Sunday, April 26, 2009

Medicine for Huntington’s Disease

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 Quoted directly from Huntington's Disease Society of America (links have been added for your convenience)

Dear HDSA members,

We are pleased to announce today that Xenazine* (tetrabenazine) Tablets, the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s Disease (HD), is now available in the United States. We know that those affected by HD, your caregivers, physicians and family members, have been waiting decades for an HD treatment option, and we are delighted that for the first time ever people with HD will have an approved option to consider to treat their chorea**. This is particularly momentous because of all of the effort that our community invested in helping to secure FDA approval of Xenazine.

HDSA has been working in collaboration with Ovation Pharmaceuticals during preparations to introduce this drug in the U.S., which will be available through specialty pharmacies. I am impressed with the company’s strong commitment to the HD community and with the many programs they have put in place to support the needs of people affected by Huntington’s Disease. As part of its commitment to make Xenazine broadly available, Ovation has developed extensive patient support programs with the goal of eliminating financial barriers to the therapy.

To find out more about Xenazine and if it is the right treatment for you or for your loved one:

Go see your physician
Call Ovation’s Xenazine information line: 1-888-882-6013
Note: there is more information about the comprehensive patient support programs for Xenazine on this website.

This truly is a milestone to be celebrated, and we’re so proud to share this news with you. Congratulations and thank you again for your ongoing commitment as we continue to work together to make important advancements for the HD community.

Warm regards,

Barbara Boyle

National Executive Director/CEO, HDSA


* Xenazine is a registered trademark of Cambridge Laboratories (Ireland) Limited.

** Xenazine is FDA-approved to treat chorea, one of the symptoms seen in people with HD. Chorea is a debilitating movement disorder characterized by excessive, involuntary and repetitive movements that are one of the most visible manifestations of Huntington’s Disease.

Important links: How to Order Xenazine (tetrabenazine)

Note:  On February 9, 2009 Ovation Pharmaceuticals was bought by Lundbeck Inc.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

What Country's Flag Colors Really Represent

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[“Meet the world” and to the idea of using flags of different nations as vehicles to transmit it was a Grande Reportagem campaign "created by 25 year old Brazilian Icaro Doria who has been working for the magazine". In each case, the colours that appear on various national flags were used to symbolize a social or political issue that is specific to the country in question. Grande Reportagem “Flags” campaign is the winner of EPICA D’OR 2005.] - Protools

Grande Reportagem is a Portuguese news magazine.

Meet the world Grande Reportagem flag campaign should not be confused with "Meet the World attraction at Tomorrowland in Tokyo Disneyland from 1983 until 2002."

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

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"EARTH DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century, another eon. EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the need for continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety. …EARTH DAY draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length in all parts of theEarth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible. The vernal equinox calls on all mankind to recognize and respect Earth’s beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance." - Margaret Mead

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"WASHINGTON— President Bill Clinton marked Earth Day in 1994 by promising to "green" the White House from its landscaping to its copy machines. But President Barack Obama and his supporters pledged themselves to a far more ambitious goal on Tuesday—combating climate change all over the world." By Jim Tankersley Washington Bureau April 22, 2009

"Earth Day, celebrated in the US on April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year." - Wikipedia

"Call the Capitol switchboard at 202 224-3121 and tell your member of Congress to support the Markey climate bill

Earth Day Network believes the Markey-Waxman climate bill is a reasonable measure that moves the US toward a green energy future and new economy based on renewable energy that will go along way toward pollution reduction requirements for climate change.

The bill has strong clean energy standards that will transform the economy and encompass the latest in climate science.
The bill could be strengthened in the areas of 100 percent emissions auctions and in offsets and could use stronger enforcement mechanisms. We look forward to working with Chairmen Markey and Waxman on such strengthening measures.

We applaud Chairmen Waxman and Markey for their longstanding leadership on global warming and for their hard work on the legislation. Please call your member of Congress through the Capitol switchboard at 202 224-3121 and ask them to support the Markey Waxman climate bill and to strengthen it." - Earth Day Network

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cleopatra African American Heritage

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"Cleopatra may have been part-African and not Greek Caucasian, according to a British TV documentary to be shown this month." - Discovery Channel (read full article)

"The queen's sister Princess Arsinoe, found in Ephesus, Turkey, indicate that her mother had an "African" skeleton." - BBC News (listen to full audio)

Cleopatra, "in Saqqara, on Jan. 6. Queen Seshestet (2323-2291 BC), ruled Egypt as the first pharaoh of the 6th Dynasty." - Netscape

Currently, "Archaeologists in Egypt are about to start excavating a site that they believe could conceal the tombs of Antony and Cleopatra." - Giles Coren Times Online



"Cleopatra was immortalized by Shakespeare in his play Antony and Cleopatra and played by Elizabeth Taylor." - Answers.com
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Pet Airways

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Written by Sotiris, Published on Gomestic Apr 19, 2009

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The first company that offers transport to our pets.


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It was about time. Pets are taking their revenge for making them fly by airmail or in the space of baggages in the airplanes. Now they are going to fly like humans do. Pet Airways was created specifically for dogs and cats. No humans are allowed. The only humans on the plane are the pilots and the air-hostess who looks after the pets.

The first flight will be held in a few days and those who send their animals with Pet Airways' planes, can check where their pets are through the internet. The owners of this company stated that it was high time we did something good for our pets and that their torture (having to fly in the space of baggages) is finally over!

* Permission to reprint above article granted to bindingink.org by Sotiris


Pet Airways "A Pet Airline where pets fly in the main cabin, NOT in cargo!"



The Pet Airways Promise


"We promise to transport your pet with lots of love, care, safety, and comfort in the main cabin.

Pet Airways is the first airline exclusively dedicated to pets - no humans please - and we take the job of providing a comfortable experience for pets very seriously.

We'll do everything in our power to make sure your pets get the best care during their journey because we're committed to taking care of our pet "pawsengers" as if they were our own."

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Epiphany

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Easter, 1916 by W. B. Yeats

I HAVE met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our winged horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road.
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of all.

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

"Easter, 1916 is a poem by W. B. Yeats describing the poet's ambivalent emotions regarding the events of the Easter Rising staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916. The uprising was unsuccessful, and most of the militant Irish republican leaders involved were executed for treason. The poem was written between May and September 1916." Wikipedia



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