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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Idiots

By | October 25, 2007

Every now and then, I get an Email that makes me wonder whether people are idiots. OK, more than every now and then. Today, it was a job posting from a science writers' association that caught my eye. ''I am searching for a psychiatrist or psychologist, an expert in bipolar disorder, to write (or work with a writer to write) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bipolar Disorder.'' Hmm, I thought. I earned an MD and then finished an internship in psychiatry. I'm a writer. If I had the time and the inc

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UNH prof. cleared of criminal charges

By | October 25, 2007

A University of New Hampshire biochemistry professor who has been embroiled in a dispute with another faculty member was cleared of criminal charges on Tuesday (October 23). The district court of Durham, N.H., cleared linkurl:John Collins;http://biochemistry.unh.edu/Faculty/Collins/index.html of criminal charges of disorderly conduct and stalking, Collins told The Scientist. The charges, which were filed on June 29, came after Collins, then chair of the biochemistry department at UNH, was li

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Watson makes it official

By | October 25, 2007

James Watson is immediately stepping down as chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. The move follows days of linkurl:public criticism;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ of his remarks to a UK newspaper that people of African descent are less intelligent. "Closer now to 80 than 79, the passing on of my remaining vestiges of leadership is more than overdue," he said in a statement released this morning. "The linkurl:circumstances;http://www.the-scientis

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White House "eviscerated" CDC report, says official

By | October 25, 2007

CDC director Julie Gerberding spoke on Tuesday (Oct. 23) at a linkurl:Senate hearing;http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=ab4f7563-802a-23ad-468e-b225c43aef22 about the public health effects of climate change. But according to a linkurl:story;http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5inODG24ecfdaA-wDYGJMdlIfeVUA in the AP (thanks, linkurl:WSJ Health Blog;http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2007/10/24/cdc-climate-testimony-eviscerated-by-white-house/ ), six pages detaili

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Senate passes bill with open access provision

By | October 24, 2007

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the 2008 appropriations bill that -- if not vetoed by the President -- will be a big step forward for open access. By a voting margin of 75 to 19 the Senate passed the 2008 appropriations bill that includes $150 billion in funding for the Departments of Health and Human Services, and Education. The bill also includes a linkurl:public access mandate;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53366/,%22 for all research funded by the National Institutes of Health,

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AIDS drug development wins economics award

By | October 23, 2007

Two economists from the University of Chicago won the linkurl:Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award;http://www.researchamerica.org/outreach/garfieldaward.html this month, given out by the advocacy group Research!America. linkurl:Tomas Philipson;http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/faculty/web-pages/tomas-philipson.asp and linkurl:Anupam Jena;http://www.rand.org/economics/jena.html looked at how much consumers save and companies profit from the development of life-exten

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Congress investigates NIH lung trial integrity

By | October 23, 2007

A congressional committee is investigating whether researchers have a conflict of interest in their work on tobacco effects. The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3295/congressmen-seek-details-on-researchers-with-ties-to-tobacco-companies today that Congressmen John Dingell and Bart Stupak sent a linkurl:letter;http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_110/110-ltr.101907.NIH.NCI.ltr.pdf to the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Nati

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New World flora and fauna, circa 1585

By | October 23, 2007

In May, Bill Sharfman linkurl:wrote about;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53253/ a London exhibit of works by John White, a 16th-century painter and traveler. They are of what might be considered well-known items: A pineapple, a plantain, and a Portuguese Man O' War. As Sharfman pointed out, however, "when White painted these images in 1585, they represented England's first glimpse of the flora and fauna of a mysterious body of land known as the Americas." That exhibit has now made it

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Fires threaten experiments in California

By | October 22, 2007

This afternoon I was corresponding electronically with linkurl:Joshua Schimel,;http://www.lifesci.ucsb.edu/eemb/faculty/schimel/ a professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, about a story on climate change. He mentioned that last night part of a reserve managed by the university was burned by one of the numerous wildfires whipping up California's southwestern flank. Schimel wrote, "it sounds like it burned our experimental

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Med. school-industry links revealed

By | October 22, 2007

Financial relationships between industry and the nation's medical schools and large teaching hospitals are widespread, according to a linkurl:study;http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/15/1779 published in the October 17 issue of JAMA. This may not be surprising to some, but this the first study to quantify the prevalence of such relationships in the country's academic medical institutions. Researchers and physicians from Mass. General Hospital, the University of Michigan, and the

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