Monthly Archives: August 2011

Science in relation to….

“More than fifty percent of our economic growth since World War II is attributable to science and technology; this is the best investment our country has made.” http://www.scienceprogress.org/2011/08/are-we-still-a-nation-of-science/ No mention of our old friend Oil. In Frank Herbert’s Duniverse there … Continue reading

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“Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Drinking Water: Risks to Human Health and the Environment -Testimony”

Statement by Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS Director National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Institutes of Health Director, National Toxicology Program Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/2010/02/t20100225a.html

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From “Gulagospere”

“A newer version of SovietNet browser to be released in the next 5-year plan will allow you to send email without having to stick a stamp to the monitor. Until then citizens who do not comply will have their monitors … Continue reading

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“Administration Fumbling Toward Scientific Integrity”

from OMB Watch: “The Obama administration’s efforts to protect scientific integrity moved forward recently with the submission of five finalized agency policies and 14 draft policies, but progress has been slow and haphazard. The administration recognizes that sound, uncensored science … Continue reading

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Therapeutic uses (of nicotine)

“The primary therapeutic use of nicotine is in treating nicotine dependence in order to eliminate smoking with the damage it does to health. Controlled levels of nicotine are given to patients through gums, dermal patches, lozenges, electronic/substitute cigarettes or nasal … Continue reading

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“Activation of nicotinic cholinergic receptors prevents ventilator-induced lung injury in rats.”

“Respiratory distress syndrome is responsible for 40 to 60 percent mortality. An over mortality of about 10 percent could result from additional lung injury and inflammation due to the life-support mechanical ventilation, which stretches the lung. It has been recently … Continue reading

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“Stimulation of the vagus nerve attenuates macrophage activation by activating the Jak2-STAT3 signaling pathway.”

“Acetylcholine released by efferent vagus nerves inhibits macrophage activation. Here we show that the anti-inflammatory action of nicotinic receptor activation in peritoneal macrophages was associated with activation of the transcription factor STAT3. STAT3 was phosphorylated by the tyrosine kinase Jak2 … Continue reading

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