Wednesday, July 28, 2010

National Lasagna Day

Lasagna has always been closely tied to Christmas for me.  Growing up in an Italian family with five children who were not enamored of fish, it became our family's traditional Christmas Eve dinner.  I was surprised to learn that National Lasagna Day was celebrated at the end of July- on my English-German mother-in-law's birthday, no less.

While making lasagna would be a great way to celebrate, it's a bit too hot for turning on the oven these days.  Luckily, there are several restaurants that are offering half price lasagna to celebrate.  Buca di Beppo is even serving up free lasagna.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Simple Grilled Italian Dinner- Chicken, Rapini, and Bruschetta

It's a hot, lazy summer day here in New England. What better time to use the grill instead of the stove? I'm looking forward to preparing a spicy meal of devil's chicken, grilled broccoli rabe (yes, you can grill broccoli rabe-- it takes about 3 minutes), and bruschetta with tomato salad.

This menu can also be done in the broiler, if the weather isn't conducive to grilling where you are.  Here's a simple method to broil broccoli rabe.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Prescription Drug Abuse up 400% in 10 Years

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported on July 15, 2010 that the use of [ prescription drugs] for non-medically prescribed purposes increased 400% between 1998 and 2008.  According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., "The non-medical use of prescription pain-relievers is now the second most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the nation, and its tragic consequences are seen in substance abuse treatment centers and hospital emergency departments throughout our nation."

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Monday, July 12, 2010

FDA to Consider Qnexa this week

Obesity is a major health issue in the United States, with almost 35% of Americans being classified as obese.  A new weight loss drug Qnexa shows promise as being both safe and effective in aiding weight loss when combined with diet and exercise.  Patients in the Qnexa clinical trials lost between 13 and 15% of their body weight, while experiencing mild side effects.  The FDA Advisry board meets to review Qnexa on Thursday, July 15, with a targetted approval date in October.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Metformin Coupons Available From Several Sources

Metformin is a prescription drug that is used to treat Type 2 diabetes.   It is the only antidiabetic drug that has been conclusively shown to prevent the cardiovascular complications of diabetes. It helps reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and is not associated with weight gain.

Because it specifically addresses insulin resistance, it is also useful in treating polycystic ovary disease.  Metformin is marketed by several manufacturers, under the brand names Fortamet,Glucophage, Glucophage XR,Glumetza,and Riomet.  While your doctor should prescribe the brand that works best for you, having several manufacturers means that they all all offering incentives to use their brand.  While printable prescription drug coupons are usually tough to find, this is not the case for metformin.  Each of the manufacturers offers deals and discounts that can save you money.

Pharmacy Drug Guide has assembled all the offers in one place on their Metformin Coupons page.