When Supplements “Work”. . .Slim-30

We have a “brace” of dietary supplement problems today (well today where you are, it is ever so slightly tomorrow here). Now, batches of an herbal supplement called Slim-30, a purported weight loss supplement, are being recalled. Why? Because they contain sibutramine, an FDA regulated drug. Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant, is also used to treat obesity.

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When Supplements “Work”. . .Vialipro recall

Vialipro, an “all natural” supplement advertised to enhance sexual performance, is undergoing a voluntary recall, because some US FDA testing revealed that several batches contain undeclared sulfoaildenafil, an analog of sildenafil, a drug for the suspiciously similar condition of erectile dysfunction. Continue reading “When Supplements “Work”. . .Vialipro recall”

Solutions to “The Skeptical Boys Club”

You may have noticed that I provide no solutions to the problem[1] of the under-representation in either my hacky attempt to quantify said problem or my personal response to the experience of investigation. There is a good reason for this. I do not have any. I don’t do PR. I’m not a psychologist, a sociologist, or any other “-ologist” that might have expertise on such things. I’m also not a woman, although I have had rugby opponents imply as much in inexcusably sexist and misogynistic tones. Basically, I have as much confidence that I have something constructive to contribute to the proposal and evaluation of solutions as I do to solving the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Continue reading “Solutions to “The Skeptical Boys Club””

Magical Headline

by the US Food & Drug Administration

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Droning On

Remember that Golden Era, when war was all about hacking bits off each other from high-five range? Well those days are gone. Stupid technology. Takes the fun out of everything. I was reminded of technology’s curse – the efficient maiming and killing of each other fro a distance, as opposed to the inefficient maiming and killing of each other with manual implements – by the most recent episode (“Drone”) of the excellent My History Can Beat Up Your Politics podcast. In the episode, Bruce Carlson discusses the history of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and potential ramifications of their use.

MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson, Public Domain photo from Wikipedia Commons

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