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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…

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…

This past weekend’s international science communication conference, ScienceOnline2010, also saw the first, final hardback copies of Rebecca Skloot’s long-awaited book make it into the hands of the science and journalism consuming public. Moreover, an excerpt of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has just appeared in the new issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. And…

In discussing the Christmas birth of a son to ScienceBlogs launcher and science journalist Christopher Mims and his wife, I neglected to note another addition to our tribe of science, from a science blogger specifically. ChemicalBiLOLogy blogger, Arlenna, gave birth on Christmas Eve to a beautiful girl, pictured here with Mr. Arlenna. In her brief…

I am not worthy

[Sort of a repost from the last three years, updated appropriately - APB] Seven years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1524 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb 13 oz (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle…

I am not worthy

[Sort of a repost from the last two years, updated appropriately - APB] Six years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1624 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb. 13 oz. (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle…

Only time for a short post today but many news outlets are just now picking up on a 12 March WaPo article by David Segal on the 10th anniversary of the US FDA approval of the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra. As we noted in yesterday’s post, the active ingredient in Viagra, sildenafil, is so popular…

There are responsible ways to present medical information and irresponsible ways. I will say at the outset that I have no ethical issues with discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with cancer patients, as long as the information presented is based in fact. So it was no surprise to me and actually quite alarming to…

Breast Cancer Cure from Dirt?

Perhaps not a cure but certainly another critical tool in the anticancer armamentarium. If you’ve ever read our introduction to the left in my profile as to why this blog is called Terra Sigillata, you’d know that the first trademarked drug was dirt itself (or soil to be exact). Terra Sigillata was a special fatty…

I am not worthy

[Sort of a repost from last year, updated appropriately - APB] Five years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1624 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb. 13 oz. (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle of drooling,…