Archive | April, 2012

3rd annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research, 04/15-04/21!

12 Apr

Come dine in Princeton and help benefit a good cause!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so to help show their support and raise money for Parkinson’s disease (PD), The Parkinson Alliance is teaming up with several local restaurants in the Princeton area for the 3rd annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research fundraiser.

Starting Sunday, April 15, through Saturday, April 21st, a percentage of restaurant proceeds will be donated to The Parkinson Alliance to help fund promising research projects on PD. All donations made by the restaurants will be equally matched by The Tuchman Foundation and 100% of all contributions will go directly into Parkinson’s research.

What could be better, easier, and more rewarding than that?

As you sit and enjoy a meal with friends or loved ones, you will help raise money for research that could benefit individuals and families affected by PD globally! So spread the word and invite a friend (or two or three) to join you for dinner at one or more of the 7 participating restaurants below:

*For more information about the 3rd annual Princeton Dines Out for Parkinson’s Disease Research, access the original article on The Parkinson Alliance website.

Special prosecutor to release new information on Trayvon Martin case

11 Apr

Special prosecutor, Angela Corey, who was assigned to oversee the investigation of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, announced late on Tuesday that she plans to release new information on the Martin case in the next 72 hours.

This announcement came shortly after attorneys for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Martin on February 26, told news conference reporters that they will no longer represent Zimmerman during the case and had lost contact with him since the weekend. The attorneys, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, said that while they still stand by Zimmerman’s claim that he had acted out of self-defense, not racism, their former client had gone against their legal counsel and contacted prosecutor Corey.

Corey’s announcement to release new information about the controversial case has provided much relief for many across the nation who await the prosecutor’s decision of whether or not to file criminal charges against Zimmerman.

Earlier this week, Corey had stated that she would not present the Martin case in front of a grand jury, which was originally scheduled to convene on Tuesday, April 10, to deliberate whether murder charges should be brought against Zimmerman. The decision meant that there was no timetable or deadline for Corey to follow while making her decision, which some worried would prolong the already slow progress of the case.

Martin’s death has sparked a nationwide debate over race in the United States and Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which allows individuals to use deadly force any time or place if they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury. The fact that Zimmerman has not yet been charged with a criminal offense has resulted in mass demonstrations and thousands of protesters demanding his arrest.

*Source: CNN News

For a more detailed news story on the Trayvon Martin case, access the original article by CNN News contributor, Martin Savidge, Prosecutor to make announcement soon in Martin case.

JetBlue pilot incident: Can airline pilots hide mental health issues?

4 Apr

With all the airline safety and security protocols implemented in the U.S. over the past several years, the JetBlue pilot incident that resulted in the emergency landing of flight 191 on Tuesday, March 27, calls into question the current practice of airline-pilot medical checkups and asks: are they 100%?

Today, U.S. aviation regulations largely depend on airline pilots to report mental health diagnoses and/or treatments after they receive periodic medical screenings, which may be required as often as once every 6 months. However, according to Dr. Richard Jennings, a faculty member of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, it is still fairly easy for pilots such as Clayton Osbon of JetBlue Airways flight 191–whose erratic behavior prompted Osbon’s co-pilot to lock him of the cockpit and several passengers to restrain him–to hide mental problems.

“To a large degree, the aviation medical examiner has to depend on the honesty of the aviator,” said Jennings, who is authorized to perform pilot exams by the Federal Aviation Administration. “It’s just a snapshot.”

*Adam Levin- JetBlue case shows airline-pilot health checks not 100%

This dependency on pilot disclosure is due to the limitations of current airline-pilot medical evaluation practices, which consists of agency-approved medical experts questioning pilots about their mental condition. In the case that a pilot reports any concerning problems/issues or exhibits unusual behavior, then experts may also request a more extensive psychological exam.

Although examination forms issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearly state that pilots must reveal medication usage and any sort of mental or neurological disorders they may have–lying on the FAA’s medical questionnaire can result in penalties of up to $250,ooo in fines or five years in prison–research has shown that commercial pilots still underreport depression. This, according to Patrick Veillette, a corporate pilot who has published articles on the the role of pilot health and safety, is an issue for aviation regulators and medical experts who are concerned with how to better approach and improve this dilemma. The shame of having to disclose that they are tormented, along with the risk of being removed from the job, results in many pilots denying that they are depressed, added Veillette.

Although there has not yet been a U.S. airline passenger death directly caused by pilot mental health issues, Jennings suggests that airlines should utilize alternative resources such as pilot family members, co-workers, random drug testing and airline health programs, since they can be significant secondary measures for identifying pilots who are psychologically unstable.

According to Jennings, these resources would be a more accurate and dependable way of detecting possibly dangerous mental health issues prior to using more extensive psychological assessments.

*Source: Bloomberg News

For a more detailed news story on the potential shortcomings of airline-pilot medical checkups, access the original article by Bloomberg News contributor, Adam Levin, JetBlue case shows airline-pilot health checks not 100%.