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AskaPatient.com – Medication Ratings and Health Care Opinions

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

This website “reports patient ratings and rankings of pharmaceuticals and prescription drug side effects. Database includes FDA-approved pharmaceuticals.”

http://www.askapatient.com

You can Search by Drug Name:

http://www.askapatient.com/rateyourmedicine.htm

You can add ratings for the medications you take or look at ratings and comments from other patients.

For example:

cetirizine
http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19835&name=ZYRTEC

simvastatin (scores rather low)
http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19766&name=ZOCOR

Please note that I am not sure how useful the site is, and obviously, this post is not an endorsement or recommendation.
Image source: AskaPatient.com.

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Military Docs Pluck Live Shell From Soldier’s Head

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

Whoa. This is intense. No one likes war, much less what it can do to people, but this guy seems to be one of the lucky ones, and what a crazy x-ray. They brought up a good point though, they turned off all the machines in the OR for fear any electrical whatnot might set this thing off, but the guy had just been through a CAT scan! Check out the video for a more in depth look:

[via designyoutrust & CNN]

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The Dance of Death, 1919, Attributed to Josef Fenneker

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am

THE DANCE OF DEATH. 1919.
ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF FENNEKER (1895-1956)
54 1/2×41 inches, 138 1/2×104 cm.
Condition B+: restoration along vertical and horizontal folds; minor restoration in margins.
Fenneker designed over three hundred movie posters. His recognizable style drew largely on German Expressionism combined with a flair of aesthetic decadence. Written by Fritz Lang, Totentanz is considered by The Internet Movie Database to be a “lost film [in which] a beautiful dancer’s sexual allure is used by an evil cripple to entice men to their deaths. Falling in love with one of the potential victims, she is told by the cripple that he will set her free if her lover, actually a murderer himself, survives and escapes a bizarre labyrinthe which runs beneath the cripple’s house” (www.imdb.com). Even without a signature, this poster is clearly the work of Fenneker. Although another image by Fenneker for this film exists, this particular version is previously unrecorded.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

“The Dance of Death” is one of many beautiful posters you will find in the upcoming modernist poster sale at Swann Galleries Auction House. You can find out more about the sale–which begins at 1:30 PM on May 3–and view the other lots by clicking here. Another favorite modernist poster recently blogged about here will also be available at the auction.

Via Random Index. Click on image to see larger version.

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High Red Meat Consumption Linked to Colon Cancer

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Long-term high consumption of red and processed meat may increase the risk of cancer in the colon and rectum, a new study shows.

Dr. Michael J. Thun, with the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues followed 148,610 adults, average age 63 years, who completed questionnaires in 1982 and again between 1992 and 1993 regarding their diet, exercise, medical history and other lifestyle habits.

By 2001, there were 1667 new cases of colorectal cancer, according to a report in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

The participants who consistently ate the most red meat and processed meats had a 50 percent higher rate colorectal cancer than those who ate the least red or processed meat.

Prolonged high consumption of poultry and fish was marginally associated with about a 25 percent lower risk of colon cancer, but not rectal cancer. Read more…

Ayurtox for Body Detoxification

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The Rumors of My Death……..

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am


You know how the rest of the story goes.


Frankly, I have been running flat out for the last 6 months. I have been working with some amazing computer scientists, lab specialists, geneticists and physicians putting together some “side projects” while seeing patients on a daily basis for “Personalized Medicine”

The practice is busting at the seams and we are pretty excited about the next few phases of growth.

I want to share with you some news.

1. Yes we have iPads and are using them for rounds, patient registration and education. Soon we will have our own private apps too.

2. Out of the bundles of CYP 2C19 patients we have been testing we have changed more patients to Effient than I can count. Saving lives along the way…..

3. Yes, the rumors are true, I will be speaking at The Consumer Genetics Conference in June! Along with pound for pound the best MD CEO around Brandon Colby, who must be coming out of stealth!

I will post more soon, but rest assured, I have a huge team climbing the mountain with me.

What did I do? Well, I didn’t get them drunk at open bars. Nor did I woo them with money.

I did the heavy lifting that it takes to put “Theory” into practice. If you want to see how, stop by
Greenwich or Stamford…….or better yet, make an appointment [email protected]

The Sherpa Says: Stay tuned

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Another View of What to Do About Aging

Posted: April 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

An interesting paper: “The idea that bodies wear out with age is so ancient, so pervasive, and so deeply rooted that it affects our thought in unconscious ways. Undeniably, many aspects of aging, e.g., oxidative damage, somatic mutations, and protein cross-linkage are characterized by increased entropy in biomolecules. However, it has been a scientific consensus for more than a century that there is no physical necessity for such damage. Living systems are defined by their capacity to gather order from their environment, concentrate it, and shed entropy with their waste. Organisms in their growth phase become stronger and more robust; no physical law prohibits this progress from continuing indefinitely. Indeed, some animals and many plants are known to grow indefinitely larger and more fertile through their lives. The same conclusion is underscored by experimental findings that various insults and challenges that directly damage the body or increase the rate of wear and tear have the paradoxical effect of extending life span. Hyperactive mice live longer than controls, and worms with their antioxidant systems impaired live longer than wild type. A fundamental understanding of aging must proceed not from physics but from an evolutionary perspective: The body is being permitted to decay because systems of repair and regeneration that are perfectly adequate to build and rebuild a body of ever-increasing resilience are being held back. Regardless of the reason for this retreat, it should be more fruitful to focus on signaling to effect the ongoing activity of systems of repair and regeneration than to attempt repair of the manifold damage left in the wake of their failure.”

View the Article Under Discussion: http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/rej.2009.0967

Read More Longevity Meme Commentary: http://www.longevitymeme.org/news/

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