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My Thanksgiving

For my DU family. My favorite songwriter of all time.

"My Thanksgiving"

A lot of things have happened
Since the last time we spoke
Some of them are funny
Some of 'em ain't no joke
And I trust you will forgive me
If I lay it on the line
I always thought you were a friend of mine

Sometimes I think about you
I wonder how you're doing now
And what you're going through

The last time I saw you
We were playing with fire
We were loaded with passion
And a burning desire
For every breath, for every day of living
And this is my Thanksgiving

Now the trouble with you and me, my friend
Is the trouble with this nation
Too many blessings, too little appreciation
And I know that kind of notion-well, it just ain't cool
So send me back to Sunday school
Because I'm tired of waiting for reason to arrive
It's too long we've been living
These unexamined lives

I've got great expectations
I've got family and friends
I've got satisfying work
I've got a back that bends
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving

Have you noticed that an angry man
Can only get so far
Until he reconciles the way he thinks things ought to be
With the way things are

Here in this fragmented world, I still believe
In learning how to give love, and how to receive it
And I would not be among those who abuse this privilege
Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge

And I don't mind saying that I still love it all
I wallowed in the springtime
Now I'm welcoming the fall
For every moment of joy
Every hour of fear
For every winding road that brought me here
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving

For everyone who helped me start
And for everything that broke my heart
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving

Turkey Revenge

Surgeons Succeed In Implanting Donor Kidney Using Robot Through Single Port

Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic managed to implant a donor kidney into a patient using a surgical robot, and all through one small incision. The technique, in which instruments as well as the donor kidney can be passed through a four centimeter (1.6 inch) wide incision, is designed to make it easier to perform transplants on patients with difficult anatomies and to cause less collateral damage to internal and external tissues.

“The aim was not only to make a smaller incision, but also to minimize the area in which the operation was performed by limiting the number of cuts inside the patient,” said Dr. Jihad Kaouk, director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Robotic and Image Guided Surgery. “This resulted in minimal post-operative pain and no opioids needed after surgery.”

Overweight patients and those with unusual anatomies can be difficult to operate on, requiring extra cuts just to reach a destination. The newly performed kidney transplant paves the way for other procedures to be performed through only a single port.
“Kidney transplantation is a life-changing event for patients, many of whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by having to receive dialysis three times a week while waiting for a donor,” said Georges Haber, M.D., chair of urology in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “This technique allows patients to regain their quality of life more rapidly. Using the latest technology to help our patients live a full life is the true spirit of innovation which we foster within the department of urology here at Cleveland Clinic.”


Boy....this sure would have made things easier when I donated a kidney to my sister 30 years ago. Our scars were huge.

Volkswagen Breaks Ground on North American EV Production Facility in Tennessee

Volkswagen started construction on a $800 million production facility for electric vehicles (EVs) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The site is set to become the automaker’s assembly base for EV production in North America.

Currently Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing facility assembles the Passat, the Atlas, and will produce a five-seat SUV that was announced in early 2018.

Readying the plant for EV assembly means building a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop, according to the automaker. Both internal combustion engine vehicles and battery electric vehicles will be produced on the same assembly line, Volkswagen says. In addition, Volkswagen plans to build a 198,000–square-foot plant dedicated to battery pack assembly at the Chattanooga site.

Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, called the expansion in Tennessee a big moment for the company. “Expanding local production sets the foundation for our sustainable growth in the US,” he said. “Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and Volkswagen will build them for millions, not just millionaires.”


Woman dies after accidentally brushing teeth with rat poison

A woman has died after mistaking a tube of rat poison for toothpaste and brushing her teeth with it.

Police identified the victim as 57-year old Leela Karkera in an unnatural death report, according to the Times of India.

Karkera was reportedly unable to tell the difference between the packaging of the rat poison and toothpaste.

She was rushed to a private hospital immediately for treatment but died on Sunday.

The incident took place in the Indian port of Malpe, near Udupi city on the Karnataka coast.

It is reportedly fairly common to mistake a specific brand of rat poison for toothpaste due to similarities in packaging. There is no antidote for the poison.


I would think the black color would hint something was wrong, but several young children have died as well.

Getting ready for Black Friday

Man adopts baby monkey--the sweetest thing you'll see all day


AHA: Caladrius single injection helps heart disease that hits women the hardest

We tend to think of heart disease and heart disorders to be, in the main, things that affect men more than women, but this is of course not true.

Women not only suffer from heart disease, but they do so differently from men and are in some cases more susceptible to certain cardiovascular (CV) problems. One of these is coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD).

Caladrius Biosciences and academic researchers have presented new research at the American Heart Association (AHA) that aims to take the fight to this disease in a new way.

Speaking to FierceBiotech from AHA in Philadelphia, Caladrius Chief Medical Officer Douglas Losordo, M.D., explained of the disease: “Many consider CMD to be the exemplar of the underdiagnosis of heart disease in women. CMD was previously referred to as Syndrome X, signifying the mysterious occurrence of cardiac symptoms in the apparent absence of documented heart disease.

“Patients with CMD have the typical symptoms that occur in patients with blockages in the large blood vessels of the heart (those that can be stented or bypassed), but their arteries have no blockages. Unfortunately, before the development of specific tests to diagnose CMD such as measuring coronary flow reserve, these patients were often dismissed. When a diagnosis of CMD is missed, subjects are untreated, and they remain at a high risk of heart attack and/or cardiovascular-related death.”

Caladrius thinks it may have an answer. Its small trial was centered on CLBS16, a CD34 cell that is a naturally occurring preprogrammed microvessel repair cell. “Our mission is to harness the body’s own ability to restore itself after ischemic injuries by isolating these cells from a CMD patient and administering a concentrated dose to the patient to restore the microcirculation,” Losordo said.


Turn your car/truck into a snowmobile

Spanish park builds 'brain games' for the elderly

City authorities in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao recently launched a programme of cognitive games in its public parks, which aims to combat loneliness whilst stimulating mind and memory amongst its older citizens.


A most excellent idea!
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