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I was very sad to hear about Michael Jackson's death I grew up with his music I'm currently 31 years old and despite my disability I did my best as a young child  to imitate his dance moves when I was dancing to his music whether it was in my wheelchair or on my knees his music helped me forget about my disability for that time. Here is a round up of several new stories about Michael Jackson's health and sudden death Michael Jackson Dies of Reported Cardiac Arrest - webmd.com Michael Jackson had history of health problems - CNN Michael Jackson's Mysterious Medical Past TIME Doctors attempt to resuscitate Michael Jackson for over an hour - NME.com michael jackson health history Google Search ... (more)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Others Got to Do With it?

Disability Nexus My friend and fellow blogger Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org will be contributing articles that I will be posting on this website. Changing Attitudes, Changing Minds I have heard a lot of commentary about kids bullying others, and then those same children who could not handle the making fun of any longer; killing themselves or hurting someone.  Many people do not know how much that actually happens in the disabled community.  But it does.  Sometimes its even worse than out in the "regular world."  I know this because I lived through it, and experienced it a number of times first hand. When I was a child the kids around me would chastise me for having an over-weight parent.  Time and again, they would say mean and cruel words that stung deeply; of which all I could do was  swallow what they just said, and turn the other cheek.  Still ano... (more)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Other’s Got to Do With it?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org In my last article, I wrote about people bullying others. Well today, my dear readers, I am going to take this topic a step further.  I am going to expand and give more detail about how this thinking applies in other parts of our lives.  The hardest part of our existences; whether disabled or not, is learning to get along with everybody.  It is in the learning to maneuver, in staying neutral,  and the ability to adapt, and adjust, that we find our greatest challenges and joys. Many in our community must be very smart in finding a way to alter outworn concepts about what we are capable of.  When a person has to spends three and a half decades trying to make the degree they won pay off, in terms of the job they deserve without much luck, something is defiantly and undeniably wrong.  Still, when doctorial cand... (more)

Fixer Dad

A Parent’s Perspective By Conrad van der Kamp Recently I was asked: so what’s the special role of a Dad in the life of a child with CP? What’s the role of a Dad in any child’s life? It’s all aboutproviding, safeguarding, teaching, hugging tightly and encouraging. And it’s also about encouraging from the sidelines and standing back when your child stumbles. It involves making room and letting go. Letting go is pretty tricky, especially when the child faces unusual obstacles and a little help would help so much. Do you want a hand with that sleeve? You want me to cut that sandwich? How about I proofread that essay? I know you can do that transfer, but it’s so much faster if I just … and so on. When our daughter was little I would swing her in and out of cars, into her wheelchair, and into bed. When she got older, I could still lift her in and out of cars. It was just easi... (more)

An Introduction to My Health 2.0 Blog

As I am new to "Ulitzer" I thought perhaps before I began with writing & posting articles, I would take this opportunity to better introduce myself.  On November 6, 2007  I suffered a workplace injury that resulted in permanent disability and chronic pain 24/7. I have also been forced to fight every step of the way with WSIB, aka the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board-(the worker's comp. board) in Ontario, Canada. I was recently asked to describe what I thought of them in one sentence and this was my reply: "Straight from the depths of hell with virulent cruelty, WSIB's primary goal is to dissolve the injured worker into wretched fragments." As I am sure you can ascertain from this statement, my experience with them has not been a positive one. This injury also meant that I will never return to my most beloved job as a nurse after 20 years in the field. I loved my... (more)

Deconstructing the '2014 State of Devops' Report

There is a very famous maxim in statistics - correlation does not imply causation. If you Google 'interesting correlations', you'll see that correlations have been established between ice cream consumption and murder, pirate shortage and global warming, organic food and autism, internet explorer and murder (this one is not so surprising ), obesity and the debt bubble and many other such extremely disconnected phenomenon. Having said that, the reverse is also true - correlation does not imply no causation. Moreover, there is this entire universe of literature available on 'cognitive biases' - we see what we want to see and we  hear what we want to hear - but that's a topic for another day. Why all this? Well, went through the "2014 State of Devops' Report - recently co-published by PuppetLabs, ThoughtWorks and the IT  Revolution Press. With distinguished names like Gen... (more)

New Studies Support Use of Intravenous Vimpat(R) (lacosamide) (C-V) in Hospital and Emergency Settings

ATLANTA, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Results of two new studies support the use of the intravenous formulation of the antiepileptic drug (AED) Vimpat® for patients requiring add-on therapy in clinical settings where oral AED therapy is temporarily not feasible. These data, which were presented by UCB at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Boston, further clarify the role of intravenous Vimpat in the institutional setting. One study shows that patients can be transitioned from intravenous Vimpat to the oral formulation, while maintaining steady, therapeutic plasma levels. "This study shows that intravenous Vimpat is generally well tolerated across a range of doses and infusion durations as a replacement for oral therapy in add-on epilepsy therapy. This will help patients receive Vimpat in clinical settings where administration of an ... (more)

Member of Hate Group Anonymous Pleads Guilty to Attack on New York Church of Scientology

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A member of the hate group Anonymous, Mahoud Samed Almahadin, aka Matt Connor, pled guilty to Criminal Mischief today in the New York City Criminal Court in connection with a January 8, 2009, attack on the Church of Scientology of New York. (People vs. Almahadin, Mahoud; Criminal Docket 2009NY00410) Almahadin smeared himself with a mixture of petroleum jelly, nail clippings and pubic hairs donated by other members of the Anonymous hate group, ran into the New York Church just off Times Square and desecrated the Church, including causing damage to Scriptural materials. As part of his guilty plea, he is required to stay away from the Church of Scientology for the next five years. His sentencing will take place in April. Church of Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon said of the result, "The action against Almahadin is a victory ... (more)

New Relic to Rock PyCon 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/12 -- New Relic, Inc., the SaaS-based cloud application performance management provider, and the only provider of application management solutions for Python, announced today an exciting lineup of networking events, charity events and technical presentations during PyCon 2012. PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the open source Python programming community and will be held this weekend from March 9-10 in Santa Clara, Calif. New Relic invites PyCon attendees to: Party with New Relic, YouTube, Skullcandy, Loggly & Rackspace (Friday, March 9: 7pm - 9pm) New Relic will host the most epic conference after-party with musical guest Mike Relm, best known for his popular audio and video mash-ups. Conference attendees can dance the night away and win giveaways including a tablet computer, two iPod docs, or a set of Aviator headph... (more)

SIGGRAPH 2012 Highlights from Los Angeles

SIGGRAPH 2012, the world's premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, welcomed 21,212 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 83 countries around the globe to Los Angeles this week. In addition, 161 industry organizations exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2012 representing 44,750 sq. ft. of exhibit space – approximately a 5,000 sq. ft. increase over 2011. A total of 19 countries where represented on the show floor. SIGGRAPH 2012 Highlights from Los Angeles (Photo: Business Wire) “As SIGGRAPH 2012 draws to a close, I’m incredibly proud of the body of work that represents thousands of hours of effort from hundreds of volunteers,” said Rebecca Strzelec, SIGGRAPH 2012 Conference Chair from Penn State Altoona. “SIGGRAPH is not about a location – it is about the kindred spirit of our community and ... (more)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) specialty drug treatment cost projected to exceed $50,000 per person per year in 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study by pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics (Prime), in collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, found that the recent dramatic increase in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) specialty drug costs has resulted in the drug costs now accounting for more than two-thirds of the patients total cost of care. While many with MS have seen improved quality of life as a result of drug therapy, unfortunately these MS specialty drug cost increases were not associated with MS medical costs declining. These study findings will be presented today at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 2012 Educational Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to the study, the average individual annual MS specialty drug cost was $28,152 and all other health care costs were $13,608 in 2010. The price for MS self-injectable spec... (more)