Scott Pirsig wasn’t quite sure what happened to his friend, Bob Sturtz, but he knew medical help was needed. To make matters worse, fog engulfed the lake. Could Scott find the portage on the other shore without getting lost?
Jim Osborn remembers waking up in a hospital bed, unable to speak.
“It was the most horrible thing when the doctors asked, ‘Who’s this?’ and ‘Who’s that?’” recounted Osborn, a Livonia, Mich., father of two. “And I almost cried because I couldn’t say my kids’ names or my wife’s name.”
The large international effort to measure diabetes' toll found the disease also raises the risk of dying prematurely from a host of other ailments, even breast cancer and pneumonia. Putting the six years lost in context, he said, long-term smoking shortens life by 10 years.
The reason why intracerebral hemorrhage, a common cause of stroke, has worse consequences in diabetics than in non-diabetic patients, appears to be because high blood sugar increases the ability of a protein called plasma kallikrein to stop blood from clotting near injured vessels, say U.S. scientists who hope the discovery will lead to new treatments that control such bleeding.
Words and music, such natural partners that it seems obvious they go together. Now science is confirming that those abilities are linked in the brain, a finding that might even lead to better stroke treatments.
Officials in the southeastern North Dakota town of Casselton are discussing the possibility of a railroad quiet zone. “Quiet zones” involve safety upgrades at street crossings so trains don’t have to blow their horns as they pass. Other cities such as Fargo and Jamestown have or are developing quiet zones.
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