Category Archives: Medical

EpiPen Pricing Defended by Shkreli

Martin Shkreli, pharmaceutical patent scavenger, did an interview with CBS and defended Mylan Corp’s inflated pricing of their EpiPen product. “This particular drug is a necessity for some people,” Nair said. “Yeah sure, that’s great – but I think important medicine should be expensive because they’re valuable,” said Martin Shkreli. The former pharmaceutical chief gained… Read More »

Gator Attack Way Too Close to Home

This past Monday, Diane was out house-hunting. She checked out a listing for a house that was interesting in part because it was close to a park. After looking at the house, Diane went over to the park to have a look at it, too. This was Sawgrass Lake Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, near… Read More »

Texas: Your “Weaknesses” Are Weak — And Old, Too

Yesterday, the Texas State Board of Education had a hearing on the science curriculum. As expected, the big issue was over evolutionary science and how it would be taught in Texas K-12 classrooms. Kathy Miller Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network and Steve Schafersman of Texas Citizens for Science did liveblogging from the hearing… Read More »

Collecting More OAS Information

Given the comment on my earlier thread pointing out a surgical alternative to use of CPAP machinery, I’ve been doing some looking into treatment of obstructive airway syndrome (OAS). This evening, I came across another alternative, oral appliances (OAs). These are structures applied in the mouth that are supposed to provide an open airway mechanically,… Read More »

Stress and Blogging

This New York Times article talks about a modern work hazard, the stress of blogging for pay. Apparently, a couple of high-profile technology bloggers have kicked the bucket in an untimely fashion. One of them left an email that may stand as his last words: “Have come down with something. Resting now posts to resume… Read More »

The Bug Going Around

Diane had it, and it looked like a misery. Rob, my boss, has it now, and he certainly doesn’t look comfortable. I got a flu shot a couple of weeks ago, and until last night I had no symptoms. But within the space of a couple of hours, I went from nothing to severe shivering… Read More »

Florida: The Final Word (from the public)

The proposed science standards for Florida are different from the old standards. One way in which they differ is that the word “evolution” appears in the proposed standards. There were four previous public meetings for comment on the proposed standards, including one in Orlando. Well, now there is a media advisory out that just one… Read More »

AFM, Under Pressure

ELEMENT OF SURPRISE At the University of South Florida, Professor Jay Dean has equipment that synthesizes two exotic technologies in order to examine something very basic indeed: how oxygen interacts with tissues. The two technological bits are a hyperbaric chamber and an atomic force microscope (AFM). This allows Dean and his colleagues to examine, at… Read More »

Pharmacies, Algebra, and Budgets

It’s been a while since I discussed what’s up with my medical condition. That’s actually been good news. I’ve been doing pretty well, with a good deal less pain than when I still had my colon. But because I no longer have that large intestine, there are some things that become a matter of maintenance… Read More »

Diabetes breakthrough

Diabetes breakthrough If this news report and the research behind it are accurate, this is a huge story. A tip of the hat to Steve Story, who dropped this link to me in email. (Update: Another hat tip to Arkady Bukh for the new link since the old one forgot itself.) I’d say it is… Read More »


I am really happy to be around for this Thanksgiving. Two years ago I was recovering from major surgery and wondering what life would be like in my future. Today, we started things off with a visit to a horse ranch in Jamul where Andrea has obtained permission to take the hawks out to try… Read More »

Taming Wild Water

The New York Times reports on a cheap new device to help people get good drinking water in places where clean water simply isn’t available. The invention is called Lifestraw, a plastic tube with seven filters: graduated meshes with holes as fine as 6 microns (a human hair is 50 to 100 microns), followed by… Read More »

Two Reported Antidotes from the University of Wisconsin

‘Failed’ experiment yields a biocontrol agent that doesn’t trigger antibiotic resistance New drug blocks influenza, including bird flu virus The two press releases linked above report work with broad claims for the control of disease. The first discusses the production of a bacterial plasmid that undergoes lethal runaway self-replication. The researcher also has developed a… Read More »

Cloning news

Cloned mice created from fully differentiated cells, a milestone in cloning research The research study finds that fully differentiated cells are actually better for the purpose of cloning than adult stem cells. They worked with mice in this study, and one of the things to note about it was that they did a lot of… Read More »

It Figures: Elevated Testosterone Kills Nerve Cells

ScienceDaily: Elevated Testosterone Kills Nerve Cells The linked article describes research where cultures of nerve cells show apoptosis – a programmed cell death process – when high concentrations of testosterone are present. The link to human medicine is that treatment with testosterone or other steroids may reach concentrations that trigger apoptosis in the human brain.… Read More »

Dolphin Tails and Animal Models

This morning, Glenn Branch IM’d me a link to the following blog post: Pure Pedantry : Scientists in FL attempt to make prosthetic dolphin tail Jake Young follows a quote from the original article with the following: Crazy town. We should have more programs in animal prosthetics — because animal disability is no laughing matter.… Read More »

A Virus, I Think

I’ve been under the weather, which accounts for the paucity of posts here. Yes, I know, I was really under the weather when I started this weblog. In any case, I started feeling some scratchiness in my throat last week. I started taking some zinc lozenges, which seemed to help with the symptoms at least.… Read More »

Internet Access as a Hospital Service?

Back when I was in the hospital in 2004, one thing that helped my state of mind was getting online via dial-up to the Internet. I could do email, surf the web, do instant messaging, and generally keep in touch with reality outside the hospital room. Late in my first stay, an administrative type came… Read More »