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Elmer S. E. Dump

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Name: @GBfanforevah
Gender: Male
Hometown: Wisconsin
Home country: US of the Borg.
Current location: Up nort - tons of mosquitoes - the Wisconsin State Bird.
Member since: Tue Sep 16, 2014, 01:55 PM
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"In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take." - Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

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Will Football Players Someday Take a Concussion Pill?

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/539431/will-football-players-someday-take-a-concussion-pill/?curator=SportsREDEF

This seems like a very hopeful discovery!

An experimental treatment helps restore normal brain structure and function in mice that have sustained severe concussions, and could lead to a drug that would do the same in humans, according to new research.

The brains of people who suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects people such as boxers and football players with a history of repetitive hard hits to the head, are characterized by fibrous tangles of a protein called tau. It is not known how traumatic brain injury leads to these tangles, which are also found in the brains of people who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

Now researchers say they have identified a precursor to the tangles—a misshapen form of tau that appears in the brains of mice shortly after a blow to the head—and have shown that it can be eliminated by a protein, called an antibody, that binds to the misshapen tau and marks it for destruction by the body’s mechanism for clearing damaged or unneeded proteins. In mice that have sustained severe traumatic brain injuries like those commonly sustained by soldiers after a blast or by athletes after a blow to the head, the treatment prevents neurodegeneration and helps restore normal function. This suggests that the misshapen tau is a “major early driver of disease” after traumatic brain injury, say the researchers, and represents a promising drug target. The research was funded by the National Football League Players Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Though the brains of individuals who had CTE are full of tau tangles, until now it has not been clear whether this “tauopathy” is a cause or a consequence of the post-traumatic neurodegeneration, says Kun Ping Lu, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who led the new research. He says this result confirms that it is a cause.
Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 11:30 AM (0 replies)

Introducing, new for 2016 - Meet the RepubliClowns!

Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 01:12 PM (0 replies)

Introducing, new for 2016 - Meet the RepubliClowns!

Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 08:58 AM (2 replies)

Scott Walker Runs For President (courtesy of The Progressive Magazine and Zina Saunders)

Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Tue Jul 14, 2015, 06:21 PM (0 replies)

Bernie is indestructible

He will have the 90% at least, because he doesn't need or want to lie. Everything he says as fact is indisputable.

That's the reason we will get a bunch of centrists, and many conservatives to see Bernie as a possible last hope.

We just need to understand that people, regardless of politics, religion, race, etc., want a better life.

Feel the Bernnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!
Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 05:53 PM (15 replies)

Feel the Bern!



















Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Sun Jul 5, 2015, 01:20 PM (24 replies)

Bernie is our only hope, Obe Wan.

This county has always had some socialism associated with it. Police and Fire departments, public utilities to some extent, and roads and other infrastructure. Then FDR established Social Security. Is FDR a socialist? No, he only utilized socialism to help the less fortunate among us. LBJ established Medicare. Was he a socialist? About as much of a socialist as Bernie Sanders.

This is a capitalist economy. This is how the international economy works. There must be regulations on corporations, especially banks in order for capitalism to survive long term. Bernie knows all this. He also knows without the common sense actions he proposes, the Oligarchy will get a permanent grip on the throat of our once vibrant and hopeful Democracy.

Feel the Bern....
Posted by Elmer S. E. Dump | Sat Jul 4, 2015, 09:27 PM (9 replies)
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