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The immunological price of social pain

Stress is one of those fuzzy psychological constructs. It is usually defined as a state of mental or emotional strain, and a chronically ill friend of mine used to call it the “dirty little secret of chronic illness.” Why? Because

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Posted in Autoimmune diseases, Chronic illness, Health care, Research

More fun with fructose

Over on Medscape, an article has just been posted that is relevant to a blog entry of mine from over a year ago (“A Fruitless Call to Arms“). This recent article by Salwa W. Rizkalla is titled, “Health implications of

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Posted in Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Nutrition, Public health, Research

Why science isn’t gospel

I’m reading an excellent and beautiful book by Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D., called Faith, Madness, and Spontaneous Human Combustion: What Immunology Can Teach Us about Self-Perception. Is that a terrific title or what? I fear that this book might not

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Posted in Immunology, Philosophy of science, Research

Seeking the story behind the papers

I’m working on a review of the literature on idiopathic anaphylaxis (IA). It’s an odd form of archaeology, rather like reconstructing Mesopotamian mores and culture from a bunch of clay shipping receipts. What I mean is that the real meat

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Posted in Idiopathic anaphylaxis, Research

The plight of coughing Norwegians

This is a story about cough syrup. Well, actually, it’s a story about cough syrup in Norway. We Americans sometimes are not all that interested in stories that take place in other parts of the world, but this is one

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Posted in Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Anesthesia, Research
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