Preparing for the Day No One Wants to Think About

By | June 4, 2007

Planning for arrangements in the event of your death may seem like a daunting, and even creepy task, but the peace of mind you’ll get makes it worth it. Who knows, it may even tack on a few extra days to your life. First off, whether they’re in a file folder in your home or in a bank… Read More »

Lead: The Equal Opportunity Toxin

By | May 29, 2007

What is Lead Poisoning?Lead poisoning, also known as saturnism, plumbism or painter’s colic, is caused by increased blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead in the environment. Lead is a neurotoxic metallic element that can be absorbed by the body, usually through the lungs and stomach. When too much lead accumulates in the body, lead… Read More »

Paxil: The Depressing Antidepressant?

By | May 29, 2007

What is Paxil?Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, is one of several selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. Paxil is prescribed for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The idea behind Paxil is that it increases levels of serotonin in the spaces between brain cells thereby allowing… Read More »

Vioxx: From the Shelf to the Senate Floor

By | May 29, 2007

What is Vioxx?Vioxx, generic name rofecoxib, is a COX-2 selective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Vioxx is a prescription medicine prescribed primarily to reduce acute pain in adults, inflammation and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, painful menstrual cycles, rheumatoid arthritis and certain forms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and to treat migraines. What are the dangers of Vioxx?On October 1, 2004… Read More »

Mesothelioma – Your Risks & Rights

By | April 12, 2007

What is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. There are various types of mesothelioma, all of which are fatal and for which there is no cure. Some of the symptoms include: shortness of breath, coughing/wheezing, chest pain, weight loss, abdominal swelling, jaundice, cachexia, bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities,… Read More »