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From today’s article by the always-interesting Sarah Avery at the News & Observer: After several failed attempts to extract the item, Manley was referred to another doctor, who suggested removing the entire left lung. “I said, no, I wouldn’t be doing that,” Manley says. That’s when he decided to seek a second opinion at Duke…

I’m very proud today to see one of my formative professors, Dr Fulton Crews, quoted extensively in a USAToday article on a new, web-based alcohol awareness initiative, “Rethinking Drinking,” from NIH’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. While many associate heavy drinking with liver problems, it can…

Saturday news roundup

Here are some interesting news items I found during the week but lacked the time to blog about: Natural alternatives to growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock feed in EU Related: Herbal therapy for pigs at PigProgress.net Coke and Cargill partner on herbal sweetener, Stevia (Rebiana) Singapore herbal remedy adulterated with potent prescription drugs Famed Karolinska Institutet…

Yes, the decimal point matters

This sad story harkens back to my days as a pharmacy prof when students would argue for points on an incorrect pharmaceutical calculations exam by saying, “well, only the decimal point was off.” A pharmacy erroneously made a drug 10 times more potent than intended, which killed three people who received it at an Oregon…

The new issue of Newsweek (19 Mar 2007) carried a surprise for me: former Wall Street Journal health reporter, Sharon Begley, has moved back to the magazine. In fact, Begley wrote this week’s excellent discussion and cover story on the massive amount of science in support of evolution. “The debate over human origins has been…

Frequent commenter, anjou, just sent along a link to a MSNBC article by Robert Bazell entitled, “Ignoring the failures of alternative medicine.” The article is subtitled, “The U.S. spends millions testing popular supplements. It’s a futile effort.” Bazell is chief science and health correspondent for MSNBC. Most striking about Bazell’s article is that the mainstream…

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…

From USA Today, some interesting and sad news: When a teenager in Jan Sigerson’s office mentioned a “pharm party” in February, Sigerson thought the youth was talking about a keg party out on a farm. “Pharm,” it turned out, was short for pharmaceuticals, such as the powerful painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin. Sigerson, program director for…

Climate change cover-up

No surprise here: a highly-regarded climatologist declares that the Bush administration is “muzzling government scientists” and covering up the facts about global warming.