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August 19th, 2009

01:31 pm - *dances*
Short update, longer to follow.


Internship during schoolyear ftw!

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July 16th, 2009

05:13 pm - I smiled on the inside
Nuklear Power - Food Chain t-shirt @ SplitReason.com
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March 30th, 2009

09:38 am
For those of you curious, I am still alive.

I've been busy as hell the past few months and the end isn't in sight.  Doesn't help I am battling being sick and trying to get an internship somewhere.  That's the brief update, I'll be somewhere in the muck for the next couple weeks.

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January 8th, 2009

11:54 am
For those of you wondering where I disappeared to, the short answer is my hard drive died.  Got back from Grand Prairie and bought a new one and last night my father and I finally got all the drivers working and installed.  So now I am cursing the fact that I have to reinstall everything, but at least I'm back folks. 

I guess I am more upset that my last saving of my documents was in the middle of October.  I wrote so much after that is now gone and I have the hard decision as to whether I want to scrap the originals or try and recreate.  Anywho, thats the short update and I will hopefully post later, Ciao.

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December 8th, 2008

09:14 pm
Words can't describe what is going through my head right now.  Honestly, I'm not sure that even I could tell what I am feeling as of late.  This season is not going to be a fun one.  I always comment that I hate the holidays, but in all honesty it is the only time I get to see the bulk of my family and I am happy to see them.  This time, it just doesn't feel like winter, let alone Christmas.  I am in a sad state of depression of late and I have no idea the source of it.  For those who were recipients last year of cookies, don't expect them this year, odds are they wont be going out, just dont have the time or resources with everything going on down here.  With luck when school starts up I will be a shade of my former self, but even I don't gamble with that.  I know I'll make it through, but this just has the feeling of not going to be a good year whatsoever.

Happy Holidays, for whatever faith you prescribe to.
As for me, I am going to try and stay out of touch most of the following month and a half for my own sake, take care.

See you all on the other side of this.
Current Mood: depresseddepressed

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December 3rd, 2008

01:20 pm - ~Fin~

I have now finished will al lbut one thing for this semester.  I have a Microeconomic theory final on the 9th, but until then I have nothing to do.  The last week has been filled with busting my ass on my Admiralty Law exam and paper, which I was proud of the work on both, hopefulyl Fitzhugh sees the same way...

Lets see....recap....

I came back into WoW on the wednesday before thanksgiving.  That day had been fraught with a rush to get my checkbook, pay rent, and rearrange my room in Galveston.  We stored Jennifers stuff that had been sitting at my folks house in the room so it wont be as much a hassle when she moves in come January back to campus.  Next day got up to go to sisters house to finish her prepping for Thanksgiving.  After wine and brandy we left and I played a little more, but got a good chunk of work done.  Friday I got the second movie for Ad Law test, burned it to the laptop and then we got up early on Saturday to drive in for Economics.  Ended with an A in Money and Banking, like that was unexpected heh, and then came back and worked a little more.  Sunday did more work and watch Master and Commander, along with The Grid to finalize the test and send it off.  I somehow contracted Hives again friday, and they are confusing the hell out of me.  They aren't following the path they should but who knows, maybe it is all stress related and will vanish now.

I think that's all for now, time for some R&R before the second round of confusion begins.

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November 24th, 2008

11:23 pm
Turkey Day.  I will Return.

That is all.
Current Mood: geekygeeky

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November 21st, 2008

05:56 pm - This made my day more than you can imagine

Study: Pill as good as chemo for some patients

By Miriam Falco
CNN Medical News Managing Editor

(CNN) -- A cancer treatment that comes in a pill is as effective as the standard chemotherapy for lung patients who had previously been treated for their cancer, according to a study released Thursday.

The intravenous chemotherapy treatment had more severe side effects than the pill in this study.

Results of a large clinical trial were published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

The trial was designed to compare Iressa, a daily pill, to Taxotere, an IV-chemotherapy drug that's administered every three weeks.

This international study included more than 1,400 patients for whom standard chemotherapy had been ineffective.

"Iressa and Taxotere have same survival outcomes," according to Dr. Edward Kim, lead author of the study and assistant professor in M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology in Houston, Texas.

The study was paid for by the maker of Iressa, AstraZeneca. Kim says the Food and Drug Administration mandated that the pharmaceutical company conduct this clinical trial.

In the study, patients taking Iressa had an average survival of 7.6 months, and 32 percent survived one year, compared with patients getting the chemotherapy drug Taxotere. Their survival was an average of eight months; 34 percent of patients survived one year.

Kim says this is the largest study in lung cancer comparing an oral therapy with chemotherapy.

Dr. Bruce Johnson, a lung cancer specialist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, who was not involved in this research, says, "this study did what it intended to do in showing equivalency. I can't imagine any clearer evidence."

One significant difference between the two drugs is in side effects. Patients taking Iressa mainly experienced skin rashes and/or mild diarrhea. Patients on Taxotere had many more severe side effects, including hair loss, numbness in hands and feet, severe diarrhea, a drop in blood cells and nausea.

Given the difference, "the single pill trumps chemotherapy," said Dr. Paul Bunn, who heads the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Research and also was not involved in the clinical trial.

Johnson says that 5 to 10 percent of patients taking Taxotere will drop out every three weeks because of side effects. Kim points out that if the two treatments have the same survival benefit but one has fewer side effects and is easier to take, doctors want their patients to have the option for this treatment.

Currently, no new lung cancer patients can get Iressa, because doctors are no longer allowed to prescribe it.

In 2003, Iressa got fast-track FDA approval as a treatment for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, specifically for patients in whom standard chemotherapy had failed. The approval was based on two small phase II clinical trials that showed Iressa was able to shrink tumors by about 10 percent, which led the FDA to believe that the drug would lead to a "positive effect on survival or benefits."

When the FDA gives a drug accelerated approval, it requires that the manufacturer continue testing it to determine whether there's a clinical benefit to the patient. If further studies can't show this type of benefit, the FDA has the power to withdraw that drug from the market.

But a year later, results were revealed from a larger, phase III clinical trial that compared Iressa with placebo in patients for whom chemotherapy was ineffective.

"Iressa was better but not statistically significant," said Bunn, who also directs the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

Given this information and because another lung cancer pill -- Tarceva -- had shown a survival benefit, the FDA decided that " it is not reasonable to start new patients on Iressa."

Since 2005, the FDA allows only those already getting Iressa prescribed or those enrolled in clinical trials that were under way at the time to continue taking Iressa.

All three lung cancer experts CNN spoke with regularly see patients and have treated them with Iressa or the other available lung cancer drugs. All said they couldn't predict whether the FDA would allow new patients to be treated with Iressa based on this and other recent studies.

Kim believes that based on this data, Iressa "is a valid treatment option for patients with pretreated non-small lung cancer."

Both Bunn and Johnson say that more choices in treatment will always benefit the patients.


The article can be found here and Goddess willing, even more types will have a viable slew of treatments in the coming years.
Current Location: MSC
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic

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November 6th, 2008

06:05 pm
Well folks, I am going back to rarely posting things just due to the fact I am tired of things being taken out of context.  Thank you Gil for posting what you did.  All I will say anymore in the whole scheme of things is that I, unlike a majority of the people in this city, continue to respect the position and will watch and see.  I will not criticize what goes on in the light people are doing with Bush, not anywhere close.  I apologize for opening my mouth.
Current Location: College Station
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed


November 5th, 2008

01:38 pm
First let me congratulate Presidential Elect Obama. For those of you who think change will actually come though, I wish I had your naivety.

For those of you who haven't noticed, we are going into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Both he and Senator McCain admitted they both knew nothing of the economy. What we are in will not end and have us back recovering for at least a decade, Obama doesn't have some miraculous ideas to put us back where we were. We are screwed no matter what, we would still be screwed if McCain had been elected. Aye, I will admit I tend to lean more conservative and will vote red most of the time, but that may be just for the fact that I would enjoy getting a job and more of a chance to get promotions and raises. I don't like being taxed, period. Yes I admit taxes do serve a purpose that they are needed to be enforced since otherwise the government would have no money to run and it would collapse. However, taxing big business in a recession is just stupid.

If you tax big business, like oil companies for example, they have three options. They either eat the cost and take losses, lay off workers and force the remaining to work harder and longer for less pay, or they raise the prices of their good to cover the taxes making us eat the cost in the end. So folks, you may decry that you need to tax oil companies, but as long as you own a car or buy almost anything, you are dependent on the price of oil because oil is used either in or to produce almost anything.

With the recession we are entering we have a huge problem, inflation is high and unemployment is rising as well. The problem is, the only way to deal with inflation, monetary policy NOT fiscal policy is needed to sell bonds, reducing the money supply. This will unfortunately cause people to lose jobs, and life in general to suck for a few years. Inflation will be brought down and then the unemployment can be tackled by slowly inputting money into the economy by buying those bonds back, which will increase jobs and raise inflation levels slightly.

Yes, I will admit that the Federal Reserve has been under the control of Bush ever since Greenspan pissed him off and Ben Bernanke was appointed chairman of the federal reserve. Since Bernanke was a puppet, he listened and did what he was told, trying to prolong the amount of time before we went into a recession to try and keep a Republican in office. Folks though, every president tries to do this so don't start pulling this crap of Bush being the root of all evil. For those of you who haven't had basics of Macroeconomics, the fiscal policies (those that are affected by the President and Congress, versus monetary policies which is enacted by the Fed who actually can do good work) have a time delay of about 10 to 15 years. Hm, who was president 10 years ago? Oh yes, Clinton. He was praised for having government surplus and a booming economy, well folks that was Reagan's doing, not his. He may have created a little more due to taxes, but the foundation and main event didn't happen because of him.

Now folks this end my rant, it honestly felt good to just rant and rave *chuckles.* So yes, I am not happy with the way the election turned out, but unlike most people in this situation, I am not going to start insulting our future leader even if I didn't vote for him. I am not saying he is going to be a bad president, I am just saying that no change really is going to occur, that even though he may have been elected, it is his party who gets things done, not him. I just am partially annoyed at the people who insult the other candidate or the person in the office, but then when others do it to “their” candidate, it can't be tolerated.

Yes, I got a little heated on a couple points, and I apologize if people take offense, this is not my aim whatsoever. I am just expressing my views, along with some history and some economics behind it all. Feel free to comment and feedback, but understand that I will reply in kind. If you flame or try this holier than thou crap, I will fire right back. If you do intelligent discourse, I will as well.

Thank you.

Current Mood: refreshedrefreshed

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