Terra Sigillata

Archives for December, 2007

In rats, though. But still very interesting. So says yesterday’s New York Times Op-Ed by psychiatrist, Paul Steinberg, entitled, “The Hangover That Lasts.” This timely piece follows our discussion on Friday about champagne choices for New Year’s Eve, the premier event for binge-drinking. While I’m not a neuropharmacologist, Steinberg’s article piqued my interest because it…

If you’re a scientist who still finds yourself employed, you might head out this weekend to pick up a celebratory bottle of your favorite $30 New Year’s bubbly only to find it priced at $35 or even $40. The declining value of the US dollar has certainly rendered champagne (French sparkling wine from the Champagne…

Greg Laden on Benazir Bhutto

After hearing this morning of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, I had wondered if any science bloggers might weigh in since Bhutto had attended Oxford and earned a BA at Harvard’s Radcliffe College. Fellow ScienceBlogger, Greg Laden, relates a story from when Bhutto returned to Harvard to give the commencement address. Beyond the…

The Eagle Has Landed

Well, what I mean is that I am back from my hiatus in me ol’ stompin’ grounds and now have a reliable internet connection. I’m not one for posting pictures on the blog, especially when they have nothing to do with pharmacology. However, these should at least be of interest to fellow bloggers, Shelley and…

Second anniversary of Terra Sigillata

On this day in 2005 we first signed on to the blogosphere on the original Terra Sigillata at Blogger. I had spent over six months reading the blogs of other in the areas of medicine and science and wondered if there was any need for yet another blog from another frustrated scientist. But I’m an…

Mexico Med Student hitting tough times

I learned via Kevin, MD, of a great new BlogTalkRadio show by Ohio physician, Doctor Anonymous. BlogTalkRadio is pretty neat in that you get video of the host, audio of the interview, and a chat window on which listeners can post a running commentary and discussion of the show. I got to “meet” Sid Schwab…

A couple of days ago I recommended a short information table that compared conventional small molecule drugs to biologics (antibody therapies and other peptides/proteins). It was quick and I recommended it for the average Terra Sig reader. However, I was quick in writing the post, and should have been more critical of the information I…

I’m happy to report that physician-journalist, Tom Linden, MD, has begun blogging over at Dr Mike Magee’s Health Commentary. Dr Linden is currently Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism and director of the Medical Journalism Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill J-school. As an example of the visibility of the…

[Retraction 14 December 2007: Following a consideration of comments by Prof Ian Musgrave (below), I must retract my recommendation of this table – upon re-examination, I should have been much more critical of the information provided.) The Wall Street Journal online has a nice general information table comparing and contrasting small molecules vs. proteins used…

Yes! “A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology.” Imagine a presidential debate focused solely on issues of science and technology as they relate to medicine, international competitiveness, terrorism, public health, embryonic stem cell research, bioethics of genotyping and other molecular diagnostics, research policy/funding and job creation, or minimization of health disparities, among…