Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Videos And Info On This Past Weekend's Hamilton CCSVI Conference

A scan of the brain using fMRI

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Well, it appears that this blog is beginning to run the danger of becoming the "all CCSVI, all the time" blog. That's really not my intention, but with new and important CCSVI news coming fast and strong, I feel obligated to keep the Kamikaze faithful updated on the latest and greatest, because CCSVI has the potential to be a Multiple Sclerosis game changer.

I promise, there will be more of the usual Wheelchair Kamikaze photos, videos, and touchy-feely introspective self obsessed Zen laced essays in the coming days and weeks, but until CCSVI is proven one way or the other, I think it's important that I do my part to keep the MS community abreast of the latest news. (Plus, the 12-year-old boy in me really enjoys using words like "abreast" in situations where it would be inappropriate to giggle.)

That said, there was an international meeting of all of the major CCSVI players held this weekend in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). We should be hearing more about this meeting in the coming days and weeks, and I believe portions of the seminar’s presentations are going to be uploaded to the Internet in video form. In the meantime, we can digest some video and written pieces about it, courtesy of the Canadian news media.

CTV, the Canadian television network that has been on top of the CCSVI story for several months now, today aired an interesting interview with Dr. Zamboni regarding this weekend's seminar and the state of CCSVI research in general (click here for the video). Not only is Dr. Zamboni a medical maverick, but the video clearly shows that he really knows how to rock a scarf...

Also from CTV, this short video overview of CCSVI (click here for video), features Dr. Mark Haacke, a neuroimaging expert who has developed specific MRI protocols designed to identify CCSVI markers. Dr. Haacke also maintains the MS-MRI.com website (click here), which contains a wealth of technical information regarding CCSVI and the imaging techniques used to detect it.

The meeting was also covered in various written accounts, as well. Click here and here for articles on this past weekend's CCSVI seminar.

Dr. Zamboni is scheduled to present his findings to a gathering of neurologists and other medical professionals here in New York on Tuesday morning, February 9. As always, I'll have my ear to the ground (actually, if I had my ear to the ground I would never be able to get up again, so more likely I'll have my ear to the phone), and if anything pertinent comes my way, you'll find it here, on CCSVI Kamikaze...

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  2. Geez - with all the rants and raves of the CCSVI topic, how do we have time to look at anything else.

    well, be sure to know that at the Stu's Views and MS News Blog, The Royal WE, are still pumping out all the other information on MS hitting the news wires.

    Visit: http://wwwmsviewsandrelatednews.blogspot.com to see what else is newsworthy today

  3. I just voted for the wheelchair kamikaze blog for the Med Gadget Best Patient Award.

    I would like to remind everyone else that if they have not already done so, to go over there and vote. You only have to click the link above and then click the button that says "Wheelchair Kamikaze". No registration, no pain...

    Marc, do you get some kind of prize if you win? Or just bragging rights?

  4. Marc:

    Thanks once again for the updates. I love the scarf! It was hard to get past it! And correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that Doogie Howser interviewing him?

  5. the scarf is very cool. the Italians have style. the theory might just have some legs.

  6. Trust an Italian to bring a breath of fresh air into a room full of gray flannel suits - not to mention the entire medical establishment's thinking regarding MS :-)

    Thanks for all those great links, Marc - you're really on top of things!

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