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Some tips for patients to reduce odds of being misdiagnosed

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 8:10pm
The Institute of Medicine says patient input is critical as health providers try to figure out the right diagnosis. Here are tips from the IOM's report Tuesday, adapted from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine: 2015-09-22T12:08:00-04:00 2015-09-22T16:08:04-04:00

Study: Diagnosis wrong too often, urgent improvement needed

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 8:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people will experience at least one wrong or delayed diagnosis at some point in their lives, a blind spot in modern medicine that can have devastating consequences, says a new report that calls for urgent changes across health care. 2015-09-22T11:33:00-04:00 2015-09-22T15:33:53-04:00

Arts Up! What’s happening this week in Juneau!

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 3:25pm
Events happening in Juneau for the week of September 24-30 ArtsUp 9-24-15 PDF version Thursday, September 24 6pm-9pm    The Canvas Fundraising Dinner The Rookery Cafe, 586-1750 – $100 7pm               Irrational Man Gold Town … Continue reading →
Categories: Arts & Culture

Experts question maker of Essure device linked to pain

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health experts on Thursday questioned the maker of a metallic birth control implant associated with thousands of complaints from women, including long-term pain, bleeding and fatigue. 2015-09-24T13:51:00-04:00 2015-09-24T17:51:10-04:00

Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal Exhibit

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:58am

Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal plan the floor layout of their next year’s October 2016 exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.

A year after the initial idea of an exhibit featuring traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast regalia and clothing with Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal, we finally met up at the house of Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis to review the basics of the exhibit!

The exhibit opens at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., Canada next year in October and will run for approximately 5 months.  We will be featuring a total of 20 to 30 individual ensembles of which during opening night only will be modeled with the accompaniment of traditional songs set to Preston Singletary’s latest jazz funk band called “Ku’eex.”  Directly after opening night, the ensembles will be placed on their respective mannequins.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of our exhibit!

Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Contemporary clothing designer Sho Sho Esquiro, and Ceremonial regalia-maker, Clarissa Rizal


Categories: Arts & Culture

Women urge FDA to pull contraceptive device linked to pain

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen women who received a metallic birth control implant are urging health regulators to pull the device from the market, citing problems including severe pain, irregular bleeding and weight gain. 2015-09-24T10:20:00-04:00 2015-09-24T14:20:02-04:00

Kansas doctor, wife face new sentencing in overdose deaths

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:10am
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas physician and his wife were convicted of a shocking crime: running a moneymaking conspiracy at a clinic that prosecutors have linked to 68 drug overdose deaths. 2015-09-24T07:27:00-04:00 2015-09-24T11:27:06-04:00

Txt msgs may lead to broad heart-linked benefits, study says

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:10am
CHICAGO (AP) — Txt msgs may b gud 4U. 2015-09-22T07:52:00-04:00 2015-09-22T11:52:28-04:00

State obesity rates hold steady; 30 pct or more in 22 states

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 9:10am
NEW YORK (AP) — New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving. 2015-09-21T08:30:00-04:00 2015-09-21T12:30:54-04:00

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Le Mot Juste

49 Writers - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:00am

“Vigorous writing is concise.”~William Strunk Jr.
What’s the oldest book about writing that’s still on your shelves? Mine is Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, the third edition (it's now in it's fourth). The cover price (new) of $2.75 gives you some idea of how long I’ve owned it. 
“No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume,” says The Boston Globe. “The work remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful,” says The New Yorker.
The Elements of Style is a model of precision. Will Strunk was E. B. White’s composition professor at Cornell way back in 1919. White put his professor’s advice to good use, becoming a successful author (to say the least) in his own right. In 1957, Macmillan commissioned White to revise Strunk’s edicts on style.
And edicts they are. “Professor Strunk was a positive man,” White says in his introduction to the third edition, putting a nice spin on it. “His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. In the main I have not tried to soften his commands, or modify his pronouncements, or remove the special objects of his scorn.”
When I taught college composition, I used The Elements of Style as a textbook. Among the advice I hoped it would impart to my students:
  • Use the active voice
  • Put statements in positive form
  • Use definite, specific, concrete language
  • Omit needless words
  • Avoid a succession of loose sentences
  • Express co-ordinate ideas in similar form
  • Keep related words together
  • Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end
  • Place yourself in the background
  • Write in a way that comes naturally
  • Work from a suitable design
  • Write with nouns and verbs
  • Revise and rewrite
  • Do not overwrite
  • Do not overstate
  • Avoid the use of qualifers
  • Do not explain too much
  • Make sure the reader knows who is speaking
  • Avoid fancy words
  • Be clear

Never mind that this list includes a few contradictions (as in “Do not overstate” but also “Put statements in positive form”). I took Strunk and White’s call to heart in my own writing, and though as a more mature writer I now qualify some of the advice (“Do not affect a breezy manner,” “Do not inject opinion,” “Use figures of speech sparingly,” “Prefer the standard to the offbeat”) in favor of strong voice, I’m still glad I learned first and foremost to write with precision.
Yes, rules are restrictive, but we must know language, the tool of our trade, and precision tempered with feeling yields beauty. Of course, it’s also possible to take precision a little too far. Known to deliberate for weeks over a single word, nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert championed le mot juste. I’ve read Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in both English and French, and while it’s a finely crafted novel, there are several that have made a much bigger impression. An emphasis on micro-editing over larger concerns like character motivation and emotional resonance can yield micro-results.
Check This Out: These days you’ll dish out (apologies, Misters Strunk and White, for the breezy manner) more than $2.75, but if you don’t own a copy of The Elements of Style, you’re missing out on some of the most precise advice ever offered up to writers.
Try This: For help with precision, Smart Edit is a free program for Windows that points out clichés as well as overused words and phrases. I haven’t tried it yet; if you do, leave a comment to let me know what you think. 
Deb cross-posts at
Categories: Arts & Culture

FDA experts to review safety of Essure birth control implant

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 1:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal medical experts will take a closer look at a host of problems reported with the birth control implant called Essure, including chronic pain, bleeding, headaches and allergic reactions. 2015-09-21T13:58:00-04:00 2015-09-21T17:58:11-04:00

Northwest Coast Weavers’ Studio

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:16pm

One of several carved pieces by Lyonel Grant for the Evergreen Longhouse Weavers’ Studio, Olympia, WA

I flew to Seattle for a number of reasons:  alternative doctor diagnosis and treatment, work with Sue on a button robe, meet up with my niece and fellow artist to discuss our exhibit next year, and check out the Maori/Coast Salish carvings for the planned “Weavers’ Studio” at the Evergreen Longhouse campus in Olympia, Washington.

Maori carving by New Zealand’s number one Maori carver, Lyonel Grant

These carvings were designed and created by the top New Zealand Maori carver, Lyonel Grant.  You may check out his website at:

Collaborative piece carved by Maori carver Lyonel Grant and Coast Salish carver Peter Boome

Detail carving of Coast Salish artist Peter Boome and Maori artist Lyonel Grant

Categories: Arts & Culture

AP Investigation: Bungling by UN agency hurt Ebola response

AP Health News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:10am
KENEMA, Sierra Leone (AP) — Something didn't smell right. 2015-09-21T11:47:00-04:00 2015-09-21T15:47:30-04:00

Clinton pushes plan to address rising drug costs

AP Health News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 6:10am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target drug companies that flood the airwaves with ads. 2015-09-22T13:57:00-04:00 2015-09-22T17:57:52-04:00

Some Minnesota marijuana patients opting to buy illegally

AP Health News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 6:10am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it. 2015-09-20T07:31:00-04:00 2015-09-20T11:31:56-04:00

James Engelhardt :Memoir in Wilderness

49 Writers - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 6:00am
James EngelhardtWhen we told people that we were going to move to Fairbanks, my wife and I received two distinct responses that have stayed with me. The first response came from our pediatrician who said he’d lived in Fairbanks for a few years and loved it. “But you have to get outside,” he said, “or you’ll go crazy.” The second response came from a neighbor whose friend had moved here for about six months. She said that her friend told her that he couldn’t stand being indoors for half the year.

It was clear that getting outdoors was important. And when we arrived, we learned that it was not enough simply to get outdoors. We found a celebration of the outdoors and landscape. Alaskans have a drive to get out into the wilderness and engage the natural world on its own terms.

An inevitable consequence of people going outdoors and engaging the landscape is that sooner or later someone is going to want to write about it. And a lot of people want to write a memoir. 

Memoir is a compelling genre, and I’ve read my fair share. Over the years I’ve heard a lot of pitches and read quite a few manuscripts, and I’ve noticed a peculiar tendency in Alaska memoirs: People resist writing about themselves. Many of the prospective memoirists frame their complaint by saying that they hate “navel gazing” memoirs, particularly memoirs that should be about landscape and wilderness.

This attitude points to some interesting aspects of both wilderness and memoir. I’ll start by noting that there is no wilderness without humans. You have to have humans to have wilderness. Otherwise, it’s just planet. Once we have human settlements, then we have wilderness. The two are inextricably linked. Further, we live in an era when humans have been everywhere and influenced everything on the planet. We don’t have pure wilderness any more. Not exactly a happy thought.

But we do have stories. It was Muriel Rukeyser who said that the universe is made of stories, and her observation is important to keep in mind. Story thrives on conflict. Readers need to see goals that are thwarted. They want to see characters striving to reach something beyond themselves. 

Now, I want to pivot a bit. 

When our daughter was still getting rolled around in a stroller, she would nod and smile at people, dogs, squirrels, whatever. But if she saw another small kid, her attention would immediately lock on. The same thing happens with our house cats. Birds, squirrels, dogs (dogs and squirrels are everywhere) capture a lot of attention, but let another cat stroll through the yard and my cats go completely still. What I drew from these lessons is that animals are profoundly fascinated by other members of their species. Humans are no exception. 

Now, back to stories. The stories people are drawn to are the stories of other people. Bears are good. Wilderness is good. But we really want to know about that other person, what their struggles were, what conflicts they negotiated, what goals they had that were thwarted—or that they achieved.  

Memoir has an inevitable self-obsession and navel-gazing quality to it. But the extraordinary leap memoirists make is to understand that they’re the main character, and readers really, really want to know the stories that make up that character’s universe. Even out in the backwoods, up in the mountains, or floating on some isolated water, we take ourselves with us. Many of us try to escape the self by going to those places, and that’s a laudable goal. But the self that comes back with us, that is the self that readers want to engage. 

As it turns out, I worked hard to take the pediatrician’s advice. And I like reading about why other people stay in this place. 

Categories: Arts & Culture


Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:42pm
There is an X-Country race on Saturday, September 26 at Sandy Beach. This will likely impact the flow of traffic in and out of the rink parking lot. Runners will be on the road, crossing the Treadwell Arena parking lot and will have the right-of-way. PLEASE NOTE: There will be flaggers that will likely be stopping cars as runner cross. Please give yourself additional time to get to the rink.
Categories: Outdoors

Can't Skate, Can't Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:36pm
Sept 21st-25th 2015. Youth and Adult clinics. Click link for more details. Peewee/Bantam 4:30-6:00, Mites/Squirts 6:15-7:15, Highschool 7:30-9:00, Adults 9:15-10:15
Categories: Outdoors

Day of Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:41pm
Come skate for FREE Saturday, Sept. 12 for the 6th annual CBJ Day of Play! 2 40 minute sessions will be available-12:30-1:10 1:30-2:10. Rental skates are limited & are 1st come 1st served.
Categories: Outdoors

Youth Hockey Registration

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:40pm
JDIA registration is going on NOW. Check out their website for more info!
Categories: Outdoors


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