Take time out for the sweeter things in life!

Sweet Sundays: Browned Butter Blackberry Muffins

Sweet Sundays: Browned Butter Blackberry Muffins

I believe one of the greatest smells in the world is melted butter. Melted butter for lobster. Garlic and butter. The Chex mix concoction with Worcestershire smell sends me over the moon. Ok, I can give you many reasons why melted butter smells amazing. These muffins will be the only one from now on. That is why I made these muffins.[IMG_1542%255B4%255D.jpg]For this recipe and more visit: http://sara826-itstartedwithone.blogspot.com/2013/03/sweet-sundays-browned-butter-blackberry.html?showComment=1362943112628#c5200561184457620669

Pre-Sorted Pill Boxes

Pre-Sorted Pill Boxes Now Being Sent Directly to Customer Homes by MedEx Direct

Pre-sorted pill boxes are now being sent directly to customer homes by MedEx Direct, the independent retail pharmacy and creators of the MedEx Pack recently announced. The MedEx Pack, which delivers pre-sorted pill packets for each dosing time, is at the center of MedEx Direct’s medication management program. MedEx Pack now delivers the MedEx Pack in pre-sorted pill boxes directly to customer homes, offering an easy and affordable solution for increasing patient compliance with prescribed medications.

The MedEx Pack, which contains pre-measured dosages of medications in convenient plastic packs, provides an easy way for patients and their caregivers to deliver the right medications once, twice or even several times per day. MedEx Direct Owner and Pharmacist Clyde Furuta said, Patient compliance with prescription medication is a growing concern in the US, as there are many elderly and other patients who are take more than one type of medication, or who take multiple medications throughout the day. The MedEx Pack takes the guesswork out of determining which pills to take, and also ensures that patients are taking the right medications at the right time. It also increases patient compliance, making it easier for patients to follow their prescribing doctors orders.

MedEx Direct prides itself on having the ability to do more than just fill prescriptions; the team manages their patients medications by reminding them about refills, solving insurance problems, and providing tools like the MedEx Pack, improving the pharmacy experience and overall health outcomes. MedEx Direct is a fully licensed retail pharmacy serving the community and others who dont have access to services like the MedEx Pack nearby. From enrollment and initial patient setup, to monthly reminder calls before medications run out, MedEx Direct provides expert service from start to finish that patients can rely on. For more information, please visit MedExPack.com.

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Diabetes and Caregiving

Published March 9, 2013

My niece Sara has a great blog site. If you love recipes, this one is for you!www.Sara826-itstartedwithone.blogspot.comIt Started With One……. and the cookbook obsession began.Saturday, May 21,  then life suddenly changed……

My first-born. The first child I have made all the mistakes on. The first pancake, the first crepe, the first experiment. My first-born. My first love, my first joy, my first everything. My son. My whole life. My legacy. My world.

Life as we know it changed last week for our family. Alexander was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A bolt of lightning struck our family and we were completely unaware there was a thunderstorm happening. I have never been struck by lightning, but I can say that’s pretty much what the news felt like.

There were no signs. Just a moan. “Can you take me to the doctors Mom?” “What’s up Bubba?” “It just tingles a little bit.” “Sure thing Bub.” So we went. He did his job and we waited. Diabetes was the next word I heard. Then I heard him crying.

We spent the night in the hospital. Nurses, doctors, nurse assistants, lab technicians and hospital admitting came in to poke and prod at my son. Each one telling him that everything would be okay. Each one telling him that this will be a part of every day life now. Each one telling an eleven year old that his life won’t ever be the same.

Alexander kept a good face. He put on the charm and wowed the staff with his brilliant wit and sense of humor. He answered their questions and endured their pokes. Only when they left the room did his eyes show their fear and his body showed it’s weariness. His ears were hearing the words, INJECTION, CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING, BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, and DIABETES EDUCATION over and over. Words that will be a part of every day and night for the rest of his life.

So what do we do? We go on. We have to. We change everything we know about eating. We change everything about our lives and our schedule. We poke and check and recheck. We add and divide grams of carbohydrates and units of insulin. We learn from the teachers and we become the teachers. Parent, confidant, best friend, disciplinarian, and now diabetic educator. We teach the grandparents. We teach the friends and the parents of friends. We teach the school. We teach the brother and the sister who want to know why brother doesn’t act or feel sick all the time yet he needs four shots a day. We teach everybody who will stand in the light that radiates from my son.

It will get better. There are new things being discovered all the time. There may be a cure for Type 1 diabetes in Alex’s lifetime. He will live to be one hundred and ten so if it happens sooner than later, it would be a blessing. There may be an insulin pump in the future and more classes to take as a result. There will be decisions made on sleepover and pizza parties that will make more than one of us sad. For right now and for the next few months normalcy is not in our vocabulary. We will live our lives one blood sugar at a time, knowing that each time will be more normal than the last.

Thank you to all the well-wishers and beautiful souls who have kept a special thought in their hearts for our family. The blog will return soon, I promise. I am going to be including the carbohydrate grams with each recipe I post. Since I have to figure them out, I might as well share them.

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Inspiration For Opening and Owning An Assisted Living Facility

Video by http://www.assisted-living-directory.com One of the most popular page on our site is our information on “How To Open An Assisted Living Facility.” We’ve received so many comments from people with a passion for caring for the elderly – many of whom dream of opening and operating an assisted living facility or home of their own sometime in the future. Many of these comments have made it obvious to us that people are overwhelmed and at times discouraged by how complicated it is to do everything needed to open an assisted living or senior care facility. From dreaming about it, to the final product – there are so many hurdles and considerations that will be faced – from finding proper financing for the facility, to making sure that all state and local regulations and laws are met, to coming up with the location, design, and even decor of the home. That’s all not to mention eventually having a staff that will need to be hired, trained, motivated, and possibly disciplined. We’d like to present this video as inspiration for opening an assisted living facility. We visited and interviewed an owner of an assisted living home, and she shares with us a wonderful tidbit of motivation and inspiration, using her dream and success of opening an assisted living facility as an example. She has dreamed of caring for the elderly since she was a little girl, and kept that dream alive, and in motion until it became a reality. Persistence is the key. Never let your dreams rest or fade away
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Infinatas BioPharm Insight Achieves Record Growth in 2012

Norwood, MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

Infinatas BioPharm Insight capped another year of global expansion in 2012. BioPharm Insight offers subscribers the unique combination of comprehensive market analytics, a database of key industry contacts and proprietary forward-looking intelligence uncovered by an independent team of investigative journalists.


Ruth McHenry, Managing Director of Infinata, said, BioPharm Insight continues its aggressive growth to meet the needs of industry professionals. Every day we work closely with our customers to understand and solve the challenges they face. I am so proud to say that in 2012 we met and exceeded all targeted areas of growth.


New Features & Functionalities


New User Interface BioPharm Insights completely redesigned user interface (UI) features a customizable homepage, easier navigation, and interactive charts and graphs. These enhancements allow subscribers to filter data and intelligence to fit their needs, allowing them to identify business opportunities as soon as they arise.


Increased Scope of Data In addition to a new UI, BioPharm Insight continued to improve the scope of data provided to subscribers with the addition of:


FDA Approves Two Anti-Obesity Drugs in 2012 but Approval from EMA Unlikely

EMA’s cynicism towards anti-obesity drugs will hinder Belviq and Qsymia EU approvals

October 22, 2012 – Norwood, MA – This summer brought two new anti-obesity drugs to the market. On June 27th, the FDA approved Belviq (lorcaserin), a 5-HT2C receptor agonist, from Arena Pharmaceuticals, the first prescription weight-loss drug to hit the US market in more than a decade. Arena submitted a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for Belviq to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2012. The second anti-obesity drug FDA approved this year was Vivus’ Qsymia on July 18th. The company filed an MAA in December 2010. The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use is unlikely to recommend approval, Vivus said.

Qsymia and Belviq are unlikely to see EU approval for several years, according to the experts interviewed by BioPharm Insight. European regu¬lators will wait for US post-marketing data or results from cardiovascular (CV) outcomes trials. Additionally, the EMA has not faced the same degree of organized political and patient advocacy pressure as the FDA. The EMA still per¬ceives obesity as a psychobehavioral disorder rather than a risk factor for diabetes and hypertension. While Belviq’s safety profile is superior to Qsymia, its efficacy is likely to be scrutinized considering the EMA’s cynicism toward the role of anti-obesity drugs.

Another anti-obesity drug on the path to approval is Orexigen Therapeutics’ Contrave, which received a complete response letter in January 2011. The FDA expressed concern about the drug’s CV safety profile when used long-term in obese and overweight patients. The agency requested the company to conduct a study to assess the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). Orexigen has thus initiated a Phase III study called LIGHT. NDA resubmission is expected in 2Q/3Q13.

Still in development, Orexigen’s other anti-obesity candidate, which is in Phase II, has completed enrollment in its second Phase IIb trial, a 24-week study in healthy, nondiabetic, obese patients. On September 22nd, Zafgen, a Massachusetts-based private company, announced data from two Phase Ib studies of beloranib, a methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP2) inhibitor. It showed rapid weight loss, reductions in body fat and improvements in cardiovascular disease risk markers in severely obese women.

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Cats get Heartworm?

Mosquito season is right around the corner. Can your indoor cat be at risk for heart-worm disease? Heart-worm disease is caused by parasites. Heart-worm (Dirofilaria immitis) is a  large worm, up to 14 inches long when fully developed and lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of the infected animal. It is transmitted by mosquitoes that infect both cats and dogs. Cry Baby - nickname -Trouble!

Cats of any age could possibly be affected. Cats, one year old through seventeen years old have been diagnosed with heart worms. The last I heard the percentage rate was 33 of reported cases of indoor cats and they may be at a higher risk level than cats that are allowed to go outside. Mosquitoes are the culprit: they are found throughout the central and eastern United States, particularly near oceans, lakes and rivers.  Heart-worm disease in cats is often more severe than in dogs.

I have a friend that adopted a dog with heart-worm and it costs her thousands of dollars to try to save him.  He developed pneumonia while on the medicine and she lost him.  It is so sad, this could have been prevented.  His name was Wiley and he was such a sweet Rottweiler. When compared to dogs, cats are naturally resistant to heart-worms but heart-worm disease in cats is often more severe!  It’s a serious and fatal disease of the heart and lungs.

Discuss with your veterinarian about for preventative therapy for both your dogs and cats.  If you are a pet owner or your pet owns you, Protect and love them and remember prevention is the best medicine, kind of like an apple a day… so consult with your Veterinarian.  

Some cats show no signs of heart-worm, some symptoms are severe and some show only vague symptoms.  When in doubt please visit your Vet.

Some of the symptoms of heart-worm in cats are:

Cough & Vomiting

Rapid breathing

Difficulty breathing

Coughing up blood


Weight loss






Loss of coordination

Hopeful New Direction for Alzheimers Research, From the February 2013 Harvard Women’s Health Watch

Boston MA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

None of the current treatments for Alzheimer’s can stop the disease or slow the process that leads to its theft of memory and personality. A new direction in Alzheimers research, highlighted in the February 2013 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, may someday change that.

For the past 20 or even 30 years weve been focused on treating the end stage of Alzheimers, and we must shift our paradigm to start thinking about prevention, says Dr. Reisa Sperling, director of the Center for Alzheimers Research and Treatment at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Womens Hospital.

Dr. Sperling and other researchers are focusing on several approaches for early intervention, before Alzheimer’s affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Three key areas include: