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Interesting article on sleep apnea (Risks of heavy snoring (Feb. 2009). However, the final paragraph only promotes CPAP as a viable preventative. CPAP is extremely uncomfortable to use, and therefore rate of actual use is low.

I have found that a simple and cheap (~$70) bite guard made by Pure Sleep works just as well, and solves my bruxism issue as well. It is easy to pack the bite guard for trips. Recently my sister stopped by on her way to Sweden for a 2 week visit. She was stressing out because shc was unable to pack her CPAP for the trip. I had a spare (new) Pure Sleep bite guard, and she had absolutely no problems during her trip. In this day and age of trying to reduce cost of medical insurance, it would be wise to look at alternative devices as well.

  • Jim VanWyk
  • MS
  • 1984
  • ME
  • West Bloomfield

Re: Ann Arbor Abolitionists (Feb. 2009): An excellent article bringing to life the major issue of that time and one that has stayed with us until today. Keep them coming.

  • Dennis Crouch
  • B.S.E.
  • 1962
  • College of Engineering
  • Beavercreek

Many patients, as well as other people, even me as a charge nurse, get offended by being addressed as honey, etc. (Elderspeak, Jan. 2009.) If I do not remember a person's name. I usually say, "Hi, it is good to see you again. Forgive me if I forgot your name." I have never had a problem with that approach with the many former patients and visitors I have encountered over the years.

A student nurse once called me honey, just weeks before she was to graduate, and I could not let her continue in that habit, and after telling her she could call me Fran or Mrs. Walts, or even nurse—as was clearly in big letters on my hospital badge on my uniform right in front of her eyes!—I reprimanded her and said if she ever did that to a physician I am sure the fireworks would fly and she would be called to task for it!!

She said she had had that bad habit from working in nursing homes and had been reprimanded before. I just told her that it would not fly in the real work world at all and I wanted to spare her the grief she would definitely encounter if she continued on that path. I related the incident to her instructor so he would be aware also.

I do not see anything wrong with calling someone Sir,Miss,or Madam or, even "mate," like the Brits do, but I would guess a lot of Americans these days would have no idea what mate meant.

If you knew their profession you could call them by that address—such as Doctor, Nurse, Your Honor, etc.

  • Frances Walts
  • B.S.Nursing
  • 1963
  • Nursing
  • Baldwinsville

Re: North Quad and Nellie's books (Oct. 2007): As an undergrad I spent many hours taking French and Spanish classes in the Frieze Building. In all those years I never knew the history of what I thought was an undistinguished and quite frankly, pretty shabby place. (Not being from Ann Arbor originally I didn't even know it was the old high school.)

Thanks for a quick history lesson and look at the new complex.

  • Carolyn Chartier Bloom
  • B.A.
  • 1970
  • LSA
  • Auburn

Re: Elderspeak (Jan. 2009): For those of us who have difficulty remembering names, what do we call men, Sir is a bit formal, and women, Hate sweetie, honey. How do we respectfully address someone? Herr, Panni?

  • kay
  • BA MBA
  • 1967 1973
  • LSA Business
  • Troy

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday. And our present thoughts build our life or tomorrow. Our life is a creation of our mind.

The Dhammapada (attributed to the Buddha).

We have been frozen stiff by the ideology of the past government. In fact, we have experienced a small Ice Age. Our minds and institutions have become frozen as the result of the big freeze through which the past government was freezing all-important and original thought.

But now the Ice Age is over. Yet, our minds are still petrified and half-frozen. Where else is a better place to unfreeze the minds and hearts of people than at the University of Michigan? In the past ? in the 60?s, 70?s and 80?s ? this campus was a forum, which allowed the most important debates of the time to be carried out with rigor and conviction. And what a lively place it was! And how scintillating were the minds of students!

How do we reconstruct our society? How do we reconstruct our inner lives so that they are attuned to the imperatives of dignity and freedom? How do we live normal and inspired life outside the freeze?

These are some of the problems. And there are many others. The University of Michigan is a great civic institution. It is proud of its civic traditions and its civic debates. Will the University of Michigan and its students not rise again to the great challenges of our times? To the students I say: your energy, imagination and courage are needed. Don't you have any?

  • Henryk Skolimowski
  • Professor Emeritus of Humanities

Re: Turnaround? (Jan. 2009): The City of San Francisco had an RFI for electric/0emissions vehicle infrastructure deployment a few months back. I responded when I realized infrastructure's importance.

Media focuses on the latest in motors, fuel systems, etc. Granted the subject of infrastructure is not glamorous. Yet, this does not diminish the critical role it plays in having a viable market for such cars.

Perhaps we should find creative means for glamorizing it. As a musician and video producer, I can think of a few ways this might be done.

  • Mike Lee
  • B.S.E. Engineering Physics
  • 1991
  • ENG, LSA
  • san francisco

Re: Elderspeak (Jan. 2009): Professor Emeritus Richard Bailey scores a proverbial touchdown in describing the emotional and physical degradation associated with "elderspeak." When workers in any discipline use terms such as "dearie, sweetie, honey, or sugar," when addressing consumers, it is a sad affirmation of how education or lack of it affects customer service. It is a fairly quick study in demographics to determine the socioeconomic background of those who rely on this terminology. Elders, you are not alone. Such terms can be heard in the check-out lanes at the grocery stores, at the receptionist desk in many offices, and among colleagues in numerous working class venues. Such is the result of a changing society where respectful communication has dissolved, right along with the ability to demonstrate language competence. Thanks, for a great article, Dr. Bailey.

  • Audrey L. Jackson
  • B.A., MSW
  • 1978, 1983
  • LSA, Social Work
  • Ann Arbor

Re: Elderspeak (Jan. 2009): Not only did Richard Bailey point out a pervasive problem, but he did it in such a polite and sympathetic way! Of course, most of those who use elderspeak don't mean to be patronizing or demeaning, but the fact remains…that's exactly how they're perceived. U-M Hospital administrators: is there any way you can obtain reprints of the article and stuff a copy into everyone's paycheck envelope?

  • Judy Steeh
  • Tokyo

Re: U-M scientists probe limits of cancer stem-cell model (Jan. 2009): I was diagnosed with melanoma on the side of my face during the spring of my senior year. A "prophylactic" operation was performed two days after graduation to determine whether it had spread. A radical neck dissection "in the New York style" removed lymph nodes, muscles and part of the jugular vein. All was clear, so I was cured by surgery without radiation or chemotherapy. There has been no recurrence. At the time I was told that if it had spread, it could have killed me in six months.

  • John F. Sprague
  • B.S.
  • 1956
  • SNR
  • Allendale

The "Michigan Today" which I received today was excellent. All of the stories were very interesting and informative. It made very proud to be a U-M Alum.

  • Eugene Dybdahl
  • D.M.A.
  • 1970
  • music
  • Perrysburg

Dear Prof. Bailey,

Right on! I have been retired for 18 yrs and very few hospital workers remember me anymore. (those who do are very warm and respectful). Besides the talking down of Elderspeak (Jan. 2009), I am not comfortable either with the first name approach which is almost universal today.

Very nice article, most apropos.

  • Harvey J Bratt
  • MD
  • 1952
  • 1952
  • grand rapids

Re: Harder than brain surgery (Jan. 2009): Dr Muraszko, the video was so inspiring. As the mother of the dying child said, we pray that you keep on going and doing the same every day. I am glad to see that all your work has been topped with the blessing of your own family.

  • Raquel Arévalo
  • mba

Dear Dr. Michael Bernitsas,

Your design for a low current energy conversion device ('Fish technology draws renewable energy from slow water currents Jan. 2009) is just the sort of thing we need for the small- and low-energy locations all around us.

Around Long Island, NY, we are being forced to consider large wind turbines in the ocean for our power needs. Though wind turbines may make sense in many areas of the world, doing so over ocean currents and waves, which continually fight to bring the structures down, seems silly. Such wind devices are being promoted by large vendors, who can only make such wind devices (when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail...). Economically, based on the proposal utility rate payers here are being forced to consider, such wind turbines make no practical sense, and I think they are underestimating the costs of fighting ocean currents and waves.

I would love to see your devices tested and used in our area. There are hundreds of locations around Long Island that are potential sites, which includes many tidal streams, bays, harbors, and channels. We also have large markets (New York City and the outlying suburbs) for both media exposure and potential use.

We have the additional challenges of salt water and its use in open water of varying direction. Both of these, I think, are easy to overcome and could be tested here.

Many local areas here also have much higher water speed. In New York City's East River, underwater turbine prototypes (similar to wind turbines) are being tested now.

I would love to see your technology developed and refined here. I would offer to put you in contact with people in this area who are interested in, or who need to consider such technology. In that way, people can learn that there are other energy alternatives that can work in so many more locations.

  • Ray Wallman
  • BSE
  • 1975
  • Eng
  • Lake Ronkonkoma

i was really enjoying this story when, just as Dr. Muraszko was getting to the crux of her story about a child who died of a brain tumor, the video ended! It would not play past that point. Can you look into why the video would not play until the end?

  • jon maass

Re: Black holes are the rhythm at the heart of galaxies (Jan. 2009): My question is: if even light cannot escape from a black hole, how can periodic emissions of heat energy escape?

Professor Mateusz Ruszkowski replies: "The 'burst of energy' that that the article describes refers to the matter that got accelerated very close to the black hole and then formed a 'jet.' These jets eventually form the bubbles that we discussed in the paper. Another possibility is that the jets were initially dominated by the flux of electromagnetic energy. In either case, the black hole itself does not emit these jets."

  • George Porretta
  • BS, MD
  • 1950, 1954
  • LSA, MED
  • Huntley

Frank Beaver's film reviews are great. I am glad to read them after hearing them decades ago on WUOM.

  • Douglas Ostrom
  • PhD
  • 1984
  • Rackham
  • Tokyo

Re: Elderspeak (Jan. 2009): Common courtesy, which should not be abandoned in doctors' offices, hospitals, nursing homes, demands that anyone old enough to vote, say, be addressed as Mr., Miss, etc. unless they specifically asked to be addressed differently. "Honey," "sweetheart," "dearie," "fella," "buster" and so forth are just odious and lazy.

Everyone working in a health care facility is trained. Why doesn't that training include how to address patients?

  • Colleen Clark
  • MPH
  • 1969
  • SPH
  • Cambridge

Re: Gun shows do not increase homicides or suicides (Oct., 2008): People are dying cause someone is lying.

  • Deryl Westrate
  • Montague

Re: Film Theory Applied: Junebug and The Passenger (Nov., 2005): I just watched Junebug for the umpteenth time. had my own ideas why it struck (and stuck with) me so. a quick search for an abstract took me here.

i understand your assessment of "slice of life" images to open interpretation. further, in Junebug's case i think the many stills of the rooms, these folks' universe, with no sound, are even more significant. as i viewed them tonight, the sounds of my home—wind chimes, dog barks, cars, voices—all local, all familiar, all mine—meshed, really placing me there. for example: i do not and never will know why johnny hits george with the wrench. and moreover why george seems to accept it as almost appropriate. but i feel, or see it, as probably appropriate. not as "being viewed" but actually near real-life experienced.

i look forward to viewing the passenger and visiting this site in the future.

  • kip zimmerman
  • assc. engineering, english
  • 82, 84
  • the citadel, piedmont virginia c.c., trident tech.(charleston, sc)
  • mount pleasant

I saw The great plate (March, 2008) in my recent Family Circle. I found it on your site, but nowhere to purchase it. Can you tell me where I can go to purchase one of these plates?

  • Brenda
  • Locust

Re: At the magical age of eight, belief synchs with behavior (Nov., 2008):I have just completed four books on dimensions of being physically active for 5-8 year olds. It is my theory that if children of that age are approached not only through reasoning, but also through visual, emotional, imitation, and dialogue that it could influence their belief and behavior. I am interest in collaborating in a research project focused on using theses books and multiple stimuli to effect the belief and behavior within these age groups.

  • Wasentha Young
  • M.A.
  • 2008
  • Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
  • Ann Arbor

Re: "Soar toward goodness": Desmond Tutu's Wallenberg Lecture, (Nov., 2008): What an amazing, moving, eloquent speech. Thank you for publishing that!

  • John Tebeau

Re: No honeymoon (Nov., 2008): I am very dissatisfied with U of M for hiring Rich Rodriguez and paying him as much as they are with a long term contract. When he backed out of his contract at West Virginia, and refused to pay the early out penalty didn't U of M care about his integrity? The fact that he has a similar early out clause in his U of M contract is very ironic. Why would anyone expect him to honor that? I am done cheering for U of M football, and done contributing anything to U of M. Maybe when academics is first and athletics is done with integrity, I might reconsider, but for the Rich Rodriquez era I'm done.

PS I don't care if he went 11-0 or 0-11 in his first season.

  • Tom Demmon

Re: No honeymoon (Nov., 2008): Don't take it personally but maybe Michigan would be better off getting out of the football business and getting its students to work harder and to get into better physical shape. being a spectator in life rather than a participant is not exactly the right message. Best of luck.

  • Daniel Israel

Re: No honeymoon (Nov., 2008): Rich Rod should be very careful with the team he has, as an additional season like he has just had WILL NOT be tolerated long by the U of M faithful. Were we too quick to broom out Carr for a pseudo Spread option coach for 4 1/2 M? Perhaps further reflection on what he really brought to U of M is in order. Sitting in the stands as we have done for many, many years it is very painful to watch this wonder coach run the inside hand-off to the half back on almost every first down play. Any reasonable coach can defense this play easily and the results are usually second down and 9.

  • Robert J. Miller

Re: No honeymoon (Nov., 2008): It has been a tough season for us season ticket holders too. We are not used to mediocrity at the U-M. Many will let their tickets go this year with tough economy and a coaching staff that has no idea about the tradition of Michigan football. It all goes back to the HUGE mistake Mr. Martin made in fumbling the offer to a real Michigan man, Les Miles. We did lose a lot of offensive players and even more left after working under Rich Rod for a short time. But the defense had decent experience and it has been terrible. I have horrible nightmares that U-M will be the next Nebraska who was a power house for years and with a coaching change became a nobody real fast. Hoping for the best but no longer expecting greatness.

  • David Figg, MD

Re: No honeymoon (Nov., 2008): I went to my first UM football game in 1952 with my Dad and have been going ever since. I've seen the Maize and Blue in the lofty heights and in the lows, but we've always come back! It's hard to believe when I hear "fans" saying that this will be their (fans) last season. Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots all! Where have they been for the last century and a quarter? Those young men on the field earned their "wings" long ago.

Go Blue now! Go Blue forever!

  • Peter G Zahner

Editor Note: Readers responded strongly to our article about Rich Rodriguez (No honeymoon, Nov., 2008), as the letters below demonstrate. Some readers caught a couple of factual errors, which we have corrected. Others suggested that we had made more egregious mistakes. We have re-checked our facts extensively and stand by the story as reported.

In this note, writer John U. Bacon responds to reader questions:

Some readers correctly noted that Glenville State did not win the national final game, but the national semi-final, and West Virginia University is not called the University of West Virginia. I regret the errors.

It is also true that, at the time, Glenville State was still in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) not the NCAA's Division II, which it joined two years later (not one year, as a reader writes). However, in a story written for an audience that includes many non-sports fans, I made the decision to simplify this relatively minor distinction rather than take a paragraph to explain how the NAIA is on a par with NCAA Division II. (You can see what enthralling reading it makes.)

However, other readers' suggested corrections are false.

No matter how many sources list Grant Town as Rich Rodriguez's place of birth, he was born in Chicago, and raised there until the middle of second grade. (I'll take his mom's word on that.) His family did leave their home late at night, and suddenly, and, as the article says, Rodriguez had not heard of West Virginia until they were leaving for the state that night.

Further, the article was accurate in stating that Rodriguez did not visit the campus of West Virginia University until he first arrived there as a freshmen. In fact, Rodriguez had never seen a Division I football game in person until he was a player on the sidelines for his first game at West Virginia.

Whether readers choose to believe Coach Rodriguez is, of course, entirely up to them, but I can see no reasonable grounds for doubting him on these points. All have come from extensive interviews with Coach Rodriguez, and have been confirmed by other sources, including his parents.

In this article I sought to give an unvarnished summation of this historically bad season and some factors that might explain why it happened, at least partially, while providing the larger context of who the new coach is and what his coaching history might suggest about the future of Michigan's program. Of course, what happens next is anyone's guess—but that's why they play the games.

  • John U. Bacon

Michigan was great before Rodriquez's parents were born, let alone Rodriquez (No honeymoon, Nov., 2008). We don't need a coach to take us down the tubes then build up the team to make himself look great.

What is his motto for the team? Bo's was "Those who stay will be [champions]!" It must be "Those who stay will be losers." Coach Rodriquez owes Michigan, the alumni and the fans a huge apology. We had the longest streak of playing in bowl games of any team; no other school was close. He blew it and even if he stays a long time, we will not be back near that mark. He brought his entire coaching stall from WV. Why? They have no discernible abilities. Which one did he put in charge of fumbles and turnovers? He must have set a record in that department for a Michigan record. All he had to do to beat Toledo was score two touchdowns and he couldn't get it done. He starts two freshman quarterbacks and the other teams had no trouble stopping them. He plays Purdue who starts a freshman quarterback with only three starts and he couldn't stop him. All he had to do is watch the Michigan game films to learn how to do it. He is an innovator. Sure didn't demonstrate it in 12 games.

  • Jack Owens
  • B.S.
  • 1965
  • SNR
  • Chelsea

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