Ankylose This! Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis

Friday, March 16, 2007

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Matthew Leibowitz, an Australian lawyer with ankylosing spondylitis, is part of a team that will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Arthritis Australia; this article from a chain of Australian community newspapers has more.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Jury awards $47.5 million in Vioxx lawsuit

In November 2005 I referred to a Vioxx lawsuit that Merck won in New Jersey. A superior court judge granted the plaintiffs -- Frederick "Mike" Humeston and his wife Mary, of Idaho -- a new trial based on new evidence about the risks of short-term Vioxx use, and today the jury in the second trial returned a very different outcome from the first trial: they awarded the Humestons a total of $47.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages. AP story: Business Week; Houston Chronicle; Wired. Merck is facing 28,000 lawsuits over Vioxx (half of them in New Jersey), and they're fighting them one by one; they say they'll appeal.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Jeff Woods, personal trainer

In the course of reporting on a local fundraiser for the Arthritis Society, Edmonton Journal columnist Nick Lees gives us the story of personal trainer Jeff Woods, who, despite his AS, is described as "incredibly fit" -- he apparently competes in sprints. The fundraiser is a ballet, and apparently Lees is donning a tutu for a brief scene.

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