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Monthly Archives: September 2013

9 09, 2013

More about Amgen; Black Swan series starts tomorrow

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Back in August I reported news that the large drug company, Amgen, planned to purchase Onyx Pharmaceuticals.  This was big news for multiple myeloma patients; Onyx developed and distributes Kyprolis (carfilzomib), a newly FDA approved proteasome inhibitor. Here are links back to my original posts: BREAKING NEWS: Amgen to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals   Onyx/Amgen sale

8 09, 2013

Tips to help us deal with chronic pain (Part Two)

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Let's not beat-around-the-bush.  In no particular order, here is my list of pain management suggestions I've saved from readers over the years: - Don't be afraid to take over-the-counter and/or prescribed pain medications.  Seems simple enough, but you would be surprised to know how many people don't follow this advice; my wife and father are

5 09, 2013

Exciting curcumin research revisited

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An impressive website,, just published an article about turmeric's  (curcumin) ability to destroy myeloma cells when combined with thalidomide.  I first wrote about this project back in July: Could synthesizing and combining anti-myeloma drugs make them more effective? staff writer, Ethan Huff, looks at things from a different angle.  Very interesting!  Allow

3 09, 2013

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.  Do we really need another?  Read this and you tell me! As I greeted support group members arriving before last month's meeting, an older couple that I didn't recognize introduced themselves and headed inside.  "We saw the announcement in the paper." The woman proudly announced loudly. "Are you the

2 09, 2013

Special Labor Day broadcast with nutrition info for myeloma patients

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Don't forget to tune-in tonight at 6 PM Eastern to listen to my live interview with columnist Danny Parker.  You can listen by phone or on your computer.  Here's the link: Still time to email Priya your questions.  It will be a full, possibly life-changing hour of what to eat, not to eat and

1 09, 2013

Tips For Battling Peripheral Neuropathy

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Debating the pros and cons for using alpha lipoic acid last week reminded me that it was time to revisit ways to improve peripheral neuropathy symptoms.   Peripheral neuropathy (PN), is a common side effect of a number of chemotherapy drugs used to treat multiple myeloma.  Symptoms range from tingling or numbness of the toes, fingers,