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Monday, November 21, 2005 

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As I mentioned in the comments, I'm out of town and staying at a site without internet access, so I don't have as much time as I need online this week. As such, there are a few items I'd have liked to expand upon, but am not able to at this moment. So, check out these stories if you have a chance:

Women stay in bed for 60 days ... for science. NASA is carrying out a study on the effects of weightlessness on women. While lounging around in bed for 60 days sounds awesome initially, they are unable to even sit up--exercise is even done on a vertical treadmill. I think I'd go crazy after a few hours.

The lowdown on dog flu. Though of course "bird flu" has been getting all the big headlines, dog lovers have had a lot of questions about this influenza as well. Kim Campbell Thornton smacks down the rumors and puts minds at ease.

Viagra: not just for ED. The drug may increase exercise capacity in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Finally, Newsweek has an article on Darwin, "science vs. religion," and the new American Museum of Natural History exhibit.

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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