Researchers propose statin with fast food

Make that a burger, fries and a side of Lipitor, please.

It could happen. As a public service, British researchers are proposing that fast-food eateries dole out complimentary cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to offset the hazardous glories of their fatty cuisines.

“When people engage in risky behaviors like driving or smoking, they’re encouraged to take measures that minimize their risk, like wearing a seat belt or choosing cigarettes with filters. Taking a statin is a rational way of lowering some of the risks of eating a fatty meal,” said Dr. Darrel Francis, a cardiologist at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London.

“It’s ironic that people are free to take as many unhealthy condiments in fast-food outlets as they like, but statins, which are beneficial to heart health, have to be prescribed,” he noted.

Representatives from Merck, which manufactures Lipitor, and Pfizer, maker of Zocor, declined to comment on the idea. McDonald’s Corp. also did not respond to an inquiry.

The researchers are nevertheless in praise of statin drugs, pointing out that the medications boast some of the “best safety profiles of any medication,” with side effects – such as complications in the liver and kidneys – reported in between one in 1,000 and one in 10,000 people.

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Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less.

“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York
City and the nation.

“That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Republicans were quick to pounce on the president’s remarks.

“President Obama is wrong,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero. While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so much.”

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Murphy Accepts Invitation to Debate Ehrlich on WMAL

Murphy Accepts Invitation to Debate Ehrlich on WMAL; Ehrlich Reacts by Running from Murphy and Challenging O’Malley to Debate

CROFTON, MARYLAND – On Tuesday, Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, accepted WMAL’s Bryan Nehman and Fred Grandy’s offer to debate his primary opponent, Bob Ehrlich, on their top-rated radio show (Part I, Part II). Today, Ehrlich replied by attempting to sidestep Murphy and the Republican party by challenging O’Malley to a series of debates before next month’s Primary.

Murphy has the endorsement of national Republican and conservative icons Governor Sarah Palin, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, and Family Research Council, as well as Maryland law enforcement stalwart Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and Pro-Life leader Maryland Right to Life. In addition, responsible tax policy icon and Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist, spoke on Murphy’s behalf at a Murphy fundraiser held at the home of former MDGOP Chairman, Dr. Jim Pelura.

Bob Ehrlich’s primary national support comes from former Lt. Governor and current RNC chair, Michael Steele, by way of a back-room deal struck before Ehrlich filed for office and in lieu of a primary.

“As a former Governor of Maryland, Bob Ehrlich acted irresponsibly and forfeited core republican principles for fiscal and social responsibility. He grew Maryland’s budget by almost 30%, and raised $3 billion in fees and taxes. He also turned his back on every core Republican belief, including the sanctity of life, the 2nd Amendment, illegal immigration, and the right to work. As a result, he lost the trust of the general Maryland voter and was defeated by O’Malley in 2006, a year when every other incumbent Republican Governor won reelection,” said Murphy.

“Ehrlich and Steele are once again attempting to sidestep Republican principles and Ehrlich’s failed record as a Republican. The data confirms a real Republican can win in Maryland in 2010. And Ehrlich is no Republican. If I were him, I’d be afraid to debate me, too,” said Murphy.

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Brian Murphy and Robert Ehrlich are running in the Republican Primary on September 14. Governor Martin O’Malley is running in the Democratic Party Primary on September 14. The winners of the respective parties’ elections will square off against each other in the November 2 General Election.

Brian Murphy is a successful Maryland businessman with a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is founder of the Plimhimmon Group, whose first investment, the Smith Island Baking Company, has been featured in The Washington Post, the Wharton Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, BusinessWeek and other publications for its principled approach to job creation in Maryland.

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