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Archive for March, 2006

Thoughts of the day

March 10th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, March 10, 2006

Joyously fulfill
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Today is the day that it all begins. This is the moment when your greatest possibilities start fervently coming to life.

You’ve dreamed, you’ve planned, you’ve hoped, you’ve slipped and gotten back up again. You’ve learned about your strengths and uncovered some of your weaknesses. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA finds benzene in soft drinksBY DAVID GOLDSTEINKnight Ridder NewspapersWASHINGTON - When small amounts of benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical, were found in some soft drinks 16 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration never told the public.

March 4th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

DAVID GOLDSTEINKnight Ridder NewspapersWASHINGTON -

When small amounts of benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical, were found in some soft drinks 16 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration never told the public.
That’s because the beverage industry told the government it would handle the problem and the FDA thought the problem was solved. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Government Is Sued by Five States Over Medicare Payments

March 4th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

March 3 (Bloomberg) — Five U.S. states today sued the federal government over an expanded federal prescription-drug program that they say the government is unconstitutionally requiring them to help fund.

Attorneys general in New Jersey, Texas, Kentucky, Maine and Missouri said monthly payments to help cover the expanded Medicare prescription drug program violated their sovereignty.

“In requiring the states to pay a specified dollar amount to support a federal program, the new law eliminates our ability to exercise control over a fundamental state function — spending,'’ New Jersey Attorney General Zulima Farber said in a written statement.

Under the Medicare law, which took effect Jan. 1, states must repay the federal government a large chunk of the money they will save as the federal Medicare program takes over drug- benefit benefits that had been paid under Medicaid.

While some states have argued they would end up paying more under the new formula, New Jersey didn’t make such a claim and based its suit on sovereignty issues — specifically that it will be paying for a federal program it has no control over.

Farber said New Jersey wasn’t claiming that its bottom line will be hurt by the payback provision now. Instead, she said, the law hurts the state’s ability to budget for future payments because the federal government controls the formula that determines how much the state must pay.

Ellen Griffith, a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, didn’t immediately return a phone call from Bloomberg News.

Thought of the day

March 4th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Saturday, March 4, 2006

You are
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The things you do are important to you. Yet they are not who you are.

The words you speak serve to express you. Even so, they are not who you are.

The circumstances of your life give you a context in which to operate. However, those circumstances do not define you. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleeping with ALS

March 4th, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

My wife at the time I began to decline was a great motivating factor to learn to sleep all night in one position. Let’s just say it wasn’t a pleasant experience when I required attention during the night. This is only possible to be comfortable all night for me by using a pillow top mattress, an alternating pressure pump mattress on Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Acupuncture as Effective as Drugs at Preventing Migraines

March 3rd, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

Wednesday, March 01, 2006
By Miranda Hitti

Acupuncture may be as good as prescription drugs in preventing migraines — even if sham acupuncture is used, German researchers report.

Their study, published in The Lancet’s online edition, included more than 400 people who had two to six migraines per month. Participants got one of three treatments: Read the rest of this entry »

Controversial MS Drug Trial Flawed, Experts Say

March 3rd, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

03.03.06, 12:00 AM ET

FRIDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) — Two experts are questioning whether a woman who died of a rare infection after participating in a trial for the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tysabri should have been included in the study in the first place.
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Thoughts of the day

March 3rd, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Friday, March 3, 2006

Something new
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Today is a new, unique, original day. So find something new, unique and original to do with it.

Your are knowledgeable, talented, and creative. You live in a universe where new possibilities are continually multiplying. Read the rest of this entry »

Mentally ill’s needs unmet

March 1st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By Laura Ungar
lungar@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

Citing the unfulfilled promise of Kentucky’s mental-health system, a leading advocacy organization has given the state a failing grade in its first state-by-state analysis of such systems in more than 15 years.

Kentucky is one of eight states to receive an F on the report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Indiana posted a D-minus, with the alliance pointing to problems such as waiting lists for community services. The national average was a D. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Pfizer’s Celebrex raises heart attack risks

March 1st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

By Val Brickates Kennedy, MarketWatch
Last Update: 11:09 AM ET Mar 1, 2006

BOSTON (MarketWatch) — A group of researchers in New Zealand said Tuesday that a reanalysis of older studies conducted on Pfizer’s pain reliever Celebrex show the drug can raise the risk of suffering a heart attack. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

March 1st, 2006 by RespiteMatch.com

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THE DAILY MOTIVATOR
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Learn from life
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Life has important lessons to teach you today. Some of those lessons will be enjoyable, many of them will be a bit painful, and when the day is over you’ll be wiser for them all.

Each person you meet today has something to teach you.
Though they may make you somewhat angry, impatient, uncomfortable or frustrated at the time, those lessons are sure to be of much value. Read the rest of this entry »