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Archives for May, 2009

Heroin Hits The Heartland

When one thinks of a heroin user, thoughts most often come to mind of a person living in squalor in a big metropolitan city or that of an artsy, poetic hipster (while there are many literary works on the life of heroin users, my all-time favorite is Basketball Diaries, an autobiographical account written by Jim…

I was tagged with a meme by BikeMonkey (whose initials “BM” make me laugh) at Sun Dappled Forest a few days ago but didn’t have a chance to get to it. Post your best/worst covers and tag some more muppethuggers. Oh and do a linkback to whomever tagged you if it wasn’t me. In the…

A recent discussion with some of my neuropharmacology colleagues led me to go back through the cobwebs and revisit the Terra Sig archives for posts on drugs of abuse. The following was my third post ever and the first on actual scientific substance (the first two were introductions: a hello post and an explanation of…

Award-winning investigative journalist friend, Barry Yeoman, passes along this morning a fantastic post from awesome local Durham, NC, blog, Bull City Rising. Heh. Rising. Now Men’s Health magazine has given Durham another trumpeting tribute, having taken a long, hard look at one of the rankings that only such a periodical could bring. Durham found itself…

The US Food and Drug Administration is usually the first federal authority to take action on adverse event reports for any health product. But few appreciate that the FDA is also responsible for regulation of cosmetic products: pretty much anything applied to the skin. So, it was no surprise when I was trolling the FDA…

About four years ago, I started reading blogs. One of those, Respectful Insolence, was written by a surgical oncologist who writes under the name, Orac. This was before he was asked to be at ScienceBlogs and about a year before Terra Sig was. He has since become my friend and colleague. Orac is one of…

Although I saw this obituary over the weekend, I didn’t get to posting it until today. I was reminded by a local friend, an outstanding young scientist in her own right, of the impact that Dr Schanberg had made on so, so many lives in science, medicine, and our larger community. I only had the…

The Jerk: Not Steve Martin

So it’s a bit late on a Saturday here and I will not try to snow you into thinking that I actually had a Friday Fermentable post that I just accidentally forgot to post yesterday. However, I wanted to leave you with a link to a column by the husband and wife wine columnists for…

Well, it’s mid-May at 36° North, the honeysuckles are blooming, my allergies are miserable, the air is damp, and that can only mean one thing: the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting is nearly upon us. Held this year beginning on 29 May, the annual ASCO meeting coincides with all sorts of announcements of…

Goodbye, Ski Train???

Ski Train? Wasn’t that the title of a Cat Stevens song? I was just getting around to putting up a science post when I just received a Tweet from my Rocky Mountain peeps at Denver’s Westword magazine, the indy pub of the Queen City of the Plains. (Actually, this is kind of a science post…