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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)

Inclusion Has Come A Long Way..

Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t present, so there was no initial opportunity for my classmates to ask me questions about my disability. There was no attempt at real ice-breaking back then, though the teacher tried very hard to make me feel welcome. Still, I had to deal with some teasing and bullying, both subtle and obvious. ... (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)

LimeTree partners with Searchmetrics for international search analytics

Expanding agency benefits from fast, accurate SEO data to support current campaigns and win new business London, 10 January 2013 - Fast growing digital marketing agency LimeTree has signed up to Searchmetrics' online search and social analytics software to support its Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) practice. It is using Searchmetrics to plan and evaluate international organic search campaigns for clients and drive new business activity. Based in London, LimeTree has doubled turnover and headcount over the last year. Through its transparent operating model, which relies on data and analysis, LimeTree provides organisations of all sizes with high profile SEO campaigns that deliver outstanding results. Clients include FT.com, The Epilepsy Society, Realex Payments and patent lawyers AvidityIP. As well as SEO, LimeTree provides website design and build, creates mobile ... (more)

Groundswell of Support for Memoir Author Monica Holloway’s Campaign - "Take Back the Face of Autism"

Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2013 --(PR.com)-- When reports surfaced that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter had autism or Asperger's syndrome, autism memoir author Monica Holloway took action. She encouraged those affected by autism to “Take Back the Face of Autism” as part of a Facebook campaign inviting families to post photos of their loved ones on the autism spectrum to her Cowboy & Wills Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152328201900533&set=pb.247512810532.-2207520000.1360797584&type=3&theater). An outpouring of support arose with 53 photos of individuals with autism submitted since the campaign began on December 19, 2012. Holloway urges the public to think of the other 1 in 88 American children affected by the complex condition, including her 15-year-old son Wills. “We welcome those affected by autism to continue taking back the fa... (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)

Eisai Plans to Continue Eritoran (E5564) Phase III Severe Sepsis Trial, Based on Interim Analysis That Evaluated Efficacy and Safety Data

LONDON, March 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Europe Ltd. announced today that the Phase III ACCESS (A Controlled Comparison of Eritoran and Placebo in Patients with Severe Sepsis) trial of the investigational compound eritoran (E5564) will continue enrolling to the planned 2,000 patients. As part of a planned interim analysis, an independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) has evaluated efficacy and safety data on the first 1,500 subjects to complete the 28-day follow-up in the Phase III ACCESS trial. After evaluating the efficacy and safety data, the DMC recommended continued enrollment to the planned goal of 2,000 patients, according to the current protocol. In addition, the DMC did not express safety concerns that would warrant stopping the trial at this time. The DMC evaluated data from the Phase III ACCESS trial, which is a global, randomized, double-blind, pl... (more)

Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency in Children Prompts Cereal Giant to Add the 'Sunshine Nutrient' to its Kids' Products

MANCHESTER, England, October 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Kellogg's to Fortify Household Favourites Such as Rice Krispies with Vitamin D to Help Combat sun shy Britain's Deficiency in Essential Nutrient In order to help tackle the growing issue of illnesses relating to vitamin D deficiency such as Rickets, Kellogg's is adding vitamin D to all of its kids' cereals[1] in the UK. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/prne/kelloggs/52160 New research released today shows that 82 per cent of Paediatric Dietitians surveyed[2] have seen an increase in cases of Rickets in the last five years and 46 per cent have seen cases of Rickets in the last year alone. With the clocks going back this weekend and reduced sunlight, it's important parents consider alternative ways to boost their children's Vitamin D intake. Worryingly, 94 per cen... (more)

Actress, Model and Entrepreneur, Stacy Fuson Updates Her Vitamin Line That Will Keep You Feeling and Looking Younger

JUPITER, Fla., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Right now Vitamin D is hot and not just because most of it comes from the sun.  Vitamin D was once prescribed to treat deficiency, osteoporosis and rickets, but doctors have increased their recommendations for the supplement to treat or prevent a long list of ills including certain cancers, autism, diabetes, heart disease, MS and many others. Fortunately, Vitamins By Stacy has developed a line of premium products for all health-conscious individuals.  Stacy designed her custom Vitamin line to help keep her clients looking younger and feeling great. "Taking your Vitamins may be the most overlooked and essential step towards staying youthful and stress free.  This is the philosophy and reason why I started the Vitamins By Stacy brand," says Stacy Fuson. Stacy is excited to announce her newly reformulated Multivitamin - Esse... (more)

Samsung Hope for Children Raises Nearly $1.5 million in One Star-studded Evening to Support Children’s Health, Education, and Sustainability

Samsung gathered with its partners and special guests – including former first lady Laura Bush, Jennifer Hudson, and Eli Manning – to celebrate eleven years dedicated to improving children’s lives across the U.S. The event, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, brought together nearly 900 guests who together raised nearly $1.5 million – the highest total in Samsung’s gala history – to benefit children’s health, education, and sustainability programs. Additional celebrity partners at the gala included Drew Brees, Jimmie Johnson, Jason Taylor, Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, and co-hosts Regis Philbin, David Alan Grier, and John Legend. Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s global corporate social responsibility platform, brings together the company, its retail partners, and a network of charitable organizations associated with renowned publ... (more)