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Miami, Florida, USA
Writer about health, marketing and happiness
Interests: health; happiness; marketing; fixing what's human but broken; electronic toys and automobiles
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First sentences from two Associated Press news articles this week. First sentence from news article #1: In a spectacular turnabout, hospitals are treating almost all major heart attack patients within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival, a new study finds.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at AlphaMale
Sniffer dogs can be used for early detection of lung cancer, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The dogs found 71 out of a possible 100 lung cancer cases by sniffing samples of a patient's breath. They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at AlphaMale
Say you're over 70, and you have lung cancer. You can live a little longer if you take a single kind of chemo treatment, and the complications, such as losing all your hair and feeling like you're sick with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at AlphaMale
The most famous lines of "The New Collosus," the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty, are these: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, That last line seems perfect for an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at AlphaMale the name of a song by singer/songwriter L.J. Coon. It's also a line dance, created and performed by 75 or so people with COPD who are dancing to draw attention to COPD and how good an idea it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at AlphaMale
There's a new cover for the Alpha-1 Coded Testing (ACT) brochure. Here it is. Q: Is that a good cover photo? The brochure tells about the Alpha-1 Coded Testing Study at the Medical University of South Carolina. If you'd like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at AlphaMale
Two days left to speak up: If you haven't given your opinions on the Alpha-1 Community Survey, you have just two days left to do it. The survey is easy to do. It only takes about 10-15 minutes. The survey... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at AlphaMale
...They fly. See me doing that. Yes, here I am at work, saving mankind. Womankind, too. Want to help me do it? Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at AlphaMale
Hi Gary. Thanks for the comment. A rescue med is fast-acting and millions of people need it when they're gasping for breath. I used to have severe asthma and a couple of puffs of albuterol certainly felt like a rescue to me. Also, calling it a rescue inhaler helps people distinguish it from the powerful but slow-acting drugs like Advair and Spiriva. Both contain bronchodilators which definitely will not rescue somebody who is struggling to catch a breath right NOW. Looks as if you and I are among the lucky Alphas who don't need rescuing.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2011 on How to use your inhaler at AlphaMale
Many people are having trouble doing the Alpha-1 community survey sponsored by the Alpha-1 Foundation and Alpha-1 Association. If you're one of those people, here's a quick and easy link to the survey. Click here. (If you have already done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at AlphaMale
An oldie but a goodie from the popular TV show House: Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at AlphaMale
You think you already know how? Maybe you do. But even though I used a rescue inhaler for many years, whenever a professional asked me to show how I used the inhaler, I always got it wrong. Always. These days,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at AlphaMale
If ever there was a family that would get huge benefits from one trained dog, it would be this family in Arizona. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at AlphaMale
A letter recently mailed to thousands of Alphas and Alpha-1 carriers across the United States asked them to fill out a survey on their opinions and experiences about: The Alpha-1 community programs now available What you think the community needs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at AlphaMale
The subject was cancer on the Dr. Oz show today. In an answer to a question from a woman in the audience about lung cancer running in her family, Oz and his on-stage experts mentioned smoking, the obvious risk factor,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at AlphaMale
That's what they're doing. And everybody should do it this well. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at AlphaMale
In 1968, Philip Morris marketed Virginia Slims cigarettes to women with an advertising strategy showing canny insight into the importance of the emerging women's movement. The slogan "You've come a long way, Baby" later gave way to "It's a woman... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at AlphaMale
For 50 years, strokes have been the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. We've been told that COPD -- lung diseases -- would take over the third spot by the year 2020.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at AlphaMale
Ever raise a child? Then one of the things you know, down to your bone marrow, is how much work it is to do this job well. That's true of any child, including a reasonably healthy kid facing all the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at AlphaMale
Vitamin D: I start with the maximum. Then I double it. During the winter, once a week, I take a 50,000 mg capsule of Vitamin D. I do this even though I live in the deep South of the United... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at AlphaMale
Today is Alpha-1 Awareness Day. Also, World COPD Day. Is anybody paying attention? My thought is, we're all more likely to pay attention to people's stories than we are to National This Day or International That Day. Wanna see some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at AlphaMale
This year, a Danish researcher named Peter Gøtzsche said his analysis of two studies showed there's no evidence that Alpha-1 augmentation works. This month, two researchers analyzed the same studies and said they show that augmentation works exactly as it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at AlphaMale
What the top dogs are wearing these days. Click the photo for fashion details. Designer Lindsay Megenhardt; and her model, Brooklyn. Woof for a cure Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at AlphaMale
I lot of us felt the same way. Dennis accomplished amazing things, and always seemed to love what he was doing.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2010 on Thank you, Dennis Pollock at AlphaMale
Dennis Pollock was in Washington in 2007 for a "Genetics Day on the Hill" when he decided to pay a visit to US Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma -- Pollock's home state. Pollock wanted the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act passed.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at AlphaMale