Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Lap At Daytona

What its like driving Daytona, Guy Cosmo shows us how it's done.

Grand Am Racing

Dr. Chris Prusinski Racing at Daytona International Speedway driving the blue and green Kinetic Racing #79 BMW E92 M3

Daytona Grand Am

Dr. Prusinski leads the way through the chicane at Daytona with the competition in hot pursuit.

Daytona Test Day

NASCAR Grand Am racing test day in frigid weather at Daytona--178 mph before threshold breaking for turn one.

Boost Your Immunity,Look At Sick Pics

Mark Schaller and Will Gervais psychologists at U of BC suggest that just seeing pictures of symptoms of infectious disease, ie. sneezes, lesions, boosts our immunity. Subjects were shown photos associated with infectious illness or of guns (control). Participants white blood cells were then incubated with bacteria. Those exposed to the images of infection demonstrated higher levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) compared with the control (gun picture exposed) subjects.This study is the first evidence that visual perception of other people's illness can boost our immunity. Psychological Science 21(5) pgs. 649-652

Increasing Survival After Major Trauma and Blood Loss

Hasan Alam at Mass General suggests that survival after major trauma associated with major blood loss could be improved by administering valproic acid (Depakote) to the injured. Depakote is used neurologically as an anti-seizure and migraine preventative medicine. Valproic acid aids cells survival on less oxygen by its histone deacetylase inhibitory properties. Found first to be effective on injured rats then on pigs experimentally. More than 500,000 people per year bleed to death as a result of major trauma including motor vehicle accidents and combat wounds.
Surgery, DOI: 10.1016/j.surg.2009.04.007

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Amyloid beta has Anti-bacterial Properties

Too much Amyloid beta in the brain has toxic effects, too little may hamper our ability to fight infections in the central nervous system. Will blood testing for amyloid beta levels in our blood be in our future ? Will a best range be preferred as with HDL cholesterol nowadays ?

New Criteria for Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease

Proposed new guidelines are are available online for public feedback at

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Neuro-Speed Racing

Dr. Prusinski ( on left ) and co-driver, Chris Hall sign autographs at Barber motorsports park in Alabama at the 2010 Grand-Am race weekend shared with Indycar