Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tuweep Update – date posted Jun 26, 2013

Tuweep is at High Clearance REQUIRED, its usual condition.

There is a HIGH likelihood for multiple flat tires from sharp rocks. Travel SLOW to mitigate tire damage. Carry multiple spare tires and/or a vehicle air compressor and tire plugs. When available, a tow truck runs $1,000-$2,000+.

When possible, during summer monsoon season travel during the morning hours since storms cycle through in the afternoon and evening.

Be prepared to spend the night in your vehicle in the event you become stuck. Carry sleeping bags, food, and extra water.

Travelers should carry:

  • Extra water, food, and gasoline;
  • Good tires, including at least one usable spare;
  • Parts, tools, and knowledge to handle vehicle and tire repairs including tire plugs and a portable air compressor.

For Tuweeep info visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/tuweep.htm

Blog advises: Stop traipsing the World Wide Web, start searching WorldWideScience

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A blog from the American Printing House for the Blind gives an assessment of WorldWideScience.org: “In terms that the rest of us can understand, this website is a way for researchers, scientists, students, and science enthusiasts to search worldwide science databases all at once. Instead of traipsing the World Wide Web, going through multiple search engines, and spending way too much time looking for one thing, this website allows you to search only once to find what you are looking for. Instead of getting a search result for what John Doe thinks of astronomy, this website will only give you the most accurate, legitimate results. In addition, a traditional search engine could not find many of these results.” Read more at the
Fred’s Head blog.

Interview with Dr. William F. Brinkman offers insights on Energy Department directions, R&D

Dr. William Brinkman

In its “Trailblazers of North American Research” edition, International Innovation explores a spectrum of groundbreaking research and development activities, including those at the nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences – the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. In an exclusive interview, Office of Science Director William F. Brinkman offers insights on achieving greater energy security, maintaining the balance between applied and discovery-based research, and the importance of communication among scientific communities. Dr. Brinkman provides a glimpse into the Department’s initiatives in particle physics, bioenergy, and more. When asked about the “societal benefits” of the Office of Science work, he quotes Vannevar Bush, in effect the nation’s first science advisor, on the importance of science to U.S. prosperity, and states, “As a mainstay of federal science funding, we have been a major contributor to underwriting the prosperity and security of the nation over the past 60 years. Examples include superconducting magnet technology, radioisotopes, battery materials, semiconductor processing, and many others.”

HUD Orders West Virginia Landlord to Pay $34,000 for Discriminating Against Man with Autism and his Sister

HUD ordered a West Virginia landlord to pay $34,000 for discriminating against a man with autism and his sister. The landlord demanded that before he would sign a lease agreement, the woman must purchase a $1 million insurance policy to cover any damages or injuries caused by her brother and sign an agreement assuming all legal liability for her brother’s actions. In addition, the landlord required the woman to obtain a doctor’s note regarding her brother’s condition. Following two initial decisions by HUD Administrative Law Judges, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan found that the landlord violated the Fair Housing Act and ordered him to pay $34,000, which includes $18,000 in damages to the woman and $16,000 in civil penalties to the government..

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Quirky Ideas From Outside the Mainstream

The July 16 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an editorial addressing the debate as to whether complementary medicine courses should be taught in Australian universities. In many ways, the debate in Australia parallels debates here in the United States, and indeed debates on this blog.

Reumofan Products Pose Risk to Consumers: Updated Alert

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about the risks they face if they take Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium, products marketed as “dietary supplements” that have hidden drug ingredients that can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects.

Because of the possible risks, consumers should not buy or start using these products.

Osteoarthritis and Complementary Health Practices

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a disease that causes pain and difficulty moving joints, particularly in the knees, hips, hands, and spine. This fact sheet provides basic information on OA, summarizes scientific research on selected dietary supplements, mind and body therapies, and other complementary health practices that have been studied for OA, and suggests sources for additional information.

Message From the Director: The Science of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

Millions of Americans, myself included, practice yoga. Personally, I enjoy yoga because it’s a good form of low-impact exercise. But are there health benefits associated with yoga that extend beyond exercise? There is some interesting research being conducted in this area, and we’re still learning about the science of this mind and body therapy and its effect on our overall health and well-being.

Clinical Digest: Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Practices

Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation.

Many people who practice yoga do so to maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. In addition, yoga is also used to address specific health conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety. This issue summarizes the scientific research on effectiveness and safety of yoga for health.

Job Opening: Deputy Director, NCCAM

Application Deadline: September 17, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Deputy Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). NCCAM leads the Federal Government’s efforts to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary, alternative, and integrative health interventions and their role in improving health and health care and to facilitate evidence-based decision making about their use by the public, health care professionals, and health policy makers.

OSTI partnerships make DOE R&D results more accessible

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Whether by finding ways to ensure research data are readily accessible online or by partnering with companies such as Microsoft to audio index scientific videos, OSTI’s Brian Hitson is keen for his organization to collaborate on innovations across the international science information arena. Hitson, OSTI Associate Director and Chair of the International Council on Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC), was recently interviewed for International Innovation: North America, June 2012 (Research Media, UK, pp106-107). Hitson noted in the interview that public-private and multilateral collaborations allow entities such as OSTI to realize “very tangible outcomes that would either not have been feasible, or would have been much more expensive for individual members to pursue independently.” The TACC is currently exploring projects in information trust and authority, data equivalence, and alternatives to traditional usage and value metrics, all of which provide benefit to individual members such as OSTI. OSTI is charged with providing broad access to the research and development activities of the U.S. Department of Energy and its Office of Science, the largest funder of research in the physical sciences in the U.S. Government. Through partnerships facilitated by the ICSTI network, OSTI brings the world’s R&D to DOE researchers and makes sure DOE R&D results are shared globally.  ICSTI is the platform under which WorldWideScience.org – the global science search engine – was developed.  OSTI is the operating agent for WorldWideScience.org.

Light received an expanded definition, Compton received a Nobel Prize

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Arthur H. Compton discovered that light cannot be explained simply as a wave phenomenon, but also must be considered as a stream of particles.  His confirmation of the dual nature of electromagnetic radiation earned Compton a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927. Read more about Compton and get resources with additional information at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Quirky Ideas From Outside the Mainstream

The July 16 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an editorial addressing the debate as to whether complementary medicine courses should be taught in Australian universities. In many ways, the debate in Australia parallels debates here in the United States, and indeed debates on this blog.

Complementary and alternative health care practices, by definition, arise from outside the mainstream, and, not surprisingly, meet much appropriate skepticism. We at NCCAM share a skeptical mindset, but, as readers of this blog know, we believe scientific inquiry has an important place in the evaluation of some non-mainstream health practices. As noted in the MJA editorial, “Science sets out to rigorously eliminate bias, not to assert it.” This is a basic tenet of the scientific method, and one that requires us to pursue our work with objectivity and neutrality, and with a dose of both open-mindedness and skepticism.

Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being

This video features the current scientific evidence for yoga as a complementary health practice, particularly for symptoms like chronic low-back pain. Viewers will also learn about research that explores the safety of yoga and how certain yoga poses can specifically affect a person’s body. The video also provides valuable “dos and don’ts” for consumers who are thinking about practicing yoga. This is the second installment in NCCAM’s The Science of Mind and Body Therapies video series.