Based only on the interview, there isn't anything earth shatteringly new that I can see in Lane's observations. Nonetheless, I'm pleased to see the occasional challenge to pharmaceutical validation of pathology constructs. Just because a drug makes you feel good, it doesn't mean that your pre-drug state was pathological. Moreover, just because a drug changes how we feel, doesn't mean that we are best served by limiting our understanding of feelings to a discussion of neurochemical substrates.
"I know what you're thinkin', Yogi. You're thinkin' did he just whip out a can of spray cologne or is that pepper spray?"
John Tierney has an interesting piece about polar bears and the use of bear spray for protection from bear attacks:
A rifle apparently doesn’t work as well as a cannister of red pepper spray. Dr. [Thomas] Smith and colleagues report in the Journal of Wildlife Management that in encounters during the past three decades where humans used spray against black, brown and polar bears, the spray stopped the bears’ “undesirable behavior” more than 90 percent of the time — and in none of the incidents did any person suffer serious injury.
Most of the incidents involved brown bears, not polar bears. Dr. Smith, an associate professor of wildlife science at Brigham Young University, explained to me that the polar bears have an undeserved reputation for ferocity, particularly by comparison with brown bears like grizzlies.
Dr. Smith tells Tierney that bear spray was effective in all polar bear "incidents" he knew of and that he was only able to find a record of two human fatalities associated with polar bears in over 600 known "incidents" in 125 years. According to Smith, "polar bears act much more like black bears (very risk averse) than grizzlies (much more aggressive) and hence we find few incidents."
CHICAGO, March 23 (UPI) -- Members of a group calling itself Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War were arrested Sunday when they disrupted an Easter mass at Chicago's Catholic cathedral.
The six splashed fake blood on themselves and members of the congregation as ushers tried to escort them out of Holy Name Cathedral, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The demonstration occurred as Cardinal Francis George delivered his homily.
"Even the pope calls for peace," the protesters chanted. "Even the pope calls for peace."
The congregation clapped when the cardinal answered, "And so should we all." Some members followed the protesters outside and yelled at them as they were being handcuffed.
Donte D. Smith, 18, Ephran Ramirez Jr., 22, Ryane Ziemba, 25, Mercedes Phinaih, 18, Regan Maher, 25, and Angela Haban, 20, were charged with felony criminal damage to property and simple battery.
The group released a statement saying they targeted the cathedral because of the large potential audience. They also attacked Cardinal George for meeting with President George W. Bush in January when the president came to Chicago.
A tissue-engineering group has succeeded in creating functional blood vessels and cardiac tissue, using a 'printer' that dispenses cells instead of ink. The work, published this month in Tissue Engineering, is among the first to produce functional three-dimensional tissue using a printer, and a milestone on the way to the goal of printing out whole organs.
Gabor Forgacs from the University of Missouri in Columbia and his colleagues printed various tissue structures, including blood vessels and sheets of cardiac tissue. When they printed out cardiac and endothelial cells, the cells fused into a tissue after 70 hours, and began beating in time like regular heart tissue after 90 hours.
What makes this work different from that done in most other tissue-engineering labs is that Forgacs's team does everything without a scaffold — they don't start with an object shaped like the tissue or organ they are aiming to create, but instead plan to print the whole thing from scratch, from the vasculature up. This should make it easier to print any type of organ, they say, as they don't have to develop different scaffolds for each tissue type. "Often when you implant a scaffold you get inflammation," says Forgacs. Read the rest...
Easter television for snow bound weather observers: In a wind blowing 77 miles an hour, a television antenna is shown being placed outside the weather bureau atop Whiteface Mountain, near Lake Placid, New York, to receive New York Easter services and the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade by television. Willard Cody, chief weather observer, Joseph Wiggin, television engineer, and Elbert F. Corwin, director of the Meteorology Station (from left to right) are shown erecting the antenna for the longest reception of a regular network television broadcast. The telecast covered 250 airline miles, from the NBC transmitter in New York and relayed by the General Electric television station near Schenectady. (March 24, 1940).
Greg Downey (Neuroanthropologist) discusses research showing associations between measures of parental stress, children's immune function and rates of illness in children. He writes: "What I’m interested in more are the potential mechanisms involved in this social effect of stress. That is, how do the kids actually ‘catch’ stress and how does the stress-illness relationship exceed the boundaries of a single person’s body?"