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Apr 30, 2009

Thunderstorm Phobia in Dogs

Ah, it's springtime in New Mexico. My Poppies, Blackfoot Daisies, Penstemons and Chocolate Flowers are up and in their glory. The slurry bombers have arrived at the Grant County Airport and my friend Phil, the Forest Service fire lookout, is hoping for a decent fire season. Springtime is dry, hot and windy in New Mexico and unlike most parts of the country we won't get any significant rain until July.
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It is thunderstorm season in the Midwest and back east though. That means that there will be an average of over 100,000 thunderstorms in those regions over the next few months and if you have a thunderstorm phobic dog you know what that can mean. The fear and anxiety produced by events like thunderstorms and fireworks can be a real problem for some dogs. Dogs will pant, pace, hide, tremble and generally go nuts if they suffer from this condition. They may even become destructive as a result of the anxiety. This obviously causes anxiety on the part of the owner too. What do you do in these situations?

Well, if you've been through it before, you hopefully sought help last year and discussed the problem with your veterinarian. Veterinary behaviorists can help with a systematic approach to desensitizing your dog to the stimuli that cause the anxiety. This can be the noise, or the flash of lightning in storm phobic dogs. Some dogs actually begin reacting before the storm hits. They may sense a drop in barometric pressure or they may hear the far off thunder we can't hear. Desensitization involves gradual exposure to increasing levels of the offending stimulus over time coupled with the proper reaction on the part of the owner. The second part is very important and this is where the advice of the behaviorist really comes in handy. The wrong reaction by the owner to the dogs behavior can make things worse over time. The last thing you want to do is punish the dog and paradoxically coddling and comforting the phobic dog has almost the same impact as punishment. Both reactions tend to reinforce the phobic behavior and actually will make things worse. Sedatives can help but in the opinion of many experts they should not be the first line of treatment. You may need them and they may work in concert with behavior modification but the combination of the two is best. Another option that can offer good results in combination with behavior modification is the use of DAP or Dog Appeasing Pheromone. We've discussed pheromones before with cats and their use in the introduction of new cats into a multi cat household. Pheromones are chemicals that animals produce in response to certain situations. Other animals can smell the pheromones and the result is often a change in behavior. Dog appeasing pheromone is produced by the lactating bitch and has a calming effect on the puppies she is nursing. The sense of comfort engendered by DAP can have a positive effect on thunderstorm and generally noise phobic dogs. DAP should be used prior to the onset of scary events.

Now would be a good time to get started. DAP comes in a plug in diffuser that lasts about a month so you may need a few to get through thunderstorm season. The added benefit to DAP is that it does not produce the drugged response you may see with sedatives. It is best used in combination with appropriate behavior modification. If you have this problem it is best to consult with a veterinary behavior specialist. They can help with the nuances of desensitizing. To be effective that has to be done correctly. I'm going to go give my flowers a drink. Good thing I have a 2500 gallon water tank filled with last summer's monsoon rain. My garden is the envy of the neighborhood.

Apr 29, 2009

Share the Wellness Fundraiser and Sponsor a Patient Gift Certificate Program

The Stevie JoEllie’s Cancer Care Fund has launched a “Share the Wellness” Fundraiser in conjunction with Wellness Possibilities, a network of health and wellness professionals.

Anyone can participate by visiting the registration website http://www.wellnesspossibilities... and purchasing a gift certificate, becoming a wellness club member, or becoming a provider in the Wellness Possibilities Network.

The fundraiser’s initial phase ran all through the month of December and will be ongoing through 2009 as part of our access to integrative care sponsor a patient program.

Wellness Possibilities Gift Certificates are available in numerous denominations starting at $25 to any amount you choose. You can use them for yourself, as a gift for someone you know or as a donation to an SJCCF member.

A portion of all purchases at the site using the promotional code SJCCF will be donated to the Stevie JoEllie’s Cancer Care Fund to benefit our access to care initiative for uninsured and/or under insured thyroid cancer patients.

According to Wilma Ariza, Founder and SJCCF Development Director, a thyroid cancer awareness, community health education and peer support network services nonprofit based in Clifton NJ,

“This fundraiser will provide an easy and healthful way for people to encourage and support healthier lifestyles changes for their loved ones, friends or employees while also helping our organization deliver opportunities for free or low cost integrative therapies for thyroid cancer patients, survivors or caregivers as part of our long term wellness health education and access program initiative.

The Wellness Possibilities Gift Certificates can be used as Holiday Gifts, for special occasions (such as mother's day) and throughout the year for any reason ! As a cancer survivor, mother, caregiver and integrative therapies advocate I think it’s great to be able to give people an alternative gift option to the traditional, but maybe not so good for us, box of chocolates.”

The Wellness Possibilities “Share the Wellness” Fundraiser will give people the choice of giving a gift of wellness for any gift-giving occasion. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Stevie JoEllie’s Cancer Care Fund," said Dawn Noble, a wellness consultant from Middletown and founding partner at Wellness Possibilities.

“These days it is so easy for men and women to ignore their own well-being while they are busy taking care of their children, spouse, partner, career, and/or parents. A gift of wellness can make a huge difference in people’s lives.”

The Wellness Possibilities Network includes professionals who provide wellness services either in person or on the phone, depending on the service. At www.wellnesspossibilities.
com , those interested in purchasing gift certificates can search by provider, area, or type of service.

There is a dramatic variety of wellness services from which to choose, such as massage therapy, professional organizing, errand running, personal chef, life coaching, meditation, yoga classes, Reiki, and nutrition counseling, to name just a few.

For more information about the SJCCF’s “Share the Wellness” fundraiser, contact Wilma Ariza at 973-830-7557 .

For questions about Wellness Possibilities -and how your organization can participate, contact Kathy Miller at 908-647-1856 or Kathy@wellnesspossibilities.com .

Editorial contact: Donna Thompson,
-973-476-2719 (cell) or thompsond@drtenterprises.com

Apr 27, 2009

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Ohio Swine Flu Case Confirmed - Democratic Underground
Apr 25, 2009
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Celebrate a Party For the Planet!

Come to Lincoln Park Zoo tomorrow to celebrate a Party for the Planet! Our Earth Day activities include a Science Celebration at Café Brauer, animal enrichment in the form of life-sized, goodie-stuffed piñatas and hands-on educational activities promoting green living throughout the day. Come by to join in the fun!

Animal Enrichment—Earth Day Piñatas
For the past two months, volunteers have been creating life-sized colorful piñatas stuffed with goodies to help our animals celebrate Earth Day. Come at the times listed to see the animals interact with their enrichment!

All Day
Farm-in-the-Zoo Presented by John Deere
Watch goats, chickens and ponies play with round green piñatas.

9:30 a.m.
Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo
See the black bears explore naturalistic piñata “logs”

Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit
A “stuffed” piñata snowy owl will share space with our resident bird

12:30 p.m.
Regenstein Center for African Apes
Watch the chimpanzees interact with piñatas in the shape of natural prey items

1 p.m.
Antelope & Zebra Area
The resident red kangaroos will get to interact with a piñata “log feeder”

1:30 p.m.
Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo
The snakes will slither around a piñata “log” stuffed with goodies.

2 p.m.
Regenstein Center for African Apes
A piñata “Planet Earth” in the gorilla habitat will highlight the holiday

2:30–3 p.m.
Kovler Lion House
A piñata “giraffe” will serve as prey for the Amur tigers

3–3:15 p.m.
Kovler Lion House
The puma will be provided a piñata “deer” to stalk

3 p.m.
Antelope & Zebra Area
In a role reversal, the Sichuan takin will take down a “tiger” piñata

3:30 p.m.
Regenstein Birds of Prey Exhibit
The cinereous vultures will scavenge fresh fare with their “log” piñata

4 p.m.
Helen Brach Primate House
The Geoffrey’s marmosets will explore a “research station” piñata

Fifth Annual Science Celebration
Café Brauer
10 a.m.–noon

See more than 200 Chicago-area students showcase their scientific explorations! This celebration of learning, hosted by the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. and University of Phoenix, also offers hands-on bio tables and bird-watching activities.

Find more information at http://www.lpzoo.org/events/sciencefair09.html

Amphibian Activities
Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House
10 a.m.–noon
Experience hands-on activities highlighting the environmental challenges facing amphibians and the characteristics that make them susceptible to toxins in the first place

Green Scene Cart
Polar Bear Plaza
10 a.m.–noon
See firsthand how each of us can have a big impact on the environment. By suggesting simple solutions for some of today’s most complex environmental issues, this cart connects the dots between our everyday actions and our environmental impact.

Celebrate Earth
Lincoln Park Zoo is partnering with Disneynature’s eco-documentary, Earth, which promotes worldwide wildlife conservation. Earth opens nationwide on Earth Day. For the first five days in release, a tree will be planted in honor of every moviegoer who sees the film.

See a trailer at http://disney.go.com/disneynature/earth/

NEWS:Taiwan Surpasses U.S. on Key Achievements: Health Care, High Speed Rail and Fiscal Responsibility

After living in Ecuador for some time, I recently traveled to Taiwan, where Truth Publishing is headquartered. Returning to the United States after spending time in Taiwan has allowed me the perspective to make some observations about the differences between the USA and Taiwan.

The bottom line on these observations? The USA is falling behind the world in many important areas, and unless we reprioritize our spending, with each passing year we are looking less and less like a world leader and more and more like an agricultural exporter "developing" nation.

For example, Taiwan now boasts a stunningly-efficient high-speed rail transportation system that zips passengers from one city to another in mere minutes. Last week, as I was zooming along the Taiwan countryside at 300 kilometers per hour, experiencing the remarkable comfort and ease of travel (no silly security checks, no long lines, just automated ticketing machines and on-time departures), I asked myself the obvious question: "Where is America's high-speed rail?"

The answer, of course, is that it's still on the drawing board. America virtually abandoned rail travel in the 1960's, allowing a once-great network of rail lines to become largely defunct. So today, America lacks the kind of efficient transportation infrastructure that Europeans, Japanese and even Taiwanese citizens enjoy every day. And this means Americans burn more oil and waste more time driving from one place to another.

The lack of high-speed rail harms America's efficiencies and international competitiveness because it raises the prices of virtually everything that has a transportation component (food, oil, concrete, raw materials, people, mail, etc.). Trucking all these goods around costs roughly ten times what it costs to move them via rail. It does sell more oil, though, which is probably one of the reasons why rail was abandoned in America in the first place (to appease the powerful oil companies).

Smoking bans and national health care
Taiwan has also passed and enforced a nationwide ban on smoking indoors. No smoking is allowed in restaurants, hotels, train stations, airports or anywhere other than private homes. The fine for violating this smoking ban? About 1/3rd of an average citizen's monthly wage.

This progressive, health-oriented initiative could never happen in America due to the highly influential (and destructive) tobacco lobby. In states like North Carolina, where tobacco is still big industry, anti-smoking laws get virtually no traction. The result is that North Carolina feels like a third world country, whereas Taiwan feels like a progressive world leader. Seriously, the last time I visited North Carolina (in 2008), I thought I had been teleported to a third-world nation full of race cars (NASCAR), tobacco and religious evangelists.

Speaking of health-related issues, Taiwan also has an extremely efficient, affordable health care system that covers everyone for just a few dollars a month. Using high-tech hospital equipment and U.S.-trained doctors, the Taiwan health care system still manages to cover virtually all medical needs (pregnancy, dental and vision included) for about $30 / month through your employer -- which includes coverage of your entire family, including children. Your employer pays about $25 / month in addition to what you pay, so it's roughly $50 / month for full coverage of you and your entire family. Not bad, huh? Why can't America do this?

For those citizens who don't have employment, they can purchase full coverage for about $20 / month. Yep, that's twenty bucks a month for full health care, even if you don't have a job.

This isn't for shoddy, low-tech health services, by the way. This is for state-of-the-art specialist coverage, including cardiology, reproductive health, internal medicine, urgent care, pediatrics, cancer treatments, surgery and just about every area of medicine you can think of. That an Asian nation can provide these high-tech services at such an affordable cost is astonishing to most Americans who are used to paying the highest prices in the world for not-so-great health care services.

Providing affordable, state-of-the-art (westernized) health care is something that seemingly can never be accomplished in the U.S. due to all the powerful, profitable corporations making money off disease. The health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and health service providers are all making too much money off sickness and disease to give up those profits for the common good. In America, health care is a for-profit industry, not a benefit to its citizens. And legislators in Washington repeatedly favor the profits of corporations over the health care needs of Americans. (This stance, as I've explained before, will spell the doom of America. You cannot have a strong nation if your people are all diseased and medicated...)

Banning plastic bags and cleaning up the cities
On the issue of pollution and the environment, Taiwan has made huge strides in the last ten years, demonstrating progressive, mindful solutions that help protect the environment. For example, a few years ago they banned the giving away of plastic bags by all retailers (especially grocery stores). Customers can still buy plastic bags for a few cents each, but they can no longer be given away.

The result? Overnight, the country's plastic bag pollution problem virtually disappeared. Suddenly, customers were bringing their own cloth bags or packing up groceries in recyclable cardboard boxes. Suddenly the streets were cleaner and landfill use was drastically reduced. In the United States, only progressive cities like San Francisco have managed to pull off something like this, but Taiwan did it nation-wide.

Speaking of pollution, Taiwan's parks and cities are super clean. You'll rarely see trash just thrown around, and cleaning crews are regularly sweeping up the city parks and roadways.

Getting back to the infrastructure, Taiwan's system of roads and bridges is hugely impressive. With ongoing government investment, the roadways, railways, bridges keep getting better every year. Today, Taiwan's transportation infrastructure rivals that of any first-world nation, leaving the U.S. and its crumbling roadways in the dust. Remember: The United States is sitting on an aging transportation infrastructure where bridges literally fall apart when people are driving over them. Road maintenance is disastrous in places like L.A., Chicago and New York, and the nation's railways, as previously discussed, have been virtually abandoned.

In terms of transportation, the U.S. truly feels more and more like a third-world country with each passing year. It's not as bad as Peru or Ecuador -- yet! -- but it's getting there. After visiting Taiwan, returning to the United States feels a lot like visiting some developing nation where the travel infrastructure isn't really done being built yet. Plus, the increasing number of "immigration checkpoints" in the highways makes you feel like you're visiting Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

All this and zero debt, too?
What's most remarkable about all this is that Taiwan has no national debt whatsoever. In fact, Taiwan is sitting on some of the largest financial reserves of any nation in the world. It's been socking away savings even while managing to build impressive transportation infrastructure and health care solutions for its citizens.

How can this be? How can Taiwan accomplish so much and still have no national debt like the U.S.? And why is the U.S. so hopelessly mired in debt, even as its national infrastructure is in many ways falling apart?

The answers, I believe, are cultural. There are some rather noticeable differences between Taiwan (Chinese) culture and American culture. Notably:

• Taiwanese are thrifty - They tend to save money. Lots of it. Sure, they like to buy stuff from time to time, but they always SAVE money before spending it. Americans, on the other hand, tend to spend more than they have, resulting in negative savings rates.

• Taiwanese are industrious - They tend to work diligently, with discipline, and they're not afraid of long hours. As a result, this island nation that lacks virtually all natural resources has become a manufacturing leader in the world, amassing huge revenues and savings by buying raw materials from other countries and transforming them into value-added products through advanced manufacturing processes. Americans, in comparison, tend to whine at the prospect of working more than 8 hours a day, and they tend to spend time at work surfing the 'net (if they can get away with it) rather than actually getting any work done. By any honest assessment, the American workforce isn't hard working. On the entrepreneurial side, of course, there are many exceptions to this (business owners tend to work very hard for themselves), but as far as the general labor force goes, only the immigrants seem willing to actually work hard. As I've discovered from living in Arizona (and virtually everybody in California already knows), if you have a job that requires a lot of work, hire a Mexican!

• They have better national spending priorities: While America's spending priorities have focused on imperialism and military conquest, Taiwan's spending priorities have been more in the realm of national infrastructure, education and national savings. Even so, Taiwan has been able to spend billions on national defense to help protect it from mainland China, which continues to insist that Taiwan is its "territory."

It's not Paradise, though
Despite all these remarkable accomplishments, Taiwan isn't quite a paradise yet. It suffers from several problems that need additional work:

• Noise pollution - This seems common among both Asian and South American nations. Noise remains a big issue, as there is really no legal recognition of the right to "peace and quiet."

• Population density - Taiwan has a very high population density, translating into extreme crowding of its cities (well, not as bad as Tokyo, but still crowded). A few days in a typical Taiwan city makes foreigners like me feel downright claustrophobic.

• Abusive academics - Taiwan's emphasis on academics is so strong that many children spend literally 16 hours a day in public school and private "cram schools." They grow up into adults with amazing academic skills, but utterly lacking social skills or the kind of adventurous experiences that are supposed to define childhood. (No sleepovers, no Little League baseball, no parties or field trips... just study, study, study.)

• Air quality - Due to the widespread use of gasoline-powered motor scooters, Taiwan's cities have miserable air quality (not as bad as Mexico City, but still bad). Notably, China recently solved this problem virtually overnight in several areas by simply banning gasoline motor scooters and requiring citizens to ride e-bikes! The future of Taiwan will likely see a similar shift to electric motor scooters or e-bikes, too. The days of gasoline-powered scooters are numbered, and that's a good thing for Taiwan's air quality.

• Dependence on exports - Taiwan's economy depends largely on exports: About 40% to Europe, 40% to the USA and 20% elsewhere (Middle East, Australia, etc.). With the world economy in a depression, Taiwan's exports have suffered tremendously, and the nation is right now in a serious economic slump that's causing high rates of unemployment. Notably, instead of just firing people, most employers are opting for "mandatory non-paid vacation days" where workers keep their jobs but are asked to work fewer days each month.

All this adds up to a remarkable story of a hugely successful island nation that has managed to accomplish many things that still elude the world's largest military superpower (the USA). While the U.S. may be great at building (and dropping) bombs, Taiwan has affordable national healthcare for all its citizens. While the U.S. may have a military presence in 133 countries (or so), Taiwan has high-speed rail that saves its citizens countless hours in travel between cities. While the U.S. may boast the world's largest collection of fast food chains anywhere in the world, Taiwan is good at actually making things like computers, furniture and electronics.

In many ways, in fact, Taiwan is what the U.S. used to be -- nimble, productive and smart. Twenty years ago, when I first lived in Taiwan, I never could have imagined writing this article: The U.S. was superior in almost every way, and Taiwan was a dingy, small-scale developing nation. One generation later, however, Taiwan has surpassed the U.S. in numerous ways, proving that a nation that finds the courage to make smart, progressive decisions can accomplish amazing things, even if it hasn't been gifted with abundant natural resources.

There's a lot to love about America, of course, and America will always be my home. But there's little question that the days of the American Empire are waning. America's position as the leader of the world is history. The one thing that America is really, really good at -- killing enemy combatants -- isn't much to brag about. America doesn't manufacture much of anything, it's way behind the rest of the world on transportation and education, and it can't even offer its citizens basic health care services. It's a high-tax, low-service, police state country with $12 trillion in suffocating debt.

How much debt is that, exactly? Consider this: The world population is roughly 5 billion people. $12 trillion in debt is more than $2,000 for every person living in the world today. That's how much the U.S. owes -- over $2,000 for every man, woman and child living in every nation in the world, including China and India, by the way.

With that much debt, America has secured its position in the history of the world: It is a bankrupt empire whose days are numbered. Its People have become complacent and lazy, its manufacturing base has been gutted, its economy has become stagnant and its finances are beyond recovery.

Perhaps out of the ashes of America, a smart, nimble nation can arise and follow in Taiwan's footsteps to make smarter decisions about spending priorities. The formula isn't that difficult to figure out: Spend less than what you earn, invest in your People and your infrastructure rather than fighting wars. Promote entrepreneurism, thriftiness and hard work. In a few generations, you too can create a hugely successful nation that takes its place among the leaders of the world.

New:Vitamin C Prevents Gout

A high daily intake of vitamin C may reduce the risk of gout in men, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

In a 20-year study on 47,000 male health care professionals, researchers found that men who took a daily vitamin C supplement of 1,000 to 1,499 milligrams had a 34 percent lower risk of gout than men who did not take a vitamin supplement. Men who took a supplement of 1,500 milligrams or more per day had a 45 percent lower risk of the disease than men who did not take anything.

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the deposition of uric acid or monosodium urate crystals in the joints. The disease, which can be intensely painful and debilitating, was much more common during the Victorian era, but rates have been increasing again over the past 30 years. Known risk factors are male sex, obesity, high alcohol consumption and unhealthy diet, particularly high meat consumption.

In the current study, the gout-preventing effect of vitamin C remained strong even after adjusting for these known risk factors.

"Given the general safety profile associated with vitamin C intake, particularly in the generally consumed ranges as in the present study, vitamin C intake may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout," lead researcher Hyon Choi said.

The study could not determine precisely how vitamin C might affect gout risk, but the researchers speculated that a role might be played by the vitamin's ability to reduce blood levels of uric acid, and its anti-inflammatory properties.

Experts warned, however, that a healthy lifestyle is still most important in preventing gout.

"It would be unwise for people to think they can compensate for eating and drinking too much by taking vitamin C with their pint of beer," said Michael Snaith of the U.K. Gout Society.

Sources for this story include: news.bbc.co.uk.

Apr 26, 2009

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Sometimes you just know a hospital is different. The friendly smiles, that spiritual touch and the technology and environment that reassure you that you've made the right choice. In Kansas City, that hospital is Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC). With a philosophy of health care dating back to the mid-1800s, SMMC focuses on whole body care to get you well and keep you well.

In 1866 in Battle Creek, Mich., Dr. John Harvey Kellogg opened the first health care facility founded on the values of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church. Since that time, SDA health care has flourished. A member of the Adventist Health System, the nation's largest protestant health care system, SMMC has brought this exceptional philosophy of care to our community for more than 45 years. Our mission is at the core of everything we do: Improving Health Through Christian Service.

Located at I-35 and 75th Street, SMMC is Close, when it matters most. And with nearly 700 physicians on our medical staff, finding the right doctor for any health care need is easy.

But we don't want to see you just when you're sick. We offer one of the most comprehensive schedules of community wellness classes in the area. From parent education and CPR to pre- and post-natal yoga and Zumba for seniors, we want you to focus on your health. Our annual Speaking of Women's Health program brings together 3,500 women to be strong, be healthy and be in-charge of their health, well-being and personal safety.

Our contribution to the health of the community extends far beyond our walls. SMMC supports many area not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of improving health. We aren't just the best hospital in Kansas City, we're the best hospital for Kansas City.
Come see us soon. Whether you're working to get well, stay well, visiting loved ones or if you just want to learn why SMMC is different, we're here for you.

For more information, call the ASK-A-NURSE Resource Center at 913-676-7777.

SMMC Facts:

* 383-bed hospital
*54-acre campus also includes a free-standing outpatient surgery center, a community health
education building, five physician office buildings and an associate child care center
*Largest medical staff in Kansas City
*Nearly 2,800 associates
*Serve 20,000 inpatients and 180,000 outpatients annually
*Busiest Emergency Department in Johnson County
*The area's First accredited Chest Pain Center
*Deliver the most babies in Kansas City.

Apr 25, 2009

'Lymelife': When did Kieran Culkin become a man?

January 19, 2009
'Lymelife': When did Kieran Culkin become a man?
Rebecca Snavely

"Welcome to our wonderful little family in our perfect suburban life" -- Jimmy (Kieran Culkin)

Real-life brothers Rory and Kieran Culkin star as brothers in "Lymelife," the coming-of-age story set in 1970s Long Island. They add a "dynamic that's hard to create, an instant chemistry on film," says "Lymelife" director Derick Martini. Co-writing and working with his own brother Steven behind the scenes was a different story. Based on their childhood experiences growing up in the 'burbs, the brothers worked in tandem on the 22-day shoot. While Derek was shooting, Steven was editing, and, unbeknownst to Derek, composing a score at the same time. The source music completes the experience of the '70s.

With "Star Wars" paraphernalia, a bully, a beautiful girl next door (Adrianna, played by Emma Roberts), a reference to Holden Caulfield and a long-haired high-school hunk, the film is a classic coming-of-age story. The kids' families are full of all that creates suburban dysfunction: lies, secrets, affairs and psychosis-inducing Lyme disease. Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon play the parents, and the entire cast delivers, giving great performances that are at times laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking and wincingly relatable. And speaking of coming-of-age, when did Kieran Culkin become a man? The kid I remember from "Father of the Bride" plays Jimmy, home on leave from basic training in the Army. Jimmy is all beefed up and ready to fight to protect younger brother Scott.

Talking to audience members after the screening, their unanimous favorite aspect of the film was the interaction between the brothers. Much of that was ad-lib, said director Derick. "I would leave the camera rolling, and working with such great actors all you have to say is half a sentence: '... with him,' and all those magical moments that I was looking for? They gave me."

Not everyone agreed it was quite so magical. Ron and Millie Burkman from Massachusetts thought the ending was predictable, it seemed pretty clear cut.

Half_sf16_300 Jill, one of a group I'll call the "San Francisco 16," disagrees. She and 15 other women, mostly moms, have been trekking to Sundance for the last 5 years under the leadership of Gretchen, who puts together a spreadsheet of movies for the women to research online. Jill didn't want the ending that we were given, she said. She knew something was going to happen, but it was not predictable.

Sue and John Gleason, who live in Park City and have been attending the festival for six years, thought the film flowed well, and that the ending had to happen, but felt it was left open to interpretation, and that the film was close to real life. Perhaps a little too close.

"Lymelife" opens April 8 in New York City and Los Angeles, and rolls out to the rest of the country over the next month.


25 Random Things about Trinity Mother Frances

1. Mother Frances Hospital was named after Mother Frances Siedliska of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, a polish nun dedicated to supporting the family.
2. Mother Frances Hospital opened its doors a day earlier than planned in 1937 to care for the victims of the New London school explosion. Both the Bryant Clinic (predecessor of Trinity Clinic) and Mother Frances Hospital responded to help the victims of the New London school explosion
3. The first baby was born at Mother Frances Hospital just two days after opening on March 20, 1937.
4. In 1947, a new four-story wing was dedicated, more than doubling the size of Mother Frances Hospital from 60 to 150 beds.
5. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth purchased Mother Frances Hospital from the City of Tyler in 1948.
6. In 1948, Mother Frances Hospital received a grant from the Ford Foundation to add many new services including new delivery rooms and air conditioning.
7. In 1949, Mother Frances Hospital was designated a regional polio treatment center. A special isolation ward was established with iron lung therapy
8. The cafeteria was added to Mother Frances Hospital in 1965.
9. In 1965, Mother Frances Hospital dedicated a new 140,000 square-foot wing added on the north side of the hospital including the addition of 240 hospital beds
10. Mother Frances Hospital had the first ICU in east Texas which was one of the first in the U.S. at the time.
11. In 1968, Dr. Patrick R. Thomas performed the first permanent pacemaker implantation at Mother Frances Hospital.
12. The first open heart surgery in Tyler was performed at Mother Frances Hospital in 1983.
13. In 1948, the Bryant Clinic changed its name to the Medical & Surgical Clinic (currently Trinity Clinic) and became the largest multi-specialty physician group in the area.
14. In 1986, Flight for Life emergency air transport services brought the first emergency helicopter service to east Texas.
15. Trinity Mother Frances employs over 4,000.
16. There are 32 Trinity Clinic locations.
17. Over 3,000 babies are delivered each year at Mother Frances Hospital.
18. The Ornelas Tower has 793,000 bricks, 208.3 miles of wire and 220 bathrooms.
19. The Heart Institute encompasses 57,535 square feet, the size of a football field.
20. The three leaves in the Trinity Mother Frances cross represent our commitment to serving the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
21. The first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Tyler was opened in 2008 at Mother Frances Hospital.
22. There are over 65,000 visits per year to the Emergency Care Center at Mother Frances Hospital
23. A completely endoscopic pituitary tumor removal was performed in 2007 at the Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience Institute.
24. Above Mother Frances Hospital’s original entrance on Beckham Ave. appeared the hospital’s name etched in stone. During one of the renovations, those stones were relocated to the wall that now faces Beckham Ave.
25. In 2004, Mother Frances Hospital was the area’s exclusive provider of the Intuitive Surgical daVinci surgical robotic system used for multispecialty surgical procedures.

Apr 13, 2009

an 8 year survivor of Ewing Sarcoma

I am an 8 year survivor of Ewing's. I have been completely cancer free since the partial removal of my femur in 2000, which was done midway through my treatment regiment. Treatment is aggressive, and for me included all three approaches, chemo, surgery and radiation, but survival rates seem to increase for this disease as treatments are honed from experience.

Do not obsess with the different survival rates you may find, which can range anywhere from 80 percent 5 year survival to much less. I had many factors going against me. Presenting as an adult is usually considered negative. I was over 30. Size of the tumor is a factor, mine was large enough to consider me at a higher risk. Diagnosis did not come until I broke my femur clean in two, definitely not a good sign. The only major factor I had in my favor was there was no metastasis (spreading to parts of the body other than the initial tumor site).

As my oncologist said to me, no one knows what Paul Clare's survival rate will be, so remain positive. Well my 5 year survival was 100 percent, and it is for many more people.

The best I can say is remain positive and support your friend in any way possible. My thoughts are with you and your friend. If you would like to talk more, feel free to contact me directly.

Paul Clare

Moments in Sarcoma

If you have been touched by sarcoma, you have a moment to share with the world.

If you were to share just one moment on your journey with sarcoma, what would it be? Imagine a collection of moments from people around the world who have dealt with all kinds of sarcomas. What insights would surface? What would we learn?

"Moments in Sarcoma" is a new project that will publish moments from the lives of patients and their families, doctors, researchers, and friends. Submissions are invited during the month of February. Then one submission will be published daily on the Team Sarcoma Website starting in May or June, continuing through the International Sarcoma Awareness Week in July, and ending when all chosen moments have been published.

As a part of this very special project, one patient or survivor who submits a moment by March 1 will be awarded a sponsorship of at least $2,000 (there may also be the possibility of some travel assistance) to participate in the 2009 Team Sarcoma "Core Team" Bike Tour.

Everyone who has been touched by sarcoma is invited. Learn more, and share a moment today at http://moments.team-sarcoma.net

Mary Sorens

Apr 12, 2009

~Pet Poison Alert: Lay Off the Lilies~

Spring is here, people! Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover or the arrival of daffodils, it’s time to show our fur kids some love by keeping them safe from one of the season’s most popular—and poisonous—plants, the Easter lily.

In the past year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center fielded 442 cases of pets who ingested some variety of the lovely lily. The vast majority of those cases occurred during the spring and summer months, and 83% involved our feline friends. Some examples of common lily varieties that are dangerous for cats include Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and certain species of daylily.

“All lilies belonging to the plant genus Lilium are highly toxic to cats,” explains Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President, ASPCA Animal Health Services. “Consuming even small amounts can cause a life-threatening situation.” Certain species of the genus Hemerocallis are also known to produce similar toxic effects. Lilies may cause a cat to vomit, become lethargic or develop a lack of appetite. Without immediate and proper care, a cat may develop life-threatening kidney failure within 36 to 72 hours of ingestion.

“Time is really of the essence for treatment,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “If an owner suspects her cat may have eaten any part of a lily, she should seek immediate medical care.”

The ASPCA recommends leaving lilies out of Easter baskets or Mother’s Day bouquets destined for homes with cats, or using safer flower varieties as substitutes. Some pretty alternatives include Easter orchids, cacti and daisies, as well as roses and violets.

For more information about household flowers that can hurt cats and dogs, check out our online guide to toxic plants. As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Apr 5, 2009

Childrens Liver Disease needs more publicity to create awareness

My son Luke lived his whole life with liver disease. He was a wonderful boy ,who was adored and loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Luke had Cirrhosis of the liver and was diagnosed at a young age, Lukes Cirrhosis was deemed genetic as in many cases of childrens liver disease the cause is often unknown. Sadly Luke lost his life aged 12 years due to developing Hepatopulmanary syndrome because of his liver disease. More awareness needs to be raised as many people dont even know children can get liver disease, Lukes whole life i had to explain that i never touched alcohol throughout my pregnancy as people associate Cirrhosis with alcoholics, not that it means scarring of the liver. Many people are aware of other childhood diseases like cancer, yet more children are diagnosed with liver disease every year. So all parents,granparents,friend
s even doctors should tell as many people as they know to create awareness of CLD , public awareness, charity donations are all things which could help with research and also help children and families suffering the effects of CLD.

i really think GP's should know more about liver disease

my son was not born with jaundice but developed it after my GPs said hes jaundice but it'll clear he was diagnosed at 8 weeks old purely becuse i took him to hospital for vomiting, im appauled tht in so many cases it isnt picked up earlier if it had been much later he wouldve needed liver transplant then he has biliary artresia but im told at some point will need a transplant.

I totally agree with what you have said and I am trying my hardest to spread the word. Ellie was diagnosed at 3 months as the doctor said it was prolonged jaundice due to brest feeding-he had never come across a case like Ellie before. Ellie was so serverly ill that she was put on the top of the priority list for a transplant. She was given a couple of days to live when we were lucky enough to get a donor. If GP's knew more and gave jaundiced babies a routine blood test at 14 days old if not clearing - or it had started to develop, alot of children would live, or at least be given the treatment needed asap.

If you contact the CLDF they run courses/study days for GP's and any health professional. Please see link on group page and you can take in the information to your local surgery.

Good Luck and best wishes