Monthly Archives: December 2008

E.J. Dionne on the Arne Duncan choice

This seems to me a sharp-eyed take. Obama’s effort to be post-partisan, as it were, is not merely an attempt to split differences or accommodate both sides of an argument. He seeks to change the terms of the argument, just as he did in both the primary and general elections.

Rumblings and worries about Obama’s FDA options

As Obama solidifies his teams on science, education, and environment, attention — and not a little worry from the drug industry — is turning toward his hunt for a new FDA commissioner. The WSJ Health Blog reports that the FDA Commissioner Coalition, which is heavy with groups financed by the drug industry, appears increasingly concerned…

6 medical myths debunked – just in time for the holidays

Scientificblogging, drawing on apparently credible medical expertise, deflates six common med myths. My wife will love this. I’ve cited #4 to her a million times. 6 Medical Myths Debunked For Christmas: 1. Sugar makes kids hyperactive. 2. Suicides increase over the holidays. 3. Poinsettias are toxic. 4. You lose most of your body heat through…

Zimmer on brain-changing parasites

Good stuff from Zimmer: You go for a swim, and you don’t even notice the tiny worm that burrows into your skin. It slips into a vein and surges along through the blood for a while. Eventually it leaves your blood vessels and starts creeping up your spinal cord. Creep creep creep, it goes, until…