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FDA Alert – Recall: Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover – Risk of Severe Skin Burns

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

June 27, 2011

ISSUE
: Nature Relief and FDA notified the public of a recall of Nature ReliefInstant Wart and Mole Remover.  FDA has advised that the active ingredient, calcium oxide, can cause severe burns of the skin, particularly to areas of thin or sensitive skin, such as the face, area around the eyes, and genitalia. FDA has received a report of an injury associated with the use of this product, including burns to the skin that required medical attention.

BACKGROUND: This product is sold as a kit, which contains the following items: two small containers labeled “Repair Cream”, one container of “Antiseptic Wash”, a package of “Triple Antibiotic Ointment”, toothpicks, and a “vanity kit” with cotton balls, swabs, and nail files.

RECOMMENDATION: Consumers who purchased Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover should immediately discontinue their use and discard the remaining contents. It is recommended that consumers discard the product and contents inside a plastic bag and place it into the garbage for safe disposal, in order to expedite the recall process and avoid further handling. Consumers are advised to have moles reviewed by licensed medical professionals and ensure they are not cancerous.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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FDA Alert – Recall: Endocet (oxycodone / acetaminophen) Tablets, ( 10mg, 325mg ) – Some Bottles Contain Different Strength Tablets

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

June 27, 2011
ISSUE: Endo Pharmaceuticals  and FDA notified pharmacists and patients of a nationwide consumer level recall of Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen, USP) Tablets, 10 mg/325 mg  because some bottles may contain different strength tablets, resulting in  patients taking more than the intended acetaminophen dose. Unintentional administration of tablets with increased acetaminophen content may result in liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day.

BACKGROUND: The affected lots were distributed between April 19, 2011 and May 10, 2011 directly to wholesalers who are located in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, NY, OH, ND, PR, IL, KY, NH, NJ, LA, NC, MO, PA, FL and TN. These wholesalers may further distribute to other retailers and wholesalers nationwide. Lot numbers can be found on the side of the manufacturer’s bottle. Tablet descriptions and photographs are provided in the firm’s press release.

RECOMMENDATION: Consumers who have the affected product should stop using the product and contact Endo’s agent Stericycle at 1-866-723-2681 for return of the product.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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FDA Alert – Recall: Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets (USP 50mg, 325mg, 40mg) and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets (USP 7.5mg, 500mg) – Bottle Mislabeled

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

June 27, 2011

ISSUE
: Qualitest and FDA is notifying pharmacists and patients of a recall to the retail level of specific lots of Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets and Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets due to possibility that the recalled bottles may contain incorrect tablets, and patients may unintentionally take butalbital and caffeine instead of hydrocodone. Unintentional administration of butalbital could result in symptoms such as sedation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea. Additionally, patients with an allergy to butalbital could experience a hypersensitivity reaction. Side effects due to caffeine are less likely, due to the small amounts in this formulation, however, those individuals with a sensitivity to caffeine may experience symptoms such as tremors, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Patients who were receiving hydrocodone for chronic pain might experience worsening pain and withdrawal symptoms as a result of this substitution.

BACKGROUND: The recall includes the following products:

  • Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets, USP, 50mg/325mg/40mg, NDC 0603-2544-28 500 count, Lot Numbers C0390909A, C0400909A, C0410909A, C0590909B
  • Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 7.5mg / 500mg, NDC 0603-3882-32, 1000 count, Lot Numbers C0390909A, C0400909A, C0410909A, C0590909B

These lots were distributed between November 13, 2009 and April 9, 2010 to wholesale and retail pharmacies nationwide (including Puerto Rico). Lot numbers can be found on the side of the manufacturer’s bottle. Tablet descriptions and photographs of tablets for these two products are provided in the firm’s press release.

RECOMMENDATION: Qualitest is notifying all customers who may have received affected product and arranging for the return of any affected product. All patients who have filled prescriptions of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaninophen manufactured by Qualitest, are asked to double check the identity of their tablets.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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FDA MedWatch Alert – Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) In Chronic Kidney Disease: Drug Safety Communication – Modified Dosing Recommendations

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

June 24, 2011
Epoetin alfa (marketed as Epogen and Procrit) and darbepoetin alfa (marketed as Aranesp)

ISSUE: FDA notified healthcare professionalsthat new, modified recommendations for more conservative dosing of Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have been approved to improve the safe use of these drugs. FDA has made these recommendations because of data showing increased risks of cardiovascular events with ESAs in this patient population. The new dosing recommendations are based on clinical trials showing that using ESAs to target a hemoglobin level of greater than 11 g/dL in patients with CKD provides no additional benefit than lower target levels, and increases the risk of experiencing serious adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attack or stroke.

BACKGROUND: ESAs treat certain types of anemia by stimulating the bone marrow to produce red blood cells and by decreasing the need for blood transfusions. The manufacturer has revised the Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions, and Dosage and Administration sections of the labels for the ESAs to include this new information.

RECOMMENDATIONHealthcare professionals should weigh the possible benefits of using ESAs to decrease the need for red blood cell transfusions in CKD patients against the increased risks for serious cardiovascular events, and should inform their patients of the current understanding of potential risks and benefits. Therapy should be individualized to the patient and the lowest possible ESA dose given to reduce the need for transfusions. See the Drug Safety Communication for additional information including a table of key trials and other supporting references. Treatment with ESAs in CKD was discussed at the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee, held October 18, 2010. For summary minutes of that Advisory Committee, see link below.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

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FDA Alerts – Recall of Risperdal and Risperidone; FDA Approves Oxecta

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone) and Risperidone: Recall – Uncharacteristic Odor

June 20, 2011
ISSUE: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals notified healthcareprofessionals and the public of a recall of specific lots of Risperdal (risperidone) 3mg  tablets and risperidone 2mg tablets. The recall stems from consumer reports of an uncharacteristic odor thought to be caused by trace amounts of TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole). TBA is a byproduct of a chemical preservative sometimes applied to wood often used in the construction of pallets on which materials are transported and stored. While not considered to be toxic, TBA can generate an offensive odor and a small number of patients have reported temporary gastrointestinal symptoms.

BACKGROUND: The Risperdal lot 0GG904 – which includes approximately 16,000 bottles – was shipped between 8/27/2010 and 2/15/2011. The company believes there are approximately 1,600 bottles of Risperdal from this lot remaining in the marketplace. The risperidone lot OIG175 – which includes approximately 24,000 bottles – was shipped between 11/10/2010 and 1/01/2011. The company believes there are fewer than 1,200 bottles of risperidone from this lot remaining in the marketplace. Risperdal (risperidone) is used for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents ages 13-17 years, alone or in combination with other medicines (valproate or lithium) in adults for the short-term treatment of bipolar mania; or alone in adults, children and adolescents ages 10-17 years for the short-term treatment of bipolar mania and is used for the treatment of irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents ages 5-16 years.

RECOMMENDATION: Patients should not stop taking their medication. Anyone experiencing an uncharacteristic odor associated with Risperdal  3mg Tablets or risperidone 2mg Tablets should return the tablets to their pharmacist, and contact their healthcare professional if they have questions.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

 

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

FDA Approves Oxecta

Pfizer and Acura Announce FDA Approval of Oxecta (Oxycodone HCl, USP) CII

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun 20, 2011 – Pfizer Inc. and Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. announce the marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Oxecta(oxycodone HCl, USP) Tablets CII. Oxecta is indicated for the management of acute and chronic moderate to severe pain where the use of an opioid analgesic is appropriate.

Opioid medications are an important treatment option for patients with moderate to severe pain who are not adequately managed by other pain treatments. However, abuse and misuse of opioids is a serious public health issue that is the focus of a number of recent United States government initiatives.Oxecta is the first immediate-release oxycodone HCl medicine that applies technology designed to discourage common methods of tampering associated with opioid abuse and misuse. This AVERSION Technology is a unique composition of commonly used pharmaceutical ingredients. Pfizer is licensing the technology in Oxecta fromAcura.

“We recognize our responsibility to physicians and patients and remain committed to appropriate access to pain treatment and developing medicines to potentially address this important public health and safety issue,” said Olivier Brandicourt, Pfizer president and general manager, Primary Care. “Oxecta will further expand Pfizer’s presence in pain management and complements our growing, robust portfolio of treatments and medicines in development for pain relief, one of our strategic, high-priority disease areas. We are pleased to bring Oxecta to patients and physicians with our partner Acura.”

“We are excited to be partnered with Pfizer to bring Oxecta to patients who need opioids to manage their pain,” said Robert Jones, interim president and chief executive officer of Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Acura is focused on developing technologies that are intended to potentially deter abuse and misuse.”

Important Safety Information

Oxecta is contraindicated in patients with respiratory depression in unmonitored settings and in the absence of resuscitative equipment, in any patient who has or is suspected of having paralytic ileus, in patients with acute or severe bronchial asthma or hypercarbia, and in patients with known hypersensitivity to oxycodone, oxycodone salts, or any components of the product.

Respiratory depression is the primary risk of Oxecta. This is more common in elderly or debilitated patients, in those suffering from conditions such as COPD, severe asthma, or upper airway obstruction, or following large initial doses of opioids given to non-tolerant patients.

Oxecta contains oxycodone HCl, an opioid agonist and a Schedule II controlled substance. Such drugs are sought by drug abusers and people with addictions. Oxecta can be abused in a manner similar to other opioids and narcotics. This should be considered when prescribing or dispensing oxycodone HCl in situations where the physician or pharmacist is concerned about an increased risk of misuse or abuse. Oxecta may be abused by crushing, chewing, snorting or injecting the product. These practices pose a significant risk to the abuser that could result in overdose and death. Oxecta should not be given to anyone other than the individual for whom it was prescribed. Keep Oxecta in a locked cabinet, drawer or medicine safe so that it will not be stolen.

There is no evidence that Oxecta has a reduced abuse liability compared to immediate-release oxycodone.

Take each Oxecta tablet with enough water to ensure complete swallowing immediately after placing in the mouth, and Oxecta must be swallowed whole. As Oxecta is not amenable to crushing and dissolution, do not use Oxecta in nasogastric, gastric or other feeding tubes as it may cause obstruction of feeding tubes.

Patients who have not been receiving opioid analgesics should start on Oxecta in a dosing range of 5 to 15 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain. The dose should be titrated based upon the individual patient’s response to their first dose of Oxecta. Patients with chronic pain may need to be dosed at the lowest dosage level that will achieve acceptable pain relief and tolerable adverse reactions, on an around-the-clock basis rather than on an as needed basis. When a patient no longer needs treatment with Oxecta after long-term use, it is important to gradually taper Oxecta over time to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

Patients taking Oxecta in combination with other medicines like sedatives, anesthetics or narcotics may have serious problems such as respiratory depression, low blood pressure, profound sedation, or coma. Do not drink alcoholic beverages or take any medicines containing alcohol while taking Oxecta.

Use Oxecta with caution in patients with head injuries or other conditions that increase pressure in the brain, shock with low blood volume, severe undiagnosed abdominal conditions, history of seizures, severe kidney or liver disease, gall bladder disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, enlarged prostate or other illnesses that make urination difficult and elderly or debilitated patients. Do not use Oxecta in patients with intestinal obstruction especially paralytic ileus.

Patients taking Oxecta should use caution when driving a car, operating heavy machinery or doing similar, potentially dangerous tasks as Oxecta may impair abilities needed to drive or perform potentially dangerous activities.

The most common adverse reactions are nausea, constipation, vomiting, headache, itchiness, trouble sleeping, dizziness, loss of strength/energy, and sleepiness.

Keep Oxecta out of the reach of children. If a child accidently takes Oxecta, seek emergency medical help immediately.

For additional information on the prescribing information for Oxecta, please call 1 (800) 776-3637.

Pfizer Inc.: Working Together for a Healthier World™

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. Our diversified global health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world’s best-known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as the world’s leading biopharmaceutical company, we also collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us.

To learn more about our commitments, please visit us at www.pfizer.com.

About Acura Pharmaceuticals

Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in research, development and commercialization of product candidates intended to potentially deter abuse and misuse utilizing its proprietary AVERSION and IMPEDE® technologies.

Acura will receive a $20 million milestone payment from Pfizer based on the approval of Oxecta.

Acura Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, and claim the protection of the Safe Harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Act. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements are discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and other sections of the Companies’ -6-

Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, each of which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact: Pfizer Contacts:
MacKay Jimeson, 212-733-2324 (media)
Jennifer Davis, 212-733-0717 (investors)
or
Acura Contact:
Peter A. Clemens, 847-705-7709

Posted: June 2011

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LA Times – Prison hospital medicates Loughner against his will, lawyers say

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

Lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner complain that the Tucson shooting suspect has been given antipsychotic medication against his will despite a court order.

CourtAn artist’s redering of attorney Judy Clarke and defendant Jared Loughner at a competency hearing May 25 in Tucson, Ariz. (Bill Robles, Associated Press)

 

By Carol J. WilliamsLos Angeles Times

July 22, 2011

Authorities at the Missouri prison mental hospital where Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner is detained have forced antipsychotic medication on the suspect despite an appeals court order last week, his attorneys complained in a court filing Thursday.

Defense attorneys filed an emergency motion with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for enforcement of a July 12 order that Loughner not be medicated against his will with antipsychotic drugs that could harm him.

The motion signed by Loughner’s lead attorney, Judy Clarke of San Diego, also asked the court to compel the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to provide her with daily records of his treatment so that his defense team and the appeals court can monitor prison authorities’ compliance with the order against involuntary medication.

Loughner, charged with 49 felony counts in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that killed six and injured 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was deemed incompetent to stand trial by a federal judge in May and sent to the Missouri prison hospital for treatment of schizophrenia.

The 9th Circuit’s order suspending forced administration of antipsychotics made clear that prison doctors could give Loughner sedatives if he was considered a danger to himself or others. But drugs were forced on the 22-year-old Monday “on an emergency basis,” according to prison records provided to another federal judge. The records showed that Loughner was given a low dose of risperidone — which is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses — twice daily under threat of injection with a powerful antipsychotic drug if he refused the oral medication, the defense lawyers said.

Government lawyers seeking to prosecute Loughner had no role in the prison’s decision to treat him, said Robert Sherwood, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Tucson.

A call to the prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., wasn’t answered.

carol.williams@latimes.com

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

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LA Times – Norway treatise says ‘indigenous Europeans’ must be punished for ‘cultural suicide’

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

The writings apparently by Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in the twin terrorist attacks, highlight a trend of rising right-wing extremism that has been intensified by demographic changes in Northern Europe.

MournersFriends and loved ones gather at the Oslo cathedral to mourn 93 victims killed in twin attacks from a bombing in downtown Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya island. (Paula Bronstein, Getty Images /July 24, 2011)

 

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2011

Reporting from Oslo—

He wanted to ignite “a revolution,” one that would upend contemporary Norwegian and European society. The goal: to purge the continent of Muslims and punish the “indigenous Europeans” who had failed to protect their nations from “cultural suicide.”

As Norway grieved for the 93 people cut down in twin terrorist attacks, the radical views of the accused killer came into clearer view Sunday and raised questions about the threat posed by far-right extremists in this country and the extent to which the authorities can control it.

The threat reflects a bitter resentment toward demographic changes that reaches beyond Norway to neighbors such as SwedenDenmark, Finland and the Netherlands, where far-right and anti-immigrant parties have made major political gains in recent years.

Investigators here in the Norwegian capital continued to pore over a 1,500-page treatise that was apparently posted on the Internet by suspect Anders Behring Breivik shortly before a massive bomb exploded Friday in downtown Oslo, followed by a shooting spree at a youth camp tied to the ruling Labor Party, which is relatively more tolerant toward immigration.

The chilling manifesto advocates an armed campaign against the Muslims it says are overrunning Europe. A hate-filled brew of political, ideological and militaristic cant, the treatise denounces Europeans who support multiculturalism and argues for spectacular violence using tactics similar to those seen Friday, such as adopting a police disguise to fool victims before killing them.

Breivik has admitted to the twin attacks, which left nearly 100 injured and at least four people still missing, without accepting criminal responsibility for them, police said.

His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK on Sunday that Breivik “wanted a change in society and, from his perspective, he needed to force through a revolution. He wished to attack society and the structure of society.”

The 32-year-old is expected to appear at a court hearing Monday and wants to “explain himself,” Lippestad added.

Authorities are now trying to determine the credibility of a claim in the manifesto that, in London nine years ago, Breivik attended a meeting of like-minded radicals calling themselves the Knights Templar.

Even before Friday’s attacks, right-wing fanatics had long been part of Norway’s social and political landscape.

They were especially active throughout the 1980s and ’90s, in the form of skinhead gangs engaged in street violence. For many years, far-right groups were considered the main source of concern in the Norwegian intelligence agency’s threat assessment.

But their influence was muted after a young biracial man was knifed to death in 2001 by a right-wing extremist, a killing that shocked a country that prided itself on peaceful coexistence.

“That caused such a popular uproar against these movements that it stopped recruitment to a certain extent,” said Tore Bjorgo, a professor at the Norwegian Police University College and an expert on violent subgroups.

A crackdown by police and preventive work by social organizations succeeded in breaking up many of the groups in the last decade, enough that they were no longer seen as much of a threat.

At the same time, immigration by Muslims — who still represent only a few percent of Norway’s population — and the Sept. 11 attacks turned authorities’ attention to radical Islam and stirred up a new set of fears.

Polls show that as many as half of Norwegians oppose the government’s immigration policy, which they deem too liberal. Breivik’s own anti-Islam obsession comes against a backdrop of a general hardening of sentiment toward immigrants, reflected in the rise of Norway’s right-wing populist Progress Party, which won more than 20% of the vote in an election two years ago.

Such right-wing political muscle is also evident in Denmark and the Netherlands, where strong electoral gains by such parties have forced the governments to accede to some of their demands in order to pass other legislation.

“The debate about Muslims in Norway has changed in the last decade,” said Thomas Hylland Eriksen, a professor at the University of Oslo. “The threshold has been lowered about what you can say” about Islam and its adherents, with statements that would have been regarded as inflammatory a decade ago now an acceptable part of social discourse.

Breivik joined the Progress Party but reportedly dropped out several years ago because he found its anti-immigrant stance too weak. He began nursing far more extreme views, some of which he appears to have expressed in Internet postings.

Those views don’t reserve their anger just for Muslims. The ire of extremists like Breivik extends to “what they perceive as the political elite and what they perceive as the socialist establishment’s betrayal of the Norwegian nation,” Eriksen said.

“I often ask myself, who do they hate the most — Muslims or people who defend Muslims? It seems to me they hate us the most, the people they see as the politically correct establishment,” he said.

Right-wing radicals such as Breivik are now presenting authorities with a different kind of challenge from that posed by the skinhead groups of the ’80s and ’90s, experts say. They do not belong to organized groups but rather form loose networks, often in online communities, which are harder to track and infiltrate.

“They are not street-oriented,” Bjorgo said. “They are more intellectual; their main arena is discussion forums and Internet debates.… It’s a much more sophisticated kind of right-wing activism.”

This has limited the authorities’ room to maneuver and may have caused them to underestimate the danger posed by such extremism, analysts say.

In its most recent threat assessment, Norway’s intelligence service said that right-wing extremists have been only “slightly active” in recent years but “an increased level of activity in 2010 is expected to continue in 2011.”

Far-right radicals still lack leadership figures, but “several players would like to revive the far-right extremist communities,” the report adds.

It warns of signs of contact between Norwegian extremists with organized crime, which could give them easier access to weapons, and of links to far-right groups in Sweden, Russia and other parts of Europe.

Still, Breivik does not appear to have been on anyone’s radar before Friday’s terrible events.

“His statements were fiercely anti-Islam, but they were not pro-violence. He always argued in a political way, using political means, which is very typical for that movement,” Bjorgo said. “That is one of the reasons why he was never detected by the security service, because there was nothing apparently special about him.”

henry.chu@latimes.com

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

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LA Times – Amy Winehouse: Autopsy due in days; dad Mitch Winehouse flies home

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse fans remember her in Camden Square

With an autopsy on the body of Amy Winehouse yet to come and no signs of foul play found, her father Mitch has canceled his singing engagement at a New York jazz club and headed home.

Meanwhile, police called speculation as to the cause of Winehouse’s death “inappropriate” and fans in Camden Square left flowers, candles and more in her memory. Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her north London home at age 27.

Pictures: Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011

“I am aware of reports suggesting that the death was a result of a suspected drug overdose, but I would like to re-emphasise that no post-mortem examination has yet taken place,” said Supt. Raj Kohli, who according to London papers confirmed it was Winehouse’s body found Saturday afternoon in Camden.

Scotland Yard told TMZ that there were no signs of foul play; because the death appeared accidental, an autopsy was unlikely to happen before Sunday or even Monday, police told Radar Online.

“We are very sad to report that the Mitch Winehouse performance on Monday July 25 is canceled due to the unexpected death of his daughter, Amy Winehouse,” the Blue Note New York jazz clubsaid on its website Saturday.

The former cabbie, who’d recently started singing jazz in public, was headed back to London to be with his family, TMZ said. Mitch Winehouse, who credited his daughter for his opportunity to perform, just told the New York Times that despite some rough times, in the last few weeks Amy had been “absolutely fantastic.”

On Twitter, celebs including Diddy, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Natasha Bedingfield, Nicki Minaj, Ricky Martin and Selena Gomez acknowledged the singer’s death, lamenting her entry into the “27 Club” of performers — among them Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin — whose lives ended at age 27.

“She was a lovely and intelligent person and when we recorded together she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” said singer Tony Bennett, who praised her “rare intuition as a vocalist” in a statement Saturday to Us Magazine. Winehouse was among those who recorded with him for “Duets 2,” an album to be released in August to mark his 85th birthday.

Pal Kelly Osbourne was distraught: “i cant even breath right my now im crying so hard i just lost 1 of my best friends. i love you forever Amy & will never forget the real you!”

Copyright 2011 Los Angeles Times

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LA Times – Amy Winehouse found dead at home; singer was 27

Posted by 4love2love on July 24, 2011

July 23, 2011 | 12:30 pm
Amy Winehouse is dead at 27

Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her northern London home, according to London police and ambulance crews who responded to the scene around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Though police confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had been found dead in Camden, they did not offer a cause of death for the soulful, bluesy singer whose father said only days ago that despite going through some rough stuff, “the last few weeks she’s been absolutely fantastic.”

Winehouse, whose second album, “Back to Black,” featured the hit “Rehab” and earned her five Grammys in 2008, had struggled with drugs and alcohol for years, recently canceling a European tour after being booed off the stage in Serbia.

Her father Mitch Winehouse, who started a jazz-singing career only recently, tweeted Thursday that he was off to New York, where he was booked for two Monday shows at the Blue Note. His daughter came to most of his London performances, he’d told the New York Times.

“She always gets up onstage and refuses to rehearse,” Mitch Winehouse said. “So we end up doing a couple of songs which are terrible. We just end up in fits of laughter. Everyone enjoys it because they can see we are enjoying it.

“She’s very, very supportive and she’s a great kid and she’s going through some rough stuff at the moment, but the last few weeks she’s been absolutely fantastic.”

Winehouse had been in and out of rehab over the years, and in and out of a relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil, and in court over allegations that she’d assaulted a fan. Winehouse had reportedly been working for years on a third album as well. She had recorded a song for Tony Bennett’s “Duets II,” which is scheduled for release in September, according to Pop & Hiss.

In her 90-minute Serbia set in June, Winehouse had mumbled through songs and occasionally left the stage, leaving her band to cover for her. Shortly before heading out on the road she’d checked herself out of rehab after a week, and her hotel was reportedly stripped of alcohol before the show. After the Belgrade gig, her camp decided that she should head home.

“Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen,” a spokesman said at the time.

Here’s a link to the video for “Tears Dry on their Own,” a Ministry favorite. (How Winehouse of her to include that one well-placed cuss word that prevents us from embedding it. Sigh.)

“I cannot play myself again / I should just be my own best friend.”

RIP Amy Winehouse.

Copyright 2011 Los Angeles Times

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Sorry about the last week

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

I am sorry I haven’t been around the last week to post some things of interest, and I have a backlog of information I need to research and post.

I have to say I’m doing rather well at the moment, though busier than normal. I do work at Wal-Mart now and should be starting on the register Wednesday morning. I miss being a cashier, or working, period. I didn’t realized how much so until I started working.

I hope I can keep this job because I need the money and have to be able to pay my bills. Not to mention I haven’t worked in 10 years and I need to prove to myself I can do this. It’s just a hard road and I’m trying to re-balance everything so I can still do things I want to do along with the things I now have to do. I will be posting more, I promise.

I will definitely be doing some more work on Tuesday. This is going to be interesting, being that my boyfriend is coming in for a visit this week and possibly my brother for a night or part of a day. Anyways, keep reading because I will always post something, even if I take a break now and then.

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CBS News – Casey Anthony released from jail

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Casey Anthony walks to an SUV with her lawyer, Jose Baez, after she was released from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP Photo)

(CBS/AP)Updated July 17 1:00 a.m. ET

 

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Casey Anthony was freed from a Florida jail early Sunday, 12 days after she was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in a verdict that drew furious responses and even threats from people across the U.S. who had followed the case with rapt attention.

 

Anthony, wearing a pink T-shirt with blue jeans, left the jail at 12:14 a.m. local time with her attorney, Jose Baez. She was given $537.68 in cash from her jail account and escorted outside by two sheriff’s deputies armed with semi-automatic rifles. Neither Anthony nor Baez said anything to reporters and others gathered outside.

 

She then climbed into an SUV with her attorney and sped off, destination unknown. News helicopters trailed them for a while.

 

Anthony, 25, had been finishing her four-year sentence for telling investigators several lies, including that Caylee was kidnapped by a nonexistent nanny. With credit for the nearly three years she’s spent in jail since August 2008 and good behavior, she had only days remaining when she was sentenced July 7.

 

“This release had an unusual amount of security so, therefore, in that sense, it would not be a normal release,” said Orange County Jail spokesman Allen Moore. “We have made every effort to not provide any special treatment for her. She’s been treated like every other inmate.

 

Moore said there were no known threats received at the jail. Officials had a number of contingency plans in place, including plans in case shots were fired as she was released.

 

 

Orange County Jail officials had planned to release Anthony sometime Sunday under circumstances they refused to disclose. Experts had said she would be released in the dead of night, and her defense team did their best to keep her away from the glare of the media spotlight.

 

However, more than a dozen television trucks already were outside the jail by noon Saturday, though the facility was otherwise quiet. Scores of reporters and cameramen surrounded the outside later on in the day, along with a few scattered protesters.

 

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One of her attorneys, Cheney Mason, said Friday that Anthony was scared to leave jail, given numerous threats on her life and the scorn of a large segment of the public that believes she had something to do with the death of her daughter, Caylee.

 

Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder in Caylee’s death earlier this month. She was found guilty of four counts of lying to police, but with time served and good behavior credits, she didn’t have to serve out her four-year sentence.

 

Another attorney, Charles Greene, said Friday that Anthony was “emotionally unstable” and needed “a little breathing room” after the draining two-month trial.

 

That could be difficult, given the vitriol directed at Anthony. After the verdict, anger spilled onto social networks like Facebook and Twitter from people who had spent weeks watching the trial on local and cable television channels. On Friday, Anthony’s legal team said it had received an emailed death threat with a manipulated photo showing the 25-year-old woman with a bullet hole in her forehead. It has been forwarded to authorities. Officials had said earlier this week that they had not received any credible threats, but they did not return a phone call about that email.

 

In Orlando and elsewhere, many remain convinced Anthony isn’t totally innocent. David Waechter recorded the trial and watched it at home with his wife every day after work. He said Anthony was guilty of “something, for sure.”

 

“I’m perplexed. You know there is something there, but you don’t know what,” he said. “Yet she is getting out.”

 

Others who have witnessed Anthony’s saga with front-row seats said they were ready for the media attention to die down.

 

“Most people I talk to, they’re done with it,” Mandy Williams, a 38-year-old county parks employee, said outside a busy grocery story. “When it came out she was not guilty, people were ticked off.”

 

Steven Klosterman, who owns a property management company, said if Anthony were to stay in Orlando, “I think she’ll wind up like her daughter,” given the threats she has received.

 

“Good luck to her,” said Klosterman, 43. “She’s going to have a hard time.”

 

Above: Aisha Howard, 10 (left); Jordan Howard, 8 (center); and their mother Susan Hoch, all of Clearwater, Fla., protest the release of Casey Anthony outside the Booking and Release Center of the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

 

Security experts have said Anthony will need to hole up inside a safe house protected by bodyguards, perhaps for weeks, in case someone tries to make good on one of those threats. Ideally, several SUVs with tinted windows will pull up to the jail to whisk her away, probably in the middle of the night, the experts said. Jail officials have not disclosed when she will be released.

 

Exactly where she will go also remains unclear. It’s unlikely she’ll return to the home she once shared with her parents, as the trial left her family fractured. Defense attorney Jose Baez argued during the trial that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Casey Anthony’s father, George, covered it up to make it look like a homicide. Baez also argued that George Anthony molested his daughter when she was a child — which resulted in psychological issues that caused her to lie and act without apparent remorse after Caylee went missing.

 

“Most of the time you can always go home, but she doesn’t have that option,” said Daniel Meachum, an Atlanta lawyer who has represented football star Michael Vick and actor Wesley Snipes. “Baez has to have somewhere for her to go for her to get herself together.”

 

Casey Anthony was convicted of telling detectives several lies in July 2008, when Caylee’s disappearance was reported. She said that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nonexistent nanny, among other things.

 

Caylee’s skeleton was found that December in some woods near the Anthony family home.

 

While defense attorneys argued that Caylee’s death was an accident, prosecutors alleged that Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape because motherhood interfered with her lust for a carefree life of partying with friends and spending time with her boyfriend. Jurors have told various media outlets that prosecutors didn’t prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt as required for a conviction — although most have added that they don’t think Anthony is innocent.

 

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Washington Post – Casey Anthony released from jail: Is she in danger?

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/18/2011

By Sarah Anne Hughes


Casey Anthony walks to a SUV with her lawyer Jose Baez after her release from the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday. (JOHN RAOUX/ASSOCIATED PRESS)Casey Anthony left a Florida jail Sunday evening after being acquitted of charges that she murdered her daughter, Caylee, and serving a shortened sentence for lying to police.

One of Anthony’s attorneys, Cheney Mason, told the “Today” show Monday that Anthony is “safe,” but would not release details about her whereabouts.

Several outlets, including “Today,” have reported that Anthony may have boarded a private jet to Columbus, Ohio. But a flight manifest hasn’t been released and this information has not been confirmed.

MediaTakeOut.com has purportedly located Anthony in Columbus. Editor Fred Mwangaguhunga said in an e-mail to The Washington Post that the site was prepared to report her address, but the decision was made not to release the “exact address” after they were made aware that it would put her “in immediate danger.”

On Facebook, there are several Facebook groups with a variation of the title, “Kill Casey Anthony.” A member of one of the larger groups posted this message: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Casey Anthony is now OUT OF JAIL. Here’s what I have to say to that: “What we wish would happen is for a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and dog house in EVERY area, EVERY state, city, and town and country. Your killer’s NAME — is MS. Casey Anthony …. she’s out …. let the countdown begin!”

There’s also a closed group called “Casey Anthony Hunters.”

A Pennsylvania man named Casey Anthony said he had been harassed because of his name and George Anthony told BlogPost he had received death threats.

As for Anthony herself, it is not clear when and if the 25-year-old will ever speak publicly about the case. Several book publishers have expressed interest in the story, according to USA Today.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/18/2011

 

© 2011 The Washington Post

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Reuters – Casey Anthony’s attorneys mum on her whereabouts

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

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By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Fla | Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:09pm EDT

(Reuters) – An attorney for Casey Anthony would not confirm on Monday whether his client boarded a plane after her swift weekend exit from jail but said “elaborate plans” were required to keep her safe.

Anthony’s whereabouts have been a closely guarded secret since her release early Sunday after nearly three years in custody on charges connected to the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

A Florida jury acquitted Anthony, 25, on July 5 of killing Caylee but convicted her of lying to detectives during the search for the then-missing child. Caylee’s remains were found in December 2008 in woods near the Anthony family home.

Casey Anthony left the Orlando jail just after midnight on Sunday, escorted by attorney Jose Baez and guards wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying rifles.

She stepped into a waiting SUV and quickly eluded the helicopters, media and angry public gathered to witness her anticipated departure.

Her attorneys have been mum about where Anthony went.

“I will not confirm if she boarded a plane or flew on her own,” defense attorney Cheney Mason told NBC’s Today show on Monday.

“She’s gone, she’s safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her.”

Mason said life will be difficult for Anthony “as long as there are so many people of the lynch mob mentality and those willing to deny the fact that the jury found her not guilty (of murder).”

He said Anthony continues to deal with the loss of her child and must adjust psychologically to her newfound freedom.

“In Miss Anthony’s case, it’s going to be even more of an adjustment because she is coming out vilified virtually universally, not just in the Central Florida area but across the country, if not the world,” Anthony’s civil lawyer Charles Greene told the Central Florida News 13 channel.

Greene represents Anthony, who left jail with the $537.68 remaining in her inmate account, in several lawsuits.

A non-profit group seeks to recoup more than $100,000 spent on the search for Caylee, and a Florida woman has accused Anthony of defaming her by claiming a nanny of the same name kidnapped the toddler.

On Friday, a man named David Badali sued Anthony to recover the expenses he incurred as a diver who participated in the search for Caylee.

Attorneys for Anthony and her parents did not return calls from Reuters on Monday morning.

(Additional reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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WebMD – FDA Warning – FDA: Repairing Pelvic Organ Prolapse With Mesh Risky

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Risks Include Pain, Infection, Need for Additional Surgery
By Denise Mann
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Surgical clamps in tray

July 13, 2011 — The risks of placing mesh through the vagina to repair pelvic organ prolapse may outweigh its benefits, according to the FDA.

Risks include mesh protruding out of the vaginal tissue (erosion),pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation from tools used in the mesh placement, and urinary problems.  Additional surgeries and/or hospitalization may be needed to treat the complications or remove the mesh.

During pelvic organ prolapse, the internal structures that support the pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus, and bowel drop from their normal position and “prolapse” into the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery can also be performed through the abdomen or vagina with stitches or surgical mesh to reinforce the repair and correct the anatomy. Surgical mesh is also widely used in hernia repairs and to treat stress incontinence.

In 2010, there were at least 100,000 pelvic organ prolapse repairs that used surgical mesh, and about 75,000 of these were transvaginal. These are the only procedures that the new FDA mesh warning applies to.

The FDA first issued a safety communication in 2008 after they received reports of adverse events associated with the transvaginal placement of mesh. Since then, the number of adverse events has increased, although they don’t always differentiate between transvaginal and abdominal procedures. The group also reviewed the literature on the use of mesh for this procedure.

Now, the FDA will convene an outside panel of experts in obstetrics and gynecology to meet in September 2011 and discuss the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

FDA: Risks Outweigh Benefits

“We do not see conclusive evidence that using mesh for the transvaginal approach to pelvic organ prolapse improves clinical outcomes anymore than transvaginal procedures that do not use mesh,” says William Maisel, MD, the deputy center director for science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health in Silver Spring, Md. “These devices appear to expose patients to greater risks.”

“Mesh is a permanent implant, and complete removal may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications,” he says.

“This is not an indictment of surgical mesh,” he says. “We are talking about a very specific use of surgical mesh.”

There may still be a role for mesh in certain transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse procedures, he says.

“Some clinicians believe that the use of mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse is appropriate and is the best treatment option for selective patients such as those with severe pelvic organ prolapse,” he says.

Women who have had surgery for pelvic organ prolapse need to understand whether or not their procedure involved mesh. “For someone considering having a procedure for pelvic organ prolapse, speak with a doctor and understand if the surgery is going to use mesh, and ask about the benefits and why the decision was made,” he says.

Many Support FDA Action

Elizabeth A. Poynor, MD, a pelvic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has never used mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse and likely never will.

“I don’t use mesh in my practice because I have seen a significant number of complications from other surgeons, and have seen how mesh erosion can be devastating for patients,” she says.

As to why use of mesh implants for this surgery took off in the first place, she says it may have a lot to do with the complexity of the procedure.

“This is one of the most detailed and complicated surgeries that we do and unless it is done correctly, it can have a significant chance of failing,” she says. Some surgeons believe the mesh boosts the chances of a successful surgery.

“There has been the general feeling that repairs are better and sounder if mesh is used, but mesh may not be better than the proper surgical correction,” she says.

“Women who are considering prolapse surgery should review the risks, benefits, and alternatives with their surgeon to make sure that it is the right choice,” Poynor says.

“This has been a long time coming,” says J. Eric Jelovsek, MD, a staff physician in the Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health Institute of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Mesh placed transvaginally for pelvic organ prolapse does have some anatomical benefit, but that is it, he says. “Quality of life is no different if mesh is placed or not, and women have a higher risk of complications,” he says.

“This doesn’t mean that you should never have mesh placed transvaginally. It means you have to have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon of the options,” he says.

For women who have had the procedure with mesh, “if you are feeling fine and doing well, there is no reason to come in and get this checked out, but if you have question or concerns, then come in,” he says.

Most of the complications will occur in the year or two after the surgery, but others such as vaginal bleeding, pain with sex, and severe pelvic pain may develop later on.

Robert F. Porges, MD, MPH, director of the division of pelvic reconstructive surgery and urogynecology and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, seldomly uses mesh during transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse repair.

But, he says, “in some severe cases where the muscles of the pelvic floor have been severely damaged or failed to develop, replacing the muscle with mesh may play a role,” he says. “Most women deserve an attempt to repair the prolapse using their native tissues and unless it is a failure or a repeat failure, using the mesh may not be as valuable as made out to be,” he says.

In a written statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists applauded the FDA’s efforts. “The College supports FDA’s upcoming initiative to convene an advisory committee, the Obstetrics Gynecology Devices Panel, to discuss the safety and effectiveness of [mesh] and notes with appreciation FDA’s willingness to reconsider how it clears mesh products for marketing.”

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WebMD – Extreme Fitness: Calorie-Torching Workouts

Posted by 4love2love on July 18, 2011

Please remember to consult your physician before beginning any new exercise activities. Depending on your health, some of these exercises may be too strenuous for your personal situation. Swimming exercises are really good for low-impact, calorie burning exercises for people with more limited abilities, aged, or with certain limitations or physical disabilities. Whether or not you will be able to perform some of these exercises will depend on your individual situation. Please take care when getting into any new exercise regime.

 

Don’t plan on reading a magazine while you do these workouts. You’re entering a no-slacking zone.
By Annabelle Robertson
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Looking to blast calories? Get ready — it’s going to be intense.

“It’s got to be high intensity, whatever the workout is, if you’re going to torch calories — not just burn them,” says Bret Emery, a behavioral psychologist and weight loss specialist based in Weston, Fla. “Heart rate is key. That’s the speedometer of the body. If we speed the body up, it will burn more calories, just as a car will burn more fuel if it speeds up.”

Also, you need to mix up your workouts so they stay challenging. This will help keep your heart rate up, and force your body to burn more calories, Weston says.

The following workouts will zap calories, but they’ll also push your body way past your comfort zone. So check with your doctor before taking on the challenge. Don’t just tell your doctor you want to work out — let him or her know exactly what you’re planning to do. That way, your doctor can make sure you’re ready.

If you’re not active now, remember that it is better to ease into exercise in order to help prevent injury. Even though you may want to go all-out immediately, it’s wiser not to.

Interval Workout

Interval training is all about challenge and recovery — over and over — for a cardio blast.

You can do intervals many different ways — running, on any sort of cardio equipment, or in a pool.

This particular workout — which comes from Michael Banks, certified personal trainer and owner of Body by Banks Corporation in Salt Lake City — uses a treadmill. If you’re already fit, you can add dumbbells for an extra challenge.

1. Warm Up: On the treadmill, with the incline set at a challenging angle, power walk at a speed of 3-3.5 for 7 minutes. Keep your elbows up above your heart. Stop, get off the treadmill, and stretch.

2. Sprint: Drop the incline to 0, increase the treadmill speed, and sprint hard for 30 seconds. Aim for 90% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, bring your speed down to 3.0 and walk for one minute.

3. Squats: Get off the treadmill and squat, with your bottom out to the rear and your legs slightly apart. Then jump from the squatting position into the air, landing in the same squat position as before. Do this for one set of 15 or 20, working your quadriceps. If you’re already in good shape, hold dumbbells by your sides.

4. Overhead Presses: Do 15 or 20 overhead presses with the weights, pushing them straight up and directly over your shoulders.

5. Sprint: Get back on the treadmill and sprint for 30 seconds (no incline). The goal is to be at 80% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, decrease your speed to 3.0 and walk for one minute.

6. Tricep Extensions: Using dumbbells, do one set of 15 or 20 overhead tricep extensions. Your elbows should point toward the ceiling, with the weights behind your head. Lift the weights directly above your head and back down again.

7. Pushups. Do one set of 15 push-ups, with your elbows at a 90-degree angle from the body. Modification: Do the push-ups with your knees on the ground, but do 25 instead of 15.

8. Sprint: Back to the treadmill. Sprint for 1 minute, aiming for 70% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, jog for 90 seconds.

9. Jumping Jacks. Do one set of 15 or 20 jumping jacks. If you’re strong enough, add two 10- or 15-pound dumbbells — lift up the weights when you jump out, in an overhead press position, pulling them back down to shoulderheight as your legs go back together.

10. Finale: Incline your treadmill to an angle that really challenges you — but don’t hang onto the treadmill’s rails. Walk at a 2.0-3.5 speed for 30 seconds, aiming for 60% of your maximum heart rate. To recover, bring the treadmill down to a 1.0 incline and drop your speed to 1.9 or 2.0 for a 1-minute walk. Finish by stretching.

Quick CrossFit Series

CrossFit workouts are about getting maximum effort in minimum time.

The following exercises come from Doug Katona, co-founder and owner of CrossFit Endurance in Newport Beach, Calif. They can be done on their own, all together, or in any combination.

30-90s

  1. Warm up for 10-12 minutes, finishing the warm-up at 75% of your maximum heart rate or at 7.5 on the perceived exertion scale, in which 0 is no effort and 10 is your max.
  2. Choose any type of cardio. Do it at your maximum effort for 30 seconds.
  3. Stop and recover for 2 minutes, or for 90 seconds if you’re already in good condition. Do not shortchange the rest period.
  4. Do this up to three times.

Body Weight Blast

As fast as you can, do 10 squats, 10 push-ups, and 10 full sit-ups. Then do nine reps of each. Then eight, seven, six, and so forth, until you reach one rep of each exercise. Rest as little as possible between sets. Record your time and try to improve each week.

100 Burpees

If you only have a little time, try to do 100 burpees. Or, if that’s too much, start with 25, then move to 50, then to 75, until you can do 100.

Begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor, in front.

  • Kick back your feet to a push-up position.
  • Return your feet to the squat position.
  • Jump from the squat position into the air, straight above you.
  • Repeat, moving as fast as possible

Rowing or Indoor Cycling

Don’t overlook the rowing machine and stationary bikes in your gym. You may be sitting down, but you’ll be sweating when you try this workout from Scott Nohejl, coach and program director of The Chatham Area Rowing Association in Savannah, Ga.

  1. Row or bike for a minute.
  2. Sprawl with push-up. Run in place, with your feet just coming off the ground, for a count of five. Lower yourself onto your hands, jump your legs backward to a push-up position. Do one push-up, then bring the legs back, tucking them in. Stand and repeat for 1 minute.
  3. Squats. With hands on top of your head, squat so your knees are at 90 degrees — make sure they do not go past your toes — and then stand up. Repeat for 1 minute.
  4. Side jumps. With feet together, toes pointed forward, jump from side to side for 1 minute.
  5. Rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Row or bike for 1 minute.
  7. Scissor jumps. With one leg in front and the other in back, jump and “scissor” your legs before landing. Do this for 1 minute.
  8. Sumo jumps. Squat down, then jump, bringing your feet slightly off the ground. Do this for 1 minute.
  9. Jumping jacks. Do these for 1 minute.

Repeat the full set four times, nonstop, for a 16-minute workout. Cool down, and then stretch.

Swimming

The pool isn’t just for cooling off. It’s also a great way to heat up your metabolism — and burn a maximum number of calories.

Craig Keller, chair of the U.S. MastersSwimming Coaches Committee and head coach of the Asphalt Green Masters Swim Team in New York City, offers several workouts for swimmers, including two that will work well for people with injuries.

If you like distance, begin with two 500-yard (or meter) freestyle swims on intervals of 6.5 minutes. The quicker you finish, the more time you’ll have to rest. Then swim at an easy pace for two minutes.

Follow that with two 400-yard freestyle swims on a 5.5-minute interval, and another easy, two-minute swim. Finish with two 300-yard swims on 4.5-minute intervals.

Sprinters may prefer this workout:

  1. Do 20 freestyle lengths (25 yards) with five seconds of rest in between lengths. Recover with a 100-yard swim of your choice, at an easy pace.
  2. Do 16 25-yard swims of your choice with 10 seconds of rest, followed by another slow-paced 100-yard swim of your choice.
  3. Next, do 12 25-yard freestyle lengths with 15 seconds of rest between each. Recover with a 100-yard swim.
  4. End with 8 25-yard Freestyle lengths, resting for 20 seconds between lengths.

Got a leg or hip injury? Just grab a buoy and do a “pull swim” instead.

This workout consists of three rounds of four 200-yard freestyle swims. For the first, put the buoy between your ankles and pull the four 200-yard swims on 3-minute intervals. For the second round, remove the buoy and swim, dragging your legs. Do these 200-yard swims on 2.75-minute intervals. For the final round, place the buoy between your legs and pull on 2.5-minute intervals.

If your arms or shoulders are hurting – or you simply want to work your legs – use a kickboard and do two sets of four 100-yard swims, with 20 seconds of rest between each.

For the first 100 yards, kick hard for the first 25 yards, then go easy for the remaining 75 yards. For the second 100 yards, kick hard for 50 and easy for 50. Kick hard for 75 yards, then easy for 25 on the third one. And for the last one, go all out. Repeat the set.

More Calorie Burners

There are lots of other great options for burning calories through exercise. Here are some:

  • Playing basketball
  • Running
  • Jumping rope
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Taking an aerobics class
  • Spinning (stationary bike class)
  • Dancing (the faster you dance, the more calories you’ll burn)

Exactly how many calories you burn depends on your weight – and how intensely you do the exercise.

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