Friday, October 15, 2004

MIT Technology Review: Global Warming Bombshell

""Suddenly the hockey stick, the poster-child of the global warming community, turns out to be an artifact of poor mathematics.""

See the analysis at Why not in a major scientific journal? Because Nature rejected it. You decide.


[From MIT Technology Review]

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US

Yahoo! News - Nobel laureate calls for steeper tax cuts in US:

""Edward Prescott, who picked up the Nobel Prize for Economics, said President George W. Bush's tax rate cuts were "pretty small" and should have been bigger.

"What Bush has done has been not very big, it's pretty small," Prescott told CNBC financial news television.

"Tax rates were not cut enough," he said. Lower tax rates provided an incentive to work, Prescott said.

Prescott and Norwegian Finn Kydland won the 2004 Nobel Economics Prize for research into the forces behind business cycles." "

CDC Posts Interim Guidelines for Influenza Vaccination

CDC Posts Interim Guidelines for Influenza Vaccination

[Via Medscape Headlines]

U.S. FDA Tried to Block Vioxx Results: Lawmaker

U.S. FDA Tried to Block Vioxx Results: Lawmaker:

""U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials pressured an agency safety official to keep quiet or water down his findings that the now-withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx was dangerous to the heart, a leading Senate Republican charged on Thursday.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said he interviewed FDA scientist David Graham as part of the committee's probe of how the agency handled the Merck & Co. Inc. drug, which the company pulled a week ago.

According to a statement from Grassley, Graham said he had been "ostracized" and subject to "veiled threats" and "intimidation" from within the FDA when he tried to get his research published in the weeks before Merck acknowledged Vioxx's risks.""

U.S. Health Officials Release National Flu Pandemic Plan

U.S. Health Officials Release National Flu Pandemic Plan:

""The Dept of Health and Human Services recently released its plan to respond to and prepare for an influenza pandemic, detailing domestic actions as well as its role in the global health community.
The Nation's Health""

[Via Medscape Headlines]

Saturday, October 9, 2004

Device To Improve Venipuncture Accuracy

Vein contrast enhancer improves chances you'll get stuck only once:

" "Herbert Zeman has invented a device he calls the vein contrast enhancer (VCE) that is aimed at reducing failed attempts at hitting the vein the first time during blood tests, injections, and IV drip insertions. The device uses infrared LEDs to point out areas of high blood concentration, which, if the patient is in fact human, are veins. The LEDs illuminate the skin at a wavelength of 740 nanometers which is highly-absorbed by blood and dispered by fat and other tissue. The result is an image that represents the location of veins. This image is then projected back onto the skin using a “hot mirror” that ensures accuracy within 0.06mm.""

vein contrast enhancer

[Via Engadget]

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Iraq Survey Group Report Available

The Iraq Survey Group report is available at the CIA website. They've broken out the 'Key Findings' as a separate PDF document. Don't just be content to let some reporter tell you what is says. Go look for yourself...

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Harvest of Organs Was 'Homicide'

The Australian: Harvest of organs was 'homicide':

""A US coroner issued a homicide finding yesterday after determining that two hospitals allowed vital organs to be removed from a man before they had proven he was brain dead.

William Rardin's cause of death was "removal of his internal organs by an organ recovery team", ruled coroner Mark Young in Montrose County, Colorado.

He said he did not believe the case should be a criminal matter, but suggested it "should lead to a clarification of what the accepted standard is".

Mr Young said the two hospitals did not follow "accepted medical standards" or meet state guidelines in determining that Rardin, 31, was brain dead after he shot himself last month.""

What were the tests done at the hospital to determine brain death? Splashy headline, but we need more facts to really know what went on.

Donor card, anyone?

Brain MRI Successfully Adapted for Intraoperative Use

Brain MRI Successfully Adapted for Intraoperative Use in Germany.

A neurosurgeon's wet dream

FDA Public Health Advisory: Safety of Vioxx

FDA Public Health Advisory: Safety of Vioxx from the FDA and also a FAQ.

As far as I have been able to find out, the results that led to the early termination of the APPROVe trial have not been published. What seems to have happened is that the trial was terminated because interim analysis revealed the increased risk of heart attacks in those taking Vioxx for more than 18 months. Of note is the fact that the study enrolled fewer than three thousand patients, yet still possessed enough power to allow this conclusion, which suggests to me that complications were not rare (in which case a much larger study sample would have been needed to demonstrate this result).

Monday, October 4, 2004

Vioxx: How Safe Is FDA Approval?

Vioxx: How Safe Is FDA Approval?:

""The problems with Vioxx, taken off the market last week, raise questions about the Food and Drug Administration's safety review process. Observers say longer clinical trials should be required.""

[Via Wired News]

Sunday, October 3, 2004

Did Kerry Cheat in First Debate?

"No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by any candidate." So states the memorandum of understanding between the two campaigns regarding the debates. Yet, this video shows John Kerry taking something out of his pocket at the beginning of the debate and placing it on his lectern. Please explain, Mr. Kerry. Perhaps it was a picture of Teresa to inspire you?

is this Kerry cheating?

[via American Daughter]

What's Michael Moore Up To?

It seems Michael Moore is turning his camera on drug makers and health unsurers.

""Companies have warned their sales representatives to be on the lookout for camera phones and reports of Moore representatives offering $50,000 to doctors' offices to place hidden cameras or $5,000 to sales representatives willing to be filmed, according to a representative of one drug maker, who asked not to be identified.

"Moore's spokesman would not comment on any production activity or allegations of payments to drug company employees.""

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