Terra Sigillata

Archives for April, 2008

A group e-mail showed up today from some of my boyhood friends and fellow Springsteen worshipers on the sad passing of Danny Federici yesterday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC from melanoma. He was only 58. Here’s my open letter and response to the thread: Hey-a Boyce, Not too much more to add here…

Dr Kimball Atwood IV at Science-Based Medicine and my long-time blogging colleague Orac have spilled oceans of e-ink on the institutionalization of alternative or integrative medicine in North America’s top academic medical centers. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is now often called “integrative medicine” to intellectually justify the incorporation of evidence-free, anecdotal practices into the…

Apologies in advance for just this quick link, but the topic is very timely given our highly-read post last week suggesting the repeal/modification of DSHEA, the primary US legislation directing the weak oversight of the dietary supplement industry. Herbal Science International, Inc. and FDA informed consumers and healthcare professionals of a nationwide recall of twelve…

“. . .you got marijuana in my lead.” Two great tastes that do not go great together (with apologies). [Welcome Fark.com readers on 12 Oct 2008 - I comment on the recent story here and you can read our other posts on drugs of abuse here. Thanks for stopping by - APB] A concise but…

Another Wine Experience: North American Meritage by Erleichda The wine-dinner group met recently at a local unpretentious BYOB restaurant. We are surely fortunate to have so many of these restaurants in the vicinity for they curtail greatly our costs for dining out. The theme for this evening’s wine tasting was the blend of Bordeaux grapes…

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) allows herbal and non-herbal supplements to be sold in the US without demonstration of effectiveness or safety. Despite recent improvements in Good Manufacturing Practices required of supplement manufacturers, these products still pose significant risks to the population simply because the hands of regulatory authorities are…

Neat-o. The ScienceBlogs conglomerate came up with a great idea that is now being implemented: a RSS feed of the most interesting Sb posts as selected by so-called SuperReaders. http://feeds.delicious.com/rss/SbReaderClub Each blog submitted for approval two representative readers who would volunteer to submit the “best of” recent ScienceBlogs posts – after the mothership ruled out…

Alamosa is a town of 8,500 residents on the west side of the Rockies in southern Colorado, equidistant to Denver and Albuquerque. You may sometimes hear of Alamosa described by Al Roker or other morning weather reporters as the “nation’s icebox” in setting the low temperature of the lower 48 US states, a title for…

I had only been blogging for four-and-a-half months when I got an e-mail two years ago today from someone named Katherine Sharpe at Seed Media Group in New York City. Seems they had started this ScienceBlogs.com thing a couple months earlier with 14 blogs, many of which I had already read regularly. I figured that…

Actinomycin D was the first antitumor antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces parvallus cultures by the lab of 1952 Nobel laureate, Dr Selman Waksman, at Rutgers University. However, it took a young Chinese physician and the confidence in her by a future US Surgeon General for this natural product drug to positively impact the lives of children…