Robert Lasky

A Day at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Posted by in JPL, NASA, Science, Technology

This past week, one of my business partners and I had the pleasure of spending several hours with Steve Collins at NASA’s JPL. I’m sure it would be fair to say that had I been able to see a reflection of myself, it would have been a mixture of a wide-eyed child trying to soak absolutely everything in with the ear-to-ear grin of someone who couldn’t believe all of the real “fantasy-come-true” things he was seeing. That Steve, a completely down to Earth and plain-spoken, but insanely smart and accomplished…read more

DAILY CANCER

Posted by in Science

We missed this one last week on the Daily Cancer, but I felt the need to say a think or two about it. It turns out that research is now showing that alcohol also increases the risks of certain types of cancer, including throat, colon, breast, and liver (http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/30/health.alcohol.reut/index.html or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=16455479&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum ). Well, fantastic. It wasn’t bad enough that alcohol gives you a big red nose and turns your liver into a rock, now it gives you cancer too. Well, at least we can continue to use our cell phones with impunity.

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THE MAGIC BUTTON

Posted by in Science, Social Commentary

Over the past several months, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with people hooked up to IV’s in hospitals (nothing serious, but thanks for the concern). During those visits, said IV’s were typically connected to some form of pain reduction medication (Fentanyl, the evergreen Morphine and more) on an auto-drip schedule.

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DAILY CANCER

Posted by in Science, Social Commentary

Lead investigator Dr. Ashish M. Kamat stated that while statins show promise in being active against bladder cancer cells in a lab, clinical trials are needed because opposing research suggests statin use may also increase cancer related deaths.

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DTC PHARMA ADVERTISING OR THE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION…

Posted by in Business, Science

I’ve got no problem with an educated public that understands the risks and benefits of prescription drugs. However, the crap that’s being shoveled in our direction is not helping educate, it’s helping nothing. How about this, instead of spending millions in agency fees to come up with the next Digger, how about putting the money towards actual educational campaigns that treat the consumer like an adult? Better yet, leave the prescribing and educating to the physician-patient relationship, and put the cash towards research. Drug resistant bacteria are on the rise, and we’re running out of antibiotics. Imagine multi-drug resistant flesh-eating bacteria…now there’s a monster.

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