Saturday, February 08, 2014

New Drug Shows Promise in Treating Neuropathic Pain

National Pain Report, Pat Anson, February 7, 2014

An experimental drug has been found to be effective at relieving neuropathic pain caused by shingles, and may also be useful in treating other types of neuropathy caused by diabetes, HIV and chemotherapy.

Many drugs now used to treat neuropathic pain, such as Neurontin and Lyrica, often don’t work or have unpleasant side effects.

The new drug, called EMA401, was developed by Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, an Australian biotechnology company.

Shingles is caused when a dormant viral infection of a nerve is reactivated, resulting in a painful rash. In most cases, the rash lasts a few weeks, but in some cases the virus causes permanent nerve damage that results in a chronic neuropathic pain called post-herpetic neuralgia. Around one in 10 people with shingles has post-herpetic neuralgia. Once established, it usually lasts a lifetime.

You can read the entire article at National Pain Report.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

HuffPostLive: Celebrating Black Fatherhood



Kenrya Rankin Naasel, "Bet On Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama", was raised by her single black father. She joined HuffPost Live with Nick Chiles, Co-Author, "Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge" and Dion Chavis, Healthy Relationship Educator With Family Resource Center Of Raleigh and Founder of TheSingleFathersblog, share their personal stories and discuss how the perception of fatherhood has changed for African Americans over the years.

It's always wonderful to hear about positive images of black fathers in the media. As far as I'm concerned, I think fatherhood has been getting a bad wrap for years!

This gal is definitely adding Kenrya's book to her reading list today!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Volupties Subscription Has Arrived!

Volupties offers an underwear subscription service for curvy ladies, for just $12, your first month! (It’s $17/month after that) When you join, you provide your underwear size and each month you will receive 3 pairs of quality sexy underwear from well-known brands via snail mail!

Don't forget to use VOLUPTIES to save $5 off your first month!

Here's how my Volupties package arrived in the mail today. The small plastic bag actually fit perfectly in our mailbox. A plus for me because I didn't have to stop by the apartment manager's office to pick it up.

I love the variety of colors and styles that I receive each month. This month, I really love the Valentine's Day selections! WooHoo!




This selection of sexy underwear, that I received, this month, will make a welcome addition to my underwear collection.

Got Apples? Make These Apple Rolls From Sweet Basil



I actually made Sweet Basil's apple rolls last year for our my family. And they were a huge hit! But because of the amount of butter and sugar, these are a once a year treat, in our house!

When our son asked me what I was baking, I said, "Apple rolls"! Out of the corner of my eye, I caught our 21 yr adult skipping and humming out the door!

Monday, February 03, 2014

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 3, 2014

Hubby and I really enjoyed this Sunday's Downton Abbey episode. Rose is always good for keeping everyone on their toes. Edith looks very worried. And we hope to see Albert again before the end of the season.

We've recently become fans of Sherlock, on PBS, this season. My husband describes it as a rollercoaster ride that you just don't want to end! I love the surprises in "His Last Vow", Sherlock. (as usual, I won't be giving any spoilers)

Organizing Junkie





Cube Steaks with Gravy, Buttered Noodles, Salad





Our son loves this recipe! Korean Beef with Rice



Williams-Sonoma Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cole Slaw

Sometimes, It's Fun To Rock The Darker Colors!



And as usual, I purchased my Carmen from Luxi Hair Boutique. They have quick shipping, great price, variety and terrific customer service!

Carmen has lots layers, which allow me different looks.



This will make my 5th Carmen! Woo!

If you check her out, on YouTube, you'll see many wiggies love her too!

Sunday, February 02, 2014

In Case You Haven't Heard, Jack Is Back! "24"



We're making our calendars May 5, 2014! #JackIsBack

Why Women Are Living in the Discomfort Zone

Excerpt from Why Women Are Living in the Discomfort Zone, Wall Street Journal, Judy Foreman, January 31, 2014

What is clear is that women and men can react so differently to both pain and pain medications that, as the McGill University pain geneticist Jeffrey Mogil only half-jokingly puts it, we may someday have pink pills for women and blue pills for men.

Here's what we do know. Clinically, women are both more likely to get chronic painful conditions that can afflict either sex and to report greater pain than men with the same condition, according to studies over the past 15 years. (Women also have more acute pain than men even after the same surgeries, such as wisdom tooth extraction, gall bladder removal, hernia repair and hip and knee surgery.)

In 2008, when researchers looked at prevalence rates in 10 developed and seven developing countries, in a sample that included more than 85,000 people, they discovered that the prevalence of any chronic pain condition was 45% among women, versus 31% among men.

You can read the entire article at Wall Street Journal.