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Monday, January 03, 2005

Nothing to Sneeze At 

Researchers have discovered a protein, p110-Δ, on mast cells which, when blocked, prevents allergy symptoms in mice. This is a long way from human treatments, but if it means that someday spring will mean something other than sniffles and sneezing to me, I'm very excited.

In other big news, the British Medical Journal received, from an anonymous source, documents which may further implicate Eli Lilley in nasty dealings around the drug fluoxetine (aka Prozac). Unfortunately, I don't think anyone here would be surprised to learn that this company was/is holds the safety of patients in such total disregard relative to profits. In a perfect world, companies wouldn't pull this sort of BS, in a less perfect one, they would at least be barred from further FDA approvals and fined out of business, but I fear that in this world, the worst they'll get is a slap on the wrist.

Big shock-o-shocks, eating lots of fast food makes you obese and increases your insulin resistance, raising your risks of type 2 diabetes. Study participants who ate fast food twice a week gained ten pounds more than controls, and that is nothing to sneeze at.

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