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  • The Circumlocution Office Shows the Economy How NOT to Do It.

    Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit (1855-1857) CHAPTER 10. Containing the whole Science of Government Mr Arthur Clennam, scion of a merchant family, seeks to intervene with the Government to assist William Dorrit, held in Marshalsea prison for debt for more than twenty-five years.   Mr Meagles is a successful banker, retired, with whose family Mr Clennam shared confinement in quarantine for some weeks at Marseilles.   Daniel Doyce is a successful inventor but unsuccessful as a patent applicant for more than twelve years. The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public...
  • Top U.S. Scientific Misconduct Official Quits in Frustration With Bureaucracy

    03/13/2014 4:25:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    news.sciencemag.org ^ | 3-13-2014 | Jocelyn Kaiser
    The director of the U.S. government office that monitors scientific misconduct in biomedical research has resigned after 2 years out of frustration with the remarkably dysfunctional federal bureaucracy. David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), writes in a scathing resignation letter obtained by ScienceInsider that the huge amount of time he spent trying to get things done made much of his time at ORI the very worst job I have ever had. ORI, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), monitors alleged research misconduct by researchers funded by the National Institutes of...
  • Pope Benedict offers ethical evaluation of biomedical advances

    12/12/2008 9:42:50 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 379+ views
    CNA ^ | December 12, 2008
    Vatican City, Dec 12, 2008 / 12:26 pm (CNA).- Today Pope Benedict XVI, through the work of several Vatican congregations, weighed-in on the ethical nature of various fertility treatments, experiments with stem cells, human cloning and the creation of hybrid embryos.The new document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is the result of six years of study and deliberation on the most recent developments in the field of bio-technology.Beginning with the words the dignity of the person or Dignitas Personae, the aim of the three-part instruction is to provide responses from the Church to...
  • Face of Defense: Biomedical Maintainers Ensure Medical Success

    01/16/2008 3:54:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 67+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Senior Airman Terri Barriere, USAF
    BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq, Jan. 16, 2008 The Air Force Theater Hospital here is the hub for military en-route patient care in Iraq, and the Tuskegee medics ensure proper preparation of patients prior to air evacuation from the theater of operations. Air Force Staff Sgt. Orlando Ortega, a 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment technician, holds a sterilizer's door in place as fellow equipment tech Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Cummings uses a wrench to remove a bolt. Biomedical equipment repair technicians perform repairs, scheduled maintenance, inspections and calibrations on all biomedical equipment at the Air Force...
  • Out of obscurity step our best hope for bird-flu vaccine

    08/20/2006 9:35:50 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 344+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | August 13, 2006 | KITTA MacPHERSON AND ED SILVERMAN
    For years, the world's vaccine companies have labored in the shadows of the pharmaceutical industry, vilified by parent groups who claim childhood vaccines can cause neurological disorders like autism. Now, almost overnight, these same companies have been thrust to the forefront of a massive campaign to produce a vaccine against pandemic flu. Not since Jonas Salk's work to find a cure for polio in the 1950s have vaccine scientists been so squarely in the vanguard of medicine. The challenges are vast. The unanswered questions surrounding the influenza virus are profoundly difficult, the process for producing vaccines is slow and unwieldy,...
  • Zap [Super high voltage to treat cancer, other ailments]

    08/04/2006 12:15:16 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 870+ views
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | August 2006 | Karl H. Schoenbach, Richard Nuccitelli, and Stephen J. Beebe
    40 Thousand volts, four thousand amperes, and over one hundred million watts squeezed into a cubic centimeter. You’d think that would be enough to vaporize just about anything, and it certainly doesn’t seem like the kind of electricity you’d want to apply to your body. But if our research continues to succeed as it has, years from now we’ll be asking some cancer patients to do just that. And it might just save their lives. The trick is to apply that gargantuan jolt for only a few billionths of a second. That’s so brief a time that the energy delivered...
  • Diets of rodents may have tainted decades of research

    08/02/2006 2:16:46 PM PDT · by oxcart · 45 replies · 1,370+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 08/01/2006 | By SUE GOETINCK AMBROSE
    For decades, in thousands of laboratories across the country, biomedical researchers have relied on laboratory rats and mice to devise treatments for cancer, heart disease, inflammation and a host of other human afflictions. But what if, despite all the rigorous procedures to ensure valuable test results, many of those studies have been skewed by the most seemingly mundane of factors: what the animals are routinely fed? The concern is that researchers have unwittingly administered hormones present in some rodent chow. A small but growing number of scientists are warning that these hormones are a hidden element in millions of laboratory...
  • Happy 161st Birthday Florida, the 27th State! (March 3, 1845)

    03/03/2006 3:03:33 PM PST · by bd476 · 5 replies · 419+ views
    Florida Capital: TallahasseeState abbreviation/Postal code: Fla./FLGovernor: Jeb Bush, R (to Jan. 2007)Lieut. Governor: Toni Jennings, R (to Jan. 2007)Senators: Mel Martinez, R (to Jan. 2011); Bill Nelson, D (to Jan. 2007)U.S. Representatives: 25Historical biographies of Congressional membersSecy. of State: Glenda Hood, R (to Jan. 2007)Atty. General: Charlie Crist, R (to Jan. 2007)Chief Financial Officer: Tom Gallagher, R (to Jan. 2007)Organized as territory: March 30, 1821Entered Union (rank): March 3, 1845 (27)Present constitution adopted: 1969Motto: In God we trust (1868)State symbols: flower orange blossom (1909) bird mockingbird (1927) song “Suwannee River” (1935) Nickname: Sunshine State (1970)Origin of name: From the...
  • Patients Iced Down to Avoid Brain Damage

    05/24/2005 7:15:34 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 17 replies · 736+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 23 May 2005 | Lauran Neergaard
    <p>May 23, 2005 - For 24 hours, Hamilton Loeb lay unconscious inside a cold blue suit that put his brain on ice. Four times, his heart had stopped beating and he was shocked back to life. Then doctors essentially refrigerated him, in a bid to avert the brain damage that too often cripples survivors of cardiac arrest.</p>
  • NYP: THE ROOTS OF CANCER PHOBIA -- The great Cranberry Sauce Scare of '59

    11/25/2004 7:57:52 AM PST · by OESY · 31 replies · 997+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 25, 2004 | ELIZABETH M. WHELAN
    Forty-five years ago this week, ...1959, most Americans celebrated Thanksgiving sans cranberry sauce. Earlier that month, a government health official had announced that traces of the weed killer aminotriazole a chemical that caused cancer in rodents had been found in the cranberry crop. The spokesman urged housewives to "be on the safe side" and refrain from buying cranberries because the rodent data suggested that the "contaminated" cranberries could pose a human cancer risk. There was never any real health risk. The cranberry scare of 1959 marked the beginning of a modern wave of "chemical phobia" and a government...
  • Caribbean sponge could hold cancer cure

    11/03/2003 4:11:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 192+ views
    St. Lucia Star ^ | Saturday November 1st, 2003
    After a 20-year search, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution scientists on an expedition to the Bahamas that covered some 1300 miles have discovered the hideout of a mystery sponge that harbors a chemical with a remarkable ability to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests. In 1984, exploring deep waters off the Bahamas in one of the institutions submersibles Harbor Branch scientists discovered a small piece of sponge that contained a chemical with a remarkable ability to kill cancer cells in laboratory tests. Despite almost two decades of searching, the group was never able to find enough of the sponge to fully...
  • Gov Bush Dedicates New FL Biopharmaceuticals Plant [FL ranks #2 in the nation for bio medical jobs]

    04/19/2002 8:50:33 AM PDT · by summer · 10 replies · 165+ views
    State of FL -- www.myflorida.com ^ | April 15, 2002 | State of FL
    Jeb: "The research and development team at Nabi Biopharmaceuticals have inspired very significant life-saving products. We are proud of the work they do and especially proud that they have called Florida home since 1969. Biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology are among the most rapidly growing industry sectors in our economy and, thanks to companies like Nabi, Florida is among those leading the way in new bio-based advancements that benefit all of us." Gov Bush Dedicates New FL Biopharmaceuticals Plant [FL ranks #2 in the nation for bio medical jobs] ~~ New Facility Dedicated to the Memory of Congressman John Joseph Moakley...