Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Trials for 'bionic' eye implants

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By Jonathan Fildes

Science and technology reporter, BBC News, San Francisco

"A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients."

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Therapy Helps Boy Control Tourette's

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"CARY, N.C. - Thanks to new behavioral therapy at a Duke University Medical Center clinic, 9-year-old Rick Shocket is doing what seemed impossible for him a year ago: gain control over Tourette's syndrome, a brain disorder that causes repetitive movements and sounds. "

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Stephen Hawking's Zero-Gravity Flight

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"For a short while on Thursday, physicist and author Stephen Hawking was up and out of his wheelchair-- and out of the grip of gravity. The weightless experience aboard an airplane in Earth's atmosphere underscored a point Hawking has been making in recent months: that the future of the human race is in outer space. Hawking called the experience 'amazing,' saying in a statement 'I could have gone on and on--space here I come.'"

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Expert Panel Faults U.S. Policies for the Disabled

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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outdated U.S. policies are keeping many disabled Americans from getting help they need, an expert panel said on Tuesday in a report faulting government inaction toward the needs of this growing population.

'Society must do more now before a crisis is upon us,' Alan Jette, director of Boston University's Health and Disability Research Institute and head of the Institute of Medicine panel, wrote in a report. "

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Gymboree Class for Children with Special Needs

Image of Children PlayingGood News!!!...Melanie Slattery, owner of Gymboree, is starting a class for Children with ALL Special Needs on Friday, June 1 at 3 pm....The cost will be $129 for 10 weeks and she is waiving the enrollment fee!!!...Also, siblings (in the appropriate age and level) will be allowed to attend THIS class and there will be a 50% discount, normally a 30% discount. There will be a FREE TRIAL CLASS on Thursday, May 24 at 4:30 pm!

If you are interested, please contact Melanie at 738-1231 or

This is just an announcement...A flyer will be emailed out soon! This class is open to all children. The class will focus on music, social, attending, problem-solving skills & having FUN!!! There are only 8 - 10 slots available, so first come, first serve!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What's Going on this Week at Family Connection of SC, April 30 - May 5, 2007

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Tuesday, May 1...Asthma Connection is canceled
Asthma Awareness Picnic on Saturday, May 5 at Heathwood Park

Thursday, May 3
9 am
Mom's Morning Coffee
The Original Pancake House
Trenholm Plaza

Thursday, May 3
6 pm
ADHD Connection
Family Connection Office
Contact Susan Haney at 252-0914 for Childcare

Saturday, May 5
Singles Workshop
10 am - 2 pm
Family Connection Office
Contact Sherry Larson at 252-0914 to sign up

Saturday, May 5
Asthma Awareness Picnic
Heathwood Park
Contact the Family Connection Office for more details...252-0914

Saturday, May 5
6 pm
Mom's Night Out
Eric's San Jose
6118 Garner's Ferry Road