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.
After five years, the situation for Cuban Americans has not changed much. Under the Clinton Administration and with the collaboration of the U.S. media, the situation has gotten worse, as the Elian Gonzalez affair demonstrates.
But there is a new generation of Cuban Americans born and educated in the U.S. Through their families, they are fully aware of the realities of life in Cuba. This new generation is aware of the misinformation and deceptive ways of the U.S. media reports on their parents' homeland.
Triggered by the injustices committed by the Clinton administration against Elian and his U.S. relatives, this new generation became politically active and determined to fight for the same ideals as their ancestors - to bring back justice, freedom and democracy to Cuba as a tribute to their parents. One of them says, "I'd like to fight for my father." And they are taking the torch.
Five years ago, an automaker would have to completely design, engineer and build a car all in the same country. Now, plants, assembly lines, design studios and engineering studios are all computerized, making it possible to design a car in Korea and have it engineered in the U.S. Advancements in technology have interconnected economies around the world- the effect being better prices on consumer good, especially cars.
At this year's New York Auto Show, General Motors is showing off three mini concept cars collaborated from their design studios in ten different countries. The network of studios they have is far more powerful than if they were working individually. If a design team in Brazil comes up with a great idea, all the other design teams, be it Australia or Germany can all see it in virtual reality and can share their feedback.
With a thousand designers around the world living the local customs, culture and driving conditions, General Motors and Chevrolet is opening the final design decision up to their consumers to chose which of the three vehicles debuting at the New York Auto show they'd like to see built.
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Dual-dose device provides back-up medication for severe allergic reactions
Verus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the availability of its enhanced Twinject epinephrine auto-injector for anaphylaxis. Twinject is the only auto-injector with two doses of epinephrine in a single, compact device.
"Verus is committed to providing innovative solutions for anaphylaxis patients and their caregivers," said Robert W. Keith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Verus. "The enhanced Twinject is one of several line extensions and next generation products we have in our current anaphylaxis pipeline and we are pleased to bring this easier to train and simpler to use product to market in the U.S."
Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction triggered by exposure to one or more various antigens, including foods, insect stings, drugs, and latex products. Up to 43 million people in the U.S. alone are at risk for anaphylactic episodes, and underlying incidence rates are expected to continue increasing in future years. Up to eight percent of children have food allergies, and sensitivities to peanuts and tree nuts among children have doubled in the past five years.
The film documents the making of a five-year-old's imaginative story of Pancakeland, a kingdom where they eat breakfast at every meal. The story was brought to life by The PARAGRAPH Project and Lulu****. Proceeds from the book will benefit child literacy programs.
Natural personal care products are hardly a fleeting trend.
According to a new survey sponsored by Burts Bees and conducted by TSC, a division of Yankelovich, more consumers are aware of the natural ingredients that go into personal care products than they were five years ago. A large percent of those surveyed, actually 60 percent, also thought the government or industry regulates natural personal care products and almost 100 percent thought they should.
With the growing awareness of potentially harmful ingredients in personal care products, more are turning to natural products. Natural personal care company Burts Bees says they have the responsibility to help consumers fully understand what natural products are and what they arent for the good of their well being and for the good of the environment. To do so, Burts Bees wants to set a natural standard encouraging other companies to join and together adopt one natural standard.
For more information on this initiative and natural products visit, www.burtsbees****
I traveled 500 kms up the Amazon River to see if this village was still surviving on solar power after five years....and that cat at the end only has a few toes left because it likes to fish for piranha.
Part 1: This two part video is made from a interview and Cindie Travis who was passing through while traveling around the world on a bicycle. Photos and video were added to go along with the conversation. Cindie is asked, "Where did you begin your bike trip? She describes (with a map) the last five years of our around the world bicycle tour. Then she is asked, "How all this continuous travel has changed you? Do you ride all the time or take breaks and about bad weather? Cindie's "I can" description has always made this video a favorite.
The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the beginning of summer days of fun, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it also kicks off the deadliest driving season of the year.
On average, 269 more people die in traffic fatalities each month during the summer than in any other season of the year. Of the 25 deadliest days on American roads over the past five years, 20 of them fell during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Even more troubling is the fact that motor vehicle crashes are now the leading cause of death for 15-to-20-year-olds in America, with more than 7,000 teens killed annually in vehicle accidents. NHTSA also reports that one in five 16-year-old drivers are involved in collisions during their first year of driving.
To help minimize the number of accidents involving teens, Ford Motor Company is working to help teens become better drivers by turning to the Web. Ford is now offering safe driving tips in video format on popular Web sites like www.youtube****, www.yahoo****, in addition to Ford's interactive teen safe driving Web site, www.drivingskillsforlife****. New tips will be posted each week through early June.
The short video spots provide a variety of driving tips for teens and adults delivered by professional instructors from Ford's Driving Skills for Life program. The videos show teens what to do if passenger-side wheels leave the roadway, how to recover in a skid, how to sit properly for safe driving, how to anticipate danger, and when it's important to slow down.
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MTV Reunited: RW Vegas asset, video. The Real World Vegas cast reunites five years later in Sin City in the same hotel for seven fun, furious and frisky episodes. They’ve grown older but have they grown up? Find out where Steven, Trishelle, Alton, Irulan, Frank, Arissa and Brynn are now – 28 Lays Later. Tune in TONIGHT for the season premiere and every Wednesday at 10pm for Reunited: The Real World Vegas. *******reunited.mtv****/ From Wiredset Digital Agency.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Torisel™ (temsirolimus), a novel therapy for the treatment of patients with the advanced form of renal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of kidney cancer. In a recent study, doctors found that patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma who received Torisel lived 49 percent longer – an average of 3.6 months – than patients who received a treatment called interferon-alpha.
Torisel is the only marketed cancer therapy that inhibits a protein called mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin). mTOR is a key protein in cells that regulates cell proliferation, cell growth and cell survival.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 51,190 new cases of kidney cancer will be diagnosed this year. Nearly twice as many men as women are affected, and the incidence is highest among people ages 50 to 70. More than 40 percent of patients with kidney cancer are diagnosed with advanced disease. Patients diagnosed with kidney cancer with distant metastatic disease have a five-year survival rate of less than 10 percent. Although Torisel is not a cure, it may give patients with advanced kidney cancer valuable extra time.
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CROMWELL, CT, May 24, 2007 - A new study conducted by Kelton Research and commissioned by Estroven, the number one selling brand of women's supplements for menopause, finds that 49% of women aged 40-55 say that they feel younger than they actually are, with an average differential of 17 years between their true age and their perceived age. Moreover, this mental manipulation of age correlates directly with bedroom bliss, as one-third of these women have sex more frequently now than in their 20's.
"These results further debunk the myth that menopausal women in their 40's and 50's suffer inordinately from depression and unrest," said Dr. Donnica Moore, MD. "Quite the contrary, many women in their 40's and 50's experience what Margaret Mead termed 'postmenopausal zest.' Women are less inclined to accept the notion that middle age and menopause are tantamount to being 'old,' and that's a very refreshing and instructional attitude."
Although more women are embracing this menopausal stage of life, the survey also revealed many shared medical frustrations. When asked about the "worst part" of dealing with menopause, nearly one-fourth (24%) of women ranked either prescription drugs or expensive doctor visits as their top concern. Overall, "feeling older" and the "embarrassment of hot flashes in public" topped the list. While the Estroven survey reveals that anxieties about menopausal symptoms still persist, many of these apprehensions can be addressed with affordable and accessible over-the-counter treatment options.
For many menopausal women, self-indulgence, such as enjoying a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine remains the most common method of combating irritability. Natural supplements, which are a healthier alternative to impulsive actions, rank just below self-indulgence, as 24% of surveyed women have taken supplements to ease their symptoms.
"As we learn more about the link between feeling younger and feeling better, we need to promote safe alternative options for menopausal women," added Dr. Moore. "Natural supplements, exercise and a balanced diet represent a healthy choice for women with mild to moderate symptoms who want to feel their best."
The leader in the menopause supplement category is Estroven?, which, for the past five years, has received a Master Circle achievement award, in addition to becoming the number one recommended brand by pharmacists for menopausal symptoms, by Pharmacy Times magazine.
All Estroven products work in harmony with the body, helping to effectively reduce the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and post menopause. Formulated for everyday use, Estroven does contain many vitamins and minerals essential to maintaining women's health.
For more information about Amerifit Brands and its Estroven products, please visit www.estroven****. As with any nutritional supplement, women should consult their healthcare professional before taking Estroven.
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The staff of the Opie and Anthony Show discovers, quite accidentally, that associate producer (and candy head) Sam brings in a lunch every day that closely resembles that of a five year-old. Of course, co-host Jim Norton is disgusted by this and takes appropriate action by smashing Sam's sandwich.
Every 80 seconds in the United States, a home catches fire. When a home fire starts, every second counts. Fires can spread quickly and rapidly, leaving you less than six minutes to bring your family to safety. And, by the time your smoke detector sounds, your family may have as little as two minutes to escape to safety.
Bedrooms are the second most common location of home fire after the kitchen. Each year 20,800 fires are attributed to mattresses and bedding, causing 380 deaths and 2,220 injuries. Most mattress fires are started by children under five years-old playing with matches and lighters. In fact, mattress fires are the leading cause of fire death among preschoolers.
A new Federal standard effective July 1st, 2007 requires all mattress sets manufactured and imported in the U.S. to meet a strict performance standard design to reduce the severity of mattress fires. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates the new standard will save as many as 270 lives, reducing mattress-related fire deaths by 78 percent and injuries by 84 percent, or 1,330 persons per year.
A revolutionary new product, the FireDefender Sleep System is a two-piece flame resistant mattress pad and box spring cover set. The first of its kind on the market, it is ideal for those who want to protect their families without having to buy a new mattress set. It gives families a level of protection similar to the new CPSC standard at a fraction of the cost. In lab tests, it protected mattress sets from igniting for up to 30 minutes, giving families more time to escape from a home fire and firefighters more time to extinguish the blaze.
For more information on the FireDefender Sleep System, go to: www.firedefendersystem****
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Network represents the next generation in
online multimedia communications
MultiVu, PR Newswire's multimedia and broadcast company, today announced the availability of its next generation online video network, geared towards assisting organizations in targeting video to consumer audiences directly through dozens of video sharing Web sites.
Building on its strategy of 'Broadcast & Beyond' initiated when industry veteran Tim Bahr founded MultiVu five years ago, over the past six months the company has focused on steadily increasing the number of video sharing and syndication Web sites to which it distributes its customers' video. The result is a ground breaking video network, officially announced today, which enables organizations to target consumers directly with video, and significantly benefit from the viral effect of this new medium. MultiVu's online video distribution represents the future in online multimedia communications, taking video content 'beyond' the broadcast medium and directly to consumers, wherever they are.
Virgin America says it's about to change the face of U.S. air travel. The upstart airline has been given the green light by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin operations, and is now selling tickets to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. Service to San Diego will be added a bit later.
Virgin America is promising low fares, excellent service and perks such as brand-new planes with cutting-edge in-flight entertainment, leather seats, massage chairs and mood lighting.
The airline plans to serve 10 U.S. cities within a year of operation and up to 30 cities within five years. Cities under consideration include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Portland, Ore., Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Jose, Calif., Sarasota, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
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