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Archives for February, 2010

Reuters and Bloomberg reported earlier this week on an ongoing patent battle (read: pissing match) between Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co. relating to their erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra and Cialis, respectively. A US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) appeals committee has ruled that an element of Pfizer’s patent on sildenafil, the active chemical in…

More of The Knack

Following this weekend’s loss of musician Doug Fieger, I’m going through some YouTube vids and found two of my favorites from the less-appreciated 2nd album by The Knack, “But the Little Girls Understand.” “I Want Ya” was the second cut – just a bunch of simple chords but Bruce Gary’s drumming is even better than…

Calling all African science blogs!

What’s wrong with this picture?: You’re looking at a screenshot of a map detailing the origins of each of the last 500 visits to Terra Sigillata. I took this shot at about 2 pm local time in Durban, South Africa, home to cognitive science blogger Michael Meadon at Ionian Enchantment. Michael is a graduate student…

Just before Christmas, the US FDA issued a warning regarding a clay-based traditional West African remedy for morning sickness called Nzu or Calabar or Calabash clay. We discussed this topic here when the initial health warning came out from Texas. The problem with the product is that it contains high levels of lead and arsenic…

I was an angry 14- or 15-year-old in late 1978 or early 1979 – can’t recall which year, but definitely angry – walking home on a Sunday night after a dishwasher shift at Grandma’s Saucy Apron, a now-defunct Italian restaurant in my hometown where I was working to make money for a Spanish National Honor…

Valued commenter wc just left us a link to one of the most insightful articles to date on Dr. Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama in Huntsville biology professor charged in the shooting deaths of three colleagues where two other professors and an administrative assistant were injured. In today’s Decatur Daily, staff writer Eric Fleischauer…

First and foremost our condolences go to all our our colleagues at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and others in the Huntsville science community such as Twitter friend, @girlscientist, Dr. Chris Gunter. As we are learning, yesterday’s shooting occurred after UAH Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Amy Bishop, learned that she would not be…

LungMutiny2010 – Still Life

I started strong this morning, lots of e-mail interaction with the lab and even a few hundred words on a blog post, but then had another setback. Hence I offer you a photographic (iPhone cam) composition entitled, “Still Life.” I am too young to feel this old. (Special note to PalMD: No vomiting from the…

From Monday’s issue of The Press in York, England: A breast cancer patient from York says she is “disgusted” by a shortage of the drug she and hundreds of other women rely on to reduce the risk of the disease returning. Mother-of-two Marion Barclay, 45, said the situation became so serious last Friday, she faced…

Thank you for visiting our introductory post on K2 Spice and welcome readers from Maia Szalavitz at the TIME Healthland blog. The comments to which she refers can be seen by scrolling to the end of the post. However, our blog has moved since this was posted in Feb 2010 and any further comments are…