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  • Newly identified bone marrow stem cells reveal markers for ALS

    07/09/2013 3:50:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | July 9, 2013 | NA
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating motor neuron disease that rapidly atrophies the muscles, leading to complete paralysis. Despite its high profile—established when it afflicted the New York Yankees' Lou Gehrig—ALS remains a disease that scientists are unable to predict, prevent, or cure. Although several genetic ALS mutations have been identified, they only apply to a small number of cases. The ongoing challenge is to identify the mechanisms behind the non-genetic form of the disease and draw useful comparisons with the genetic forms.Now, using samples of stem cells derived from the bone marrow of non-genetic ALS patients, Prof. Miguel...
  • Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler dies

    02/25/2013 12:05:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | February 25, 2013 | Wade Tatangelo
    A nationally acclaimed guitar great and cherished member of the Sarasota-Bradenton music scene has passed. "Dangerous" Dan Toler – former guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band and Dickey Betts’ Great Southern group – died today at age 65, according to Gregg Allman Band mate and close friend Chaz Trippy. Toler was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and living in the Whitfield area of Manatee County.
  • Prayers for my Brother who has been told he has ALS

    05/05/2012 3:46:52 PM PDT · by calex59 · 115 replies
    Me | 5/5/2012 | Me
    My brother has just been diagnosed with ALS(Lou Gherig's disease). I would like to request Prayers for him.
  • RPOF chairman Dave Bitner has died

    09/09/2011 9:28:08 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 6 replies
    St. Petersburg Times via ^ | 8 September 2011 | St. Pete Times staff
    From Republican Party of Florida vice chair Lenny Curry: With sadness and a heavy heart, I must report that Florida has lost a great leader and public servant. Today, the Republican Party of Florida’s Chairman Dave Bitner lost his courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).It has been the honor of a lifetime to work by Chairman Bitner’s side. Not only was Dave a born leader, he was an exemplary man in every sense. In honor of his example, I am committed to ensure that the Republican Party of Florida continues its tradition of service to our beloved state.I ask...
  • Florida Republican Party chair to resign

    08/31/2011 8:20:29 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 10 replies
    Florida Courier ^ | 31 August 2011 | Fcadmin
    Republican Party of Florida Chairman David Bitner said Wednesday he would resign because of health concerns, a surprising move that sent the party looking for its fourth leader in less than two years. "At the time I first discussed my health with you, I also made a promise that I would serve as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida only as long as I could do so with all the energy and attention this position deserves," Bitner, who revealed in April that he had been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, wrote in a letter...
  • Researchers Say They've Found Common Cause of All Types of ALS

    (HealthDay News) -- The apparent discovery of a common cause of all forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could give a boost to efforts to find a treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease, a new study contends. Scientists have long struggled to identify the underlying disease process of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and weren't even sure that a common disease process was associated with all forms of ALS. In this new study, Northwestern University researchers said they found that the basis of ALS is a malfunctioning protein recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal...
  • Major ALS breakthrough (and Alzheimer's?)

    08/21/2011 1:27:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | August 21, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers discover common cause of all forms of ALSCHICAGO --- The underlying disease process of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists and prevented development of effective therapies. Scientists weren't even sure all its forms actually converged into a common disease process. But a new Northwestern Medicine study for the first time has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS. The basis of the disorder is a broken down protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and the brain. Optimal functioning of...
  • Former heavyweight boxing contender LeDoux dies at 62

    08/11/2011 8:08:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Former world heavyweight boxing contender and Minnesota Duluth football lineman Scott LeDoux died this afternoon at his home in Coon Rapids, Minn., at age 62 after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • BC judge fast tracks demand for assisted suicide by Lou Gehrig’s disease patient

    08/05/2011 5:47:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/4/11 | Jeremy Kryn
    VANCOUVER, Canada, August 4, 2011 ( – A British Columbia Supreme Court Justice agreed Wednesday to fast track the lawsuit of a Lou Gehrig’s disease sufferer seeking doctor-assisted suicide. The lawsuit is one of two cases currently challenging Canada’s law against euthanasia and assisted suicide, over a year after a legislative bid to overturn the law suffered overwhelming defeat. Gloria Taylor was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition in 2009. A B.C. Civil Liberties Association affidavit, which detailed Taylor’s medical conditions, states that Ms. Taylor was told in January of 2010 that she was likely to die within one year, reports...
  • Ex-Gov Cellucci diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease

    01/06/2011 1:32:39 PM PST · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 01/06/2011 | AP
    Paul Cellucci, the former Massachusetts governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, announced today he has a relatively slowly progressing case of Lou Gehrig’s disease. "I’ve had symptoms for four years," the 62-year-old Cellucci said in a statement to The Associated Press. Despite some weakness, he said, "I am feeling quite well." Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks the brain and spine and usually is detected after muscle weakness. It progresses to complete paralysis, is incurable and is always fatal. Each year the disease, nicknamed for the New York Yankees player who died of it, kills about 5,000 Americans.
  • Blue-green algae tested for treating ALS (spirulina)

    12/21/2010 9:00:47 AM PST · by decimon · 7 replies
    University of South Florida (USF Health) ^ | December 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Ancient food source may offer neuroprotectionNutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients. A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the...
  • With love, teens face a deadly diagnosis (Tissue alert)

    12/18/2010 3:17:00 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 10 replies
    Charter home page ^ | 12/18/2010 | ALLEN G. BREED
    JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As she walked through the door, Sabrina Parker's big hazel eyes flared with surprise and she raised a hand to her mouth to stifle a gasp. She was a huge fan of the "Twilight" book and movie series, and her friends and family had transformed this greasy garage into a Sweet 16's dream. Homemade strobe lights illuminated walls decorated like the night sky and plastered with cast posters. All around were balloons in red, white and black. An enormous cake, iced to look like the chess board on one of the book jackets, held 16 blazing...
  • Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease

    08/17/2010 9:48:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/17/10 | Alan Schwarz
    In the 71 years since the Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig declared himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite dying from a disease that would soon bear his name, he has stood as America’s leading icon of athletic valor struck down by random, inexplicable fate. A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions...
  • Charlie Wedemeyer Dies

    06/03/2010 2:29:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 374+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Thu, Jun 3, 2010 | LORI PREUITT
    There is sadness in the South Bay today as people begin to learn the news that Charlie Wedemeyer has died. He died Thursday morning. Wedemeyer was a long time football coach at Los Gatos High School who was diagnosed with ALS back in 1978. He survived longer than most with the debilitating disease that slowly took away the use of his body. Over the past decades he and his wife Lucy became a motivational team. When he lost his voice, Lucy was able to interpret his words by the slight movement of his lips during countless Bay Area speaking engagements....
  • Pope Benedict to receive paralyzed artist’s portrait of Fr. Damien

    10/09/2009 10:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 980+ views
    cna ^ | October 9, 2009
    Peggy Chun's portrait of Blessed Father Damien Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2009 / 06:24 am (CNA).- As the October 11 canonization of the Fr. Damien de Veuster approaches, an art teacher is leading a small group from Hawaii to Rome to present Pope Benedict XVI with a portrait of the saint painted by an artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.Fr. Damien, a hero to Hawaiians, ministered to a major leper colony on Molokai where he contracted and eventually succumbed to leprosy in the late nineteenth century.The late artist Peggy Chun had created the artwork with...
  • Veterans Wrongly Told They Have Fatal Disease

    08/25/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | AP
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Air Force reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had Lou Gehrig's disease, and she immediately put herself through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA said its "diagnosis" was a mistake.
  • Healing ‘gift’ from Lourdes visit frees ALS victim from wheelchair (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2009 5:39:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 500+ views
    cna ^ | August 25, 2009
    The grotto at Lourdes where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette Turin, Italy, Aug 25, 2009 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A woman who suffered from a severe nerve disease now no longer uses her wheelchair and has even gone for a run, after she visited to Lourdes earlier in August. The woman credits the baths at Lourdes for the ‘gift’ of her improved health.Antonia Raco, 50, had been in a wheelchair for four years because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She made a trip to the shrine at Lourdes on August 5.''Ever...
  • 1200 vets mistakenly told they’re dying from ALS

    08/24/2009 12:03:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies · 2,610+ views ^ | August 24, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Just as the Obama administration tries to reassure people that the government can manage the health-care system more competently than what we have now, one of its single-payer systems demonstrates exactly what we can expect from ObamaCare. The VA mistakenly informed 1200 veterans that they have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a 100% fatal condition. They blamed it on a “coding error” (via JWF): At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease. One of the leaders of a Gulf War...
  • Health Care Here And Over There

    08/12/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 788+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is a shining example of British health care, how is it that others in the U.K. are repeatedly denied critical care and medicine?In commenting on efforts to overhaul American's health care system, we have tried to pull back the curtain and pay attention to those trying to clone the systems of Canada and Britain. But supporters of government-run health care frequently ignore some of the less-pleasant facts. Much has been made of this statement in one of our Aug. 3 editorials: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance...
  • Words To Live By (Lou Gehrig's Farewell: July 4, 1939)

    07/04/2009 10:32:07 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 4 replies · 439+ views
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | July 4, 2009 | Joe O'Connor
    It is easy to find a clip of the speech on YouTube, consisting of just a few short lines captured on a long ago day by the television cameras. The Lou Gehrig we see in black and white at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 is movie-star handsome: tall, seemingly strong, a New York Yankee through and through. Joe McCarthy, the Yankees manager, takes Gehrig by the elbow and leads him to a bank of microphones behind home plate. The crowd of 61,000 gets to its feet. The emotion in the moment is obvious. Gehrig - native New Yorker, two-time...
  • Assisted suicide foe dies of ALS

    05/30/2009 11:54:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | 5/26/09 |
    A man who was featured in ads and on TV opposing Washington state’s assisted suicide Iniative 1000 died of ALS last week. The group True Compassion Advocates says John Peyton died at home on Thursday, the same day Linda Fleming of Sequim woman became the first person to die under the "Death with Dignity" law. Eileen Geller, president of True Compassion Advocates, a group that was against the law, called Peyton a hero in life and in death. “He showed us how to live with real dignity and die naturally and comfortably. He literally gave his last breaths to advocate...
  • Fighting for a Last Chance at Life

    05/17/2009 7:29:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 1,146+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 16, 2009 | Amy Harmon
    As Lou Gehrig’s disease sapped Joshua Thompson of his ability to move and speak last fall, he consistently summoned one question from within the prison of his own body. “Iplex,” he asked, in a whisper that pierced his mother’s heart. “When?” Iplex had never been tested in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the formal name for the fatal disease that had struck Joshua, 34, in late 2006. Developed for a different condition and banished from the market by a patent dispute, it was not for sale to the public anywhere in the world. But Kathy Thompson had vowed to get...
  • ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me'

    03/16/2009 1:49:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 337+ views
    NCR ^ | March 16, 2009
    A baby who as an embryo was frozen for years at a California clinic. Obama has ordered tax money be used for fatal experiments on such human embryos. CNS/Reuters 1998 photo “ALS victim opposes stem cell research,” reads today’s headline. It tells the story of Jim McKevitt who uses what few abilities he has left — he can still move his fingers — to track the opposition: ” individuals and interest groups who beat the drum to try to force Washington to approve federal funds to finance the use of embryos to harvest stem cells for research.” The...
  • ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me'

    03/16/2009 9:02:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 479+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009
    Daily Blog ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me' BY Daily Blog Monday, March 16, 2009 9:21 AM “ALS victim opposes stem cell research,” reads today’s headline. It tells the story of Jim McKevitt who uses what few abilities he has left — he can still move his fingers — to track the opposition: ” individuals and interest groups who beat the drum to try to force Washington to approve federal funds to finance the use of embryos to harvest stem cells for research.” The 71-year-old, says the story, is “appalled by the groundswell of support for...
  • Nerve cells made from elderly patient’s skin cells

    07/31/2008 6:02:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 200+ views
    Nature News ^ | 31 July 2008 | Monya Baker
    Reprogrammed cells may offer insight into neurodegenerative disease. Skin cells from an elderly patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been ‘reprogrammed’ to generate motor neurons, the type of nerve cells that die as the disease progresses. It is the first time that an induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell line has been created from a patient with a genetic illness (J. T. Dimos et al. Science doi:10.1126/science.1158799; 2008). Like embryonic stem cells, iPS cells have the potential to develop into almost any of the body’s cell types and offer new disease insights. Patient-specific motor neurons, with a transcription factor called...
  • Today in History: Lou Gehrig, afflicted w/ ALS, bids farewell to fans at Yankee Stdm (July 04, 1939)

    07/04/2008 12:53:02 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 835+ views
    Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. "Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest...
  • Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS

    06/29/2008 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 1,595+ views
    exacom ^ | 05.27.08
    Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS: UBC Study Vancouver researchers pioneer safe pathway to slow ALS using stem cells A unique pilot study has established a safe pathway for using bone-marrow stem cells to slow down and potentially treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease without cure. The study, published in the journal, Muscle & Nerve and led by Dr. Neil Cashman, professor of neurology at The University of British Columbia and director of the ALS program at Vancouver Coastal Health and VCH Research Institute, tested the use of a growth factor stimulant in ALS patients and found...
  • Another Stem Cell Disinformation Alert

    06/27/2008 8:39:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 102+ views ^ | 06.26.08
    The promoters of embryonic stem cell enterprises continue to tout soon to come “breakthroughs” accompanied by supine media coverage and inaccurate statements by “the scientists” who twist and distort scientific definitions to win a political debate. Such spin in the name of science, actually corrupts science. Latest example: Another company is claiming that “next year” it will start human ESC trials. From a column by Orange County Register “biomedical innovation” columnist Colin Stewart, who has apparently drunk the Kool-Aid. First there is his cruelly hyped headline: “ALS patients could get help from stem cells next year:” From his column:...
  • Prayer for friend with ALS

    05/13/2008 8:57:51 AM PDT · by luckymom · 28 replies · 96+ views
    Please join me in prayer for a dear man of faith who was recently diagnosed with ALS. He is married, 58 years old, and has 3 kids, 10, 13, and 15. Please pray for his and his family's patience, unwavering faith, as well as guidance for treatment. Also, if anyone out there has suggestions for those of us who care about this man, please let us know what we might do to help without being overbearing but lovingly helpful and encouraging. Thank you all.
  • Researcher with ALS finds solace in expertise

    03/23/2008 12:50:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 567+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/22/08 | Sabin Russell
    From the living room of Dr. Richard Olney's Corte Madera home, sliding glass doors offer a wide-open view of the tidal marsh in front of his house, of passing clouds and of the shorebirds that fly in and fly out. Inside, the man who once rode mountain bikes and ran triathlons sits nearly motionless in his wheelchair. He watches the world with the same intense intellectual curiosity that made him one of the nation's leading experts in ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Since 2004, ALS has been slowly killing him. Of unknown origin,...
  • Pulling the Plug

    12/02/2007 3:16:18 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 112+ views
    2 December 2007 | vanity
    This is the title of an article in the current issue of Forbes. It is written by John J. Parris: Jesuit Priest and Professor of Bioethics at Boston College. The article starts with a problem. In 1999 a patient was admitted with Lou Gehrig's disease. The patient indicated she should be kept alive until she could no longer enjoy her family. She eventually became unresponsive. Her daughter refused the hospital's wish to terminate life support. A lengthy (10 month) court battle ensued. The daughter opposed but eventually was faced with the hospital taking the position (Court approved) that the daughter...
  • Hadassah uses stem cells for MS, ALS patients

    11/26/2007 8:08:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 706+ views
    The Jerusalem Post. ^ | Nov 22, 2007 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Neurologists at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem, are the first in the world to help multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients by injecting their spinal columns with large numbers of adult stem cells taken from their bone marrow and multiplied in culture. The clinical trial, while "encouraging" and "promising," remains highly experimental, as all the patients have undergone a single injection with no untreated control group for comparison. With the first patients having received it two years ago, it is too early to know how successful it will be in the long term. Prof. Dimitrios Karousis, a...
  • (Vanity) R.I.P. Dad your long battle is finally over

    08/09/2007 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 24 replies · 309+ views
    Lake Titicaca | Today | Brainhose
    Yesterday morning 8/8/07 @ 6AM my father lost his 5 year struggle against ALS,He was very smart, and was a self made man who provided very well for his family through hard work and very shrewd stock investments.He will be sorely missed by familyand a myriad of friends.All through his struggle with a terrible disease he never lost his sense of humor.I've been helping care for him 24/7 for the last 2 years and I now have a gaping hole in my heart that cannot be filled. He made me the die-hard conservative that I am todayMy only solace is...
  • A Risk in Cholesterol Drugs Is Detected, but Is It Real?

    07/03/2007 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Dysart · 41 replies · 1,405+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7-3-07 | Avery Johnson
    As he examined data on a computer one day last fall, drug-safety reviewer Ralph Edwards saw something that concerned him: Of 172 people in his database who developed Lou Gehrig's disease or something similar while taking prescription medicines, 40 had been on statins, the huge-selling cholesterol drugs. Dr. Edwards, director of the World Health Organization's drug-monitoring center, has amassed about four million reports of medical problems experienced by people taking prescription drugs. His job is to sift through these so-called adverse events, looking for "signals" of potential side effects. The number of Lou Gehrig's cases associated with statins struck Dr....
  • My Mother’s Early Christmas (NCR editor on the holiday passing of his mother)

    12/26/2006 4:07:34 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 237+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 24, 2006 | TOM HOOPES
    Register executive editor on the holiday passing of his mother and the website, , that he created to promote her dream of seeing a church in her tiny Arizona town. This year, we didn’t even wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start celebrating Christmas. We set up my mom’s wheelchair next to the piano, and my brother sat down and started playing Christmas carols as soon as Thanksgiving dinner was done. We were never the most liturgically correct family on the face of the planet in the best of times, but this time we had an urgent need...
  • Piloting a wheelchair with the power of the mind

    10/19/2006 7:13:23 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 16 replies · 503+ views
    Technology Review ^ | October 18, 2006 | Emily Singer
    Recent successful tests of neural prosthetics bring the devices closer to widespread use. Paralyzed patients dream of the day when they can once again move their limbs. That dream is making its way to becoming a reality, thanks to a neural implant created by John Donoghue and colleagues at Brown University and Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems. In 2004, Matthew Nagle, who is paralyzed due to a spinal-cord injury, became the first person to test the device, which translated his brain activity into action (see "Implanting Hope," March 2005, and "Brain Chips Give Paralyzed Patients New Powers"). Nagle's experience with the prosthetic...
  • Physicist Hawking to star in movie

    10/15/2006 7:28:00 AM PDT · by Triggerhippie · 13 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Oct 14, 6:31 PM ET | AFP writer
    Physicist Hawking to star in movie: report Sat Oct 14, 6:31 PM ET LONDON (AFP) - Acclaimed British physicist Stephen Hawking will reportedly trade in scientific journals for the big screen by starring in a movie. The film, "Beyond the Horizon," aims to explain some of the complicated theories backed by Hawking and his fellow physicists, including the idea that space has up to 11 dimensions and the cause of the big bang. The 64-year-old Hawking, famous for his 1988 international best-seller "A Brief History of Time," will also narrate a soundtrack which explains cosmological concepts. "Beyond the Horizon" centres...
  • Freepers needed to battle ALS

    03/30/2006 1:30:00 AM PST · by gnarledmaw · 7 replies · 439+ views
    FreeRepublic Exlcusive | Wed, 29 March 2006 | William Toebe
    How does a hairdresser meeting a comedian equal a Freeper working to assist in the battle against Lou Gehrig's Disease? Oprah made me do it.Not really, but she is part of this story. Confused? I am too, at least at the way that seemingly small events in one persons life can add up with events in anothers to become something very important. Its a strange and winding path to where I am today, let me show you the way thus far, I think you might wish to continue this journey with me... Tim Pfaffendorf was the owner of a hair...
  • Pro Hart dies

    03/27/2006 7:50:12 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 783+ views
    The Australian ^ | 28 March 2006
    OUTBACK artist Pro Hart has died at his Broken Hill home after battling motor neurone disease. The 77-year-old was diagnosed with the debilitating disease that causes muscle wastage late last year but his condition began to fail last week. His family decided to cease his medication on Friday and the legendary artist died at 2.45am (AEDT) today, Pro's family said in a statement. Pro Hart became a household name for his unconventional and diverse art works - which at one time featured in a popular carpet-cleaning advertisement. He was "a truly remarkable Australian and one that will be sadly missed",...
  • Need Help With PC input devices for ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease) victim.

    02/09/2006 8:13:50 PM PST · by Brainhose · 8 replies · 271+ views
    Pelham NH | Today | Brainhose
    Hello all. My 75 year old father has ALS and has only very limited use of his left hand. I'm looking for any ideas for input devices for his computer. I bought him a wireless mouse that has help quite a bit, but he would like to usethe pushbutton feature of the center wheel. It makes it easier for him to scrollusing that feature. I was hoping that some of the wise Freepers here would knowof some interesting input devices for the handicapped. Many thanks
  • Help Ridding PC of AOL (Vanity?)

    12/19/2005 7:30:58 PM PST · by Brainhose · 3 replies · 252+ views
    New Hampshire | Today | Brainhose
    Greetings fellow Freepers!I just recently convinced my father (Age 75) to drop AOL and go broadband (It only took 3 years).He is really happy about the change. Just as a background: he was diagnosed with A.L.S. 2 years ago. This is probably going to be his last Christmas, God willing I hope he has many more. I have 12 years experience with the internet but have always been AOL-Phobic. Are there any tools out there for completely ridding a PC of AOL?Perhaps some kind of Registry Scrubbing tool?Many, Many Thanks in advance :)
  • Albania Seizes Assets Of Bin Laden Associate

    12/07/2005 8:30:32 PM PST · by montyspython · 9 replies · 563+ views
    AP via ^ | Wednesday, December 7, 2005
    Albania Seizes Assets Of Bin Laden Associate TIRANA (AP)--The Albanian government has seized the assets and bank accounts of a man who allegedly worked with Osama bin Laden and others to provide support to terror networks in Albania, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. Abdul Latif Saleh, who holds Jordanian and Albanian citizenship, was placed on a U.N. sanctions list in September, requiring all U.N. members to impose a travel ban on him and block his assets. Albania earlier had blocked 33 bank accounts in three commercial banks as well as assets and investments in Saleh's businesses and civic organizations he...
  • Rob Borsellino Talks About Being Diagnosed With Lou Gehrig's Disease ( Columnist, Borsellino Is Ill)

    03/04/2005 10:29:19 PM PST · by withteeth · 9 replies · 1,277+ views
    WHO-TV ^ | 2-24-05 | unknown
    Des Moines, February 24th, 2005 - His unique style and perspective have drawn readers to the Des Moines Register for years. Today columnist Rob Borsellino wrote about his own life and how he's dealing with the diagnosis of a deadly disease. Rob Borsellino went public with a very personal struggle. He announced in his column on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Lou Gherig's Disease, a terminal, neurological disorder also known as ALS. How do you tell people you have a fatal disease?. If you're Des Moines Register columnist Rob Borsellino you write about it. "I was having trouble...
  • An A.L.S. Puzzle on the Soccer Field

    03/01/2005 3:54:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1,258+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 1, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Why soccer would be a risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a mystery. But a new study has found that Italian professional soccer players get the disease at a rate nearly six times as great as the general population. The study, led by Dr. Adriano Chiň, a professor in the department of neuroscience at the University of Turin, was inspired by the work of an Italian prosecutor, Raffaele Guariniello, who was investigating soccer players' use of illegal drugs. As part of his inquiry, he ordered a report on the causes of death among 24,000 men who played professional or semiprofessional...
  • ALS Along the Eastern Shore (Mobile Bay Alabama)

    03/01/2005 6:25:43 AM PST · by sweet_diane · 56 replies · 1,455+ views
    WKRG TV5 ^ | Feb 28, 2005 | Kesshia Peyton
    Why is a small area of South Alabama home to such a high number of cases of a rare disease? In part one of our investigative report, we talked to two families who have never met, but have been affected by the deadly disease called ALS also called Lou Gehrig's disease, which attacks the muscles. The peaceful waters along the eastern shore are calm and tranquil. But could Mobile Bay, and the air and soil around it somehow be factors in the unusually high number of ALS cases? Susan Calhoun: " Here he is, he's worked all his life. He's...
  • Longtime Expert on A.L.S. Now Knows It All Too Well

    02/21/2005 9:34:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 532+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Richard K. Olney steers his motorized wheelchair toward the front door of the A.L.S. Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Like other patients who visit the center, he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that destroys the nerves that control movement, trapping the victim in an increasingly inert body. It is inevitably fatal, often within a year or two. Dr. Olney knows these bleak facts better than most because his name is on the door of the center, which he founded in 1993. As a neurologist and A.L.S. researcher, he has written more than...
  • MGH to pull plug on patient: Daughter fights hospital to keep her mother alive

    02/17/2005 9:58:38 AM PST · by Radix · 30 replies · 753+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, February 17, 2005 | David Weber
    Massachusetts General Hospital said it will remove a 79-year-old woman from life support next week - against the wishes of her daughter - despite a court ruling last March saying the daughter had the right to decide when to pull the plug. Barbara Howe, 79, formerly of Dorchester, has advanced-stage Lou Gehrig's disease and has been in a hospital bed on a breathing ventilator since 1997. She cannot speak and can barely move her mouth and one remaining eye, but her daughter said she still is mentally alert. ``Her face lights up when you talk to her. I visit her...
  • China's controversal 'miracle' doctor

    12/16/2004 4:47:23 PM PST · by traumer · 5 replies · 459+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 December, 2004
    A Chinese neurosurgeon in Beijing has aroused controversy for his use of cells from aborted foetuses to help "cure" patients affected by spinal and brain damage. Neurosurgeon Dr Huang Hongyun has been criticised for not having been subjected to medical trials and peer analysis, and because his use of cells from human foetuses raises serious ethical questions. Nevertheless, many foreign patients have been travelling to Beijing to be treated by Dr Huang, whose operations cost $20,000. "Our neurologist told us that he had 12-14 months to live," Antonia Shoal, whose husband Bob was last year diagnosed with ALS - Motor...
  • Lou Gehrig's disease. Anyone else dealing with it?

    12/20/2004 9:19:56 PM PST · by Brainhose · 24 replies · 525+ views
    Today | Brainhose
    This would be consided a vanity post I suppose.My Step-dad has just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and this will probably be his last X-Mas. There are some web support groups out there, but I'm wondering if there are any Freepers out there who have had to deal with this, and could possibly share some personal insight and advice. It would also be a great help to my mom whom I'm teaching how to use e-mail, and someday I shall convert her into a Freeper :). We worked as poll checkers together for the Bush Campaign. Many, many...
  • Man from Medina leaves for treatment in China in his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease

    12/20/2004 7:42:08 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 14 replies · 524+ views
    John Winchester is running out of time. The simplest of tasks -- like taking a breath -- is becoming more and more difficult. The Medina man is literally dying a little more every day. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- or Lou Gehrig's disease as it is more commonly known -- has already robbed the 36-year-old, once-active former college football player of the use of his legs. Winchester uses a wheelchair; his arms are heavy and now rest at his side most of the time. He is forced to rely on others, like his wife, Megan, for help. When he tries to...