From the November/December issue of Technology Review, fascinating article about neural mapping and our understanding of human intelligence.

“Richard Haier, a psychologist and emeritus professor at the University of California, Irvine, explains how brain imaging is shedding light on intelligence.”

http://www.technologyreview.com/video/?vid=459

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Bad, very bad week for Tysabri — and for people with MS.  Not only was a new case of PML reported in the EU this week, the American who developed PML this fall has passed away:

“An American who developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalitis (PML) this fall after being treated for MS with Tysabri has died.”
full story at the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation site

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Bush’s father joins president at bill-signing
WASHINGTON (AP) – With his father looking on, President Bush on Thursday signed legislation expanding the protections afforded by the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act to those who can use medication or other devices to treat impairments.

The original law was enacted in 1990, when former President George H.W. Bush, the current president’s father, was in office. The act is widely regarded as one of the major features of civil rights legislation in the 20th century because it ensured that the disabled have access to public buildings and accommodations, thus giving them better access to the workforce.

But since its passage, the Supreme Court has generally exempted from the law’s anti-discrimination protections those with partial physical disabilities or impairments that can be treated with medication or devices such as hearing aids.

The bill Bush signed on Thursday in the Oval Office directs the courts to a more generous application of the ADA’s definition of disability, making it clear that Congress intended the law’s coverage to be broad and to cover anyone facing discrimination because of a disability. It took months of difficult negotiations with the business community to arrive at a compromise.

Bush signed the bill without public comment or fanfare.

via Mandatory Rest Period

Children later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis had far lower levels of vitamin D than other youngsters, Canadian researchers reported yesterday in studies showing more links between the “sunshine” vitamin and disease…Several studies presented at a meeting on MS in Montreal showed that children had low levels of vitamin D when they began to show evidence of the disease.”