Most legends grow to become something beyond their actual size. That never seemed to be true of Bill Fralic, the former University of Pittsburgh and Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman, who died Thursday at the age of 56. He was as big as he was often described to be, and if you’re a certain age and you grew up in Pittsburgh, that was always enough to make him seem bigger than life. Fralic’s father, Bill Sr., was a steelworker (naturally). When Fralic was 11, Bill Sr. took him to meet the coach of a powerhouse Pittsburgh youth program, to inquire about signing up. Players had to be 13 to 15, Bill Sr. was told. “Wanna look at him?” he asked the coach. The coach looked. “We just changed the rule,” the coach replied. In the seventh grade, Fralic was already 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. By the summer before he started ninth grade, he was 6-foot-3½, 235. At that time, Fralic was working at a Western Pennsylvania golf course, where he met then-Pitt head coach … [Read more...] about Bill Fralic Was A Real-Life Incredible Hulk
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The Human Fly, or the Daredevil Who Made Evel Knievel Seem Sane Ky Michaelson, The Rocketman Skydivers landed on the Las Vegas Strip in front of Caesars Palace on July 3, part of the Las Vegas landmark's celebration of its "daredevil legacy." Almost 50 years ago, an upstart Evel Knievel convinced a brand-new Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino to let him try to jump the 151-foot (46-meter) Caesars fountain on a Harley-Davidson, and the rest was history. Knievel didn't make the jump. But he did clear 14 buses in 1975 (video), a 133-foot (41-meter) jump, setting a distance record that stood until 1999. Still, technically, daredevil Rick Rojatt surpassed Knievel's distance long before that. In 1977, the Canadian stuntman tried to clear 26 buses on a rocket-powered Harley. He crashed somewhere around bus 19. Actually, we don't know if his name was really Rick Rojatt. Or whether he was a stuntman — he claimed to have worked in Hollywood for a time, but there's no record of that. … [Read more...] about The Human Fly, or the Daredevil Who Made Evel Knievel Seem Sane
Before Right to Try became law, patients with life-threatening diseases, through their doctors, have been able to request investigational protocols via the FDA's expanded access pathway (also known as compassionate use) for more than 30 years. sturti/Getty Images On May 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed S.204: the "Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017" (whew) into law. The Right to Try (RtT) legislation gives terminally ill patients who've exhausted all approved treatment options and aren't able to participate in a clinical trial, the right to work directly with drug companies for access to investigational new drugs (IND) that haven't secured approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The law's intent is to make the process of obtaining potentially life-saving drugs (completely untested by the FDA) easier on the whole by avoiding the FDA altogether. In response to previous statements by FDA … [Read more...] about How Right to Try Bypasses the FDA
The HPV vaccine, which was formerly approved only for adolescents, is now approved for adults. Ariel Skelley/Getty Images Earlier in October, the news broke that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil 9 was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include women and men ages 27 to 45 years old. This is the latest evolution of the vaccine, which since 2014 has protected against nine types of HPV, compared with the four strains handled by its predecessor, Gardasil (approved in 2006). The new age range caught some by surprise because up to that point the vaccine was largely advised for boys and girls younger than age 13 since the drug provides its best protection before sexual activity begins.(If the person was older than 13 but under 26, the FDA recommended they still get the HPV vaccine.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost all people will have at least one form of HPV at one time or another, often without even realizing … [Read more...] about Why Is the HPV Vaccine Suddenly Effective for Adults?
Flibanserin, initially tested in clinical trials as an antidepressant, has been rebooted and is being touted to increase sexual desire in women. Screen shot/Youtube/howstuffworks Dry mouth, nausea, constipation, non menses-related bleeding, fainting and falling: Those are just some of the not-so-sexy side effects of the newly relaunched women's libido enhancer – Addyi – that first made the scene in 2015 when somebody thought it was feminist (not) and cute (uh-uh) to coin the name "female Viagra" for a spurious feminine sexual wellness drug. This time around it's available online for half the price: down to $400 a month from $800 if you have insurance and no more than $99 a month if you're uninsured. "Addyi was controversial when it was first considered and approved," says Richard Klein, former director of the FDA Patient Liaison Program, in an email. "The company skillfully used a PR campaign and turned weak data into a political issue of 'gender equality.' The drug … [Read more...] about A Controversial Female Libido Enhancer Is Reborn