Monthly Archives: December 2016

Celecoxib and Cardiovascular Disease

The New England Journal of Medicine has a paper in its current issue (Cardiovascular Safety of Celecoxib, Naproxen, or Ibuprofen for Arthritis) that examines the safety of the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib, best known under its brand name Celebrex, though now available in a generic formulation. This drug is the only COX-2 inhibitor available in the…

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Word Salad

Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?  Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh I got a package from Amazon that was gift wrapped and had a note attached to it. The note read: “I can tell from reading your work that you are running out of words. So give these…

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Riccardo Stracciari

Recently, I posted an article about my choices for the 10 best baritones of the 20th century. Absent from this list was Ricardo Stracciari (1875-1955). Stracciari was such a great singer that I am uncertain why I omitted him. He was born in Casalecchio di Reno and died in Rome. In between he sang at…

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The Vulture Has Landed

I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks, but am now back (see below for the gruesome details). Thus regular posting will resume. First the important stuff.  If you take a cruise bring your own salt and a shaker. No cruise line I know of has decent salt shakers. They tend to use…

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