Monday, November 19, 2012

Drug Combo for Lupus (SLE)

Majority of Americans Unaware of Lupus
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seventy-two percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have either not heard about lupus at all or know little or nothing about the disease beyond the name, according to a new, independent survey released today by the Lupus Foundation of America. The statistic is particularly disturbing because this is the age group at the greatest risk for the disease.

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Drug Combo Offers Long Term Benefits for SLE
WASHINGTON -- An 18-month treatment with the combination of rituximab and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) stopped progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) for at least 3 years.

The mean SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI) score decreased from 8.929 to 1.917 after the first 6 months of therapy and remained low thereafter, reported Thomas Lehman, MD, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and colleagues at the at American College of Rheumatology meeting.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Review of Witchy, Witchy by Penelope King

Witchy, Witchy was a nice light read after the last nightmare of a book I read. 
It was your typical teenage high school drama, over boys, clothes, popularity, etc. with a bit of magic thrown in. Callie was a likable character and it was fun to hear her reactions to the things she was exposed to. 
Overall, I would give it 3 out of 5 books.  

I just love the name Penelope. Don't you just love the name Penelope? It brings to mind summer and ice cream for me. I don't know why, I've never known a Penelope... Oh wait! Yes I HAVE! In elementary school, we called her Penny. Duh! Sometimes the Lupus fog gets really thick! Lol  For all my Lupie buddies, you can relate, I'm sure.

Has anyone started their Holiday shopping yet? I have gotten a grand total of 2 presents. Yup. 2. Does ANYBODY have any ideas what to buy a 21 year old man in his second year of college for Chemical Engineering? ... Anyone???.. When I try to think about it all I hear are the crickets chirping... :)

Witchy, Witchy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

This book made me physically disgusted. It was nauseating. I like thrillers, I like horror books, I like true crime books, I like all kinds of books!


If  Ketchum was going for the shock factor, it was over-board. WAY over-board. If this is the way his brain works, seek therapy, Ketchum . NOW! Don't wait.

I cannot even give this book 1 book out of 5. It is deplorable, disgusting, abhorrent. I am not even going to bother putting the cover up.

Don't waste your time on this garbage. Get a Ninja blender instead. They are fantastic and it will thoroughly shred this garbage.