Category Archives: Medication

Thousand Oaks woman gained miracle kidney, funding restrictions helped take it away

By Tom Kisken An hour before sunrise, Jeannette Castaneda unfurled a bed sheet over a reclining chair to keep pale green vinyl from clinging to her arms. She huddled under a blanket as a technician jabbed her with a needle, … Continue reading

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Medical News: ASCO: New Drug Protects Against Clots in Ca Patients

CHICAGO — An experimental anticoagulant reduced the risk of dangerous blood clots by 64% in patients undergoing chemotherapy, researchers said here. Article is here. My opinions: For those of you on anti-coagulants and chemo, you might want to look into … Continue reading

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Cholesterol

Once again I have had the cholesterol test. The last one was in 2007 and it is pretty much the same numbers with an HDL/LDL ratio that makes my doctors nervous. They want me to go on some type of … Continue reading

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Long-term management of patients taking immunosuppressive drugs

Denise C Hsu, Immunology Registrar, Department of Immunology, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney; and Constance H Katelaris, Professor, Clinical Immunology and Allergy, University of Western Sydney Summary The number of patients taking immunosuppressive drugs for the management of autoimmune inflammatory … Continue reading

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My Vasculitis Story: Not the final chapter

This morning I was listening to “How far is heaven” sung by the Los Lonely Boys. I love the song, but I am pretty happy that heaven is much farther away today than it was that first year. After I … Continue reading

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My Vasculitis Story: Chapter four

As you probably remember from the last chapter, my goal was to get to Travis AFB to a rheumatologist who could take over my treatment. When my husband and I reached Travis AFB, we had to reschedule the appointment because … Continue reading

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Let Wal-Mart fix US health care

By Jim JubakI know who can fix our broken health care system — and who can’t: Not presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. He proposes a tax credit of $5,000 per family to encourage us to buy private health insurance. Not … Continue reading

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