Terra Sigillata

Archives for October, 2007

Here’s a quick note that might belong best in Orac’s weekly feature, Your Friday Dose of Woo. The Scientist reports today on a report released by the UK-based group of scientists called Sense About Science. The group has been challenging dietary supplement manufacturers about their scientific-sounding advertising claims by calling the companies up and questioning…

NASCAR As An Infectious Disease

The Southland is all abuzz today following yesterday’s Charlotte Observer article by Lisa Zagaroli that members of the US House Homeland Security Committee were advised to get vaccinations (for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza) before traveling to car races in Concord, NC, and Taladega, AL. Neither NASCAR fans or local politicians were…

[Aufmerksamkeit! Begrüßen Sie deutsche Freunde und Leser des Focus Wissenschafts-Community. Glückwünsche zu Profs Ertl und Grünberg auf dieser enormen Ehre!] I’m intentionally being dramatic but an interesting discussion emerged in the comment thread of my post on the work of Germany’s Gerhard Ertl being recognized with this year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry. One reader had…

Clean(er) car exhaust, the ability to make fertilizer from nitrogen in the air, and the promise of hydrogen fuel cells are among the practical applications of the surface, or solid state, chemistry methods elucidated by this year’s winner, Prof Gerhard Ertl, of Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin. Dr Ertl was director of the Department of…

Cover-Boy, Dr John J Reusch, Jr

The monthly Denver mag, 5280, made its way to Chez Pharmboy last week with a very familiar face staring back – and not because I’ve had a cardiac cath…yet! w00t! For our readers in the Queen City of the Plains, read more here about your favorite cardiologist.

This morning, Drs Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans, and Oliver Smithies were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of “principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells.” The technology for homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells permits specific targeting of genes…

Medical Student Bloggers

Via Clinical Cases and Images, I just learned that Mark Rabnett at the University of Manitoba has just compiled a comprehensive list of medical student bloggers. No one source is complete, so I hope this list will be of help to the fevered mind that cannot rest until every blogging student in the health sciences…

I’ve got to admit that I’ve really enjoyed reading Health Blog from the Wall Street Journal. Short, pithy, and great bites about health/pharma stories that make it into one of the best sources for news in the US (its op-ed page notwithstanding). So, I was tickled on Friday to see Health Blog interview AggravatedDocSurg. Little…

Folks are probably wrapping it up in St. Augustine at this hour, but I just wanted to send out happy 91st birthday wishes to the Old Lion, Stetson Kennedy. Anastasia Books invites the community to a birthday celebration for Stetson Kennedy during the First Friday Art Walk. Kennedy, the 91-year-old civil rights activist, folklorist and…

Feverfew…NOT for cancer

…but a chemically-altered analog derived from feverfew appears to have anticancer activity against leukemia stem cells. Researchers at the University of Rochester reported this week in the journal, Blood, that dimethylaminoparthenolide (DMAPT) has selective action against acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It’ll be a couple days before I can get to reading the original paper. However,…