Terra Sigillata

Archives for September, 2007

The company whose Movable Type (MT) software powers us at ScienceBlogs, Six Apart, is doing a great thing by supporting one of our favorite charities, DonorChoose.org. Between now and noon Monday you can request a code that will give you $30 to donate to any DonorsChoose project you’d like. What is DonorsChoose, you ask? Donors…

Beer is good for you, especially at this time of year. If I had my druthers (or knew what druthers were), I would be in Munich/München for the annual Oktoberfest celebration. This two week festival (22 Sept – 10 Oct this year) hosts over six million visitors and is a celebration of the Bavarian capital…

A Brief Respite

Posting will be light over the next week or so but there is plenty of great science blogging out there to feed your soul. One of yesterday’s more interesting posts, and pertinent to this blog, was by Mark Hoofnagle at denialism blog on the marketing of Head-On®, a homeopathic remedy whose sales are challenging external…

Earlier last week, we appeared as one of the featured bloggers asked to recommend their three, must-read life science blogs in The Scientist. All seven of the bloggers appearing were male; in fact, my avatar is an old German-American man who has been dead for 70 years. The lack of female bloggers obviously generated some…

Great local coverage of Anton Zuiker, organizer with Bora Zivkovic of the NC Science Blogging Conference (SBC ’08) (together with Brian Russell and the real Paul Jones). The reporter, Dan Barkin of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, totally nailed Anton with this quote: The Web has evolved into a tribal Internet of passionate bloggers…

Just one last comment on the recently passed FDA legislation. I know that Terra Sig readers must be tiring of this issue already, but this aspect was too good to pass up. I started writing this post on a lark but the topic actually has serious public health implications. John Mack at his Pharma Marketing…

The Pump Handle’s Liz Borowski put up a nice post summarizing the key points of the >400-page Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (H.R. 3580). Missing from the bill were any further restrictions on pharmaceutical direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising – according to Liz, some drug safety advocates were calling for a complete ban…

Why lay off 25% of the FDA

You read correctly. If the US Senate does not pass an FDA funding bill today, 2,000 employees, nearly one-quarter of the FDA staff, will be relieved of their duties. (There were 8,157 FDA employees in 2006 – source). The House has already passed the bill but there are concerns: Senate staffers were poring over the…

A few days ago, I posted about a 1 September Cancer Research paper showing that a muscadine grape skin extract (MSKE) lacking resveratrol had activity in killing prostate cancer cells. I’ve finally had a chance to look at the paper. The study was very well-done by Dr Jeffrey Green’s group at the US National Cancer…

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