Archive for February, 2007


Very little, very late…but at least it was enough for the kids to have some fun!

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Cancer “stem cells”

This article is very interesting – not only for the potential advance that this may represent, but also for the helpful use of analogies (stem cells, dandelion roots) that make the general concept more clear to the reading public.

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Pharma News 2_23

Ed Silverman over at Pharmalot features the story that came out in the Wall Street Journal this week, about Genentech’s Lucentis competing with its sibling drug, Avastin, in the treatment of macular degeneration. The NIH is planning to sponsor a head-to-head trial.

More interesting stuff on Avastin – indications that it may be effective with brain tumors. Then of course there’s the late breaking news that half the recommended dose of Avastin seems to be just as effective as the full dose in treating lung cancer.

I’m sure there have been other interesting news tidbits this week, but I’m in a hurry today!

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After Hours 2_22

Classical guitar music – not for everyone, but occasionally, you can’t beat it. Here are some artists you may want to try out; some are “old friends,” others more recent discoveries (links lead to pages where you can hear samples):

Phil Keaggy

Christopher Parkening

Don Ross

Dave Beegle

Brooks Williams

…and, of course, the old master, Andres Segovia.

Reader Keith Cox also recommends Rodrigo Y Gabriela, whose music can be described as “flamenco with attitude”!

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Answer: What is it?

Village residents from the Rostov region of Russia caught a weird creature two weeks ago after a strong storm in the Sea of Azov. The shark-looking creature was producing strange squeaky sounds. The fishermen originally believed that they had caught an alien and decided to film the monster with the help of a cell phone camera. The footage clearly shows the creatures’ head, body and long tail. The bizarre catch was weighing almost 100 kilograms, the Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.

However, UFOlogists and scientists were greatly disappointed when they found out that the fishermen had eaten the monster. They said that they were not scared of the creature so they decided to use it as food. One of the men said that it was the most delicious dish he had ever eaten.

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You can Havidol!

Are you suffering from Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder (DSACDAD)? Some people actually think they are…and now there’s new treatment – Havidol!

Great spoof on a fake drug and condition, dreamed up by Australian artist Justine Cooper.

The website promoting Havidol is well-done and almost convincing. I enjoyed doing something similar with some colleagues a few years back, with Tranquel, a theobromine-based treatment for lots of mood disorders. But my favorite fake drug of all time is Delinqua, a product a few of us came up with for chronic tardiness.

Who says you can’t Havidol?

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Canadian press release here (Vitesse had merged not long ago with Canadian provider Provinent).

I had a high opinion of the original U.S.-based VitesseLearning team, and enjoy collaborating with them. After the merger, and a major departure of personnel here in the U.S.  last year, things apparently went downhill rapidly.

Leadership Matters. And that’s all I have to say about that.

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