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Health care debate has trust, politics themes, too
9 Dec 2013 at 12:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
Uruguay to approve pot dealing, despite risks
9 Dec 2013 at 11:34am
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) ? Uruguay is pushing ahead to create a legal marijuana market despite warnings from educators, psychiatrists and pharmacists of dangerous side effects.
APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application
7 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
High response rates seen with oral Takeda myeloma drug: study
9 Dec 2013 at 12:47pm
Most newly diagnosed patients with the blood cancer multiple myeloma had a very strong response to an experimental oral drug being developed by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co when given in combination with standard treatments, according to data from a study presented on Monday. Overall, 94 percent of the 62 patients in the Phase I/II trial had their cancer respond to Takeda's MLN9708 taken twice a week in combination with Celgene Corp's Revlimid and the corticosteroid dexamethasone. The rate of those who had either a complete response or very good partial response was an impressive 76 percent, researchers said.
A Walk in the Woods
9 Dec 2013 at 12:36pm
Sometimes there's only one thing that works to bring sanity back into my life, energy back into my soul, and balance back into my body--and that is a walk in the woods. It doesn't have to be a perfect day or the right season, because it's not about being entertained or impressed. It's about finding and re-finding peacefulness and focus. It's about regenerating my soul. This past weekend was just such a time. I was well rested and well fed and not too stressed out about anything in particular, but I just couldn't seem to find my focus. My
The 5 Key Emotions of Success
9 Dec 2013 at 12:34pm
Once you've succeeded at something you know what you're doing. What was once a struggle in the learning process becomes a graceful implementation. Why graceful? Because you've become confident in your ability to deal with what life brings you.
US high court leaves intact $142 million verdict against Pfizer
9 Dec 2013 at 12:29pm
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a $142 million jury verdict against Pfizer Inc over the marketing of the epilepsy drug Neurontin. In 2010, the jury in Massachusetts found that due to Pfizer's marketing of the drug for off-label uses, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations, and affiliates were damaged because they paid for prescriptions relating to conditions Neurontin did not effectively treat. The Supreme Court's refusal to hear Pfizer's appeal means similar claims brought against the company by insurer Aetna Inc and Harden Manufacturing Corp can also go forward.
Dealing With the December Dilemma
9 Dec 2013 at 12:29pm
Christmas and Kwanzaa are just days away, Hanukkah has just ended, and as always, for many people the issue of interfaith relationships still poses a conflict and end up fighting over what to do and where to spend the holidays. If you're fighting over this issue, that tells me three things: 1) poor communication 2) neither person is having their needs met 3) each has some fiery passion that potentially could be used in a much better way. Be open-minded, be flexible, and willing to compromise. If one person agrees to forgo his/her holiday just to avoid conflict, then resentment
Novo Nordisk gets final EU approval for haemophilia drug
9 Dec 2013 at 12:22pm
Novo Nordisk received European Union marketing authorization for its hemophilia drug NovoEight on November 13 2013, the Danish pharmaceutical company said on Monday. The world's biggest insulin producer confirmed that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved its marketing application after it had received a recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use on September 20. The approval appeared from EMA's assessment report for NovoEight, which was published on Monday. The total market for the class of hemophilia drugs NovoEight belongs to, factor 8, is worth between 35 billion and 40 billion Danish crowns ($6.44-7.36 billion), Novo said in September.
Zen and the Art of Alzheimer's
9 Dec 2013 at 12:04pm
I expect to introduce myself repeatedly to my father this Christmas. I only hope that each time I do, he finds that he is pleased to meet me.
Pope calls hunger 'global scandal,' urges lifestyle changes
9 Dec 2013 at 12:01pm
Pope Francis denounced the "global scandal" of hunger on Monday, calling for an international "wave of prayer" to bring attention to the plight of the needy and homeless. Since his election in March, Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, has frequently beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality. "We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion - one billion people who still suffer from hunger today," he said in a video message launching a campaign by Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 164 Catholic charities working in 200 countries.
How Technology Speeds Up Time (And How To Slow It Down Again)
9 Dec 2013 at 11:56am
It often feels as though time speeds up as we age, with each season and year seemingly passing by more quickly than the last. And according to some psychologists, in addition to aging, the way we interact with technology could also have a profound effect on the way we experience time. Sitting in front of computers all day, we're constantly confronted by a clock telling us what time it is, and it's no different whether we're at home or on the go: 60 percent of Gen Yers (ages 18-30) find themselves compulsively or subconsciously checking their smart phones for emails,
Princeton starts mass meningitis B vaccinations
9 Dec 2013 at 11:53am
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) ? Princeton University has begun vaccinating nearly 6,000 students to try to stop an outbreak of type B meningitis in an unusual federal government-endorsed administration of a drug not generally approved for use in the United States.
Merck agrees to settle litigation over Fosamax jaw injuries
9 Dec 2013 at 11:47am
Merck & Co has agreed to settle hundreds of lawsuits over jaw injuries allegedly caused by the osteoporosis drug Fosamax, lawyers disclosed at a court hearing Monday. Lawyers for Merck and plaintiffs pursuing litigation over the once-blockbuster drug revealed at a court hearing in New York that a proposed deal had been reached to resolve 1,140 lawsuits pending in federal and state courts. Terms were not disclosed at the hearing before U.S. District Judge John Keenan, who has presided over federal litigation by plaintiffs claiming they developed osteonecrosis of the jaw from Fosamax.
How to Be More Grateful by Changing One Word
9 Dec 2013 at 11:32am
I think it's important to remind yourself that the things you do each day are not burdens, they are opportunities. So often, the things we view as work are actually the reward. Embrace your constraints. Fall in love with boredom. Do the work.