Terra Sigillata

Archives for August, 2007

Among these pages, you’ve probably seen Orac’s take on the Providence, RI, feline resident of a nursing home that could allegedly sense when inhabitants were about to die, curling up with them during their final hours. (In critical thinking circles, Orac notes that these observations can be explained by confirmation bias.). Well, The Daily Redundancy…

The irregular frequency of The Friday Fermentable has been due mostly to my focus on two cases of a (inexpensive) private label wine that has kept my summer drinking variety to a bare minimum. Thankfully, my guest blogger, Erleichda, has often come to the rescue with fabulous descriptions of his group wine dinners. The focus…

The Wall Street Journal reports that a top Mannatech (Wikipedia, corporate) distributor has been found guilty of not paying federal income taxes. He [Raymond Gebauer] became an associate in 1994 and his sales network, operating through companies he owned, was still signing up associates this year, said Karyn Johnson, assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle. He…

This may at first seem to be an esoteric development but scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University have succeeded in propagating human liver cells in severely immunocompromised mice. The full report appears in Nature Biotechnology. The work was done in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Texas Children’s…

A federal appeals court has denied the right of patients to the use of cancer drugs prior to their complete assessment of safety and efficacy. The case was filed against the US FDA in 2003 by the Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs, who argued that patients have a constitutional right to any…

Back in June, we reported on several botanical/non-botanical supplement studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. One was a Mayo Clinic study of a proprietary Wisconsin-grown ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) extract showing positive effects of the preparation in relieving cancer-related fatigue. The study authors were very careful to note this study was…

Bear with me. I’m posting this on ScienceBlogs because many of us have had our own beefs with the US airline industry. Many readers also travel around to conferences and, as a result, must use a US airline. Hence, this really is a science-related post. But pardon me if I am suspicious of anything represented…