Is iTunes Killing Music Nostalgia?

July 26, 2012

By: Darrin Clouse

It’s no secret these days. Everyone is well aware of how easy it is to download your favorite music in less time than it takes to find your car keys. It’s a natural progression in our techno-hungry world, and music was destined to change as the ability to receive it and listen to it changed as well.

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”The Big Whoop” – 2012 Becoming Record Year For Whooping Cough

July 23, 2012

 

Although you may not be aware of it, 2012 is on track to become a record breaking year, but not in a good way. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has reported nearly 13,000 cases of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.  Nine children have died so far this year.  Click Here to watch the staggering NBC Nightly News report on how experts predict this year to be the worst outbreak in whooping cough in fifty years.

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Dog Theft on the Rise – Protect Your Pooch

July 18, 2012

For many people, their dog is more than just a pet, they are part of the family. That’s why it’s particularly frightening to learn about the latest increase in dog napping cases across the country. What used to be a rare  occurrence, is now a large black market scheme that’s putting pet owners on alert!  Click here to learn more and  watch this report on NBC news of this harrowing trend.

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Glimmer of Hope in Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

July 18, 2012

The dark shadowy existence that Alzheimer’s Disease has instilled upon millions of its victims throughout the last few decades may have finally been met with a glimmer of hope.

Although it is still in the testing phase, the immune therapy treatment called IVIG/Gammagard, is being hailed by experts at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 in Vancouver, as the first treatment shown to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Treatment

As reported by the Associated Press, the drug is a collection of antibodies from pooled blood donations given as infusions every two weeks. These antibodies may help clear the sticky plaque that clogs the patient’s brain.

The findings on the treatment, made by Baxter International, follow a frustrating nine-year research period during which no new therapies have been discovered for the incurable brain-wasting disease affecting 5.4 million people in the United States.

The participants  in the recent study did not show improvement in most of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s they already had, but also did not show any further decline on measures of cognition, memory, daily functioning or mood over three years.

FDA Approval

Ironically, Gammaguard has already been approved by the FDA for treating other diseases caused by immune disorders. It’s a drug that relies on blood donations from healthy individuals and uses the antibodies that are rich in plasma. But this renders the drug limited in supply and very expensive at this stage, with monthly doses ranging from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the person’s body size.

Of course, the FDA will need time, some estimate 10 years, before approval for use in treating Alzheimer’s is granted.

Even with the usual limitations that come attached to new drug treatments, the hope remains that finally, we might shed light on this terrible and mysterious disease that plagues us, and so many of our family members.

Are Warehouse Clubs like Costco & Sam’s Worth the Cost?

July 17, 2012

Shopping at one of the big warehouse club chains, like Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s, can be an afternoon adventure for some.  Lots of good deals and super-sized products can lure you in to a purchasing frenzy.  But is it worth the cost? Don’t look now, but you might not be saving as much as you thought.

CNBC reports that customers may believe they’re paying for a chance to save money, but some experts think membership fees actually cause consumers to spend more.  Membership in these club stores does not come free; each requires you to pay before you purchase a single item. Sam’s Club charges $40 for basic membership, BJ’s $50, and Costco $55.

Saving Money

Part of the twist with warehouse clubs is you have to make up that initial investment, before you start saving money.  Certainly, you can save money, but you may end up buying more than you need in the long run.  There are good deals, though. According to a Consumers’ Checkbook survey published by the not-for-profit Center for the Study of Services, BJ’s prices were on average 29 percent lower, Costco’s 30 percent lower, and Sam’s 33 percent lower than the largest supermarket chains.

Lack of Selection

The trade-off is often a lack of selection. Warehouse clubs carry a relatively small array of items in a limited range of sizes. The Consumers’ Checkbook survey found that warehouse club shoppers would only be able to find about half of the products they buy at their regular supermarket. BJ’s carries roughly 7,200 individual items, Sam’s club about 4,900 items, and Costco around 4,000.

Click here to read more in the full report from CNBC.

Dentist Visits Turn Tragic

July 17, 2012

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As a parent, you are inherently on the look out for your child’s best interest, and constantly on guard to remove them from painful situations. A trip to the dentist’s office can create a number of anxieties and emotions from your child.  Sedation is a growing technique some dentists have been using to calm such fears.  But a disturbing number of accidental deaths have occurred though this process and the numbers have shockingly increased over recent years.  Click here to watch this ABC News investigation into the troubling trend of children who’ve become victims of improper sedation at the dentist.

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ATV’s Pose Hazards to Children Off and On The Road

July 9, 2012

It should be no surprise that something called an All Terrain Vehicle comes attached with an increased level of danger, but regardless, every year the number of deaths and injuries involving ATV’s increases.  With June and July representing the peak months for off-road vehicle accidents, now is the time to stay mindful of the dangers involved with riding ATV’s, for yourself and your children.  Click here to learn more and watch the NBC Nightly News report about the growing concern of off-road vehicles.

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GlaxoSmithKline Pleads Guilty in Largest US Health Care Fraud Ever

July 3, 2012

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to plead guilty and pay $3-billion to settle claims that it unlawfully promoted several prescription drugs for uses that were not approved by the FDA.  The drugs which were improperly marketed for off-label use include Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.

The promotion included lavish gifts to doctors to get them write prescriptions for the drugs.  The Justice Department announced that the misuse of these drugs caused patient harm and undoubtedly deaths. Click here to watch this report by ABC News.

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Five Top Cars Built in the U.S.

July 2, 2012

It’s car buying season, so what better time to rank the best cars made in the the USA. It wasn’t too long ago that we weren’t even sure if the American car industry would survive, but now it’s putting out some highly praised vehicles on the road.   J.D. Power and Associates recently released quality rankings, and US cars have made great strides.

There are also several Asian and European car brands that have vehicles assembled in the United States, Like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but for pure, 100% “Made in America” there are several good choices to consider.

Here’s quick list of the Top 5:

1. Cadillac CTS

2. Buick LaCrosse

3. Ford Flex (Actually made in Canada– *Thanks to a CWN reader for pointing out this discrepancy)

4. Chrysler 300

5. Ford Focus

Other sources, like TotalCarScore.com, a website that ranks car models, can also provide information on car models.