Health Care


I will be riding in the 2014 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which I assisted in organizing, here in Albuquerque. We are riding in fancy dress, proper attire, post-war period costuming to raise money for prostate cancer.

It might not be as trendy as brest cancer or pouring ice water over yourself for ALS, but it’s a good cause — so pop over to my homepage on the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride page and donate some dosh!

Here’s what I’m wearing:

Klits...they get the pussy.

Klits…they get the pussy.

..and what I’m riding: Trixie, my 2010 Triumph Thruxton:

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Thanks already to Jim Sorenson for giving generously!

 

 

 

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Wired has a piece on the new bionic hand from Touch Bionics, the i-Limb Pulse (OK…the iShit is getting out of hand…)  Thew new prosthetic is stronger (capable of lifting 200 lbs. if you can), it has greater sensitivity, allowing it to be used for fine motor work, and looks bloody cool.

Singularity Hub has an article on an inkjet printer being used to “print” 3-D skin grafts.

My father had Alzheimers and died of it.  It’s a terrifying, hateful disease that slowly destroys the personality of the victim, rolling back your memories over time until you no longer know the people and events going on around you.  I will admit a certain fear of this illness, as someone who has worked hard most of him life to train his mind.

Baxter has a new treatment for Alzheimers that has just cleared Phase II clinical trials: Gammagard.  Aricept (Pfizer) has been on the market for a while and shows some signs of slowing the progression of the disease, but initial investigations for Gammagard look to not only stop the progression, but occasionally reverse the effects of memory loss.

Here’s hoping the drug works.  With an aging population (30 million are thought to have some stage of Alzheimers), combating dementia is a burgeoning need.