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Archives for December, 2008

I just sent out an e-mail to a bunch of friends asking what they were doing this New Year’s Eve. We’ll be at home in the City of Medicine drinking a bottle of 1997 Grongnet “Special Club” Champagne. Then I’ll try to do a 8K trail run being held tomorrow at Duke Forest. Feel free…

I see you – I’ve been there. You’re sitting in the lab the day before New Year’s Eve looking at what you’ve done over the last year – or last six years – and thinking about how you’re ever going to turn this postdoc or extended grad school period into some gainful career. The economy…

Even at this incredibly slow time of the year for blog traffic, we hit about 250% of our average readership yesterday with search engines finding our post on Allergan’s new eyelash enhancing cosmeceutical, Latisse. Lots of folks wanting to know where to buy Latisse – Allergan stock anyone? (Aside: Among my other search term hits…

The tagline is from Elaine D’Farley at Self magazine talking about the FDA’s then-pending approval of Allergan’s Latisse™ for cosmetic growth of longer, thicker eyelashes treatment of hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. While not expected until early 2009, Jacob Goldstein at the WSJ Health Blog clued me in to the approval last Friday (Allergan press release…

Did someone say “shoes?”

Blame Isis: Figure 1: New Balance 908 trail shoes with my Polar S1 footpod (to go with my four-year-old Polar RS200). And don’t give me grief about my Smartwool Light Hiking Socks – best trail running sock on the planet.

For as good of an attitude as I normally seem to have on the blog, I just simply don’t do well with the end-of-the-year holidays (but condolences should be sent instead to my dear friend who suffered a true loss earlier this morning). While it may take some therapy to truly understand my blahs this…

Key West Pharmboy Awards

Okay, Dear Reader, I know you are tired of my ranting about Key West no matter how much I try to make it a focus of natural product therapeutics. So, with your indulgence, I need to make two serious awards to acknowledge the warmth and kindness of the good souls of Key West. Two people…

In our last few hours bidding farewell to the Conch Republic, we stopped at the Southernmost Point marker. Regular commenter and blogger leigh (the path forward) reminded us to “get a picture of the family pharmboy at the southernmost point marker, that’s classic cheesy fun.” Well, dear leigh, we found that the marker does not…

I wrote at length the other day about my visit and talk at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, noting that Duke students and their Key West High School mentees would be presenting the results of their 2008 projects yesterday afternoon. Well, we were sadly flying out about the time of the presentations…

Coturnix spotted in Key West!

Click on the photo to find out where we spotted these little miracles of nature. And nary a PLoS T-shirt among them.