Monthly Archives: January 2016

One day a similar write up will appear about alzheimers disease

On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952–an epidemic year for polio–there were 58,000 new cases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as “infant paralysis” because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.

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from Google Images

Polio, a disease that has affected humanity throughout recorded history, attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. Since the virus is easily transmitted, epidemics were commonplace in the first decades of the 20th century. The first major polio epidemic in the United States occurred in Vermont in the summer of 1894, and by the 20th century thousands were affected every year. In the first decades of the 20th century, treatments were limited to quarantines and the infamous “iron lung,” a metal coffin-like contraption that aided respiration. Although children, and especially infants, were among the worst affected, adults were also often afflicted, including future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who in 1921 was stricken with polio at the age of 39 and was left partially paralyzed. Roosevelt later transformed his estate in Warm Springs, Georgia, into a recovery retreat for polio victims and was instrumental in raising funds for polio-related research and the treatment of polio patients.

Salk, born in New York City in 1914, first conducted research on viruses in the 1930s when he was a medical student at New York University, and during World War II helped develop flu vaccines. In 1947, he became head of a research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and in 1948 was awarded a grant to study the polio virus and develop a possible vaccine. By 1950, he had an early version of his polio vaccine.

Salk’s procedure, first attempted unsuccessfully by American Maurice Brodie in the 1930s, was to kill several strains of the virus and then inject the benign viruses into a healthy person’s bloodstream. The person’s immune system would then create antibodies designed to resist future exposure to poliomyelitis. Salk conducted the first human trials on former polio patients and on himself and his family, and by 1953 was ready to announce his findings. This occurred on the CBS national radio network on the evening of March 25 and two days later in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Salk became an immediate celebrity.

In 1954, clinical trials using the Salk vaccine and a placebo began on nearly two million American schoolchildren. In April 1955, it was announced that the vaccine was effective and safe, and a nationwide inoculation campaign began. New polio cases dropped to under 6,000 in 1957, the first year after the vaccine was widely available. In 1962, an oral vaccine developed by Polish-American researcher Albert Sabin became available, greatly facilitating distribution of the polio vaccine. Today, there are just a handful of polio cases in the United States every year, and most of these are “imported” by Americans from developing nations where polio is still a problem. Among other honors, Jonas Salk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He died in La Jolla, California, in 1995.

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 blog post

Breakfast with mom and Jack.

I took off walking and jogging shortly after eating and covered a few miles. Went out twice. Ran in the woods for a bit.

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This is just outside of Roberta and a few feet off of U. S. Highway 80

Later in the day the weather began changing. Here is proof.

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Took this picture while sitting in moms yard

My nephew and I chatted outside and we noticed the clouds drifting in.

This has been and continues to be a good day.

Jack Fussell

Could this be a note from a caregiver?

I am fabricating this from words that have been said to me by caregivers, about their family.

Dear sister, I love you and I need your help. As you know, mom has alzheimers disease, and she has to be watched 24 hours a day. I have done that for over two years, alone.

When I asked you to help, you said you could not stand to see “your mom”, this way. You asked me not to tell you about the violent outbursts she has when I am cleaning her up, due to her incontinence.

Sis, I need your help. I need you to see her this way. I not only need you to let me speak of the horrors of this disease, but also witness them.

I need your help sis. I love you.

Ernie

It’s very inspiring to me that he is still running at age 92.

How awesome it is that at age 92, he still has big dreams.

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Search for his name using Google.

“Ernie Andrus”

Ahh – Peaker called from Arizona

This guy is amazing. He don’t much care about racing. He has parked his truck all over the Mojave National Preserve and ran everywhere. We met on the phone and then in person. He reminds me of some surfer types I knew. I kid you not, this man lives to run long distance. He is fun to listen to.

Saturday, January 30th, blog post

Beautiful day, all day long. Lots of blue sky and just right cool temperatures.

Went out for two runs. Felt good. I feel good. I came upon an awesome couple. The man thanked me for my service.

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Ran a little in a pecan orchard. The mud was awesome. Slid around a bit.

Pictures from the run today.

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Good things come slow, especially in distance running.”
Coach Bill Dellinger

Things are good !

Jack Fussell

Fauja Singh

This morning, a friend sent me a story about Fauja Singh. I appreciate folks sending me stories like this. If you would like to know more about him, try Google. This man is an inspiring runner.
Thank you Bill.
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alzheimers research and a water leak

If you have a big leak in your home, you may have to call someone to fix the leak and call someone to fix what the leak has done

when we have a big disease, we have to call someone to stop the disease and call someone to help folks that already have it

Friend of mine had cancer. The nauseousness she felt after each treatment was intolerable. She is so thankful for the pharmaceutical company that manufactured the medication that controlled it. She said it changed her life.

From the National Institute on Aging – Richard Hodes

Speaking of the increase in funds for alzheimers research.

“This is a time of tremendous scientific opportunity

I applaud the bipartisan support for NIH and biomedical research, and want particularly to thank the leadership of the House and Senate who made this increase possible. We also are deeply appreciative of the efforts of the aging research community and the many stakeholder organizations that have worked with unrelenting dedication to bring the issue of our country’s—and indeed the world’s—aging population and the particular challenges and opportunities of Alzheimer’s disease research to the attention of our nation’s leaders. As NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins noted, this investment in NIH comes at the right time to take advantage of opportunities to improve human health, powered by advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovation.”

Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2016/01/encouraging-start-new-year

he fell again this morning . . . . .

his pain has been so intense when he walks, that he has stopped trying. The muscles in his legs are weak because of this. The hopes are the pain pump will make it bearable for him to walk again. He will have to go through therapy to regain strength. He is trying as hard as anyone I have ever known, to deal with the cards he has been dealt. He fell this morning and mom and I got him up. Good to be here for mom and her husband.