"Work as a team? = Progress in Alzheimer’s research"

What was that word you used?

My Mother always taught us to share, care and respectfully work together. She said that there is strength in number.

Seems that this is true in medical research as well.  Yes, in the land where no one shared data unless they were close trusted collegues.  Sometimes necessity and the overwhelming enormity of the project creates the perfect opportunity to do as mother taught us so many years ago. Continue reading “"Work as a team? = Progress in Alzheimer’s research"”

"Save your change and use your pen to stop malnutrition"

Starvation kills. Malnutrition and dehydration can eliminated an individuals chance at developing a strong healthy body and mind and can cause death. 200 million children under 5 years of age are affected by malnutrition, with 90 percent living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. And at any moment, at least 20 million children suffer from thedeadliest form of severe malnutrition. Malnutrition plays a huge role in child mortality because the immune systems of these children are less resistant to common childhood diseases. In fact, malnutrition contributes to at least one third of the eight million annual deaths of children under five of five.

Most of the damage caused by malnutrition occurs in children before they reach their second birthday.

This is the critical window of opportunity when the quality of a child’s diet has a profound, sustained impact on his or her health, physical and mental development. Breast milk is the only food babies need for the first six months. After this time, breastfeeding alone is not sufficient and the types of foods introduced into the diet are of paramount importance. Diets that do not provide the right blend of energy including high-quality protein, essential fats, and carbohydrates as well as vitamins and minerals can impair growth and development, increase the risk of death from common childhood illness, or result in life-long health consequences.

More clean water, protein, fruit and vegetables and less flour will eradicate malnutrition.

Tested strategies to address malnutrition are effective and are showing promising results in Mexico, Thailand, and Brazil, have reduced early childhood malnutrition through direct nutrition programs that ensure infants and young children from even the poorest families have access to quality foods, such as milk and eggs.

Although in Asian and African countries they want to tackle this problem by replicating successful complete food programs, the aid they are sent consists of fortified cereal blend of corn and soy only.  This GMO “food” will fill th ebelly of a starving child, but young child’s hunger, but does not provide proper nourishment.

International donor countries including the USA must end must support programs that don’t supply  the minimal nutritional needs of infants and young children.

Take action today to help Doctors Without Borders to change this food starvation policy,

Give all children a chance to grow up healthy.


Please sign the petition to help change the US policy and give what you can to help.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.starvedforattention.org

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"Flesh-eating bacteria were eating her alive"

Looking down at her belly Sandy Wilson after giving birth to her son, she was stunned to see her intestines covered by layers of plastic. She was confused, in a drugged fog and thinking she would not survive this or am I in a movie?
No horror movie could compare to the horror and pain she was to endure from flesh-eating bacteria that were eating her alive.
“When I looked down at my belly, basically all the skin was gone and I could see my internal organs,” she said. “I remember seeing my intestines. I thought, ‘There’s no way I can live like this … This is a death sentence.'”

Being a nurse, she knew what was wrong with her body, she had gotten drug-resistant superbugs Streptococcal Necrotizing Fasciitis commonly called the “flesh-eating” bacteria that produced toxins and cause nightmarish infections  It attacts those compromised or weak immune systems. It kills 20 percent of its victims and horribly disfigures others.

With only one way to rid the body of its decaying parts, doctors cut away dead tissue, but the infection often spreads over much of thee body inside and out. It ate Wilson’s spleen gall bladder, appendix, part of her stomach, her intestines, and her marriage over the next five year. That was the bad news.

The good news
A tribute to her positive attitude, indominable spirit,

determination to live to raise her son, help others, a loving family

and compassionate skilled medical support.

Over five years, she had countless surgeries, including an unusual organ transplant. For much of that time, she lived in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, fed by tubes and unable to give her young son a bath, to read him a bedtime story, to tuck him in at night. She lost her marriage and endured unimaginable pain.

She spend so much time in the hospital for years after her baby was born that She feared her baby was dead. Her family brought him to see her through a window, but she accused them of borrowing a baby from the hospital. They took pictures of Christopher at home with newspapers showing the current date, like kidnappers do to prove a captive is alive. She remained unconvinced, and would not cooperate with her medical care.
Finally, when he was several months old, they put her in isolation gowns and brought him to a conference room. A tiny arm poked out of his blanket.
“I have a freckle on my right arm and he has one on his left in the same spot. I remembered that,” Wilson said. “That’s when I thought, ‘OK, he’s here, he’s real. I’ve got to get back home to him, to get better now.'”

“It was so incredibly hard,” Wilson said. “I wanted to feed him and bathe him and clothe him, and walk him when he cried. I worked in the pediatric emergency room for 11 years. I had waited all my life to do this for my own child, to take care of him, and I couldn’t.”

Her son Christopher’s first birthday party was in the rehab hospital. For his second, Wilson was in a medically induced coma and didn’t even see him. The little boy took it all in stride and never seemed afraid, said Lori Walden-Vetters, another nurse and family friend.

The little boy would color pictures on the wipeable patient information board in her room, and nurses made her a mobile of family photos. She said nightly prayers with her parents, but worried sometimes about the looks on their faces and those of the staff.

Natural Medicine therapies help  her live a full life again.
When her pain and separation from her son and family became too much, she was comfort and inspired from Reiki, acupuncture and guided visual imagery integrated medicine therapies that allowed her self confidence, peace and sense of control over her destiny and health to grow anew.

One more major surgery would arrive to challenge her health came in December 2006, when she had to have her small bowel and large intestine transplant. A month later, she had an appetite for the first time in years and devoured her first meal of lasagna, zucchini, salad and cake. That was a big mistake, her stomach energy was not up to processing so much foos suddenly and complained. “It was amazing to actually be able to chew something and to have different flavors in your mouth.”

Struggling progressing one small step at a time she has returned to a normal life.

“You’ve got to look at one small piece: OK, I walked two more feet today. What am I going to do tomorrow?” Wilson said.

Her abdomen looks like a patchwork quilt. Her son loves to throw his arms around it. A big Star Wars fan he challenges her to Star Wars light saber duels. He begs her to take him to his favorite park, where she threw the ultimate Star Wars-themed party for his fifth birthday in April.
She spends as much time as possible with her son and family at home, but her desire to serve has returned along with her health, she plans to return to work at the hospital where she had worked before her own Star War’s recovery became the movie to live and triumph.

How do her doctors and other cohorts fell about her return?

“I think that’s great,” said Scalea, the top surgeon at Shock Trauma.

Wilson plans to take refresher courses this fall so she can return to work, and managers at the University of Maryland “have offered to help me get back to whatever I want to do,” she said.
“I would like to be able to help someone else who has gone through this.”

“Thanks AP and Yahoo News for sharing this inspiring story of human will to live and People Helping People.”

Resources
Excerpts
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For support and to donate: http://www.nnff.org

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"Hope for ADHD"

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that affecting about 3% to 5% of children globally.  About 2% to 16% of school aged children suffer from this misunderstood condition.  30% to 50% of those individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to have symptoms into adulthood.
Children with ADHD usually have attentional problems and hyperactivity. Their can be a genetic component to this problem.
Children and adolescents with ADHD tend to develop strategies and coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses both physical, mental and emotional that their restlessness and easy distractibility often create. School life can be painful and unrewarding, because they are unable to focus long enough to use the high intelligence they have. Misunderstood and with an educational and work environment that often is not organized or supported properly to nourish success, these children often do not receive help they need to succeed. Then the challenged and emotional  distress is carried over into adulthood with  4.7 percent of American adults thought to be living with ADHD.
ADHD is diagnosed more often in boys as in girls though studies suggest this discrepancy may be due to subjective bias of referring teachers.
Hope

ADHD management traditionally includes medications, behavior modifications, lifestyle changes, and counseling.  However, their are integrated medicine therapies such as homeopathy, neuro-emotional acu-non therapy, nutritional support and supplements, to name a few. Contact Complementary Medicine Association for more information.
A combination of individualized therapies can release the physical, emotional and neural stress that has built up within these individuals so they can reach their potential.
Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperactivity
Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adhd/DS00275/
Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd

"Frankincense shows potential for use in treating bladder cancer"

Researchers are finding a plant extract from the Boswellia carteri, frankincense can kill cancer cells in a test tube (in vitro) without effectively damaging the healthy DNA of the normal bladder cells according to the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association.

Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri has been found to induce cancer tumor cell cytotoxicity

Frankincense plant is found in Africa, India, and the Middle East. Historically, frankincense oil has been used in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. Frankincense oil is prepared from aromatic hardened gum resins obtained by tapping Boswellia trees. It is now known that Boswellic acid seems to be the active agent that is toxic to the bladder cancer cells J82 cells without harming the normal bladder urothelial UROtsa cells. Through a range of concentration, frankincense oil suppressed cancer cell viability in bladder transitional carcinoma J82 cells but does not harm the UROtsa cells. Gene expression analysis shows that frankincense oil activates genes that are responsible for cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression, and apoptosis (cell death) in J82 cells. However, frankincense oil-induced cell death in J82 cells did not result in DNA fragmentation.

Conclusion
Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death.
Frankincense oil might become a healthy alternative adjunct therapy for winning the challenge of bladder cancer.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://www.biomedcentral.com
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"A Loving note lightens a sad girl's heart"

It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the “dead letter” office of the US postal service.

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Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love,

Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies..’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey &Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Love,

God
“There are beautiful and kind people everywhere”
Thank you for the reminder.
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Changing the lives of The Invisible Children of Uganda

In the spring of 2003, three young Americans Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole ages 24, 21 and 19 traveled to Africa in search of a story to capture on video. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. They story they found changed their lives and many others lives forever.

Producers of Invisible Children Movie
Producers of Invisible Children Movie

This is a documentary of the children of war involving weapons, abductions and abuse. The children are the victims. The “Invisible Children: rough cut” film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. These children live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fight as a part of violent army. It is sad, but hopeful.

You too can make a difference one person at a time.

Thanks guys for your heart felt work.

See this film, you will be forever change

The Invisible Children

Resource
Video courtesy of video.google.com/videoplayinvisible+children
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"Beth the ultimate birthday card sender"

People helping People

The ultimate birthday greeting card maker

Beth Catlin loves to make and send birthday cards to people. She sends them to neighbors, friends, acquaintances and many people she has never met. She has created these special greetings for people for 40 years. Even if she has only met you once and you never are in contact with you again she will remember your birthday for as long as she lives and send you a card.
This special gift comes from the fact that she is a savant and her special gift to the planet is her ability to remember names, addresses and birthdates. She makes and mails about 3,800 birthday cards a year to people she has me

The 50-year-old is a savant, who while being diagnosed as mentally challenged also has the amazing ability to recall numbers, dates and, of course, birthdays with computer-like precision.

When Catlin was first profiled by the Patriot-News in 1995, she was averaging about 1,400 cards a year. This year, she surpassed 3,800 with each date, name and address cataloged in her brain for life.
Most of the funding to continue her work comes through Elizabeth’s job at the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training, a workshop for people with disabilities. All donations are appreciated. Creating and sending birthday greetings is as much a part of her daily routine as going to work and doing her chores.

On September 22, Elizabeth’s birthday people get to give back to her for her kindness and gift card to them over the years. She receives more than 200 cards, many bearing gifts of stamps.

Please send Beth a card and some stamps as a surprise for her birthday and wonderful service at:

S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training
262 Silver Spring Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-8512 (717) 243-2397

Resources

Pennlive.com/midstate/mechanicsburg_woman_wishes_hap