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Oct. 22nd, 2005 02:16 pm
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happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
happy birthday dear [ profile] prettyfool
happy birthday to you.

turning 20 might seem to mean that when people compliment your astounding brilliance and mad writing skeelz, you can no longer flip your hair and say "yeah, and i'm still a TEENAGER yet."

and THEN you discover the awesome power that is lying.
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Okay to sell heart drug to blacks only

A heart failure drug can be marketed to blacks only, the U.S. drug regulator said Thursday.

The approval marks a step toward "the promise of personalized medicine," said the Food and Drug Administration. Critics worried the move smacks of race-based medicine.
BiDil will be marketed to African-Americans.

The drug, known as BiDil, treats heart failure, a condition in which the heart is weakened and does not pump enough blood. BiDil works by elevating levels of nitric oxide, which is important to the health of heart and blood vessels.

Manufacturer NitroMed. Inc. told the FDA it wanted to sell BiDil only to blacks, citing studies that showed blacks fared better on the drug than other races.

Dr. Jay Cohn of the University of Minnesota, who holds a patent on BiDil, theorized the drug helps blacks because evidence suggests they have less nitric oxide in their bodies.

"Today's approval of a drug to treat severe heart failure in the self-identified black population is a striking example of how a treatment can benefit some patients even if it does not help all patients," said Dr. Robert Temple, FDA's associate director of medical policy.

BiDil is the first drug therapy intended for a specific race. It will be sold to people who self-identify as black.

It's hoped that scientists will discover characteristics in people of other races who might be helped by BiDil, Temple added in a release.

Researchers are working on ways to develop genetic tests to target therapies to each patient, an approach that could someday make issues like gender and race irrelevant in medicine, experts said.

Last week, an advisory committee recommended the FDA allow sales of the drug, although two of the nine panelists said the label should not be race-specific.

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Jun. 3rd, 2005 08:06 pm
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you know. fo' spring.
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It was a tie, 152-152. The Speaker broke it in favour of the gov't. No election. Yay!
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Found this gem while googling "sexism + stronach" this morning.
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They're finding a home for him. Hurray!

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I am having a weird keyboard problem. Instead of making an apostrophe, my keyboard makes one of these:


every time I hit that key. Probably useful for writing in French, but as it turns out I am really apostrophe-reliant. Does anyone know how to fix thisÉÉ Oh man, it does the same thing for the question mark! Help!

On closer investigation, a lot of my keys are screwed up.

The forward slash makes this: à
The bracket makes this: "
And the front bracket with shift makes an apostrophe! But I would still like to have my keyboard back to normal...


May. 17th, 2005 10:54 am
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I want one:

It's a baby muskox
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Doctors played your dosage like a card-trick.
Scrabbled down the hallways yelling "Yahtzee!"
I brought books on Hopper, and the Arctic,
something called "The Politics of Lonely,"
a toothbrush and a Quick-Pick with the Plus.
You tried not to roll your sunken eyes,
and said "Hey can you help me, I can't reach it."
Pointed at the camera in the ceiling.
I climbed up, blocked it so they couldn't see.
Turned to find you out of bed, and kneeling.
Before the nurses came, took you away,
I stood there on a chair and watched you pray.

-John K. Samson

Sunday feels like this. It's raining on the snow out there!
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So it's been a month back here, and still, no job. Way too many of these job ads have words like "previous forklift experience" on them.


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