Monthly Archives: January 2009

Postrel: Bad News for Medical Progress

Virginia Postrel says It’s the worst regulatory news I’ve heard in a long time–and it predates the new administration by a half year. Sidney Wolfe, who seemingly never met a new drug or device he thought should be legal, has been named to four-year term on the FDA’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. He’s…

Lilly settles Zyprexa suit for $1.42 billion

The price drug companies pay for illegally marketing drugs for off-label (tnat is, non-FDA-approved) uses just got higher. Such off-label pushing has been a growing problem the past few years, as drug companies sought to expand the use and thus the profit from established drugs. Doctors are free to prescribe drugs for off-label uses —…

TV and infants, the (overdue) review study

Someone finally did a review study on TV — including “educational DVDs” — and infants. Among results that should not surprise … Watching TV programmes or DVDs aimed at infants can actually delay language development, according to a number of studies. For example, a 2008 Thai study published in Acta Paediatrica found that if children…

Bono bash fun break

1. Andrew Sullivan trashed Bono for his Times column (judge it yourself and summarize it in a contest if you’d like) — and trashed Bono’s lyrics as well. 2. A reader objected, saying Bono’s lyrics weren’t ALL so bad. 3. Sullivan half-conceded — and posted this video. Mess not with Andrew.

Hear hear: Why the Huffington Post Can’t Replace The New York Times

Steven Waldman: Why the Huffington Post Can’t Replace The New York Times The idea that the Huffington Post, or the explosion of interesting internet news or blogging sites, can replace journalistic institutions like the New York times or other newspapers or dinosaurs of the mainstream media truly misunderstands the web, newspapers, journalism and the serious…

Design (and design blogs) that hold up well

The bloggers at the design firm Pentagram know how to write a lede: During the financially dismal 2008 holiday shopping season, one product held up nicely: bras. Some great design worth exploring there, from the outfit that did the signage for the front of the Times building and the Atlantic redesign.