We'd noticed how huge his feet looked..... now that he's adopted us as his parents, we got a closer look.... this guy has thumbs! (he's one of the nicest little boys that I've ever had!) Polydactyl Cats wikepedia More Pics
We recently spent some time at the condo. This time, it wasn't all play. Our microwave had broken, so we headed to Best Buy for a new one.
This was Dom's first attempt at installing an "over the range" microwave. Of course, the mounting bracket from the old microwave wasn't compatible. After a little bit of cussing and some borrowed tools, he put the little beauty up. That boy can do anything!
Met our Donn and Linda for dinner at Dee's. Had a wonderful visit. Great food and great friends!
Our bar across the street, Beach Bar and Package, is doing some serious remodeling. Knocking out walls, put in a draft beer system, new paint and new furniture. It's looking GREAT!
Kruger said that particularly during the past five years, research has led to oral meds that stem cancer growth. They're turning cancers into chronic diseases that can be managed for years through medication.
If more patients could afford the oral meds, Kruger said, it would reduce hospital costs as well as the amount of time patients lose from work. He said each of the group's 12 practices has one employee whose sole job is to link patients who can't afford their oral meds with organizations that can help them.
Virginia's bill, if passed and signed by the governor, would provide more coverage for oral meds through private insurance plans and state health insurance. Some states have passed stronger legislation that require the coverage to be equal, while Virginia's bill would simply bring coverage of oral meds more in line with that of IV chemo.
Parity bills are important to people with multiple myeloma because they often use several methods to combat it, according to Meghan Buzby, who works for theInternational Myeloma Foundation.
In some cases, IV chemo will work for a while but then stops being effective. At that point, an oral medication is usually critical in fighting the cancer.
"When one method stops working, they need to go back into the toolbox," Buzby said.
What makes this trial so good for plaintiffs -- and a nightmare for BP, Halliburton and Transocean -- is that the spill was a chronicle of corporate failures. Federal investigators have concluded cost-cutting by BP and shoddy work by all three companies caused the blowout.
"It's the perfect case for plaintiffs' lawyers," said Blaine LeCesne, a tort law specialist at Loyola University New Orleans who's analyzed the case. "They have everything to gain by going to trial."
While the settlement haggling stretches through the weekend, the hundreds of lawyers who have come to New Orleans are primed for battle.
Garret Graves, an aide to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and a member of a federal and state council assessing damage from the spill, was adamant that any last-minute settlement in the price range of $20 billion would let BP off too easily.
"We're not going to sell short the citizens and we're not going to let BP walk away," Graves said.
Long-running suit claimed residents of Nitro, West Virginia were exposed to the carcinogenic Vietnam-era chemical weapon.
Chemicals giant Monsanto has reached a settlement with US residents who claimed they were poisoned by chemicals used in the manufacturing of the Vietnam-era chemical weapon Agent Orange.
The long-running suit was brought by residents living near a now-defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia that between 1949 and 1971 produced the agricultural herbicide 2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacidic acid, a key ingredient in Agent Orange.
The weapon was used extensively during the Vietnam war, killing and maiming an estimated 400,000 people and leading to 500,000 birth defects. In 2005 a US court rejected a case brought by Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange.
The suit – filed on behalf of tens of thousands of people who lived, worked and went to school in Nitro after 1949 – claimed Monsanto spread toxic substances including dioxins, which have been linked to cancer, all over the town.
The plaintiffs say they were exposed to levels of dioxins 100,000 times higher than acceptable levels. "Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and is so hazardous to human health that no "safe" level of exposure has been established," the suit claimed.
As part of the settlement, the chemicals firm has set up a 30-year medical monitoring programme. Thousands of people who lived or worked in the Nitro area during the time period covered by the lawsuit will be eligible to apply for benefits. The company said that a $21m fund has been set up to pay for medical testing with a further $63m available over the 30-year life of the screening programme.
In addition Monsanto agreed to pay $9m for the professional cleaning of eligible homes in the Nitro area. The company also agreed to the Nitro residents' court-approved legal fees and litigation costs.
The settlement made no findings of wrongdoing against Monsanto.
Scott Partridge, Monsanto's vice president, said: "These settlements ensure that both individual and community concerns are addressed, and services are made available for the people of Nitro. We are pleased to resolve this matter and end any concerns about historic operations at the Nitro plant."
Nitro has a long history with warfare manufacturing. The town was given its explosive name when it was created in 1917 to service one of the US's main ammunition plants.
This little fella arrived at our home last week. As we live 3/4 mile back in the woods, when a stray kitten shows up, it's pretty desperate. Yes, I am "The Crazy Cat Lady Back in the Woods". My two girls, Mimi and Jada have been absolutely horrid to him. It's like they sit in wait.... one on the hot tub and the other on the picnic table. We saw Jada "stalking him" yesterday. This from the 2 girls who HATED EACH OTHER until he showed up. Go figure!
He cries constantly. Lets me come within 5 feet of him, then one of the girls will attack him. "That's MY mommy! Stay away from her".
So, I'm feeding him well and hoping that he can make friends with the girls. You can tell that the little guy WANTS to meet me, but it looks like he's going to have to toughen up.
The new study involved 25 patients who had suffered very serious heart attacks; 24% of their heart's major pumping chamber had been replaced by scar tissue. One year later, doctors saw no improvement in those randomly assigned to get standard care. Among the 17 given stem cells, however, "we reversed about half the injury to the heart," said study author Eduardo Marban, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, in an e-mail. "We dissolved scar and replaced it with living heart muscle."
Ping got started early making Sushi. She really outdid herself. Because Dominic isn’t a fan of raw fish (and
we’re leery about his immune system from the Stem Cell Transplant), she fried
up softshell crab, HUGE shrimp, hot sausage and crab sticks for his sushi.
She completely took over my kitchen for hours. Avocado, green onions, cucumbers, fried eggs,
asparagus, carrots, lettuce, salmon, tuna and spicy tuna.
She made every combination imaginable, as well as Spring
Chris arrived just as she was finishing up…. Let the feeding
We had a GREAT weekend here.
Plenty of fun, food and drink.
Joe and Ping drove in from Pensacola on Saturday
afternoon. We had planned on going out
for Mexican food, but they got delayed in traffic during a Slidell Mardi Gras
Parade. Rather than go out, I whipped up
Angel Hair Pasta with Clam Sauce for dinner.
Afterwards, we ventured out to the game room for pool,
foosball and darts.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Panhandle Helicopters snapped a very strange sight over Panama City Beach on Sunday: what appeared to be tsunami-like waves of fog topping high rise hotels along the beach.
Before claiming this is another sign that the world will end in 2012, this unusual sight isn't all that unusual.
Sweet-looking fog formations happen all over, including right here at our local beaches.
So what's going on? Simply put, cool and moist air interacting with a warmer land mass and voila: fog.
The picture sums up exactly what's going on here. What's neat about these tsunami-like waves of fog is you don't have to worry about outrunning them or swimming. Just look up and marvel. http://www.news4jax.com/news/Fog-tsunami-over-Panama-City-Beach/-/475880/8610112/-/i4a28p/-/index.html
February 6, 2012 — Parents of children who undergo stem cell transplantation (SCT) might have a little less to worry about: 6 months out, most children have recovered emotionally, without signs of depression or posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a study published online February 6 in Pediatrics.
" The practice might lead to donors who wouldn't admit to having a medical condition that could potentially endanger the recipient. "
Like blood and plasma, stem cells are usually obtained through an easy procedure, and the people who donate them quickly generate more. But in other ways, they're markedly different. There might be only one or two potential donors who are a good match for a patient in need of stem cells. That means donors who are less than entirely altruistic are in a good position to demand thousands of dollars for their stem cells, which would make the life-saving transplant, sometimes used in the treatment of certain cancers and autoimmune diseases, available mainly to the rich.
I was found to be a match to a baby girl a couple of years ago. (via Bone Marrow Registry site...direct link on this blog). When they found out that I had tested positive for Rheumatoid Arthritis they turned me down. I cried for a couple of days! I was so disappointed that I was unable to help that child...
As my father was a stroke victim, I found this news release to be both fascinating and encouraging!
Using this in vivo optical imaging technique, Dr Osanai and colleagues were able to see that the injected stem cells entered the brain on the "first pass," without entering the general circulation. Within three hours, the stem cells began to migrate from the smallest brain blood vessels (capillaries) into the area of brain injury.
After four weeks, rats treated with stem cells had significant recovery of motor function (movement), while untreated rats had no recovery. Examination of the treated brains confirmed that the stem cells had transformed into different types of brain cells and participated in healing of the injured brain area.
Stem cells are likely to become an important new treatment for patients with brain injuries, including TBI and stroke. Bone marrow stem cells, like the ones used in the new study, are a promising source of donor cells.
Celebrating 29 years of marriage in December '17. After over 7 years of remission, Dom's Multiple Myeloma (Cancer of the blood plasma cells- attributed to Agent Orange Exposure while Dom served in Vietnam) has returned. Much of this blog concentrates on our adventure leading up to a Stem Cell Transplant, his remission, and our new adventure.