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Amazon.com reached an agreement with the State of California legislature, so the Silver Buzz Cafe Store is back. :-)


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One Year On – Health Care Reform Progress Explained

It’s a year since the health care reform bill was passed. Where are we now and who is trying to take our benefits away? [...]

UK Team Finds Natural Way To Transport Drugs Across The Blood-Brain Barrier

Researchers in the UK have found a way to use a natural mechanism to transport medications across the blood-brain barrier, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and meningitis. [...]

Survey Confirms That Most Seniors Believe GOP Lies About Medicare

Yet another survey shows that GOP misinformation about the effects of health care reform, centered on Medicare benefits, is working. [...]

New Drug Approved For Treating Lupus

The FDA has just approved the first new drug for treating Lupus in over a half a century. However, it’s only partially effective. [...]

Europeans Clamp Down On Fake Drugs

Fake medications are a worldwide problem. Sales of counterfeit drugs in Europe have more than doubled in the past five years. The European Union has issued a directive aimed at curbing the scams. [...]

Breakthrough In Common Cold Research

Viruses kill twice as many people every year as cancer and they are much harder to defeat than bacteria. One of the main reasons is that they can get inside cells, away from the body’s immune systems and antibiotic drugs that can kill bacteria. New research shows that they can carry their own destiny with them in the form of antibodies that will precipitate their death. [...]

Medicare Beneficiaries Already Seeing The Benefits Of The Affordable Care Act

While the Republicans work with the health care insurers to figure out ways to rollback the benefits of the two health care reform bills passed earlier this year, the Obama administration is fighting back. A news release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says that the Affordable Care Act is bringing about cheaper prescription costs, much less waste and abuse, better care quality, as well as improved efficiency. [...]

Gene Makes People More Susceptible To Alcohol

Alcohol dependence costs the United States over $200 billion a year and affects over three million seniors, with men being three times more likely to suffer from it than women. Researchers at the University of North Carolina believe that they have found a version of a gene that makes some people feel the effects of alcohol sooner than others. If they are right it may open the way to a treatment that could help the growing number of alcoholics worldwide. [...]

Hospital Robots Improve Drug Handling

In our series on medical equipment we covered the various kinds of robotic surgery systems out there. We’ve also looked at Japanese research into using humanoid robots for routine but arduous nursing tasks, such as lifting patients. Today we’ll look at the application of industrial robotics to a relatively simple, but extremely important problem, dispensing prescriptions in hospitals. [...]

European Scientists Accuse Pfizer Of Hiding Drug Trial Results

In yet another case of a Big Pharma bringing a drug to market with publishing all trial results, Pfizer is now accused of marketing an antidepressant despite the fact that it probably does more harm than good. [...]

Beware of Miracle Mineral Supplement®

Miracle Mineral Supplement® and Miracle Mineral Solution can lead to severe health problems and consumers should discard any that they have immediately, according to the FDA. [...]

It’s Time For Your Annual Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months have a flu shot for the 2010/2011 season. [...]

New Super Bug Arrives From Asia

Researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) have identified fifty cases related to a “Super Bug” bacteria that makes an enzyme called NDM-1. Similar infections have been seen in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the USA and the researchers say that NDM-1 could become a major global health problem. [...]

Activating Sirtuin May Help Control Alzheimer’s Disease

There are an estimated 37 million people worldwide, including 5.3 million in the United States, who live with some form of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most prevalent. New research by Gizem Donmez, Leonard Guarente and colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown that activating sirtuin also appears to suppress Alheimer’s and destroying it made the condition much worse. [...]

Nasal Zinc May Have Caused Loss Of Smell

Many people turn to homeopathic remedies to try and reduce the effects of colds. Nasal gels and swabs that contained zinc were available over the counter until The FDA requested manufacturers to stop selling them in June 2009, amid concerns about their safety. There were reports of anosmia – loss of the sense of smell, but no scientific proof of a link. [...]

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