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A To-Do List For Art-Loving Parents

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September 16, 2011 at 3:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

A To-Do List For Art-Loving Parents

I agree there is something missing with childless parents when it comes to creating art with your children. I babysat 3 children when my two children were little. We would take out the paints, the cardboard egg cartons and were forever making little caterpillars. We would sit around with paint all over our hands and discuss how they would grow into beautiful butterflies. So many memories with the watercolors, finger paints and five wonderful little creative minds; heart warming memories no one could ever take away or replace. I still have some of those famous art pieces in a special wooden chest that I saved from years ago. Children are truly a real pride and joy to their parents. I know my two are to me! You brought back many, many precious memories of fun quality time I spent with my children. Good Article!

September 16, 2011 at 3:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Military Band That Became YouTube Sensation Returns Home

God Blesses Our Military, God Blesses Our Veterans & God Bless The United States of America. Wonderful story. Thanks!

September 6, 2011 at 4:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cancer Patients Face Shortage Of Chemotherapy Drugs

J_C Wouldn't you think according to your quote "pharmaceutical industries are FOR PROFIT enterprises with a goal of maximizing shareholder value," that the industry would want to increase the volume of sales through increase manufacturing of product (such as Taxol) in order to maximize share value; or shareholders profits? I am not saying you are wrong in your opinion I just am not understanding what you are saying about having a non-profit pharmaceutical industry.

I have noticed in our area whenever a major holiday is approaching the for profit hospitals do a lot of discharging of patients. I was amazed when a friend of mine was hospitalized almost the entire wing where he was placed was discharged of patients right before Easter. He was left there almost by himself. I had to wonder if you can clean out a hospital of patients due to a holiday was it really necessary to keep them in the hospital prior to the holiday? They said as they were discharging patients, when I inquired, was because they wanted to send them home for the holidays. That was an eye opener.

We also have a non-profit nursing care facility in our area and compared to the for profits centers in my opinion they give the best care because they are not cutting corners. When I visit patients in the for profit nursing homes all I ever hear are employees complaining we are understaffed. In the non profit where I go visit patients you never hear any complaints from the staff. So I do agree with you on that one.

I am still out on whether or not our doctors should be non-profit. I would have to worry about the quality of care one would be given and a shortage of doctors. I do feel the health care insurance industry needs to be fixed. They are out of control and actually in my opinion hold back a lot of doctors from giving their patients good quality care. It is a shame when you have a person without any medical training sitting behind a desk in an insurance office dictating whether or not a doctor can order test or cover medications a doctor feels his patient needs in order to treat them properly.

September 6, 2011 at 3:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cancer Patients Face Shortage Of Chemotherapy Drugs

There are other alternative cancer treatment drugs available to patients. Taxotere would be another alternative to Taxol to consider depending on the type of cancer treatment being sought. I am sure there are possibly other drugs on the market. Patients should take the time to research the availability and how effective a drug would be for their treatment plan. Patients need to become more directly involved with their health care so they are not wondering what to do next when confronted with these types of situations.

To suggest stock piling drugs would in my opinion defeat the purpose; since most drugs are time dated, therefore a lot of drugs being stock piled would have to be destroyed without benefiting anyone.

Taxotere (docetaxel) was developed by Rhône-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi-Aventis) following from the discoveries of Pierre Potier at CNRS at Gif-sur-Yvette during his work on improvements to the production of Taxol (paclitaxel) Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Docetaxel was protected by patents (U.S. patent 4814470, European patent no EP 253738) which were owned by Sanofi-Aventis, and so was available only under the Taxotere brand name internationally. The European patent expired in 2010. would be a good website to consider joining for support and managing care for cancer patients.

September 6, 2011 at 3:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )