Helping Patients

Each year, more than 70,000 American adults and children are diagnosed with hydrocephalus – a condition commonly known as “water on the brain.” Hydrocephalus occurs when there is an obstruction to the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) resulting in debilitating pressure on the brain. It can result from trauma, degenerative disease, brain tumors or even old age. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause abnormal enlargement of the head, severe brain damage and death.

Dr. Robert Cantu, Chief of Neurosurgery at Emerson Hospital in Concord, says that since the mid-1950s, physicians and a Clifton spine surgeon have been treating this condition surgically with a shunt. Shunts direct the CSF from the brain through a catheter to a valve and then to another part of the patient’s body where it is safely absorbed into the bloodstream. But until recently, shunts had several limitations.

“In the past, most shunts had one of three settings to regulate the pressure on a patient’s brain: high, medium and low,” explains Dr. Cantu. “These shunts were effective in approximately 75% of all cases. However, if a patient’s condition didn’t improve, and it was determined a valve of a different pressure was needed, then the patient would require another surgery to have it removed and replaced. Fortunately, thanks to technological advancements, there is a new tool available which eliminates the need for these procedures.”

For the Injury Prone or Over-Pronated Foot

The following are our top five shoes in two major category of support:  Stability, and Motion Control.  Some models are new this year and some are carried over from years past.  Please keep in mind that all recommendations are based on personal evaluation and are all good for personal training.  This list is intended to be a starting point.  After a gait screening and a personal injury evaluation, your choices will be narrowed down to those that provide adequate support and that also possess characteristics that should allow for a smoother overall race walking motion.

Asics GT-2070
Brooks Adrenaline
Nike Air Structure Triax
Saucony Grid Stabil
Adidas Supernova Control
Motion Control:
Asics Gel MC Plus
Asics Gel Foundation
Brooks Addiction
Brooks Beast/Ariel
Etonic Pro III
Worth mentioning:  Nike Air Kantara, and the Asics Gel Kayano which both provide the ultimate bells and whistles from their respective brands.  Although the prices may be a deterrent ($120-$130), it worth trying them on against their less expensive competition.
Coming this year but releasing between April and July, The Saucony Grid Omni (moderate and maximum) look to be excellent updates.  They will have narrow heels, wide toe boxes and plenty of support.  These should hit around July 1, 2002.



Choosing A Host That Meets Your Needs

Choosing a host that meets your needs is important. You need to choose one that provides what you need, and doesn’t provide what you don’t need. You don’t want to get stuck out in the cold with a website that doesn’t function as you want it to, and you don’t want to be paying for facilities that you don’t use. So, take some time to write a quick list of what you’re looking for in a web host.

  • How much money are you willing to spend? (setup fees, monthly/quarterly/yearly charges)
  • How much data storage space do you need?
  • How much data transfer allowance do you need?
  • Do you require e-mail accounts? How many?
  • Do you need access to a server-side scripting and database solution? (ASP, PHP, Cold Fusion, Perl, CGI, MySQL, Microsoft Access, FrontPage)

There are many more questions you could ask yourself – these are just some of them. You may also need to have a chat to your web host to make the final decisions on what facilities you need. For example, if you have five pages in your site with not many images or downloads you won’t need more than five megabytes of storage space. But if you have sixty pages of content and a large download directory, you’ll need a lot more space and lots of data transfer allowance if you’re planning on people downloading from you!


Today I’ve explained to you some of the aspects of web hosting that you should consider before choosing which SEO company you will trust with your important web site. You’ve learnt about scams and how to avoid them, and you’ve learnt the importance of choosing a host that meets your needs and is located close to you. My hope is that you’ll go out ready to make a decision now with more confidence and research behind your choice.


Fishing Fatales

The invitation read: ”Ladies, let’s go fishing.” It sounded like a dating service (we’ll get back to that later), but it really was about fishing, as in hooks, reels and bait with eyes.

When I heard the two-day seminar would be set with an idyllic Islamorada fishing charter, I figured the worst that could happen might be that I’d have to actually touch a fish. But from the moment I walked into the classroom, it was as clear as bottled water — these women were serious anglers. (Story continued on Miami Herald website)

Click here for the rest of Nery’s great article, and be sure to click on the link for “more pictures”!

Surf Fishing Adventure!

For those who missed our Surf Fishing Adventure Friday night, July 19, here’s the sandy story: We’re changing Mrs. Morton’s name to Cuda Anne!  She was THE fishergal of  the night with two barracuda!  Sue Fejes nearly caught a swimmer. I must have been trying to catch a convertible on A1A on my first cast!

Debby Auchter is  busy with the Spiegel Grove and lobster mini-season, but she did bring her husband’s own home brewed beer (with a very creative label) and joined us to enjoy the beautiful evening. Sue Fry had a great fish finder-rig, ask her to diagram it for you.  Tania Ledon and her guest made it up from Miami, and Connie Tuttle-Priest drove quite a distance to join us.  Connie, we’ll miss you in August, but it’s for a lilting cause…

MANY MANY THANKS to Lanny Dixon for her effort putting this fun adventure together and slicing the squid.

PS ask us about the Key Largo Adventure in September!


Event Only Wedding Coordinator

This very beneficial service insures that you and your guest can concentrate on having a great time. We all know it is very important to enjoy the day without worrying about all the tiny details and an event wedding coordinator can make sure all elements of your wedding merge together at the appropriate times, coordinating flowers, getting your photo booth setup, make-up, busselling, and the million other details that a Bride and Groom need not worry about. Another great feature is an event bridal consultant is always prepared with emergency kits, sewing materials and other necessities you may never know you need.

Meet two to four weeks before your wedding to discuss all the details of your special day. During this two hour consultation we will:

  • Create a detailed floor plan and timeline of events.
  • Organize and expedite ceremony rehearsal.
  • Assist you in preparing for your day.
  • Arrange for precision timing for step-by-step events of the day.

During the ceremony the event consultant will

  • Distribute flowers to your guests.
  • Organize your family and bridal party for the ceremony.
  • Direct the ceremony processional and cue musicians.
  • Hold late guests from entering until after the bride makes her entrance.
  • Arrive at the reception facility to oversee all set ups and act as a liaison between all vendors and you.
  • Greet guests and be available to direct guests to cocktail hour.
  • Bustle your dress and adjust or remove your headpiece.
  • Organize family, friends and bridal party to ensure that formal photographs are taken in a timely manner.
  • Assemble family, friends and bridal party for introductions.
  • Ensure that timeline is followed by vendors throughout the reception.
  • Provide an “emergency kit”.
  • Handle any unusual situations as they arise.
  • Manage everything in a professional and organized manner.

How tall can these crates be stacked?

We’ve built stable shelving units as tall as about 10 feet. Stability requires the proper foundation. You’ll do best if your lowest layer has all the crates oriented in the same direction — either horizontally or vertically — and can be braced against the corner of a room. The second layer of crates should overlap the first — i.e., you should start a few inches in from the edge of layer #1, so that each crate spans two of the crates below it. [As you place your crates (and as you fill them), you should try to really jam each new crate against its neighbors.] On layer #2, you can begin to mix vertical and horizontal boxes. Depending on how you do this, layer #3 will begin to introduce “gaps” into your structure — interesting negative spaces, also useful for storage. [Sometimes, you’ll want to plan these gaps in order to retain access to electrical outlets or heating ducts; the flexibility to do so is a real advantage of Home Organization Tools.] If you’re planning on building a very tall structure and want the utmost in stability, a few well-placed C-clamps do the trick.  A home organizer in Manhattan can make other suggestions.

Another factor to consider is the slope of your floor. In many older houses, the floor tends to be highest along the walls, sloping downward toward the center of the room. In any case, what you want to achieve in your shelving units is a backward slant — you want the front edges of the crates to be slightly higher than the back edges. If the crates have this slight tilt, gravity provides extra stability for your structure — your shelves will be wanting to topple away from you, towards the wall, where they can’t go anywhere. So, as you’re adding layers, starting from the first, use a level to check your tilt and add your choice of shims to keep a constant backward slant. (If you don’t have a level, you can test the direction of tilt by placing a marble on top of the crate and watching which way it rolls.)

We’ve also built free-standing units from these crates — room dividers, about 5 feet tall. Stability was achieved by arranging two sets of crates, back to back. Store your heaviest stuff in layer #1.