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years after accident, TBI victim suffers but hasn’t lost her spirit

On July 10, 2002, Susan Riddle was driving with her family when a drunk driver’s SUV landed on her windshield. Riddle’s husband and son emerged from the vehicle unharmed, but Susan was not as fortunate. Kent Riddle had to perform CPR on his wife as he waited for help to arrive. Having sustained a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the crash, Susan would spend weeks in a coma, months in a hospital, and years in rehabilitation. Her fascinating story was told in BE Healthy magazine. Riddle’s experience illustrates how the symptoms of TBI can vary dramatically between victims, depending ... Read More

Patients with gastroparesis should weigh treatment options

Gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying, is a disorder that affects people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents. It is caused when the vagus nerve to the stomach becomes damaged or stops working. When not working properly, this nerve is unable to send a message to the muscles that move food through the digestive tract, and food is either slowed or stopped in the process. Diabetes can cause damage the vagus nerve when blood glucose levels remain high over a long period of time by damaging ... Read More

Note to Chantix flunkees: there’s still hope even after the magic pill fails

“It’s my mind-set this time,” Eric Wolbert told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “This time I’m going into it celebrating that I’m quitting rather than worrying about not being able to and how hard it was.” Wolbert, who has been a non-smoker for 30 days, attributes his success to seven-week group therapy session at Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Center. Like many others who have tried to quit smoking, Wolbert used Chantix unsuccessfully in his previous attempts to quit. I can relate to Wolbert’s experience. I also used Chantix unsuccessfully for months, spending well over $400 for the drug. After a couple ... Read More

Economy, regulations create tough times for Florida gas stations

In the United States, Florida has some of the toughest state laws governing the ownership and maintenance of underground storage tanks. In just a few months, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will enforce its Dec. 31, 2009 deadline for all single-wall USTs and piping to be replaced with modern, double-wall tanks and pipes. Then, on Jan. 21, 2010, the agency’s deadline for replacing above-ground tanks without underlying spill containment systems arrives. The new regulations leave many Florida gas station owners worrying about the future of their businesses. The cost of replacing the tanks is extremely prohibitive, especially for the ... Read More

New Orleans is ‘Ground Zero’ of national wage theft epidemic

Hurricane Katrina, a powerful storm surge, and a system of inadequate levies teamed up in 2005 to create an unprecedented level of disaster in the United States. In the wake that followed, New Orleans (along with many other coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) resembled a sea of destruction. New Orleans relied heavily on day laborers to clean up, repair, and rebuild. Sadly, however, recent surveys found that 80% of the Hispanic workers had been cheated out of compensation. The rampant injustice plaguing manual laborers compelled New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow to promote an ordinance that would ... Read More

High fiber diet is safest way to clean colon

News of serious and permanent kidney problems associated with colon cleansing products has left many colon-cleansing devotees looking for healthier alternative ways to detox. Alive, a Web site for holistic healing, suggests looking no farther than your grocery store for natural ways to rid toxins. A clean and productive colon is key to preventing non-digestible bacteria and toxins that linger in the intestinal wall from reabsorbing into the body. That means, for optimal health one should eliminate waste two to three times a day – or within six to 18 hours after every meal. The best way to get things ... Read More

New York bill to protect farm laborers stalls

The Times Union of Saratoga, New York, published an editorial calling attention to a bill that has stalled in the New York legislature as the state’s Senate fights over which party leads the chamber. The Farmworkers Omnibus Labor Standards Bill seeks to secure some of the most basic labor rights to migrant laborers and other agricultural workers – rights that have protected workers in other industries since the Fair Labor Standards Act established a 40-hour work week and a minimum wage more than 70 years ago. The proposed labor bill would establish a standard 8-hour work day for agricultural workers. ... Read More

EPA settles with Penn company over multiple UST violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement it reached with Handee Marts, Inc., doing business as 7-Eleven, over alleged violations of federal underground storage tank regulations. The two stores held in violation of EPA standards are located in Pittsburgh and Cranberry, Pennsylvania. The parent company, Handee Marts, is based in Gibsonia, Penn. The company agreed to pay $22,758 to settle alleged violations of UST regulations designed to prevent, detect, and control fuel leaks from underground tanks. With hundreds of thousands of USTs throughout the country leaking fuel and other hazardous substances, curbing environmental contamination caused by such releases is one ... Read More

Doctors and critics doubt the accuracy of Avandia study

Results of a clinical study announced in New Orleans recently appeared to exonerate Avandia from long-held suspicions that the drug causes adverse cardiovascular events in patients undergoing treatment for diabetes 2. Many doctors and other critics, however, say that the study is flawed and remain unconvinced of the findings. Financial analysts believe the results will likely give GlaxoSmithKline’s one-time blockbuster drug a sales boost. Researchers announced the results of the RECORD trial at the American Diabetes Association meeting in New Orleans. The study monitored 2,220 patients who received Avandia (rosiglitazone) as a supplement to metformin, normally the first-line drug in ... Read More

Colon cleanse video gives a glimpse of what to expect

“Can the unhealthiest guy in the world fast on water for 40 hours AND get his colon cleansed?” It’s the question posed by Brian Labrecque with Depressing Prospects Films in his video Colon Hydrotherapy Cleansing for Dummies. The “very unhealthy guy” underwent a 40-hour water diet followed by a professional colon cleanse and shared it all, on tape, for viewers on YouTube to see. Brian didn’t follow the advice of a doctor and admits that he later learned that a water-only diet wasn’t the best idea for prepping his bowel for cleansing. A fruit juice diet would have been a ... Read More