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Woodpecker Thought Extinct Rediscovered

The ivory-billed woodpecker, once prized for its plumage and sought by American Indians as magical, was thought to be extinct for years. Now it's been sighted again and conservationists are exulting.

The striking bird, last seen in 1944, has been rediscovered in the Big Woods area of Arkansas, scientists and conservationists reported Thursday.

Fly here.

April 28, 2005 in animals, birds | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Painful Truth

The Iraq war is a new kind of hell, with more survivors - but more maimed, shattered limbs - than ever. A revolution in battlefield medicine is helping them conquer the pain.

A technology worth following for those that experience pain.

More here.

April 28, 2005 in pain, research, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Balancing Act

Noise is the key to restoring the body's sense of equilibrium

I want these shoes! Interesting article on vibrating insoles and balance.

More here.

We are developing noise-based devices, such as vibrating insoles, to improve balance control in older adults and patients with diabetic neuropathy, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, respectively.

More information and references  here.

April 28, 2005 in research, technology, treatment, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

IQ Dips More on Email Than Pot

Scientists find distractions of email, instant messages, and phone calls temporarily lower employee IQ by 10 points—more than twice the effect of marijuana.

The constant barrage of emails, text messages, and phone calls decreases IQ test scores in office workers more than twice as much as smoking marijuana, British researchers reported Friday.

Scientists at London’s Institute of Psychiatry found that environments with distracting technologies lower IQ by an average of more than 10 points when compared with quiet conditions.

By comparison, other research has shown that smoking marijuana causes just a 4-point drop. A 10-point reduction is similar to the impact of missing an entire night’s sleep.

Lower your IQ  here.

April 25, 2005 in time management | Permalink | Comments (1)

MS takes away court reporter's ability to write

Dick Kennedy was a court reporter who suddenly discovered he couldn't write.

"It was back in 1991 and one day, my right side started to cramp, kind of like a Charlie Horse," he remembered. "I had trouble with my left leg as well. It disabled me for four to five days."

There was also pain associated with both exacerbations and bad headaches. All that forced Kennedy to seek out a neurologist who ultimately in 1997 made the diagnosis of relapsing, remitting multiple sclerosis.

More here.

April 25, 2005 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Canada OK’s Pot-based Drug

In a boon for medicinal marijuana advocates, Canada has approved the sale of a drug derived from cannabis to treat multiple sclerosis-related nerve pain.

This week’s approval of Sativex marked the world’s first cannabis-based drug to reach the market, according to the drug’s U.K.-based manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals. Approved by Canada’s regulatory body, Health Canada, the cannabis-derived spray should hit the market in late spring.

Shares of GW rose by 0.75 percent Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange.

Spray here.

April 21, 2005 in pain | Permalink | Comments (0)


“To do two things at once - is to do neither,” Roman philosopher Publilius Syrus in 100 A.D

I'm adding new categories 'time management' and 'tools'.

April 21, 2005 in quotes, time management | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Infinite Mind: Multiple Sclerosis

"The difference between those who get well and those that don’t comes down to those that take this disease as a catastrophe rather than an opportunity do not get well."

Emily Mann

In this hour, we explore the chronic neurological disease Multiple Sclerosis. Guests include Dr. Randall Schapiro, founder and director of the Fairview Multiple Sclerosis Center and Minneapolis Clinic Multiple Sclerosis Program; Dr. Patricia O'Looney, director of biomedical research programs at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Barbara Paley-Israel, a writer who was diagnosed with MS in 1986 and has become an advocate for people with the disease; social worker Deborah Miller, Director of Comprehensive Care at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research, part of The Cleveland Clinic; TONY award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann; and special commentator Zoe Koplowitz, author of Winning Spirit: Life Lessons Learned in Last Place.

Read more.
Or listen.

Great program, listen to it more than once.
This is from the weekly radio program, The Infinite Mind, find it on your local public radio station.

April 21, 2005 in diagnosis, entertainment, general, people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Elan Faces SEC Inquiry Into Trading

Elan Corp. (ELN.I: Quote, Profile, Research) (ELN.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is probing securities trading around the Feb. 28 announcement of the suspension of sales of the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri.

Probe here.

April 11, 2005 in follow the money... | Permalink | Comments (0)

PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE / It's a family decision

"ONLY YOU can know," my grandmother said.

After a two-year bout with multiple sclerosis, my father had rapidly deteriorated and was connected to one machine that breathed for him and another that digested for him.

For nearly a year, I sat in his room every day listening to the artificial breaths, staring at the slow drips in his IV, following the thick, milky-colored liquid traveling slowly along his feeding tube.

"Is this what he would have wanted?" I would ask my grandparents.

"Only you can know," they would say.

More here.

Link to the Alaska Advance Health Care Directive form.

April 4, 2005 in bummer, caregivers, family, people, stuff we don't like to talk about | Permalink | Comments (1)