Sometimes conquering fear of the uncertain and finding a world of possibilities is just a train ride away

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:45am
Have you ever felt trapped, isolated or suffocated by transportation-related issues? I’m sure those of you who use a wheelchair, like I do — I have spinal muscular atrophy — or rely on some other form of mobility aid have felt these things a time or two. I know I have. But in the past couple of years, I’ve been determined to face my greatest fear, which includes...

Does pond scum cause ALS? Maybe — but the evidence is far from clear

posted on June 18, 2009 - 9:00pm
Recent media reports have raised the question of a possible link between an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and living near Lake Mascoma in Western New Hampshire. The Union Leader in New Hampshire and other news outlets have reported that the risk of developing ALS is 25 times higher than average for people living around Lake Mascoma, located in Enfield and...
posted on April 1, 2009 - 4:10pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
For people with disabilities, travel can present both wonderful opportunities and daunting obstacles — the latter due to the inaccessibility of transportation, accommodations and popular tourist sites. The good news is that many countries are making more locations accessible to wheelchairs. And even more good news: Increasing numbers of devices and services are appearing on the market for the...

Much of the conventional wisdom about exercising isn’t true for people with muscle diseases, and doing it wrong may cause irreversible muscle damage

posted on April 1, 2009 - 10:42am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
Exercise can be a good thing — but only if undertaken safely. Here are some warning signs that say STOP. When muscle fibers are undergoing damage, they usually — but not always — announce it pretty quickly, with cramping and pain. But sometimes muscle destruction doesn’t make itself known until enough damaged muscle fibers have released a pigmented protein called myoglobin into the blood and...

Simple ways to resist injury

posted on April 1, 2009 - 9:19am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 2
It just takes one little wrong move, like leaning over to tie a loved one’s shoelace, for something to pop in the lower back and put you out of commission. For a caregiver, this kind of injury can be disastrous.
posted on November 1, 2008 - 10:21am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
It was 5 o’clock on a weekday afternoon. I was sitting on the corner of Montrose, a five-lane thoroughfare through downtown Houston, and Sul Ross, a little cross street between West Alabama and Richmond. The class I was taking at the University of St. Thomas had ended for the day, and I was waiting for my faithfully late METRO bus.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 2:36pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
Online gaming can open a whole new world of fun, and potential danger. Follow these tips to keep you and/or your children safe. Also, read on to view this year's picks of Halloween costumes.
posted on September 1, 2008 - 2:28pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
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