Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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I am having a children's book show online for the next few days. If you order online, your order will be shipped directly to you. I love these books. They have really good baby board books, and they also have books all the way through high school. They have craft kits, science kits, all kinds of stuff. They have beginning children's books in Spanish, French, & German. They have puzzles & kids' cookbooks. They have some good online sales, lots of books under $10.
The more I sell, the more free & 50%off books I will get for my kids. Hurray! Thanks ahead of time.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
i got 42, but it took me a while
some of my friends got up to level 50
i only got to donate 700 grains of rice so far
how many want to bet what Motherkitty gets ? :)
i bet at least 100
from Dancer Girl:
I love everyone
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday , October 19, 2007
Cold and cough medicines don't work in children and shouldn't be used in those
younger than 6, federal health advisers recommended Friday. The
over-the-counter medicines should be studied further, even after decades in
which children have received billions of doses a year, the outside experts told
the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA isn't required to follow the advice of
its panels of outside experts but does so most of the time. "The data that we
have now is they don't seem to work," said Sean Hennessy, a University of
Pennsylvania epidemiologist, one of the FDA experts gathered to examine the
medicines sold to treat common cold symptoms. The recommendation applies to
medicines containing one or more of the following ingredients: decongestants,
expectorants, antihistamines and antitussives.
The nonbinding recommendation is likely to lead to a shake up in how the medicines — which have long escaped much scrutiny — are labeled, marketed and used. Just how and how quickly wasn't immediately clear. In two separate votes, the panelists said the medicines shouldn't be used in children younger than 2 or in those younger than 6. A third vote, to recommend against use in children 6 to 11, failed.
Earlier, the panelists voted unanimously to recommend the medicines be studied in children to determine whether they work. That recommendation would require the FDA to undertake a rule-making process to reclassify the medicines, since the
ingredients they include are now generally recognized as safe and effective,
which doesn't require testing. The process could take years, even before any
studies themselves get under way.
Simply relabeling the medicines to state they shouldn't be used in some age groups could be accomplished more quickly, FDA officials said. Indeed, the drug industry could further revise the labels on the medicines to caution against such use. The Thursday-Friday meeting came just a week after the industry pre-emptively moved to eliminate sales of the nonprescription drugs targeted at children under 2.
Pediatricians pushing for greater restrictions told the FDA advisers Thursday that the over-the-counter medicines shouldn't be given to children younger than 6, an age group they called the most vulnerable to any potential ill effects.
But FDA officials and panelists agreed there's no evidence they work in older children, either. Still, panelists held off from recommending against use in older
children. Some said they feared such a prohibition wouldn't eliminate use of the
medicines by parents. "They will administer adult products to their children
because they work for them or feel they work for them," said the panel's patient
and family representative, Amy Celento of Nutley, N.J. The drug industry says
the medicines, used 3.8 billion times a year in treating cold and cough symptoms
in children, do work and are safe. It says that more parent education is needed
to avoid overdoses that in rare cases have been fatal. A group of
pediatricians petitioned the FDA earlier this year seeking action on the
An American Academy of Pediatrics official earlier Friday told the
experts the medications should be relabeled to tell parents they don't work in
children under 6 and may be dangerous.
"Why not label these products with
what we actually know?" asked David Bromberg, a Frederick, Md.,
Some of the drugs — which include Wyeth's Dimetapp and
Robitussin, Johnson & Johnson's Pediacare and Novartis AG's Triaminic
products — have never been tested in children, something flagged as long ago as
1972 by a previous FDA panel.
An FDA review found just 11 studies of children
published over the last half-century. Those studies did not establish that the
medicines worked in those cases, according to the agency.
For the most part,
the results from tests in adults have been extrapolated to determine whether the
medicines work in children. But even that evidence is "modest at best," said
panel chairwoman Dr. Mary Tinetti of Yale University School of Medicine. Indeed,
all but one of the 22 panelists then voted to say that extrapolation is
The panel also recommended drug makers provide standardized
droppers with their liquid cough and cold medicines. Experts had told the panel
the sometimes hard-to-use dosing devices contribute to parents unwittingly
overdosing their children.
Later Friday, the panel also was to examine
whether the dizzying array of medicines that combine multiple ingredients. The
FDA wants to know if drug makers should do away with the combo products.
health expert told the panel that children catch five to eight colds each year.
Those colds don't necessarily require treatment beyond comfort measures that
don't involve drugs, said Patricia Jackson Allen, of the National Association of
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Monday, October 01, 2007
It all started when my children started unrolling almost the whole roll of toilet paper in the bathroom floor. I would go into the bathroom & have to spend about 10 minutes rolling up the toilet paper. I have my suspicions as to who did it, but so far Not Me is who they say did it.[here is where I wasted about 10 minutes googling around looking for a Family Circus cartoon that goes with the Not Me saying, and not finding one, you will just have to imagine it in your head, that is, unless you are too young to remember that, and then, never mind....]
I have always been a pull the toilet paper from the top (click here to read an article I did not even read) kind of person. [insert here all the silly male/female toilet paper, seat up/down jokes you ever heard] . One day, however, in my sleepless nursing a newborn state of mind, I put the toilet paper on upside down, and was too tired to fix it. It turns out that the children don't unroll the paper all over the floor this way. [this is how that guy discovered coca cola too, by accident]
[I was going to insert this really cute video of kittens unrolling toilet paper from You Tube but actually wasted about 15 minutes looking, 2 different times, so you will have to go look yourself]
So now, I put my toilet paper on the holder upside down, on purpose.
[very sorry to all of you, if I had not wasted all of my time looking for useless things online, I probably could have posted really cute real pics of my children, my cats, my yarn, the crossword puzzle I have yet to finish, stuff like that....better luck next time]