BC scientists discover gene mutation causes dementia

Scientists in BC, Canada, have discovered a link between gene mutation and dementia.

The Globe & Mail reports:

“This is an illness that robs people of their mental faculties in their middle life,” said Howard Feldman, director of the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. “And it’s particularly noteworthy for the devastation it has on behaviour and social conduct.”…They traced an inherited form of frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, to mutations in the progranulin gene.

globeandmail.com : B.C. scientists link gene mutation to dementia

The Ottawa Citizen‘s article: Canada-U.S. researchers find dementia gene

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Great Summer Reading

Issue 6 Volume 3 Cover

I went back to my folks’ place in Campbell River last weekend for a few days of golf and some quality family time. To get to Campbell River, which is on Vancouver Island, from Vancouver you take a ride on BC Ferries.

Whenever I take the ferry I pick up a couple of magazines to read while I drink a combination of half hot chocolate and half coffee from the snack bar. On this most recent trip home I bought two magazines, the latest issue of Wired and The Walrus Magazine.

I was very impressed with The Walrus Magazine. It was their “Summer Reading Edition” and there are very few ads – almost every page is full text. I’ve already spent over two hours with the magazine and there’s still a lot for me left to read.

I’ll definitely be picking up The Walrus again.

Featuring memoirs by David Gilmour on Tolstoy and love, Xujun Eberlein on the Cultural Revolution, and Gail Gallant on growing up Catholic

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival


Jericho Beach – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is happening at Jericho Beach this weekend, July 14, 15, & 16, 2006.

From around the world and across the street, the Vancouver Folk Music Fetival is pround to present some of the finest musicians, poets and singers in today’s traditional and contemporary folk and roots music scene. Here’s the lineup.

29th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 14, 15 & 16, 2006 – Jericho Beach Vancouver, BC

More info is available at: the Tyee.ca | Georgia Straight

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Golf in Campbell River

I’m in Campbell River for the weekend visiting my family and some old friends.

Today I’m going to be golfing at Storey Creek Golf Club, a Les Furber design, home of Rod Brind’Amour’s Golf Classic for Cystic Fibrosis and Campbell River’s best golf course.

Deer and golfers at Storey Creek Golf Club
Deer, robin, and golfers at Storey Creek in Campbell River, BC

Storey Creek’s tagline is “A course in nature” because it’s carved out of the forest. On most of the holes at Storey Creek you can’t see another hole. It’s great because you don’t have to worry about balls flying at you from other holes and it really feels like you’re golfing alone with just your foursome.

It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll see a half-dozen to a dozen deer on the course during your round.

On the Storey Creek driving range you get to hit off the grass most of the year – none of those plastic grass mats. There are two large practice putting greens, two large practice chipping greens, and a practice bunker to work on your chipping.

If you’re golfing on Vancouver Island, Storey Creek Golf Course in Campbell River is definitely worth a look.