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Archives for November, 2007

All the kool kids are keeping their eyes on the Polk County, Florida, school board and their contention that ‘intelligent design’ should be taught alongside evolution in their public schools. Fortunately, several states have groups of concerned citizens who contend that actual science should be taught in schools, lest we continue to suffer as a…

I wrote about the general issue of eyelash-enriching “cosmeceuticals” on my Terra Sigillata back in July. Increasing the number and thickness of eyelashes is not some hokey magical wish – it is a known side effect buried in the prescribing information for the prescription glaucoma drugs, bimatoprost (Lumigan®) and latanoprost (Xalatan®). Last Friday, the US…

As we approach 100,000 visitors since joining ScienceBlogs I am amazed to still be getting 500-700 visits per month at the old home of Terra Sigillata, all without any promotion or new posts. The most-visited of the old posts is the following which appeared originally on 21 February 2006. Much of humankind’s experience with pharmacologically-active…

Readers who are busting their butts doing basic and drug development research in pharmaceutical companies don’t need this kind of alleged behavior from upper management – from Jeanne Whalen at the Wall Street Journal (online yesterday and in today’s print edition) following up on a story first reported in the Journal on 24 May 2007:…

You just never know – some weeks you don’t get The Friday Fermentable; other weeks you get two posts. Well, several readers gave me the heads up this week about an NPR story about resveratrol supplements. You may remember that this is the chemical present in red wine that kills cancer cells in culture and,…

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé! Yes, the 15th of November has arrived as have thousands of cases of a fresh, fruity wine, the Beaujolais Nouveaux. Grapes that were on the vine just a few short months ago have been heroically converted into a wine that has traditionally been rushed to Paris, and around the world,…

No..it’s a false alarm. [***or not – see note added at end of post] But I had to do a double-take last night when reading my e-mail notification of the new HealthCentral newsletter with the subject line: Celebrate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month; How risky is your sexual behavior? For the grammar police out there, this is…

…is the title of a Newsweek article by Jonathan Alter posted online last night that draws more attention to the Medicare restriction on reimbursements for radioimmunotherapeutic (RIT) drugs used to treat lymphomas. Surgical oncologist, Orac, and I have spoken about this issue in the last few days. Alter admits his bias a bit, as he…

Med expert blog roundup at Dr. Val

I got sidetracked today with activities in that thing called the meat world. So, I can only refer you to a very nice roundup of expert medical blogging over at RevolutionHealth and Dr Val and The Voice of Reason blog. Dr Val (Val Jones, M.D.) has been a frequent and thoughtful commenter around these parts…

The travesty has come true, according to Karl Schwartz and Betsy de Parry of Patients Against Lymphoma. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has gone ahead with their plans to slash by half reimbursements to hospitals for two radioimmunotherapy drugs. For many hospital, reimbursement rates will be lower than their acquisition costs. We…