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Her art is painstaking, personal

With the help of friends and volunteers, a Spring Hill woman, battling multiple sclerosis, is producing an independant film of her self-published novelette.

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May 23, 2005 in people | Permalink | Comments (1)

Ginkgo May Ease Some Attention Problems in MS

New research shows that ginkgo biloba may help ease attention problems related to multiple sclerosismultiple sclerosis (MS).

Ginkgo biloba is derived from the leaves of the ginkgo tree. It's been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for various ailments.

Several studies suggest it improves mental function and protects nerves in some patients with Alzheimer's disease. This new study shows that ginkgo biloba may help people with multiple sclerosis.ginkgo biloba may help people with multiple sclerosis.

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May 20, 2005 in complementary and alternative medicine | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bush threatens veto on stem cell research bill - May 20, 2005

President Bush on Friday threatened to veto a bill expanding public funding for embryonic stem cell research that could make it to his desk by early next week.

"I made [it] very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, I'm against that," Bush told reporters. "Therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it."

It would mark the first veto of Bush's presidency.

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When I first moved to Alaska 26 years ago a popular t-shirt read "Science is Politics" At that time it applied to the manipulation of science to justify shooting wolves from planes with machine guns, the issues now extend way beyond wolves to global warming, stem cell research, ANWR.... Let's get the politics out of science so individuals can form their own informed decisions.

May 20, 2005 in politics, stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stem cells tailored to patients

South Korean scientists say they have made stem cells tailored to match the individual for the first time.

Each of the 11 new stem cell lines that they made were created by taking genetic material from the patient and putting it into a donated egg.

The resultant cells were a perfect match for the individual and could mean treatments for diseases like diabetes without problems of rejection.

The study, published in Science, has been hailed as a major advance.

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May 20, 2005 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

House Bill to Ease Stem Cell Curbs Gains Momentum

Emboldened advocates of lifting current limits on embryonic stem cell research appear within reach of a breakthrough victory in the House as early as next week, a vote that would put fresh pressure on the Senate and White House to funnel significant federal money into the emerging field.

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May 19, 2005 in politics, stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Alcohol makes your brain grow

Drinking alcohol boosts the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, research suggests.

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Pot and alcohol, people with MS have all the fun...

May 19, 2005 in research | Permalink | Comments (0)

Melodic Banjoist Bobby Thompson Died

Bobby Thompson has been credited with inventing the "melodic" playing style of the banjo and is regarded by many as one of the top bluegrass and jazz style banjoists died Wednesday after a long illness. Bill Keith and Thompson were the early innovators of the melodic banjo style. Thompson has been ill for some time with Multiple Sclerosis and forced him into retirement nearly 15 years ago.

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May 19, 2005 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Toilet with brains' to assist disabled people : Mail & Guardian Online

They size you up, offer you a hand, raise and lower the seat and flush when you're finished.

Researchers at Vienna's Technical University said on Thursday they have begun production on what they've dubbed a "toilet with brains" -- a high-tech commode designed to help multiple-sclerosis patients and other disabled or elderly people.

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But will it shake it when you're done?

May 19, 2005 in technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hostile Grackles Attack People in Houston - Yahoo! News

Like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds," large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people's heads, hair and backs.


The grackles zeroed in on a lawyer who shooed a bird away before he tripped and injured his face, Jue said. The lawyer was treated for several cuts.

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Who said birds had small brains? It'll be interesting to see who this guy sues.

May 19, 2005 in birds | Permalink | Comments (0)

Indigenous Huaorani Seek Oil Moratorium on Their Amazon Lands

Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani, are calling for a moratorium on all oil activities in their ancestral Amazonian lands in northeast Ecuador.

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May 18, 2005 in ecuador | Permalink | Comments (1)