Hard as hell to go to sleep, exspecially when you've been diagnosed with insomia (a sleeping disorder). I just wanted to share make experience with everyone. Its done in a poetic way, so that everything can be felt on what happens when you can not go to sleep. If your staring at a wall not able to fall asleep, know that your not alone.
DENDREON'S PROVENGE GRANTED 6-MONTH FDA PRIORITY REVIEW FOR TREATMENT OF ADVANCED, LATE-STAGE PROSTATE CANCER
More than one million men in the United States have prostate cancer, with an estimated 232,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed each year. More than 30,000 men die each year of the disease. On January 16, 2007 Dendreon Corporation announced that the FDA has accepted for filing and has assigned priority review status to the Company's Biologics License Application (BLA) for PROVENGE (sipuleucel-T), its investigational active cellular immunotherapy for the treatment of asymptomatic, metastatic, androgen-independent (also known as hormone refractory) prostate cancer. Priority Review is granted to products that, if approved, would provide a significant improvement in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of a serious or life-threatening disease. Clinical trials have shown that PROVENGE increases survival and is generally well tolerated in men with late-stage prostate cancer, a highly prevalent disease for which there are currently few available treatment options. PROVENGE may represent the first in a new class of active cellular immunotherapies (ACIs) that are uniquely designed to stimulate a patient's own immune system to treat cancer.
For more information call 1-866-4-prostate or visit www.dendreon****
$1 billion investment in technology helps to bridge the "Digital Divide" between industrialized countries and the developing world
Story: The World Economic Forum, Davos, 24-28 January 2006
January 24-28th, Government, academic and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos will discuss how to bridge the mammoth "Digital Divide" between western society and developing countries of the third world. The digital revolution has established broadband Internet in well over 60% of industrialized countries, but below 1% in the rest of the developing world.
One of the new and much discussed initiatives is installing Wi-MAX in remote regions of the world. WiMax is a long range wireless technology that provides high-speed Internet links without the necessity for telephone lines and cables. The goal is to make the Internet a truly global information tool,not one reserved for developed countries.
In Egypt, Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the digital transformations are underway. Intel has already installed these high-speed Internet links and computers into classrooms and medical clinics in several small communities. A few are in some of the most remote inhabited places on Earth. Intel is donating one billion dollars over the next five years to transform underdeveloped communities to help improve the health, education, and business skills of its residents.
Two prime examples are in Egypt and in the middle of the Amazon River. Working with Egypt's government, business and education leaders, Intel installed a state-of-the-art WiMAX network to connect two public schools, a health care center on wheels, a municipal building and an e-government services kiosk in the small rural town of Oseem. Intel also donated and installed computers in the mobile health center and PC labs at the two schools where students and teachers can regularly connect to the outside world for the first time.
The Internet is a great technological advancement because it helps us learn and advance," said Khaled Mohamed Ragab, a 14-year-old student at Oseem's BORTOS School. "We can also talk to the rest of the world and meet new friends on the Internet."
Healthcare workers can now remotely diagnose patients too, access training programs and receive advice from specialists hundreds of miles over video links using an advancement called Telemedicine., And, children in schools now have access to the vast knowledge resources on the web.
The World Economic Forum in Davos is focusing on emerging economies as they start to integrate more rapidly into the global network and Intel's $1 billion investment in under-developed communities reflects this trend.
"The next billion Internet users will be from rural areas like Oseem," said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who toured the village to explore how similar programs could be replicated in other regions. This issue has led Barrett, who also chairs the United Nation's Global Alliance for ICT and Development, to 10 developing countries from the Amazon to Africa in the past 100 days.
"Technology has expanded what is possible for the people of Oseem," said Mr Barrett. "Intel is committed to support Egypt's leaders in accelerating access to technology so its people can get better health care, education and work skills."
Intel's investment over the next five years is part of its World Ahead Program that aims to infuse under-developed communities with technology to help improve their education, healthcare work and business skills.
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FETAL NUCLEIC ACID TECHNOLOGY OFFERS POTENTIAL ALTERNATIVE TO AMNIOCENTESIS
Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother's blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects -- as early as the first trimester -- was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine being held in San Francisco. This future diagnostic technology, currently under development at Sequenom, Inc. (Nasdaq: SQNM), shows promise that a universal alternative to such invasive genetic screening procedures as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, may be available in the future.
These implications are important to women with high-risk pregnancies, in that this future non-invasive screening technique will have significant benefit to all expectant mothers, especially on the heels of new guidelines endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) that call for risk assessment of all pregnancies for fetal chromosomal abnormalities.
Through technology licensing agreements with clinical laboratories, Sequenom expects a non-invasive application of its technology for fetal Rhesus D (RhD) typing to become available in these laboratories beginning in the first half of 2007. Rhesus disease can occur when the blood of the expectant mother is incompatible with her unborn child.
For more, visit: www.fetalDNAtesting****
Disease Awareness Makes Its Way to the Big Screen in
First of Its Kind Documentary
Centocor, is proud to announce the world premiere of INNERSTATE, a first of its kind documentary providing insight into the inner states of three everyday adults facing chronic, life altering inflammatory diseases. As they confront daily challenges and life's experiences, they tell the emotional stories of their journeys toward living normal lives in a film that is sure to touch the hearts of all viewers, including the millions of Americans who suffer from these conditions. The premiere will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in New York.
INNERSTATE traces the paths of three different people, as they transcend their diseases to find happiness, while learning the meaning of inner strength, said film director Chris Valentino. It is a film about building hope, and it speaks to anyone who has ever been confronted with a seemingly impossible challenge.
INNERSTATE follows the lives of Jason, a restaurant manager living with psoriasis; Ray, a racecar driver and NASCAR hopeful sidetracked by Crohn's disease; and Janie, an aspiring country music artist living with rheumatoid arthritis RA. Viewers will journey with Jason, Ray and Janie to experience their physical and emotional struggles, their different treatment paths and the impact their conditions have had on those who love them. By artfully striking a balance between entertainment and education, the film paints an intimate portrait of their lives and provides powerful inspiration to anyone, especially those whose lives have been touched by chronic illness.
This film is the first opportunity of its kind for patients, physicians and the general public to get a intimate look at the human story behind these conditions, said Dr. Alan Menter, Baylor Research Institute, Dallas, and Jason's dermatologist for more than 25 years. I feel strongly that INNERSTATE will help others diagnosed with similar diseases of the immune system realize that they are not alone and that people just like them have overcome significant challenges and are now living productive lives.
INNERSTATE aims to elevate the voices, stories and successes of patients, as well as to broaden awareness of immune related diseases. In partnership with New York's premier production company Creative Group, Inc. and with support from national and local patient advocacy groups, Centocor is bringing this initiative to the millions of people, and their families, affected by diseases of the immune system.
The INNERSTATE campaign will feature an interactive component, MyINNERSTATE website, and multiple screening events for the general public in major cities across the country throughout 2007. Following the screenings, patients will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with local physician experts and support groups, as well as patients featured in the film.
LIVING WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS MS: COUNTRY MUSIC STAR CLAY WALKER REFUSES TO LET MS STAND IN THE WAY OF HIS DREAMS
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, every hour someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system and is the number one disease leading to disability in young adults. It usually strikes adults in the prime of their life, between the ages of 20 and 50. The most common form of this potentially devastating disease is relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis RRMS.
When multi platinum country music sensation Clay Walker was first diagnosed with RRMS at age 26, his biggest fear was that the disease would halt his active lifestyle. Now, eight years later, Clay continues to record new albums, perform to sold out crowds, ride horses and run on the beach with his daughters. His disease has also inspired him to become a voice not just for country music fans but for the hundreds of thousands of people with MS and their families across the country.
Despite living with RRMS, Clay has had 11 number one country hits to date and has placed 31 titles on Billboards top country songs chart, with 15 of them climbing to the top ten. Clay is slated to debut another album this Spring, right on the heels of MS Awareness Week, March 5 through 11. He is teaming up with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during MS Awareness Week to raise awareness about MS and help rally support for research.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America develops patient-specific vaccine therapy
Medical experts say more than 15-thousand women will die this year from ovarian cancer. But there is hope for those stricken with the disease in the form of a promising new vaccine.
The breakthrough treatment, created by Cancer Treatment Centers of America and AVAX Therapeutics, Inc., uses the patient’s own tumor tissues to create a patient-specific vaccine. Combined with local chemotherapy, the treatment avoids stressing the patient’s immune system and, therefore, helps to increase the vaccine’s effectiveness.
Ovarian cancer is a complex disease – it’s difficult to diagnose and often resistant to chemotherapy. The treatment will be available to women whose cancer has recurred after chemotherapy. Cancer Treatment Centers of America expects to begin treating patients this summer.
A video report by Cancer Treatment Centers of America
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 55,000 people die from the disease each year and 150,000 people are newly diagnosed. Waging the battle against this disease requires educational and support tools to help patients and their families cope, allowing them to successfully continue their daily activities.
To help raise public awareness about the resources available to patients and discuss the importance of early detection, the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) are teaming up to share information about living with colorectal cancer. They are designed to address some of the fundamental questions associated with living with this disease; choosing a health care team, knowing what questions to ask, obtaining financial and other resources for treatment and learning how to take control of your situation.
One imperative recommendation is that anyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy especially if there is a family history of colorectal cancer. More than nine in 10 new cases are found in people 50 years or older. If detected in its early stages, colorectal cancer is more than 90 percent curable. For more information, visit ccalliance****.
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The American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert® is a one-day, "wake-up" call to inform the public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. American Diabetes Alert® Day encourages those at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to take the American Diabetes Risk Test and, if they score high, to schedule an appointment to see their doctor. The risk test, in English or Spanish, is available in brochure form by calling the Association toll-free at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or by visiting www.diabetes****/risk-test.
* Nearly 21 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes – and one third of them are unaware they have the disease.
* Another 54 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at serious risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Among the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk, as are women who have had babies weighing more than nine pounds at birth.
* Unfortunately, people with type 2 diabetes can live for years without realizing that they have the disease. While people with diabetes can exhibit noticeable symptoms, such as frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst, most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes do not show these overt warning signs at the time that they develop the disease.
* Often, type 2 diabetes only becomes evident when people develop one or more of its serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage, and nerve damage that can lead to amputations.
* Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease and has no cure.
The American Diabetes Association is the leading non-profit health organization dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of the nearly 21 million children and adults currently living with the disease. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the 19th annual American Diabetes Alert® is March 27, 2007.
Report Stresses Need for Better Patient, Doctor and Food Service Staff Education
A new report on fatalities from food induced anaphylaxis, which follows up an earlier study, suggests that little progress has been made in effectively preventing and treating food allergy reactions over the past five years. The findings support, alarmingly, earlier statistics showing that adolescents and young adults are at highest risk for fatalities. The need for more education on the part of the medical community and patients, more attention focused on reading labels and avoiding allergens, and the importance of carrying and using epinephrine are some of the major areas which need to be improved.
The report, which appears in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology JACI looks at 31 individuals who died as a result of their food allergies. This report follows up one from 2001 in which 32 food induced fatalities were examined.
These statistics are disturbing, says Anne Munoz Furlong, Founder and CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network FAAN, because they show we are not making the progress we hoped to in preventing food allergy related deaths or in protecting teens, the highest at risk group for fatal reactions. It is going to take more awareness and action to make a difference.
The foods primarily responsible continue to be peanuts and tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts, but also include milk and shrimp. The most common food sources were restaurant or food service items with hidden allergens 46% and packaged food with undeclared allergens 27%. Desserts, particularly cookies and bakery items, and Chinese food such as egg rolls caused a significant number of the reactions. In 13% of cases, the food items were homemade. In addition, every individual, for whom there was information, had asthma.
Most of the individuals were not carrying their self-injectable epinephrine, and some had never been prescribed this life saving drug. A June 2006 study entitled Risk Taking and Coping Strategies of Food Allergic Adolescents and Young Adults, also published in JACI, showed that adolescents often don't carry their epinephrine self injectors because they are self conscious about carrying something that makes them look different from their friends.
The solution starts with better education of medical professionals at all levels. Physicians need to do a better job of diagnosing patients and providing adequate evaluation. They also need to redouble their efforts to emphasize the importance of allergen avoidance and carrying epinephrine at all times, reports the study co-author Allan Bock, M.D., an allergist in Colorado.
Public Urged to Attend Free Screenings on Friday, April 20
The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation YBF urges Americans to get screened for cancer during the 2007 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week OHANCAW, April 16-22. The week is highlighted by a nationwide day of free screenings at more than 150 medical centers on Friday, April 20. For more information and to find a screening site near you log onto www.headandneck****. According to the American Cancer Society, this year more than 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx and 7,550 will die.
When diagnosed very early, oral and other head and neck cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase, said Terry Day, M.D., President of the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation YBF, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, and Director, Division of Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina. However, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these cancers, which makes screening very important, especially for those who are at high risk, such as tobacco and alcohol users.
According to Dr. Day, there has recently been an increasing incidence of some of these cancers in young adults who do not smoke and some researchers have revealed an association with human papillomavirus HPV.
Oral, head and neck cancer OHNC refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck region, such as the oral cavity mouth; the pharynx throat; paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity; the larynx voice box; thyroid and salivary glands; the skin of the face and neck; and the lymph nodes in the neck. Common warning signs of OHNC are:
Red or white patch in the mouth that lasts more than two weeks
Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
Sore throat that does not subside
Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
Lump in the neck
Other warning signs that occur during later stages of the disease include:
Difficulty speaking or swallowing
The most effective prevention strategy remains the cessation of risky behaviors such as smoking, use of chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. More than 85 percent of head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use, while others may have a relationship to viral causes such as HPV and Epstein Barr Virus EBV.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Debuts News for the Cure Health Video Segments
This year, nearly 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. In its continuing fight against the disease, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is releasing News for the Cure, a series of educational video segments about breast cancer. These segments will be shown in their entirety during a satellite feed on Tuesday, April 10th, and are a perfect fit as a weekly health segment for daily newscasts, morning shows, feature or other informational programming. Each video features a breast cancer survivors story and commentary from highly regarded medical experts in the field of breast cancer. News for the Cure is available as an entirely pre produced package with host, graphics and music in addition to a split track version easily customized with your stations look and talent.
First of its Kind National Report Reveals Estimated High Prevalence and Heavy Cost of Type 2 Diabetes Complications in America
In Response, Health Organizations Unite to Help Educate on Good Diabetes Management and How to Reduce the Risk of Other Serious Health Problems
A first of its kind report looking at the prevalence and cost of type 2 diabetes complications shows that an estimated three out of five people (57.9 percent) with type 2 diabetes have at least one of the other serious health problems commonly associated with the disease, and that these health problems are taking a heavy financial toll on the United States. In 2006, the nation spent an estimated $22.9 billion on direct medical costs related to diabetes complications.
The new report, titled State of Diabetes Complications in America, also shows that estimated annual healthcare costs for a person with type 2 diabetes complications are about three times higher than that of the average American without diagnosed diabetes. These complications, which can include heart disease, stroke, eye damage, chronic kidney disease and foot problems that can lead to amputations, cost a person with type 2 diabetes almost $10,000 each year. People with diabetes complications pay nearly $1,600 out of their own pockets for costs that are not reimbursed by insurance, such as co-payments and deductibles. This amount is significant, considering that according to the National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 40 percent of adults with diabetes reported a family income of less than $35,000 per year in 2005.
Results from the report were released today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 16th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress, by AACE in partnership with the members of a diabetes complications consortium: the Amputee Coalition of America, Mended Hearts, the National Federation of the Blind and the National Kidney Foundation, and supported by GlaxoSmithKline.
The State of Diabetes Complications in America is an analysis of national health and economic data specific to type 2 diabetes complications, and was developed as a follow-up to a 2005 AACE study showing that two out of three Americans with type 2 diabetes analyzed in a study had elevated blood sugar levels, which can lead to diabetes complications.
Many people with type 2 diabetes develop more than one health complication associated with the disease. The new report shows that an estimated one out of three people (33.3 percent) with the disease has one other serious health problem; one out of ten people (10.3 percent) with the disease has two other serious health problems; one out of 15 people (6.7 percent) with the disease has three other serious health problems; one out of 13 people (7.6 percent) has four or more other serious health problems.
The report makes it clear that we have a major national issue when it comes to diabetes management, and that urgent action is needed, said Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACE, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of AACE. People with type 2 diabetes need to achieve and maintain good blood glucose levels over time to improve their chances of reducing the risk of these serious complications.
The State of Diabetes Complications in America report synthesizes data from two large national studies to examine the issue of diabetes related complications in the United States. Data on the prevalence of diabetes related complications were derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and combined with economic data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).
Wife of Muhammad Ali Joins New Educational Campaign Supporting Parkinsons Disease Patients and Their Caregivers
In the United States, 1.5 million Americans currently have Parkinsons disease. It is estimated that 60,000 new patients are diagnosed each year. Parkinsons disease is a chronic, progressive disorder of the central nervous system that belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders. There presently is no cure for the disease, and the cause is unknown.
Lonnie Ali, wife of Muhammad Ali, is championing Fight For More a national campaign that provides support, educational information and resources to people who care for the more than 1.5 million patients with Parkinsons disease. Fight for more provides caregiver tips based on Lonnies real life experiences on how to keep a loved one active, juggle family commitments and manage medications. This information and more is available at www.fightformore****.
For each person who signs up on www.fightformore****, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International will make a donation of $10 to the Parkinsons unity walk.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Debuts ews for the Cure Health Video Segments
This year, nearly 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. In its continuing fight against the disease, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is releasing News for the Cure, a series of educational video segments about breast cancer. These segments will be shown in their entirety during a satellite feed on Tuesday, April 10th, and are a perfect fit as a weekly health segment for daily newscasts, morning shows, feature or other informational programming. Each video features a breast cancer survivors story and commentary from highly regarded medical experts in the field of breast cancer. News for the Cure is available as an entirely pre produced package with host, graphics and music in addition to a split track version easily customized with your station's look and talent.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Debuts News for the Cure Health Video Segments
This year, nearly 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. In its continuing fight against the disease, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is releasing News for the Cure, a series of educational video segments about breast cancer. These segments will be shown in their entirety during a satellite feed on Tuesday, April 10th, and are a perfect fit as a weekly health segment for daily newscasts, morning shows, feature or other informational programming. Each video features a breast cancer survivor's story and commentary from highly regarded medical experts in the field of breast cancer. News for the Cure is available as an entirely pre-produced package with host, graphics and music in addition to a split track version easily customized with your stations look and talent.