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  • June 24, 2014 2:43 pm

    Letter To Myself On A Bad Day

    justkeepsmyelin:

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    Ok I have a homework assignment for you guys. Now now no groaning! And this is for everyone, whether you read this blog because you have MS,  you know someone who does, or just because you find me to be incredibly witty and fascinating (hah!). As you probably already know I’m recovering from a flare (sounds so much more fun then “relapse” right? I’m flaring, how festive!). Safe to say I had some bad days, and I think during this one it was more apparent then ever how stark a contrast your days can be with MS. One day I was out having a blast and literally the next day my symptoms hit full force. But that’s life for everyone right? Good day, bad day, good day, repeat.

    So the next time you have one of those good or great days I want you to take a few moments and write your future self a letter that you can read on a bad day. I sat down and wrote myself one and my fiancé is writing one to himself because he is finishing up medical school and will soon be doing residency, a particularly grueling undertaking. He knows he will have some moments where it may help to remind himself why he is putting himself through 80+ hour weeks and going days without sleep. To get you inspired I’m going to share mine with you. You may not get some of the inside jokes I have with myself, but the point should still get across!

    Letter to myself on a bad day

    Today was a good day, great even. It wouldn’t seem extraordinary in the eyes of others. You woke up early without an alarm and without feeling like you had a hangover. You ran errands effortlessly, you went to the gym. You laughed…a lot. You laughed with good friends, family, and obviously Michael. You laughed at YouTube videos and things on TV. You cooked a big, delicious dinner- goodness you are a good cook! It was an extraordinarily ordinary day. 

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  • June 9, 2014 11:08 pm

    Latest Breakthrough Or Junk Science? How To Tell The Good Research From The Bad

    justkeepsmyelin:

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    Alright so I may have bitched and moaned through those two incredibly painful semesters of research that I had to do in undergrad and grad school, but at least they did teach me how to interpret research. Sometimes it just so happens that the driest of subjects can be the ones that you end up using everyday, and as an MS nurse/patient I do find myself reading through the latest research almost daily. I often get excited by the over promising titles, only to realize after reading the data and results that the whole study accomplished nothing…whomp whooooomp. 

    So how do you tell good research from bad research? 

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  • May 30, 2014 1:38 pm

    jeremyjohnstone:

    I need to start looking for a Drones Anonymous group to join… If one doesn’t exist, maybe I should found one…

  • May 28, 2014 4:25 pm

    Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month

  • May 28, 2014 12:01 pm

    Today is World MS Day!

    justkeepsmyelin:

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    What is World MS Day??

    It’s a day to recognize those affected by multiple sclerosis.

    It’s a day to teach someone a little something about MS.

    It’s a day to raise awareness about what MS is.

    It’s a day to meet in board rooms and call on our legislators to pass bills like the Disability…

  • May 27, 2014 4:53 pm
    wired:


The weirdest computer Google owns is a 10ft freezer housing a single chip. But is it quantum?
They say yes, and if they’re right, it’s a huge breakthrough.
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    wired:

    The weirdest computer Google owns is a 10ft freezer housing a single chip. But is it quantum?

    They say yes, and if they’re right, it’s a huge breakthrough.

    [MORE]

  • May 23, 2014 7:49 pm

    Researchers Plug Google’s Project Tango Into A Drone To Let It Fly Itself Around A Room

    singularitarian:

    Remember Project Tango? Google’s crazy project to add 3D environment mapping abilities to a smartphone? Yeah, someone just went ahead and took the next logical step: they plugged it into a drone.

  • May 23, 2014 6:07 pm

    Sherpaa raises a $4M Series A round led by Softbank

    jayparkinsonmd:

    I’m obviously quite excited about this. Sherpaa started in February of 2012 with one client, tumblr. A little over two years later:

    • We take care of more than 100 companies
    • We’re 18 employees and hiring
    • Our monthly revenue covers our monthly burn
    • We’re now in California and in the…

  • May 15, 2014 5:24 pm
    fight4future:


New FCC rules could let internet providers (think: Comcast) end net neutrality and slow down sites like Netflix and Tumblr. The vote on proposed rules is today!
Use Tumblr to take a stand. Share this image, and add this code to your Tumblr theme.

    fight4future:

    New FCC rules could let internet providers (think: Comcast) end net neutrality and slow down sites like Netflix and Tumblr. The vote on proposed rules is today!

    Use Tumblr to take a stand. Share this image, and add this code to your Tumblr theme.

    (Source: fight4future)

  • May 14, 2014 5:35 pm
  • May 14, 2014 5:29 pm

    diy:

    4 Cool Science Tricks!

    1. Build a solar cooker. Use an old pizza/cardboard box to build a cooker that bakes cookies, reheats food, etc. Try out different recipes!

    2. Demonstrate capillary action. Use food dye to see how plants get the water and nutrients they need through tiny capillary tubes.

    3. Make oobleck. Crazy things happen when you mix cornstarch with water. 

    4. Grow crystals. Use evaporation to create intricate crystals on sugar, salt, or ice. Diamonds take thousands of years, but these can grow much faster.

  • May 14, 2014 5:19 pm

    emergentfutures:

    The Daily Show (05.12.14) #BringHomeOurGirls

    Paul Higgins: Jon Stewart Nails it (again and again)

    (Source: roselesli)

  • May 13, 2014 5:15 pm

    Emergency Preparedness

    justkeepsmyelin:

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    My last post about relapses and remissions got me thinking about when I was newly diagnosed MS. I was always nervous, like there was a monster riding around on my shoulder and I never knew when he was going to attack me. Relapses are unpredictable, which didn’t exactly jive with my type-A-plan-everything-ahead-of-time personality. I decided that even if there wasn’t anything I could do to control whether my relapses occurred at the time that was most convenient for me, then at least I could do a few things to prepare. Having a few “survival supplies” on hand at all times puts my mind at ease a bit. After all preparedness is next to godliness (that’s a saying right?)!

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  • May 5, 2014 12:30 pm
    bpod-mrc:

05 May 2014
Anti-Flu Solution
Western governments stockpile flu vaccines in case of a global pandemic. However, if a new strain of bird flu emerged that could jump easily between humans, scientists worry that many people would die in the months it takes to deliver a new vaccine. As of now, our best antiviral drugs are only partly effective and must be administered immediately after infection. But researchers have come up with a potential solution: a nasal spray containing lab-engineered proteins (shown in green) that gum up receptors on cells in the nasal passage (blue) to which flu viruses attach. When mice were given the spray a week before they got a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus from the 2009 pandemic, they were completely protected from infection. The team thinks their spray could be used as a preventative measure against a nasty new flu strain while an effective vaccine is developed.
Written by Daniel Cossins
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Image by Garry Taylor and colleaguesThe University of St Andrews, ScotlandCopyright held by The University of St AndrewsResearch published in PNAS, April 2014
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    bpod-mrc:

    05 May 2014

    Anti-Flu Solution

    Western governments stockpile flu vaccines in case of a global pandemic. However, if a new strain of bird flu emerged that could jump easily between humans, scientists worry that many people would die in the months it takes to deliver a new vaccine. As of now, our best antiviral drugs are only partly effective and must be administered immediately after infection. But researchers have come up with a potential solution: a nasal spray containing lab-engineered proteins (shown in green) that gum up receptors on cells in the nasal passage (blue) to which flu viruses attach. When mice were given the spray a week before they got a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus from the 2009 pandemic, they were completely protected from infection. The team thinks their spray could be used as a preventative measure against a nasty new flu strain while an effective vaccine is developed.

    Written by Daniel Cossins

    Image by Garry Taylor and colleagues
    The University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Copyright held by The University of St Andrews
    Research published in PNAS, April 2014

    You can also follow BPoD on Twitter and Facebook

  • May 2, 2014 5:45 pm

    MRI Fatigue Is A Challenge For Many MSers

    justkeepsmyelin:

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    As I have mentioned in other blog posts, MRIs are extremely important in the diagnosis and management of MS. But for many patients they are pretty unpleasant tests to go through, and we have to go through them often. I for one have gone from being able to fall asleep in  MRI machines, to completely dreading them. However, since my diagnosis I seem to have at least one every few months so I have been forced to work on some strategies to help me get through them. It also helps that I’m now on a first name basis with my radiologist. He’s a cool dude, and he knows that if I have to hear “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the millionth time while I’m having a scan that I will NOT hesitate to crawl out of the machine and bonk him over the head. Seriously, they have ruined a totally lovely song for me!

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