Christian Olsen and Michael Bradley – 2 young guys battling mesothelioma

Both Christian and Michael are brave mesothelioma warriors who both live in the USA. Michael is 29 years of age and Christian has just celebrated his 34th birthday with his wife Lisa and their 2 small children.Michael is at home after a few days in hospital to get his pain under control. He is doing it tough at the moment – however he know has his own wheelchair and is getting out during the day to his favourite places with family and friends – there is no tying Michael to his bed!(This link below is for Michael’s facebook page) is due to start chemotherapy tomorrow morning cisplatin/alimta. I have been speaking with him today and he has been asking relevant questions that I …

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Valentine’s Day advice: Don’t let rocky past relations with parents spoil your romance

University of Alberta relationship researcher Matt Johnson has some Valentine’s Day advice for anybody who’s had rocky relations with their parents while growing up: don’t let it spill over into your current romantic partnership.The love between parents and teens — however stormy or peaceful — may influence whether those children are successful in romance, even up to 15 years later, according to a new U of A study co-authored by Johnson, whose work explores the complexities of the romantic ties that bind.Being aware of that connection may save a lot of heartache down the road, according to Johnson, who reviewed existing data that was gathered in the United States over a span of 15 years.The findings, which appear in the February issue of Journal of Marriage and Family, uncovered a “small but important link between parent-adolescent relationship quality and intimate relationships 15 years later,” Johnson said. “The effects can be long-lasting.”While their analysis showed, perhaps not surprisingly, that good parent-teen relationships resulted in slightly higher quality of romantic relationships for those grown children years later, it poses a lesson in self-awareness when nurturing an intimate bond with a partner, Johnson said.”People tend to compartmentalize their relationships; they tend not to see the connection between one kind, such as family relations, and another, like couple unions. But understanding your contribution to the relationship with your parents would be important to recognizing any tendency to replicate behaviour — positive or negative — in an intimate relationship.”That doesn’t mean parents should be blamed for what might be wrong in a grown child’s relationship, Johnson added. “It is important to recognize everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy relationship, and each person needs to take responsibility for their contribution to that dynamic.”The results were gleaned from survey-based information from 2,970 people who were interviewed at three stages of life from adolescence to young adulthood, spanning ages 12 to 32.Story Source:The above story is based on materials provided by University of Alberta. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

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Hi World! Lou is back home!

Hi everyone – I am HOME again after 3 days/2 nights stay in hospital at John Fawkner hospital, Melbourne.I am so overwhelmed with all the beautiful caring messages, phone calls, cards etc that I am receiving – I love you all and thank you for being there – your healing strengths give me hope, love and lift up my spirit to keep on fighting this dreaded asbestos cancer – mesothelioma.Tuesday 6 August I was admitted to the hospital in the wonderful chemotherapy ward – 2West. It is amazing to think that most of the staff have been there on my journey since my treatment commenced in 2003 at this hospital. I was lol treated like a STAR from the time that Keith and myself checked into the hospital where a lovely lady Theresa …

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Owner of transport firm sentenced for safety failings

Home » No Win No Fee » Latest Personal Injury News » 2013 » 10 » Owner of transport firm sentenced for safety failingsOwner of transport firm sentenced for safety failingsThe owner of a Leicestershire-based transport firm has been sentenced for a number of safety failings that led to the death of a mechanic.Mark Wintersgill, 25, of Leicester, was trying to jack up a double-decker lorry trailer at the PPR Transport Services site in Lutterworth on June 25th 2012 when the fatal incident took place.Leicester Crown Court was told by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutors that the jack the man was using separated from the heavy good vehicle’s axle and struck him – causing what were described as “catastrophic” head injuries.Mr Wintersgill died at the scene and the efforts of his colleagues to save his life were in vain.Upon hearing of the young mechanic’s death, the HSE launched an inspection and found business owner Paul Roberts should have planned the lifting of lorry trailers in a safer manner and implicated him in the 25-year-old’s death.For these failings, Mr Roberts, also of Leicester, was fined £12,000 and told to pay costs of £43,000 after he pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety of Work etc Act 1974 for failing to protect his employees. He was not given a custodial sentence.After the hearing HSE inspector David Lefever commented: “This was a tragic incident that could have been prevented had a few basic precautions been taken.”Mr Roberts should have ensured that this regular work activity was carried out in a safe location on firm, level ground. He should also have ensured his employees were supplied with the correct equipment and that they were trained in how to use that equipment safely.”The fatally injured mechanic’s mother, Jeanine Erasmus spoke after the trial about the love she had for her son, calling it a “privilege and honour” to have seen him grow up over the years until his untimely death.But now, the grieving mother said, she will have to go on living with an “emptiness” inside her left in her son’s absence.By Francesca WitneyOr call us on 0800 884 0321SHARE THIS

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Turned the corner! Back in control! Day 4 of chemo!

Day 4 of chemo today (gemcidibine and carboplatin) and feeling BACK IN CONTROL of my life!!!Feeling totally different on this chemo regime instead of the gemcidibine (gemzar) and cisplatin. Virtually no pain – whereas on the cisplatin I felt like I was close to death.I have been able to manage my side effects with medication, my mind and best of all being able to use my lifeline the computer to email/blog/facebook and keep in touch on a global scale.I don’t want to keep having chemo however I am being given a lifeline so I am giving it my best shot and WINNING as I am back in control of my life!My heart goes out to the warriors who are doing it tough at …

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Infant Sleep Obsession

From a reader. It’s official; we care more about how long a baby sleeps than any other aspect of their growth or development. Sleep length is the ultimate measure of baby goodness and parent competence.This makes me feel kind of sad, I have to admit. Because really, babies are so much more than just sleep. My feelings on infant sleep have run the gamut over the years as I have made my way through four different babies with four very different sleep habits.In fact, as I type my kids are one by one (or two by two) making their slap-footed way out of their room to disturb my nighttime typing. Yeah- slightly irritating.Baby one- I was a Dr Sears devotee and baby had…

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‘Love hormone’ oxytocin: Difference in social perception between men and women

July 31, 2013 — The “love hormone” oxytocin affects men and women differently in social contexts: in men it improves the ability to identify competitive relationships whereas in women it facilitates the ability to identify kinship. “These findings are in agreement with previous studies on the social differences between the sexes: women tend to be more communal and familial in their behavior, whereas men are more inclined to be competitive and striving to improve their social status,” said Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory from the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Haifa who led the research.Share This:The hormone oxytocin is released in our bodies in various social situations, and it is better known as the “love hormone” since our bodies release it at high concentrations during positive social interactions such as falling in love, experiencing an orgasm or giving birth and breastfeeding. In her previous researches, Prof. Shamay-Tsoory discovered that the hormone is also released in our body during negative social interactions such as jealousy or gloating.In the current study, conducted with the help of research students Meytal Fischer-Shofty and Yechiel Levkovitz, researchers tried to find out what effect oxytocin would have on women’s and men’s accurate perception of social interactions. Sixty-two men and women aged 20-37 years participated in the current research. Half of the participants received an intranasal dose of oxytocin while the other half received a placebo. After a week, the groups switched with participants undergoing the same procedure with the other substance (i.e. placebo or oxytocin). …

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‘Love hormone’ is two-faced: Oxytocin strengthens bad memories and can increase fear and anxiety

July 22, 2013 — It turns out the love hormone oxytocin is two-faced. Oxytocin has long been known as the warm, fuzzy hormone that promotes feelings of love, social bonding and well-being. It’s even being tested as an anti-anxiety drug. But new Northwestern Medicine® research shows oxytocin also can cause emotional pain, an entirely new, darker identity for the hormone.Oxytocin appears to be the reason stressful social situations, perhaps being bullied at school or tormented by a boss, reverberate long past the event and can trigger fear and anxiety in the future.That’s because the hormone actually strengthens social memory in one specific region of the brain, Northwestern scientists discovered.If a social experience is negative or stressful, the hormone activates a part of the brain that intensifies the memory. Oxytocin also increases the susceptibility to feeling fearful and anxious during stressful events going forward.(Presumably, oxytocin also intensifies positive social memories and, thereby, increases feelings of well being, but that research is ongoing.)The findings are important because chronic social stress is one of the leading causes of anxiety and depression, while positive social interactions enhance emotional health. The research, which was done in mice, is particularly relevant because oxytocin currently is being tested as an anti-anxiety drug in several clinical trials.”By understanding the oxytocin system’s dual role in triggering or reducing anxiety, depending on the social context, we can optimize oxytocin treatments that improve well-being instead of triggering negative reactions,” said Jelena Radulovic, the senior author of the study and the Dunbar Professsor of Bipolar Disease at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The paper was published July 21 in Nature Neuroscience.This is the first study to link oxytocin to social stress and its ability to increase anxiety and fear in response to future stress. Northwestern scientists also discovered the brain region responsible for these effects — the lateral septum — and the pathway or route oxytocin uses in this area to amplify fear and anxiety.The scientists discovered that oxytocin strengthens negative social memory and future anxiety by triggering an important signaling molecule — ERK (extracellular signal regulated kinases) — that becomes activated for six hours after a negative social experience. ERK causes enhanced fear, Radulovic believes, by stimulating the brain’s fear pathways, many of which pass through the lateral septum. The region is involved in emotional and stress responses.The findings surprised the researchers, who were expecting oxytocin to modulate positive emotions in memory, based on its long association with love and social bonding.”Oxytocin is usually considered a stress-reducing agent based on decades of research,” said Yomayra Guzman, a doctoral student in Radulovic’s lab and the study’s lead author. …

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