Archive - Sep 2006
From an article of the same title on BBCNews.com:
Vitamin shots may help protect multiple sclerosis patients from severe long-term disability, a study suggests.
Currently, there is no effective treatment for the chronic progressive phase of MS, when serious disability is most likely to appear.
Researchers cut the risk of nerve degeneration in mice with MS-type symptoms by giving them a form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide.
The Children's Hospital Boston study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.
MS, which affects about 85,000 people in the UK, is a disease of the central nervous system.
It causes the break down of the myelin sheath, a fatty protein, which coats nerve fibres, disrupting the ability to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain.
Many patients develop a form of the disease called relapsing-remitting MS, in which bouts of illness are followed by complete or partial recovery. In this early phase anti-inflammatory drugs can help.
But eventually patients can enter the chronic progressive phase, for which there is no good treatment.
Here are some pictures from Elliot's second soccer game. We don't know that they lost again 4 to 3, but Elliot scored and did a good job both offensively and defensively. From the photos you can see that Elliot has the post-goal-scoring celebration down-pat. There's also a picture from the hot air balloon festival where we met the Sitter and Wanous families tonight.
The other night I watched most of PBS' Frontline episode from 2002 titled "Faith and Doubt At Ground Zero." A common theme was people either barely clinging to or losing their faith because, to paraphrase, "how could God let something like that happen." Not that it's a surprising reaction, but I couldn't help thinking, "Do these people think this is the first time ever that something terrible happened to a believer?"
The other really weird thing was hearing the Jewish rabbi (Irwin Kula) chanting (singing) the last words (as heard from cell phone calls or voice mail recordings) of people who died on 9/11.
Speaking of last words, an admonition from a recent blog post from Mike Cope:
For the past few days, as we've remember the tragedy of 9/11 five years later, I've been moved again by all the calls made to loved ones â€” some from jets and some from the twin towers.
They were good-bye calls to make sure that people knew they were loved.
And again it makes me ask myself: Am I holding anything back? Is there something I'd say if I had just a couple minutes to live that I'm not saying now?
Why would we hold back? There are no guarantees in life. I might live another three decades; I might not live through 9-14-06.
How about you? Are there words you need to speak to your parents? kids? spouse? friends? enemies?
Maybe this is the time to say them.
Tonight the boys and I went to a local high school football game. It was kind of boring because there was so few completed passes...mostly just grinding it out with the run. We left after the third quarter with Dow up 14-0. As we were leaving, we saw fire works in the distance and drove around until we found them. They were significant and professional...like from 4th of July of something. Who knows what the ocassion was. They were coming from a fenced in area with a man-made grassy mound all around it that I would guess was a landfill except it doesn't stink and doesn't have plastic bags blown up against the fence. Maybe it's water treatment or something. I'll have to find out. I pulled out the camera and filmed a bit of video right at the finale:
Church of Christ minister Joe Beam is getting national media attention for his frank discussion of sexuality. See the article by Brian Alexander on MSNBC.com titled "One preacher's message: Have hotter sex".