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Welcome 4 March readers of The Daily Grail – please be sure to also click on the original post about the DMT article by my colleague, Laura Mariani. Thanks to Dave Munger & Co’s ResearchBlogging.org, I just found a fabulous neuroscience grad student blogger from Emory University: Laura E Mariani at Neurotypical? Doctor-to-be Mariani blogged…

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…

A few years ago, GlaxoSmithKline marketed Remifemin brand of black cohosh extract from their consumer products division as a hormone-free alternative in managing menopausal symptoms. But after reports surfaced that black cohosh might be associated with cases of liver damage, GSK very quietly walked away. (To date, no one has ever shown that black cohosh…

Never bathe in rose petals

Such was the tagline of a review of Amy Stewart’s new book, “Flower Confidential,” as written by George Anders in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Ms. Stewart, however, is a danger-seeker. In “Flower Confidential” she tests her love by grabbing her reporter’s notebook and her passport and traveling to Latin American farms and Dutch markets…

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

President Ford and his family have a special place in the heart of Coloradans, in part for helping to popularize the Vail Valley ski resorts – the “Western White House,” as it was then known. Little-appreciated outside Colorado is that the Fords continued to contribute to the Vail and Beaver Creek areas long after the…

More on negative black cohosh results

As we discussed briefly on Tuesday, trial results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that alternative botanical supplements containing black cohosh were without benefit relative to placebo in treating the vasomotor symptoms (e.g., hot flashes, night sweats) of peri- and postmenopausal women. The Cheerful Oncologist followed up with a post entitled, “Oh M’Gosh!…

Psychoactive natural products

If you’ve been working in this field for any period of time, cocktail party discussions or talks with students invariably turn to nature’s greatest trove of biologically-active compounds, those that act on the central nervous system (CNS) as stimulants, euphorics, and hallucinogens. So, over the last couple of days, I’ve been enjoying the posts by…

Weekend sex and drugs update

Most of last week’s posts were about music, so I thought I’d round out the holy trinity of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Traveling this weekend gave me an opportunity to indulge in one of my secret guilty pleasures: reading USA TODAY. First up, as it were, is Kitty Bean Yancey’s story on the…

We have a winner!

Monday’s contest to win $50 decoding the chemical and historical nature of the Terra Sigillata banner masthead got such a response that I didn’t even expect it. Amazingly, one entrant answered 4 of the 5 questions correctly, with the 5th being closest of anyone. I’ll be contacting the lucky feller forthwith regarding delivery of his…

I’ve never properly acknowledged the commercial artist, Mr Brien O’Reilly of SaBOR Design, who designed the content-rich, scientific eye-candy banner in the masthead above for the Sb version of Terra Sigillata. So, I’d like to kick off the week raising awareness of the banner and advertising Mr O’Reilly’s talents and services by asking some questions…