Can We Guess If You’re An Introvert Or Extrovert?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/javiermoreno/can-we-guess-if-youre-an-introvert-or-extrovert#.doyqYwq0V

Introverted – You are smart and reflective. You think before you speak and take joy in having a small, close-knit group of friends. Sure, you need some time to recharge after being super social, but that doesn’t mean you hate socializing. In fact, you’re the best person to hang with one-on-one.

http://lonerwolf.com/introvert-or-extrovert-test/

Introvert, Ambivert or an Extrovert?

You have reached 45 of 100 points, (45%)

40 – 60 points You’re an Ambivert.

For all you coffee lovers out there

“I can’t imagine a day without coffee. I can’t imagine!”  Howard Schultz

“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.”  Lewis Black

“Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?”  Jean Kerr

“Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks?”  Steven Wright

“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” Abraham Lincoln

“I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.”  Ronald Reagan

“If it wasn’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”  David Letterman

Study: Those who abuse drugs are much more likely to abuse prescription pain relievers

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/study-those-who-abuse-drugs-are-much-more-likely-to-abuse-prescription-pain-relievers-071015.html

People who abuse illegal drugs and/or prescription medications are much more likely to abuse prescription pain relievers; that is what researchers from the University of Georgia have determined after conducting a nationwide study on this egregious issue. However, this abuse is not specific to one age bracket. People of varying ages have different strategies for obtaining these drugs.

The study, which originated in the UGA School of Social Work, revealed that people who use drugs such as marijuana, heroin, and cocaine within a year of taking prescription pain relievers are much more likely to abuse them. This similarity spread across all socioeconomic strata and racial lines.

“Male or female, black or white, rich or poor, the singular thing we found was that if they were an illicit drug user, they also had many, many times higher odds of misusing prescription pain relievers,” said Orion Mowbray, who is the study’s lead author…

Mowbray and his colleagues recommend that doctors make it clear to older individuals that there is a lot of risk associated with taking the drugs. Friends and families should also be attentive to any family member who may have developed an addiction or dependency.

Under comments:

Johnna Stahl · Albuquerque, New Mexico
Yet another negative “study” on prescription pain medications (which doesn’t include any new information). A “study” of surveys based on self-reports by respondents. Very scientific. Considering how small the University of Georgia School of Social Work is, one has to wonder where they get their funding. Funny, the “study” doesn’t mention that, or any conflicts of interest by the authors. Doesn’t matter — looks like a government-funded study to me. Thanks NIDA! You really know how to make our tax dollars work.

Studies like this also make you wonder if there are ever any studies done on what medications work best to treat pain. Considering the recent FDA warning on NSAIDS, what medications are left? Sugar pills?

And in case it’s news to these researchers, addiction and dependency are two different things. Is a diabetic dependent or addicted to insulin? Is a heart patient dependent or addicted to beta-blockers?

Something else the authors seem to be unaware of is that marijuana is no longer illegal in four states and has been approved for medical use in 24 states. California passed its medical cannabis law in 1996, and in New Mexico where I live, the program has existed for 8 years. And does the drug “cocaine” include Ritalin? Oh, I forgot, Ritalin is legal and cocaine isn’t.

Government strengthens warning on NSAIDs

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/government-strengthens-warning-on-nsaids-071015.html

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are very effective pain relievers, providing relief from headache, backache, and arthritis. People with high blood pressure or heart disease have always needed to be careful when taking these products, though, because of the increased medical risk they pose.

Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that even healthy consumers should be careful when taking them. The agency is strengthening an existing warning on prescription drug labels and over-the-counter (OTC) Drug Facts labels to warn that NSAIDs can increase the chance of a potentially fatal heart attacks or strokes.

The OTC drugs in this group include popular brand names like Advil, Aleve, Motrin, and Nuprin. Prescription NSAIDs include Cox-2 inhibitors like Celebrex. Aspirin is also an NSAID but is not included in the revised warning…

OTC NSAIDs are mostly used for occasional pain relief, but some people take them regularly to deal with chronic conditions. The FDA says it wants these consumers to know that new research shows heart attack and stroke risks have materialized very early during prolonged use.

“There is no period of use shown to be without risk,” said Dr. Judy Racoosin, deputy director of the FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products…

Wow, that’s sure a catchy title for a division.  It very easily connects the treatment of pain with addiction.

If you take low-dose aspirin for protection against heart attack and stroke, you should know that some NSAIDs, including ibuprofen and naproxen, can interfere with that protective effect.

The next time some doctor tells you to take NSAIDS for chronic pain, tell him or her to stuff it. And then explain how opioids come with less risk to your health than NSAIDS.

Buds

“Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.”  Andrew Marvell

“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.”  Gina Barreca

(Photo taken 7/9/2015.)

Soon

“The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”  Aesop

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.”  Jane Austen

(Photo taken 7/9/2015.)