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Many thanks for some blog publicity go out to Karl Leif Bates, editor of Duke University’s online research monthly magazine, Duke Research, and co-founder of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). Many of you who attended this past weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 gathering may recognize Karl as he was in attendance. Completely independent of any coaxing (Karl…

I just started receiving a bunch of Google referral hits from readers searching for a story about the US Federal Trade Commission apparently taking regulatory action against a church that is selling supplements claimed to exhibit anti-cancer activities. The article in question, “Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements,” was written…

A must-see: Key West Botanical Garden

As I mentioned in my intro post to our week in Key West, I was definitely going to make a visit to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. We took the then-PharmToddler there in November 2003 when this gem was just being relaunched after decades of negligence. According to Georgia Tasker at the…

“Prescribing ‘placebo treatments': results of national survey of US internists and rheumatologists,” is the title of a newly-published article in the 23 October issue of BMJ (British Medical Journal). The full text article and PDF are available for free at the time of this posting. In this study of 679 US physicians, Tilburt et al.…

BusinessWeek sends us Airborne

Many thanks to science and medical senior writer Cathy Arnst of BusinessWeek for the unexpected coverage online a couple of days ago in their Working Parents blog. Ms Arnst cited Terra Sig and one of our previous posts in discussing the additional FTC settlement funds to be provided by the makers of Airborne for false…

This link is just to quickly follow up on yesterday’s post, “FDA Warns Individuals and Firms to Stop Selling Fake Cancer ‘Cures’.” The US FDA has specifically listed those companies and individuals as well as their specific products that were cited in yesterday’s action: 125 Fake Cancer “Cures” Consumers Should Avoid And for more information…

I’m even later to the game on this story than my blogging colleague, Orac: ERV, Pharyngula, and denialism blog have each given their takes on the Minnesota’s plan to authorize NDs, doctors of naturopathy, to use the title of “Doctor.” For two views on what naturopathy is, here is one from the American Association of…

Sorry to get to this so late but I wanted to weigh on an excellent post from my cancer blogging colleague, Orac, the other day on the investigation of CAM therapies in cancer. The post covers a lot of ground, as expected from any of Orac’s exhaustive missives, but I wanted to focus on the…

GlaxoSmithKline to buy Sirtris

Just a little blurb in my local paper this morning that is making a big splash in the stock market: international pharma giant GSK is purchasing Cambridge, MA-based Sirtris Pharmaceuticals Inc. for an estimated US$720 million. Glaxo plans to bolster its pipeline with Sirtris’s experimental biotechnology treatments targeting aging-related diseases. In early trading, Sirtris shares…

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…