the underestimated causes of the increased incidence of obesity/metabolic syndrome in the U.S. Given the magnitude of the issue, Medscape covered this report, “Fructose but Not Glucose Consumption Linked to Atherogenic Lipid Profile,” from a presentation at…

Have you ever wondered how well-pressurized airlines keep the cabin of the average commercial flight? I have. So, in my gadget days, I once took my altimeter on a flight and learned that on my particular flight the cabin was pressurized to the equivalent of an altitude of 7200 ft (2195 m) above sea level.…

Nunatak rocked!

Destined for the annals of music history are the sole representatives of Antarctica during today’s Live Earth concerts – Nunatak. Engineers and scientists who comprise the 22 members of the British Antarctic Survey rocked it today with one of their original compositions. Nunatak is the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station’s house band. The five…

We’ve spoken on several occasions about heavy metal contamination of herbal products, especially in light of this highly-cited JAMA paper. Part of the problem is that plants will bioaccumulate heavy metas, especially when grown in soils rich in these natural and industrial products. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the Chinese are having issues…

For the rest of July, Nature Chemical Biology is offering free access to about ten articles on research and training in natural products. Investigations into natural products have recently regained prominence with the increasing understanding of their biological significance and increasing recognition of the origin and function of their structural diversity. This issue highlights some…

The New York Times Book Review section had a review today of Chris Mooney’s new book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming. (Review here; Chris’ commentary here). The book was just released today and I look forward to reading it. But continuing on, I couldn’t help noting that Richard Dawkins reviewed…