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Owning a Dog makes You live Longer

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Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life. It could also make it last a little longer.

A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country, where databases contain detailed information on everyone’s hospitalizations, medical history and even whether they own a dog. Such detailed records made it relatively easy to suss out the impact of having a canine companion.

People in possession of a pooch were less likely to have cardiovascular disease or die from any cause during the 12 years covered by the research, according to the study published in Scientific Reports. The impact was greatest for single people, said Mwenya Mubanga, an author of the paper from the university’s Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life Laboratory.

“Dog ownership was especially prominent as a protective factor in persons living alone, which is a group reported previously to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death,” Mubanga said. “Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households.”

 

Marketed Drugs Have No Value

MDC says, The Most Marketed Drugs Have The Least Therapeutic Value !!!

The pharmaceutical industry spends a lot of money on getting doctors and patients to buy their products. Americans are probably most familiar with those TV and radio commercials that end with the long list of side effects narrated in super-speed, but may not realize that their doctors are getting their own special brand of marketing, too. If that sounds suspect, it should. Two studies from the U.S. and Canada show that the drugs that pharma companies spend the most time promoting to doctors have the leasttherapeutic value.

All The Better To Sell You With, My Dear

Here’s something that might feel a little weird: your doctor has probably gone to lunch with a pharmaceutical industry representative, and the rep probably picked up the check. Some hospitals and medical programs forbid the practice, but for those that don’t, doctors routinely receive free meals, drinks, and small gifts from pharma reps hoping to increase their sales. Companies in the U.S. are required to report every payment to doctors of $10 or more. According to Open Payments, the online database of those reports, pharmaceutical companies spent $8.2 billion in 2016 promoting drugs to more than half a million physicians. (You can use the tool yourselfto see what your own doctor has been paid.)

And this kind of promotion works. Studies show that doctors who are allowed to accept these gifts are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs, even when cheaper generics are available. That’s why two studies, an American one published in the British Medical Journal in May 2017 and a Canadian one published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in September 2017, are so troubling. They found that the most-promoted drugs were the least likely to be therapeutically valuable — or, as the BMJ study defined it, “effective, safe, affordable, novel, and represent a genuine advance in treating a disease.”

What kinds of drugs are we talking? In the U.S., the top three most heavily promoted drugs were Eliquis, an anticoagulant that can reduce stroke risk in some patients, and Bydureon and Invokana, two drugs for type II diabetes that are formulated to lower blood sugar. Invokana was also among Canada’s most promoted drugs, along with the blood-pressure drug Coversyl and the asthma/COPD medication Breo Ellipta. All of them were rated as having little therapeutic value, and not representing anything new in the pharmaceutical market.

The Greater Good

Of course, this does make sense. A revolutionary, must-have drug sells itself. “If a genuinely innovative drug becomes available that significantly advances patient care … this information might be expected to spread rapidly among clinicians,” the authors of the BMJ study write. “Conversely, a ‘me-too’ drug with minimal benefit over previous treatments in a class with generic alternatives … might need robust promotion to facilitate its use.”

This doesn’t suggest that the relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical reps is a sign of corruption. After all, many drugs are useful, and doctors don’t necessarily have time to constantly research every new drug out there. As a 2017 editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association pointed out, “In the United States, there is no formal approach to educating physicians about new drugs. In the absence of such a system, physicians must either find information about new therapies from other sources, such as by reading or attending meetings, or accept information from pharmaceutical representatives.”

It does mean, however, that patients should be vigilant and educated about their own care. Research what pharmaceutical companies your doctor and doctor’s office have had contact with. When your doctor prescribes a drug, ask if there are effective generic alternatives. The more information you have, the better off you’ll be.

source: curiosity

9/11 Dust and Heart Disease

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More than 100 children who were exposed to chemical fumes from the 9/11 attacks have a far higher risk of heart disease than they should, a new study says.

After the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, the disaster site was omitting toxic fumes of mercury, asbestos, and jet fuel.

Experts say the fumes lingered until at least July 2002, when the clean-up was declared complete.

Now, an analysis by NYU Langone Health researchers of 308 children in the World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) has shown the devastating impact this had on young people.

The 123 children with higher blood levels of the chemicals known to be in the dust had a 15 percent increase in levels of artery-hardening fats in their blood.

It is the first concrete study to lay bare the long-term cardiovascular health risks in children from toxic chemical exposure on 9/11.

In fact, a week after the attacks the EPA assured citizens that the site ‘did not pose a health hazard’. 

The agency has since admitted that was wrong – and some say that even today people living in Lower Manhattan are exposed to dangerous fumes.

A Pen Detects Cancer

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A new device can detect whether or not a tumor is cancerous in just 10 seconds – and should be in operating rooms as soon as 2018.

The cancer ‘pen’, called the MasSpec Pen, was designed by researchers at the University of Texas Austin, and it will be able to bring immediate diagnoses to surgeons’ fingertips as they are operating on patients.

When using it, doctors will simply place the pen on a patient’s tissue and give it a few seconds to read that tissue’s molecular composition. Then, one of two words will appear on a computer screen in the OR: ‘Normal’ or ‘Cancer’.

Experts are hopeful that the device will help surgeons conduct procedures that are safer, quicker and more precise, since they could potentially remove all cancerous tissue from a patient in one go.

They say it could bring down the number of patients who relapse after having cancerous tissue removed and need more operations to fight the disease.

The MasSpec Pen is more than 96 percent accurate in distinguishing diseased from healthy tissue in real-time while a patient is on the operating table.

Researchers who developed it hope it will enable the removal of all traces of malignant masses, reducing the risk of cancerous cells getting left behind.

The current state-of-the-art method for diagnosing cancers during surgery is called frozen section analysis.

This process is slow and often inaccurate: samples take 30 minutes to prepare and they then have to be interpreted by a pathologist.

And speed is important because the longer a patient remains on the operating table, the greater their risk of getting an infection or reacting negatively to anesthesia.

For some types of cancers, frozen section analysis is extremely unreliable, yielding false results in as many as 20 percent of cases.

But even this method for diagnosing is modern, as most pathology labs require several days to evaluate if cancerous cells remain in a patient’s tissue after they have had a tumor removed during surgery.

The researchers at the University of Texas Austin who developed the MasSpec Pen included experts in the medicine, engineering and chemistry fields.

Their research was funded by their university, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas.

They have filed US patent applications and they are working to secure worldwide patents.

The technology is expected to start being tested during cancer surgeries as soon as next year.

MyDAILYCOMPLAINT is BACK

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1. “I’m not special. I’m a limited edition.”

2. “You don’t like my attitude? That’s fine. It doesn’t like you either.”

3. “Don’t compare me to other people. There’s no competition. I’m one of a kind.”

4. “I’m at the point now where I don’t want to impress anyone anymore. If people like me the way I am, great. If they don’t, well it’s their loss.”

5. “I’m really not cranky. I just have a violent reaction when I meet stupid people.”

6. “It’s my decision who I love and how I live. No one can take that choice away from me.”

7. “Silence is the best response when you’re dealing with an idiot.”

8. “I’m not arguing with you. I’m just explaining why I’m right.”

9. “I don’t have time to hate the people who are hating me. I’m way too busy loving the people who are loving me.”

10. “I haven’t changed. I grew up. Maybe you should give it a try sometime.”

 

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Habitual Rituals

 

943ac7834e450be7b51386eaa31eae30.400x285x1A well dressed man leaned against the window of a midtown restaurant puffing on his after dinner cigar. He seemed fascinated watching my dog sniff an often used spot on the sidewalk.

“He moves slowly”, the man said, smiling as my pooches nose brushed the ground. I said something like “she moves like a snail”, then he said feeling guilty blowing blue smoke rising from his mouth , “it’s a bad habit”, staring cross eyed at his lit Cohiba cigar .
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“What’s a bad habit?”, I said, observing his pleasures with my hound and his smoke.

“This”, he barked, holding up the thick cigar in the cool night air.

My response was slow. “It’s not that bad”, I said, “in fact it’s a ritual thousands of years old”.

Rituals are sacred space. Some rituals are more weighted than others. This observing man caught me while I was walking my dog in our three times a day ritual, which compared to praying numerous times each day may seem a triviality.

Cultures throughout history have used smoke in ceremonies, and our Original People in the Western Hemisphere believed tobacco was sacred visible prayer. Yes VISIBLE PRAYER.
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Statistics back up the fact that the use of tobacco and other smokable substances are predominately a male ritual behavior. It is that way in every society. In a world that is trying to have equality between the sexes, some rituals lean toward one gender over the other. You wouldn’t want women to not be able to cosmetically negotiate Hair in hairy places, a ritual hardly discussed or contemplated by most men.

A Water Ritual, an eating ritual after offering prayer, all prayer forms are rituals, the toasting of someone or some event, all wonderful new borns birthing rituals, pre birthing rituals, marriage rituals, bathing and toilet rituals, and of course the ritual cup of Coffee or Tea are accepted rituals.

Not drinking alcohol in a ritual when offered is a signal to some that you cannot be trusted, and some find a drink a good reason not to trust people who enjoy that ritual . Rituals differ from one person to another, one clique to another, covering macro and micro, and to not acknowledge how we need our rituals is a denial we must face.

Celebrating sometimes, honoring, dishonoring, even wishes are rituals. The future is alive and well with the rituals of exercise eating well and all the healthy stuff you add to your ritual shake before you leave home.

“To each his or her own, so goes the saying”. We do have a Congress and a political system steeped in pseudo ritual, filled with Congressmen and Congresswomen who are addicted to the money raising rituals, the endless fundraising rituals.

Celebrating the New Year is a favorite ritual to many around the world, and we say three cheers to the New Year to one and all and if it is peace you want than make it a ritual in your own life.

Instant Karma is a Bitch

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MDC shares a foreign situation that needs to be repeated on a few individuals who think they can get away with hurting people.

A Dutch dog lover went far past the lengths one should go for a man’s best friend when he brutally beat his veterinarian to a pulp for accidentally killing his beloved chihuahua.

Hank van Der Mast, a Netherlands vet, was savagely attacked by the owner of a chihuahua who died while under anaesthesia for an operation, according to Dutch news site MetroXL.

A friend of Mast, Theo Vermaten, posted a shocking photo of the badly beaten vet, blood running down his swollen face.

“This definitely falls under the heading: senseless violence,” his friend captioned the gory photo in Dutch.

Mast was cleaning the teeth of two chihuahuas, which required him to put them under.

One of the dogs never woke up.

The outraged owner, who was not identified, showed up at the veterinarian’s office four days after the dog’s death and, when he was told that the doctor wasn’t in, drove to Mast’s home.

The vet was cleaning the teeth of two chihuahuas (not pictured,) which required him to put them under anaesthesia. One of the dogs never woke up.

The vet was cleaning the teeth of two chihuahuas (not pictured,) which required him to put them under anaesthesia. One of the dogs never woke up.
When Mast opened the door, the furious chihuahua lover starting throwing fists.

Mast’s injuries from the attack include a broken nose, black eye and bad bruising to his face.

MDC extends an international smile to Hank van Der Mast, karma is a bitch!

Study: Kicking The Opiate Habit, With Cannabis

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Can cannabis play a role in helping people kick opioid dependency? Several recent studies says ‘yes.’
Researchers at New York’s Columbia University assessed the use of cannabinoids versus placebo in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing in-patient detoxification and outpatient treatment with naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist. Investigators reported that the administration of oral THC (dronabinol) during the detoxification process lowered the severity of subjects’ withdrawal symptoms compared to placebo, but that these effects did not persist long-term. By contrast, patients who consumed herbal cannabis during the outpatient treatment phase were more readily able to sleep, reported experiencing less anxiety, and were more likely to complete their treatment as compared to those subjects who did not.
“One of the interesting study findings was the observed beneficial effect of marijuana smoking on treatment retention,” authors concluded. “Participants who smoked marijuana had less difficulty with sleep and anxiety and were more likely to remain in treatment as compared to those who were not using marijuana, regardless of whether they were taking dronabinol or placebo.”
The team’s findings appear online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The study’s findings are not unique. In a 2001 study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute assessed treatment retention rates among 47 opiate-dependent subjects participating in a six-month outpatient program. Authors reported that participants who consumed marijuana intermittently were significantly less likely to reinitiate their opiate use during the program as compared to those who either used it habitually or abstained from using it altogether. Those who used cannabis during the program were also more likely to adhere to naltrexone treatment. The authors concluded that occasional marijuana use is associated with better overall outcomes, which “may support a harm reduction approach to naltrexone maintenance.”

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In 2009, investigators at the New York State Psychiatric Institute again assessed the relationship between cannabis use and opioid-treatment therapy in a cohort of 63 outpatient subjects. The researchers’ results replicated those of the 2001 study, finding that intermittent cannabis consumers were more likely to adhere to their treatment regiment and complete the outpatient program than were those who never used the substance.
Recent observational data from medical marijuana states further substantiates the theory that legal cannabis access may be a significant harm reducer for patients at risk of opioid dependency or mortality. According to data published in 2014 in The Journal of the American Medical Association, states with medical marijuana laws experience far fewer opiate-related deaths than do states that prohibit the plant. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore conducted a time-series analysis of medical cannabis laws and state-level death certificate data in the United States from 1999 to 2010 — a period during which 13 states instituted laws allowing for cannabis therapy. They reported, “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws.”
Investigators from the RAND Corporation and the University of California, Irvine reported similar findings earlier this year in a policy paper for the non-partisan think-tank, the National Bureau of Economic Research. “tates permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not,” they concluded.
Some scientists believe that cannabis may act synergistically with opiates. Clinical data published in 2011 in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics reports that the administration of vaporized cannabis “safely augments the analgesic effect of opioids.” Authors speculated that this “synergistic interaction” between cannabinoids and opiods “may allow for opioid treatment at lower doses with fewer [patient] side effects.” Consequently, some pain physicians are now recommending that patients use cannabis adjunctively or, in some cases, prior to using opiates as a “harm reduction strategy [to] reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications.”

 

source: NORML