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Archives for December, 2007

PZ Myers also noted this story that came via Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science: a Florida Department of Education official used her professional affiliations (albeit via a personal e-mail account) to lobby against evolution being taught as the state updates its science educational standards: My name is Charlie Carraway and I’m a member…

We’ve been speaking about this issue on behalf of our lymphoma colleagues since late August. But yesterday’s New York Times (Alex Berenson) and Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog (Jacob Goldstein) brought greater awareness to the issue of Medicare’s proposal to cut reimbursement for “smart-bomb” radioimmunotherapies for lymphomas. So far, it appears that Medicare will move…

I can’t do any better than this today: I finally got around to reading yesterday’s Cancer Research Blog Carnival that I cited and was completely entranced by Matthew Zachary’s essay in The Huffington Post about his long battle with medulloblastoma. It was posted originally in July and provides outstanding insights on the life of a…

Yesterday, 6 December was the feast day of Saint Nicholas and that can only mean one thing: the newest batch was Samichlaus bier was brewed in Austria. Samichlaus – Swiss-German for ‘Santa Claus’ – is recognized widely as one of the world’s rarest, finest, and strongest bottom-fermented, or lager, beers. Indeed, it weighs in at…

I’ve been terribly remiss as of late in both promoting and submitting to blog carnivals. However, I wanted to draw your attention to an interesting new carnival and the latest edition of an old stalwart. The Cancer Research Blog Carnival is hosted this week at nosugrefneb.com/weblog written by Ben Ferguson, an MD/PhD student in cancer…

Yet another example in today’s press about dietary supplements contaminated, intentionally or accidentally, with prescription or unapproved drugs – in this case, anabolic steroids showing up in about 20% of supplements tested. I was asked by a major news organization if this is the first time that anabolic steroids have been found in supplements. Nope,…

A former research director for a complementary and alternative medicine program at a major academic medical center has just released a book that I must get my hands on. I just learned about “Snake Oil Science” by R. Barker Bausell from a Jerry Adler article in the current issue of Newsweek (10 Dec 2007). To…

I was way behind on this story relative to the pharma blogosphere (John Mack’s Pharma Marketing Blog, Ed Silverman’s Pharmalot, and the WSJ Health Blog), but Montel Williams has created a PR disaster for Partnership for Prescription Assistance of the industry group, PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America). While promoting prescription assistance programs in…

With the help of the good people at Patients Against Lymphoma, we’ve been following the ruling by Medicare that costs of radioimmunotherapeutics for lymphoma would now only be reimbursed at less than the acquisition cost (CMS-1392-FC). So ridiculous is this proposition that Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter weighed in with an article, “How Washington is Nixing a…

Today is World AIDS Day but I wish to relay the need for a different kind of help. Terra Sigillata has just learned that HIV/AIDS researcher Dr Sonia Napravnik and her daughter Sophia were among those whose apartments were destroyed by fire Wednesday night in Carrboro, NC. Sonia is a research assistant professor in the…