Merck in trial over Vioxx death

The makers of the anti-inflamatory drug Vioxx, Merck & Co., are being accused of scientific misconduct, suppressing clinical evidence and stifling medical discourse by a prominent cardiologist, Dr. Eric Topol. Topol, chairman of the cardiovascular medicine department of the Cleveland Clinic, claims, “Vioxx’s risk has been evident since trails were conducted in 1999 and all the way through the time of withdrawal in September 30, 2004.” Vioxx has been shown to nearly double heart attack risk when taken for more than 18 months. Merck currently faces about 7,000 lawsuits with an estimated $50 billion at stake. The first trial centers around Richard “Dicky” Irvin, who died in may 2001 after only one month of taking the prescription for his back pain. Merck is maintaining innocence, stating that the negative side effects were apparent after 18 months of use, not just one month.

Having been a former recipient of Vioxx, I find the one month death a scary thought. Vioxx was a handy drug in that it took away pain without leaving me dopey. It is frightening to know that Merck might have known about the negative aspects so early on, and yet did nothing to stop the production or marketing of the drug.

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Drug Addiction Treatment Question Answered

Hey everyone. I am looking for place for drug addiction and treatment for my little cousin. He’s only 20 years old. I feel it can help him not – instead of 5 years from now he has the possibility of becoming more addicted even using different gateway drugs. I would like to know some good places for addiction treatment.

I answered this question as below:

” gateway drugs”? I’m sorry did you here that on fox news or cnn or something? I’m not being offensive or smart, but just because some one uses drugs does not mean they are an addict. first you need to determine if your cousin is in fact addicted to drugs. or if he is a 20 year old kid doing what most 20 year old kids do. which is party with there friends. then you need to know if he wants help. because if he doesn’t want help then there is no rehab in the world that is going to do a damn thing for him. see, in the post above me there is comments by TAHER and NITESH. they are reps from drug rehabs and what they will tell you is to bring the guy in, then they will assess him and IF HE’S INSURED or HAS THE CASH, that he is an addict! and they will surely fix him right up! they’ll quote phoney success rates and tell you about all these great programs they have at their facility!

but the truth is; as soon as his insurance runs out or he cant pay than he will be magicly cured. don’t fall for it. listen I have more experience with addiction and rehabs than most people and I’ll be strait with you. just because you don’t like the life he leads or the things he does, it does not give you the right nor the authority to tell him he has a problem. how he lives may not be what you think is best or moral or what ever, but you cant enforce your moral standards on to another person. now that being said, i know you must love him and want what’s best for him or else you wouldn’t have written. he has to determin if he has a problem and he has to WANT to quit. otherwise its a waste of time. if he does want to quit then you need to be careful which rehab you choose. try to find one that offers mant kinds of treatment, behavioral modification, replacement therapy, aa/na, rational recovery, smart recovery, there are many new and innovative recovery methods available today. And recovery is not a blanket treatment!! i cant stress that enough. recovery must deal with the underlying issues of cause of use. meaning; drug use at the addiction level is NOT the issue at hand. It is the SYMPTOM of a deeper emotional/mental turmoil. and in order to treat the disease you must deal with the emotional catalyst of the use.

so ask around talk to people who have been in recovery and interview 4-5 rehabs before you decide. find the one that best treats the whole issue not just the symptoms. I hope your not offended but I have to tell it real or I wouldn’t really be helping you. and don’t take advise about addiction treatment from aa/na cult members or so called counselors who learned about addiction by reading a book. talk to the people who have lived with it and through it. may you be safe and your cousin too. oh if he would like to talk just comment on my blog I’m there every day.

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Welcome to Massage Therapy

Welcome to MLD Clinic

I am a Registered Massage Therapist with 14 years of clinical experience. I trained at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), graduating in 1995 (2500 hr programme). Part of my experience at WCCMT was being introduced to a therapeutic modality called Basic Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). This course was taught by a dedicated educator from the Dr. Vodder School of North America, Robert Harris RMT. I was immediately fascinated and drawn to this therapy.

I continued my training in MLD, taking Therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3. Therapy 2 and 3 were conducted in a two-week course in Victoria with Robert Harris and Professor Hildegard Whittlinger from the Dr. Vodder School in Austria. Hildegard is amazing. Dr. Emil Vodder, who developed MLD back in the 1930’s, personally trained her and her husband Gunther. From this course I received full certification as a practitioner of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. My certification is maintained by attending regular (every two years) Review courses taught by Hildegard and Robert. This qualifies me to treat Lymphedema, in it’s various forms, as well as many other conditions that could benefit from MLD.

I love to be able to provide MLD for my patients. When other therapeutic modalities are not suitable or not effective treatments in some instances with certain conditions, MLD may be the answer. The technique is safe, gentle and painless and above all effective.

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the Nose

Take a look at your face in the mirror. Do you notice anything? Almost everyone has to deal with those unsightly and frustrating little blackheads that seem to dot the nose especially. Blackheads can be caused by a number of different things and they are a problem that most people deal with for many years or even their whole life. It is hard to cover up blackheads too, since most makeup will just settle into pores and make the blemishes even worse. Do you want to learn how to get rid of blackheads on the nose? It is completely possible. You just need to know what to do. Here is the advice to help you learn how to get rid of blackheads on the nose.

Understanding the Cause

Before you can get started learning how to get rid of blackheads on the nose, you need to know what causes them. There are actually a number of factors that could be causing your blackheads. Here are a few of those causes:

  • Oils from the skin and hands that builds up in the pores
  • Make-up building up and clogging the pores
  • Eating too many oily foods will lead to more skin oils
  • Sweat sweeping dirt and debris into the pores

Of course, you cannot eliminate all of these causes. No matter how hard you work to keep your skin clean, you will most likely still have blackheads to deal with. That means you need to learn how to get rid of them.

The No-No’s

When you need to learn how to get rid of blackheads on the nose, the first step is to know what not to do. There are some actions you could take that will actually aggravate the skin and it could lead to infection, scarring or redness. Here are the no-no’s of dealing with blackheads on the nose.

  • Never try to squeeze or press them. This may be your first instinct because it seems to work. However, this can lead to skin aggravation and it could cause more blackheads.
  • Do not use soap made for the body on your face. This type of soap is too harsh for your skin and could damage it.

A Great Way to Learn How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the Nose

Now you are ready to learn how to get rid of blackheads on the nose. Here is what you need to do in a step by step process.

  1. Allow steam to reach your face by leaning over a bowl of hot water or taking a shower.
  2. Use a pore cleanser to thoroughly wash the face now that the pores are open.
  3. Splash your face with cold water
  4. Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer

This is an easy four step process. It works by opening up the pores and then cleansing them. The cold water will help to close the pores to keep them from getting clogged again and the moisturizer will protect the skin. Did you know it was this easy to learn how to get rid of blackheads on the nose? You will never have to deal with them again if you follow this process 3-4 times a week.

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Health Coaching Is A Necessity

Health coaching, in my opinion, is one of the most effective programs you can offer employees as part of any worksite health promotion program.
Health Coaching
Health, or wellness coaching, is quite a new paradigm among worksite wellness programs but is gaining greater demand with society’s current health crisis. It’s popularity will continue to increase as corporate America becomes more aware of the impact it can have on employees’ overall health.

Wellness coaching is a confidential partnership between an individual, the employee, and a personal wellness coach. The objective of the individual sessions is to help participants understand their results, provide a question and answer session, and help them achieve their wellness goals.

Coaching delivers motivation, discipline, knowledge, and accountability for every participant looking to acquire better health. Health coaching sessions most frequently occur via the telephone and occur on a weekly, monthly, or an as needed basis.

Telephonic wellness coaching is the best form of communicating with employees because it allows sessions to be scheduled at a time and place that is most convenient for participants. However, as technology progresses, more coaching sessions will be able to be conducted effectively through the online community. Health coaches are diversified experts in the areas of:


Physical Activity

Weight management

Stress Management

Life Issues…….

and any other areas that negatively impact our health and wellness.

Coaches often experienced health and wellness professionals, certified personal trainers, nurses, dietitians, and health educators.

Following implementation of health risk appraisals and health screenings, employees will receive an abundant amount of information related to their health and wellness. For the average person, this information can be quite overwhelming and therefore most will do absolutely nothing with it let alone engage in any lifestyle changes.

That is why wellness coaching is such an important benefit to offer employees. As humans we are much more likely to make change if we first have the knowledge and then the ongoing accountability that coaches can provide.

Wellness coaches utilize the employee health reports to create an individualized plan, wellness vision, and short-term and long-term wellness goals. This is a great opportunity for employees to get one-on-one attention and guidance for conquering any challenges they might face. Some employers will require that all employees complete at least one wellness coaching session per year following the health assessments.

Not all employees will be ready to make any lifestyle changes but that doesn’t mean they won’t in the near future. Therefore, I strongly encourage that employees with 3 or more health risk factors have access to a wellness coach more frequently (at least monthly at first) because if and when they are ready to make a change, they will have some assistance waiting to help them.

Employers should allow for employees to participate in their wellness coaching sessions during work hours if at all possible. After work, employees often get busy with family and other activities so allow 20-30 minutes during their workday is much more effective.

The goal of health coaching is to walk employees through struggles, answer questions, and give them a road map to success.

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Remember That? Top 15 Fast Food Fails

Not every new fast-food creation is a hit. In fact, many are spectacularly bad.

From McDonald’s McD.L.T., with its hot and cold sides that you put together yourself, to that time KFC — then still called Kentucky Fried Chicken — tried to convince America that eating fried chicken livers was a good idea, Chicago Now ranked the top 15 fast-food failures in a trip down bad-memory lane.

And all the big players have had their misses, some more dismal than others.

McDonald’s tops the list with the worst idea in fast food: the Arch Deluxe, a “grown up” burger that Chicago Now called “the crown jewel of McFailure.” Launched in the 1990s, the company hyped the Arch D. as the burger for grown-ups with Spanish onions, a potato bun and “grown-up mustard.” Unfortunately, it just didn’t taste very good.

The McPizza and the ill-fated Hula Burger, a Lenten treat that would offer Catholics another non-meat option than the Filet-o-Fish, featured a pineapple slice in place of the burger patty. Would you like ketchup on that pineapple? How about a pickle?

McDonald’s McLobster and McBrats also made the list.

Wendy’s Super Bar, which combined a salad bar, a Mexican taco and burrito bar and an Italian pizza and pasta station, goes down in fast-food fail history, Chicago Now reported.

Burger King’s table service and popcorn were big fails, and the King’s flame-broiled style didn’t go over well with the vegetarian crowd when it introduced the BK VEGGIE burger.

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Banker Caught Looking at Boobs on Evening News

Everybody knows that Alt+Tab is your best friend on the job; let’s be honest, who would get through the work day without a little Outlook-to-Facebook toggling?

The thing is, most of us try not to get caught. And we keep it PG-13. This banker who appeared on Australian news? Not so much. Even as his colleague chats him up on the other side of his monitor and cameras roll for the evening broadcast, his need for NSFW browsing remains unstoppable.

Best part? His facial expression when he turns around and realizes it might just be his last day at the office.

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How Much Attention Do You Really Pay to the News

Thanks to the lovely people at What We Know So Far, we now know that if something looks and sounds like what we’re used to, we’ll think it’s real. The performance group put together “New News” — a news program that looks very similar to something you’d see at 11 p.m. The only difference is nothing they say makes any sense.

Scripted with text from random SPAM emails, everyone from the news anchors to the weatherman easily flows into a speech that just never adds up. (Think SNL’s “Weekend Update” on crack.) To add to the humor, the videos and graphics that would normally coincide with a news telecast never work with the “stories” that are being told — assuming there were any stories to begin with.

This video proves that even though the TV anchors are dressed in suits and sit nicely behind desks, you might want to pay closer attention to what they’re saying — just in case it’s all, y’know, fake.

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Self-Help Video for Shy Girls Frightens Us

If your low self-esteem is making it difficult for you to leave the house, have we got a video for you! Unfortunately your fear of people staring at you will be replaced by the paranoid notion that all men are creepy stalkers.

Here is a strange video “For Lady,” which is supposed to cure your social anxiety by helping you learn how to be stared at by “ikemen,” or cutie-patooties. Unfortunately, the blank stares of guys who are at best mildly attractive and at worst somebody we would make fun of at the mall do more to send chills down our spines than calm our nerves.

Maybe we’re just sensitive. Tell us, do you think this video is more likely to make you go outside and meet new people, or lock your windows and pray for the apocalypse? Oh, and enjoy! If that’s at all possible.

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