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Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum have released a new book entitled, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. Mr Mooney and Ms Kirshenbaum also co-author the blog, The Intersection, a Discover Magazine online. I was fortunate to receive a review copy from the publisher but must admit, sheepishly, that the book has sat unread…

I just had a chance to check in on a triad of posts by Prof Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science (1, 2, 3) on the ethical issues of the conduct of studies, particularly clinical trials, supported by the US NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). For background, NCCAM was…

I was surfing around the DNC site last night and came upon this nice addendum to yesterday’s post: a series of videos about the Denver area narrated by a proud native and six-term Congresswoman Diana Degette (D-CO, 1st). I was reminded while going through 5280 magazine that Rep. Degette had written a book about the…

Escalating lunacy

It’s a lovely crescent moon this evening up here in the Northern Hemisphere so I can’t blame the latest unbelievable and irrational happenings on a full moon (which would be unscientific, of course). Okay, maybe sunspots? First, the Bush administration was proposing draft legislation to grant medical professionals the right to withhold care, prescriptions, etc.,…

Effective science communication and science advocacy in the public arena has been much discussed in the science blogosphere. But is ranting on science and medical blogs the most effective way to promote science, especially in the United States? I’ve had some discussions with other scientists, including blog colleague PhysioProf, who submit that the best way…

Die, you gravy-sucking pigs*

. . .that’s the message from Dr Bertha Madras, deputy director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, to heroin and morphine users whose lives might be saved in the overdose situation by public distribution of “overdose rescue kits” comprised of a $9.50 nasal spray containing Narcan. Narcan is the brand name…

Yes! “A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology.” Imagine a presidential debate focused solely on issues of science and technology as they relate to medicine, international competitiveness, terrorism, public health, embryonic stem cell research, bioethics of genotyping and other molecular diagnostics, research policy/funding and job creation, or minimization of health disparities, among…

I woke this morning to BBC reporting that the six Bulgarian nurses and doctor charged erroneously with transmitting HIV to over 400 Libyan children have been released and are safely home in Bulgaria. Orac and Revere here at ScienceBlogs covered the upholding of death sentences against the six that opened the procedural door to their…

The wimpy approval of OTC status today for Plan B emergency contraception only for women 18 and older has me nonplussed. I’ve been disgusted by the intrusion of politics into science and medicine on this issue for quite some time. As some Terra Sig readers know, a major network news outlet keeps the real Dr…

Interesting timing: former US National Cancer Institute director and current acting FDA commish Dr Andrew von Eschenbach is about to go before the Senate tomorrow regarding his nomination for the permanent position. You know that he was going to get reamed over FDA’s delay of over-the-counter approval for the Plan B emergency contraceptive, despite all…