Sunday, April 30, 2006
"I was totally afraid of the dentist," she said. "Now I go to the dentist every six months and I just can't wait."
"Going to the dentist shouldn't be this bad thing," said Dr. Kimberly Baer, who did Ms. Romanick's dental work. "It should be like going to get your hair done."
At the Dentist's Office, X-Rays, Root Canals and, Now, Pampering in the NYT
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
"While some doctors say that the advertisements bring uninformed but very determined patients who simply must have Drug X into their offices, others say that allowing drug ads on television encourages people to talk about their health and may bring otherwise undiagnosed problems to light."
Listen Here. [Note: the link for the show is in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.]
"India's outsourced call centres are well known, but not its outsourced patients. By 2010, some estimate there will be two million patients in India on clinical trials. An entire industry has sprung up, specialising in recruiting patients and managing experiments. And a BBC investigation into the conduct of these trials has found that some patients are unaware they are being experimented on at all. "
See "Drug trials outsourced to India," and a trailer for the BBC documentary.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
will be presenting: "The Embryo Project: A Virtual Laboratory for Understanding Developmental Science and its Contexts"
Thursday 27 April Part of the IT Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Lecture Series 1:30 in Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 133.
"From Transplantation to Translation: Stems Cells in History"
Friday 28 April: 3:35 p.m. Room 131 of the Tate Laboratory of Physics
(refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in Room 216).
Jane Maienschein is the author of "Whose View of Life?"
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
"Then I see the wheelchair. It's similar to other prewar wheelchairs I've seen, but there's something unusual about the frame. Is this a tilting mechanism? A fancy suspension system? Looks like fine German engineering. I like vintage wheelchairs. An obsolete Everest & Jennings drive belt hangs in my office as a bit of nostalgia, like an old wagon wheel in a barbecue shack. I have an urge to jostle the chair, to see what that frame does. The sign mentions a German institution. So, no single owner. But even in institutions, people manage to bond with chairs. A state-owned chair may be occupied by the same person every day, parked beside that person's bed at night."
See "Wheelchair Unbound" in The New York Times Magazine.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
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Friday, April 14, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
"Genetic tests, once obscure tools for scientists, have begun to influence everyday lives in many ways."
"It may be only natural then that ethnic ancestry tests, one of the first commercial products to emerge from the genetic revolution, are spurring a thorough exploration of the question, What is in it for me?"
"Prospective employees with white skin are using the tests to apply as minority candidates, while some with black skin are citing their European ancestry in claiming inheritance rights.
One Christian is using the test to claim Jewish genetic ancestry and to demand Israeli citizenship, and Americans of every shade are staking a DNA claim to Indian scholarships, health services and casino money."
Sunday, April 09, 2006
"The frenzy of our wired world, he argues, is giving nearly all of us the symptoms of attention deficit disorder. To conquer the enemy, he says, we first need to name it."
So he has come up with the following suggestions, among others:
¶Screensucking, which he defines as "wasting time engaging with any screen — for instance, computer, video game, television, BlackBerry." He goes on to use his new word in a sentence: "I was supposed to write that article, but instead I spent the whole afternoon screensucking." That concept hits particularly close to home.
¶EMV, or E-Mail Voice. This, Dr. Hallowell writes, is "the unearthly tone a person's voice takes on when he is reading e-mail while talking to you on the telephone." Researchers at M.I.T., he tells us, have developed a program that can electronically measure how engaged people are in a conversation, giving scientific certainty to your suspicion that you are not being listened to.
"Although tests of TGN1412 in monkeys showed no significant trouble, all six human subjects nearly died."
"...the British government announced it was convening an international panel of experts to "consider what necessary changes to clinical trials may be required."
"In statements this week, both Parexel and the drug's manufacturer, TeGenero, emphasized that they had complied with all regulatory requirements and conducted the trial according to the approved protocol. But they declined to answer questions e-mailed to them about the specifics of the science involved. "
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Here's a link to the report by the Center for Media and Democracy.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
"The fantasy of achieving a "bikini-ready" body on a deadline is an intoxicating incentive, according to those who have experienced and observed the behavior. And in a school setting, in which tightly knit groups of young women are all vacationing together, diets easily become competitive or, as Dr. Maine put it, contagious."