For the first time in its history, the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital performed an advanced form of brain surgery called deep brain stimulation on several children with dystonia. That’s a disease that produces chronic, involuntary contortions of the trunk and limbs. The procedure involves placing electrodes deep in the brain and then connecting them with a pacemaker-like device placed in the abdomen. The surgery has allowed children to walk again and perform everyday functions. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj will discuss the procedure.
The Maricopa Association of Governments has created several interactive maps that give a variety of key information for the Phoenix Metro area. Businesses and other groups can search individual areas to get information on land use, population density, percentage of minority groups, bikeways and much more. Anubhav Bagley, MAG Information Services Manager, will walk us through the map viewer.
Hear from two top-selling authors about their newest works. International bestseller Bill Bryson, author of “A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home,” will talk about his latest book, “One Summer: America, 1927.” Thomas Moore, author of the bestselling “Care of the Soul,” will talk about his new book, “A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.”
International bestseller Bill Bryson, author of “A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home,” will talk about his latest book, “One Summer: America, 1927.” His new book details historical events of that summer.
The Phoenix-based nonprofit Citizenship Counts is spreading its message of the value of American citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities that go along with it, to the Nation’s youth with a cross-country bike ride and walk. Learn more about it from Alysa Ullman, executive director and founder of Citizenship Counts.
Dr. John Galgiani, Director of the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence, talks about efforts to treat and prevent this growing disease in Maricopa County and the desert Southwest. Learn how you can help fight the disease during events planned for Valley Fever Awareness Week in early November.
Related Links: Valley Fever Center for Excellence Walk for Valley Fever (November 1, 2009)
Ted Simons talks with Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space. Dr. Harris is also the founder of the Harris Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports math and science education and crime prevention programs for children. The Foundation is co-sponsor of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp taking place at ASU.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving will hold a national �Walk Like MADD� event on Saturday, April 26th to raise funds for the anti-drunk driving group. The president of the local MADD organization and the president of UMADD, an Arizona State University anti-drunk driving organization, will talk about the event and efforts to combat drunk driving.
Children and parents around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5th. The purpose of the day is to bring visibility to walking and biking conditions and inspire positive health and safety by walking to school. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman joins Michael Grant to talk about his city's successful Walk to School Day campaign.