December 29th, 2004


The real dragon

brad pointed out:

66,000 dead from this Tsunami?

Planet population of 6.4 billion?

That's 1 person dead out of every 97,106 on the planet.

Sounds like the tsunami killed a lot of people, doesn't it? Let's put it into some context. About 52,000,000 people died "natural deaths" in 2001. That works out to be 140,000/day. Assuming that the final death toll reaches 100,000, the tsunami caused less than 1 day's worth of deaths, or about 0.2% of the annual death toll.

So if you think the tsunami deaths are tragic, go ahead and donate.

But you might also wish to kick some funds toward fighting the real dragon.

Insomnia drug Lunesta receives FDA approval

[A couple of my friends suffer from insomnia -- thought this might be of interest to them.]

Lunesta (eszopiclone), a new non-narcotic prescription sleep aid from Sepracor, received FDA approval on December 15, 2004. Lunesta represents a new treatment option for those suffering from insomnia; Lunesta not only helps people fall asleep quickly, it helps them sleep restfully through the night, with fewer interruptions, and wake up refreshed and ready to start the day. While current sleeping aids are generally limited to seven to 10 days of use, Lunesta is the first and only prescription sleep aid not limited to short-term use. Physicians can prescribe Lunesta for as long as they determine their patients may need it.

FDA-approved press release

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