Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Press - News - 455 - Both structural damage and inflammation of the spine contribute to impairment of spinal mobility in patients with ankylosing spondylitis
Spondylitis Association of America
It is known that ankylosing spondylitis has a large genetic component, making it more common among those of the same family when a disease history is present.
A study published in the "Annals of Rheumatology" reinforces the evidence of this, by concluding, "Patients with AS in Iceland are significantly more related to each other than to randomly sampled control subjects. This is in agreement with previous reports on the familiality of AS, but the present study has more power and extends over larger familiar cohorts than previously reported."
Other current research into spondylitis is seeking the genes that cause AS.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Michiel Oakes, who was convicted of murdering Mark Stover, will be sentenced on Tuesday. He had claimed self defense, once enough evidence was presented to show that he was at Stover's home and was seen subsequently in several suspicious circumstances, concluding with comments to his former wife that if police found out what he'd just done he'd go away for life. The jury apparently did not believe his story of self-defense - which would probably have been more believable if he'd called police and an ambulance, filed a report with officers responding, and claimed self-defense from the beginning. Instead, he tried to bleach away the signs of blood, then disposed of the body in an estuary that he knew would likely carry the body out into deeper water, where it may not be found. Though the body was in fact, never found, prosecutors built a strong case building upon witness testimony, some physical evidence and Oakes own comments.