Archive for December, 2006

Meet The Super Foods

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Meet The Super Foods

Nutrition experts agree that these good-tasting and good-for-you foods should be part of a well-balanced diet: they fill you up and slim you down!

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Finland to Add Alcohol Warning Labels in 2009

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Labels on all alcoholic beverages sold in Finland will include a warning that states “alcohol endangers the development of a fetus and your health” beginning in 2009, the Associated Press reported Sept. 21.

The new regulation comes as alcohol has been recognized as the top cause of preventable death in Finland, causing 17 percent of all deaths among 15- to 64-year-old men.

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Magnesium sulfate has more side effects than nifedipine as tocolytic

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. - The drug most commonly used to arrest preterm labor, magnesium sulfate, is more likely than another common treatment to cause mild to serious side effects in pregnant women, according to a study from researchers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Amy Polumbo Miss New Jersey’s Photo Scandal Blackmail

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Amy Polumbo Miss New Jersey’s Photo Scandal Blackmail

News broke about Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo being blackmailed with photos that she originally posted on the web – news that, unsurprisingly, was promptly splayed on New York City tabloids. Miss New Jersey Amy Polumbo won the title on June 16th and just nine days later, June 25th, received a mysterious package in the mail stuffed with photos of herself (she says they’re not scandalous in nature) and a note saying that the photos will be published unless she relinquishes her crown to first runner-up Ronica Licciardello.

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SSIR Issue: Private Equity Public Good, Microfranchising, High Impact NFP

Monday, December 18th, 2006

The latest issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review is out. There are a few interesting pieces I have linked below on both the non-profit and for profit world. The first story on the HealthStore Foundation has been well covered by NextBillion, I am actually dissapointed that SSIR did not select another model to profile as HealthStore is by now very well known. There are a few other interesting pieces as well (see link above to see what articles are free):

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First for-profit med school nears approval

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

With Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo., one step closer to becoming the only for-profit, accredited medical school in the United States, it is generating controversy in the medical community.

In August, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation awarded the school provisional accreditation. Once fully accredited, it will join the ranks of 149 public and private medical schools in the U.S. All those institutions are nonprofits.

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John Lenon for Darfur

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

In case you hadn’t heard about Amnesty’s latest Darfur campaign: Instant Karma. None other than Bono/U2 kicks off the charity CD available at Amazon.

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Jessica Biel Tough Pose Decision

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Jessica Biel Tough Pose Decision

Jessica Biel admits that she’s dreading posing in the buff for her new movie, Powder Blue, because she is terrified of stripping off in front of the film crew. She stars the movie alongside Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta. “I haven’t decided exactly about the nudity. It’s a tough one. I am considering it but it’s a very scary thing to do,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying. “It definitely feels vulnerable to be naked in front of anybody let alone a film crew. And it’s scary because of the internet - you don’t know where it’s going to end up. It’s a moment that could be exploited.”

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Global Health Diplomacy: Rx for Peace

Friday, December 15th, 2006

An interesting commentary piece in yesterday’s Washington Post, excerpts below:

Health diplomacy: Rx for peace
Susan J. Blumenthal/ Elise Schlissel
The Washington Times
August 26, 2007

“A survey of Americans’ political and social values reveals that belief in the effectiveness of military power as a foreign policy tool has dropped to the lowest point in the last 20 years…This diminished confidence in military intervention as a cornerstone of international relations raises an obvious question: What other tools are available to advance U.S. interests in the world? Health diplomacy is an important and underutilized instrument in our nation’s foreign-policy toolbox.”

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‘Kitty Dukakis Treatment Center’ to Open

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

A new addiction treatment center named for former Massachusetts first lady Kitty Dukakis will open at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass., the Boston Globe reported Sept. 30.

The wife of former governor and presidential candidate Mike Dukakis, Kitty went public with her personal story of addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs in 1990, as well as her experience with depression. She also founded the Friends of the Shattuck Shelter, now called hopeFound, a homeless shelter for men and women.

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