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June 19, 2008
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Regranex’s New Black Box Warning

June 9, 2008

The FDA has moved to have Ethicon the maker of Regranex put a “black box” warning on the label.  The “black box” is the highest FDA warning level.  Regranex gel is used to treat dangerous foot and leg ulcers in diabetics.  Regranex is a medicine that is a genetically engineered form of a human growth factor that helps wounds heal faster. It is a huge benefit to diabetic patients with slow-healing wounds on their legs or feet that often result in amputation of the affected limb.

But its effect on human growth factor may make cancer cells grow quicker too. Post marketing studies showed patients may have a fivefold higher risk of dying from cancer.

“In announcing this label change, FDA still cautions health care professionals to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of treating patients with Regranex,” Susan Walker, MD, director of the FDA’s Division of Dermatological and Dental Products, says in a news release. “Regranex is not recommended for patients with known malignancies.”


I’m Back

June 9, 2008

After two months off I have returned.  I needed April to study and May to relax.  I killed my finals, found an apartment, and got a job.  Now with a couple of sunburns behind me, I am ready to blog the real summer news.

**Note: While still a loyal Clinton supporter, I will now cover more of Obama’s progress in a positive light.  Although I respect and admire Mrs. Clinton, I am a Democrat above all else. **


WTF? Kids are smart little bastards.

April 6, 2008

Do you remember being nine?  I do.  I was a certifiable bad ass within the context of my class room.  We chased the kindergardeners around with whiffle ball bats, cursed when no one was looking, and even had a conspiracy to climb over the fence once at recess.  One year during elementary school, I remembers the whole class plotted together to mess the room up during recess so the teacher would be mad when we came back in.  We spilled a little glitter, maybe messed up some papers, and I remember we put Vick’s Vapor rub on her desk.  I thought we were practically criminals.  She yelled, we apologized.  Apparently kids to day are in another league.

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Nine-year-olds at a school in the U.S. state of Georgia brought a broken steak knife, handcuffs and electrical tape to school in a plot to injure their teacher, authorities said on Tuesday.

Teachers at Center Elementary School in Waycross, Georgia, uncovered the plot on Friday when a pupil reported that a child in the third grade had brought a weapon into the school.

“The plan was to handcuff the teacher, put tape over her mouth and hit her over the head with the paperweight and possibly cut her,” said Lt. Duane Caswell of Waycross police, adding that some students said the knife was simply there to cut the tape.

“It was a rather elaborate scheme for children of that age,” he said.

The students spent a week planning the attack and planned to carry it out on the day they were caught, Caswell said.

Nine pupils in the grade, most of whom were 9 years old, have been disciplined and some were given long-term suspensions, said Theresa Martin, spokeswoman for the Ware County school district in the southeastern part of the state.  Caswell said police were also planning to charge three of the children in the juvenile court system with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on a school property.


Sex, murder, tentacles

April 6, 2008

Came across this article on CNN today.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Marine biologists studying wild octopuses have found a kinky and violent society of jealous murders, gender subterfuge and once-in-a-lifetime sex.

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Researchers say wild octopuses are far from the shy, unromantic loners their captive brethren appear to be.

The study by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who journeyed off the coast of Indonesia found that wild octopuses are far from the shy, unromantic loners their captive brethren appear to be.

The scientists watched the Abdopus aculeatus octopus, which are the size of an orange, for several weeks and published their findings recently in the journal Marine Biology.

They witnessed picky, macho males carefully select a mate, then guard their newly domesticated digs so jealously they would occasionally use their 8-to-10-inch tentacles to strangle a romantic rival.

The researchers also observed smaller “sneaker” male octopuses put on feminine airs, such as swimming girlishly near the bottom and keeping their male brown stripes hidden in order to win unsuspecting conquests.

And size does matter — but not how you’d think.

“If you’re going to spend time guarding a female, you want to go for the biggest female you can find because she’s going to produce more eggs,” said UC Berkeley biologist Roy Caldwell, who co-wrote the study. “It’s basically an investment strategy.”

Shortly after the female gives birth, about a month after conception, the mother and father die, researchers said.

“It’s not the sex that leads to death,” said Christine Huffard, the study’s lead author. “It’s just that octopuses produce offspring once during a very short lifespan of a year.”