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Richard Pryor's Latest Wife: Ultimate Survivor

The current Mrs. Richard Pryor sure is a survivor. The iconic black American comedian pulled a gun on Jennifer Lee, beat her up and was wired to the moon on cocaine most of the time. They divorced in 1982 but later remarried.

Now she lovingly tends him through multiple sclerosis and the bullets from the gun have been framed on a bulletin board as a macabre memento of tempestuous times.

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May 31, 2004 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Research into sleeping disorder drug may help multiple sclerosis patients

A University of Nottingham academic is leading a research project looking at whether a drug produced for a sleeping disorder could improve the quality of life for thousands of multiple sclerosis patients.


May 19, 2004 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Seattle Times: Sports: Squiggy is in the house: 'Laverne and Shirley' star now M's scout

They never forget Squiggy.

David Lander pulls his car into the special lot using the yellow badge that says baseball and parks in the closest spot by hanging a blue tag that says handicapped. Grabbing a bag that carries the tools of his job as a scout for the Mariners, he walks slowly to the ballpark with a limp from multiple sclerosis.

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May 19, 2004 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Montel: I Smoke Pot Every Night

Montel Williams threw his support behind legalizingmedical marijuana in New York, saying pot helps him cope with multiple sclerosis.

Williams, who was diagnosed with the neurological disease in 1999, said he uses marijuana every night before bed to relieve the pain in his legs and feet.

"I'm breaking the law every day, and I will continue to break the law," Williams, host of the syndicated "Montel Williams Show," said Tuesday.

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May 19, 2004 in pot | Permalink | Comments (0)

Most With MS Still Enjoy Good Quality of Life

Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) say they're satisfied with their quality of life, despite suffering from impaired physical function and overall general health, a new study shows.

Researchers found 77% of people with MS said they were mostly satisfied or delighted with their quality of life, even though they suffered from lower physical functioning, vitality, and overall general health compared with the general population.

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May 18, 2004 in newly diagnosed, research | Permalink | Comments (0)

MS and Hodgkin's Lymphoma May Run in Families

Two diseases that frequently strike young, affluent adults may share similar causes. A new study shows that multiple sclerosis (MS) and Hodgkin lymphoma tend to run in families and provides new evidence to support the notion that the two diseases may have a common origin.

Researchers say the diseases share many characteristics, which have prompted many to suspect that they may have a common environmental or physical cause. For example, both emerge in young adulthood, have been associated with socioeconomic affluence, and tend to cluster within families.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and causes loss of muscle control. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in a type of white blood cell within the lymph nodes and affects the ability of the immune system to provide protection against infection. It causes swelling of the nodes and pain.

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May 18, 2004 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Unreliable employee who has MS may be fired

Q. One of our employees suffers from multiple sclerosis, a disability we didn't know she had when we hired her. We were too busy to keep an eye on how well she was doing during her probationary period, so she became a regular employee even though she had poor performance.

We were just about to fire her when she told us she had MS, and our personnel officer told us we couldn't discharge her because most of her misperformance was related to MS. Besides, once we knew she had to deal with MS, we wanted to give her a break.

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May 17, 2004 in accessability | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top Court Rules in Favor of Disabled Man

The Supreme Court upheld the rights of disabled people under a national law meant to protect them, ruling Monday that a paraplegic who crawled up the steps of a small-town courthouse can sue over the lack of an elevator.

The 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act properly gives private citizens such as George Lane the right to seek money in court if a state fails to live up to the law's requirements, a 5-to-4 majority ruled.

In previous cases, the high court has repeatedly limited the effect of the ADA, so Monday's outcome was unexpected.

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May 17, 2004 in politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ohio congressman blocks name change

Alaskans have tried several times to change the name of Mount McKinley to Denali.

One man stands perpetually in their way: Rep. Ralph Regula of Ohio. Regula has argued since the 1970s that changing the mountain's name would be an affront to the memory of President William McKinley, who was from Regula's home district.'

''He was a martyred president, and a good one I might add,'' Regula said of the assassinated president.

The mountain had been called Denali long before McKinley lived and died, Alaskans have argued over the years. McKinley, many have noted, never set foot in Alaska.

In 1975 the Alaska Legislature voted to restore the name Denali, an Athabascan word popularly translated as "the great one.''

Regula has kept the U.S. Board on Geographic Names from acting on the state's petition. Each January after the voters send him back to Washington for another term, he introduces a one-sentence bill saying the renowned Alaska peak "shall continue to be named and referred to for all purposes as Mount McKinley.'' His bill goes nowhere. But its mere introduction is enough to stop the board from acting on Alaska's request.

"It amounts to a sort of annual blocking of any action,'' said Roger Payne, the board's executive secretary.

Could you Ohioans ask this guy to work on important issues? Has he even seen Denali? From ADN.

Ralph also said "I have opposed these efforts and will continue to do so. President William McKinley was the president of the entire country so it is entirely fitting that a national monument bears his name. The park and the mountain are federal lands, not state lands, and their maintenance are paid for by all Americans, not just Alaskans. In fact, American taxpayers send more than $150 million annually to Alaska for federal lands and tourist facilities to be enjoyed by everyone. " OK American's name one great thing that McKinley did to make it 'fitting' that this national monument bear his name? I think we should rename Ohio's highest peak, Campbell Hill at 1550 feet, after McKinley, it seems more fitting.

Here's Ralph's website. Send him an email ask him to 'FREE DENALI'.

Here's some important issues (besides holding Denali hostage) that he is working on:
Regula Announces Congressional Art Show Winner
Regula Announces 2004 Student Congressional Art Competition and Ribbon Ceremony
Regula Hosts Annual Student Congressional Council at Stark State
Regula Includes Funding for Massillon Bridge in House Bill
Regula Includes $6 Million for Orville Truck Bypass in House Bill

He also voted to support an Alabama judge who continues to post the Ten Commandments on his courtroom wall despite a higher court's ruling that it was unconstitutional.

Busy guy!

It ended up being called "Mount McKinley" because prospector William Dickey wanted to get even with some argumentative trail mates. They were fans of using the silver standard to back the U.S. currency. Dickey favored the gold standard. So did Sen. William McKinley from Ohio.

So Dickey got the mountain named for McKinley before the Ohioan was even nominated for president, let alone elected. Given this strange history, there's no doubt a good argument that the 20,320-foot peak deserves a better name than that of an Ohio congressman who would later become a so-so president.

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May 16, 2004 in alaska | Permalink | Comments (0)

Irish drugmaker Elan narrows quarter loss

Irish pharmaceutical company Elan Corp.'s first-quarter loss narrowed amid reduced operating expenses.

The company also said it is on track to seek approval for its highly anticipated multiple sclerosis drug, Antegren....

Elan is developing Antegren with Biogen Idec Inc., of Cambridge, Mass. In February, the two companies said they planned to file for approval of Antegren a year ahead of schedule. Biogen Idec already sells the MS drug Avonex.

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May 16, 2004 in antegren , economy, follow the money..., stocks, tysabri | Permalink | Comments (0)