Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?

Fact checking seems to have been outsourced.  It used to be the domain of in-house sub-editors, but now it is almost entirely up to volunteers to spot accuracy in the media.  And, unfortunately, what passes for investigative journalism these days is little more than academic conjecture.

Take the BBC’s recent report claiming that the “real” opioid crisis is that poor countries don’t get enough.   The more you examine the facts, the more difficult that claim is to believe. Continue reading “Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?”

New hope in fight against a deadly brain cancer

Former Presidential candidate John McCain was recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma is a brain cancer with a very low survival rate.  According to the American brain tumor association, of ten people who have glioblastomas, only one is likely to survive five years.

Through manipulation of enzymes, Glioblastoma cancer cells stop the immune system from responding. But this manipulation helps them stand out from normal cells, and may provide the key to targeting cancer cells.

Researchers from Alabama and China teamed up to research this phenomena after the failure of a previous study.  This time, tests on mice and cultures suggest that a drug called CMP3a could target cancer cells without affecting normal brain cells.  They hope to perform clinical trials in “a year or two.”

While Glioblastoma is relatively rare, the same technique could be used to fight more common cancers that carry similar enzymes.

See?

The eye has been called “the window to the soul” by people who have no idea how it works.

There were once a variety of theories on how we see:

Extramission: The theory that eyes emit a light, like the fire of the sun, onto objects they see, and then the image object is reflected back onto the water of eye.

Intromission: The theory that everything projects a smaller version of itself, with a smaller number of atoms, in all directions.  The eye catches this smaller image.

Intermission: The break in a long film, when your eyes get watery from looking at the screen in the dark for so long.

But now what causes vision more clearly, even if we don’t see objects in front of us as clearly as we used to. Continue reading “See?”

Stop promoting so-called “medical” marijuana

We understand that the jails are full in some countries, that drug addiction is a disease that is not always best treated in prisons, and that it often seems that governments are losing the war against drugs.  Some police officers have suggested that there are more effective ways to stop drug abuse than law enforcement.

That said, it’s one thing to decriminalize a self-destructive habit, it’s quite another to promote it. Continue reading “Stop promoting so-called “medical” marijuana”