In the name of Allah; the entirely merciful; the especially merciful - بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Friday, 29 February 2008

Beautiful pictures on leap day.

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Subhan Allah, beautiful pictures. Look at the colours Allah creates, Subhan Allah. I love these pictures, Masha Allah. I also love looking at His beautiful creations. This ia an opportunity to Glorify and Praise Him. I have to remember to always remember Him.

nature

Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): "Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire. ( سورة آل عمران , Aal-e-Imran, Chapter #3, Verse #191)

Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. ( سورة الرعد , Ar-Rad, Chapter #13, Verse #28)

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Family Meeting at home.

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Alhamdulillah, last weeks, on Monday, Amy, Alison and Karlee came for family meeting. Amy is Muja Speech Therapy. Alison and Karlee are her new Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. They are from TCCP. We were so sad that Tenielle and Emma her previous physio and OT left us. They were excellence therapies we ever had, helpful and understanding. We hope for the best to both of them.

Anyway we are looking forward working with the new therapies and very excited for what to come.

On the meeting we were discussing what Muja has achieved last semester and what we would like her to achieve this term. We talked about what was recommended by her therapies for Muja and what I want to see and Insha Allah we would continue on with the things we haven't achieved last semester.

Insha Allah we would focus on switch for her communication, strengthen her upper body, sleeping management, getting new walker and splint, adjusting her insert and review her oral feeding.

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Muja photos at Carson Street School

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

For some reason one of the teacher/conductor at Muja school left, hopefully temporarily, so her school days has changed to Wednesday and Friday. The school for parents is closed. Very sad because I was looking forward to attend the class so that I could reinforce the Conductive Education at home. Anyway the school allows the parents to come on the day their child at school to stay and learn. I am very worried if the Conductive Education in this school has to stop because lack of skilled conductor in Australia and government funds. Meanwhile we'll hope for the best.


Muja at school holding bar to support her while sitting. She pushes her head to her left and finding hard to keep it in the middle. This can hurt her ear when her hearing aid is on.

Muja feet are flat, her bottom is back, her back is straight and her head is not quite in the middle. Waiting for other students for group morning tea.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

FDA reviewing safety of Botox and rival product

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

FDA reviewing safety of Botox and rival product

Fri Feb 8, 2008 8:50pm EST

By Lisa Richwine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are reviewing the safety of Botox, best known for its cosmetic use, and a competitor amid reports that at least one child died following treatment for serious medical conditions, health officials said on Friday.

Shares of Botox maker Allergan Inc ended the day down nearly 6 percent to $63.30 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Serious reactions and hospitalizations of adults also were reported, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Symptoms were suggestive of botulism, which occurs when the botulinum toxin in the products spreads in the body and paralyzes muscles, the FDA said.

No deaths were reported involving cosmetic use, the FDA said. One hospitalization was reported in a person who got Botox to ease frown lines between the eyebrows but it was unclear if Botox was the cause, the FDA said.

Most of the serious cases were in children treated for limb spasms from cerebral palsy, the agency said. That use is not approved in the United States, but is cleared in other countries.

The FDA declined to provide the number of reports it has received. Dr. Russell Katz, director of the FDA division that oversees the products, described the numbers as a "relative handful" that included at least one death.

Allergan said in a statement that use of Botox to treat juvenile cerebral palsy and other lower limb spasticities involves higher dosages than some of the other approved uses of the product, including treatment of wrinkles between the brows.

The company also emphasized FDA comments that this population of patients tends to be "very sick" and generally at higher risk of serious adverse events and death than a healthy population.

Botox is famous for smoothing facial wrinkles but also has other approved medical uses such as treating cervical dystonia, or rigid neck muscles. A competitor, Solstice Neuroscience Inc's Myobloc, is cleared only for the neck condition. Neither is approved for children under 12.

But doctors are free to use the drugs for any use they consider appropriate.

Reactions were reported in people getting the products for approved as well as unapproved uses and a variety of doses, the FDA said. Reactions may be related to overdosing, it added.

The agency said it was in the early stages of a review of Botox, Botox Cosmetic and Myobloc.

Until the FDA completes its review, officials advised patients to seek medical attention if they develop signs of botulism such as weakness or trouble swallowing or breathing.

Even for cosmetic use, "people should be aware this is a possibility, however rare, and if they do develop these symptoms they should take note of them," Katz told reporters.

Caroline Van Hove, a spokesperson for Allergan, said the company would cooperate with the FDA in its investigation.

Van Hove noted that treating childhood cerebral palsy is an approved use in about 60 other countries, and said the company is aware that doctors use it for that purpose in the United States, although it does not market the drug for that use.

Solstice Neurosciences said it supported the FDA review, but noted the agency's announcement did not mean it had concluded the products caused the reactions.

Last month, consumer group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to require a strong "black box" warning to highlight the possibility of the botulinum toxin spreading and causing serious complications. The group said it had reviewed 180 reports of muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing and other problems, including 16 fatal cases.

Allergan projected in November that worldwide sales for Botox would top $1.1 billion in 2007.

Jefferies & Co analyst Peter Bye said a likely outcome would be for the FDA to require a black box and discouraging prescribing it for unapproved uses.

But, Bye said, a similar warning was issued in Europe, and "We didn't see any hiccups in European growth when the warnings were put on."

Bye, who has a "buy" rating on Allergan shares, said the stock decline was likely unwarranted, noting Botox's strong safety track record.

"There obviously is some risk" of more severe FDA action, Bye said. "But given the history of the product ... I wouldn't think it's high."

Greater FDA scrutiny could work in Allergan's favor, Bye said. It could mean there will be a longer U.S. review period for Reloxin, a potential Botox rival from Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine, Kim Dixon, Lewis Krauskopf and Deena Beasley; Editing by Gunna Dickson and Carol Bishopric)

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Who is at kindy 2008?

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Guess who is at kindy this year? Right! My baby, Muja is at kindy this year.

Masha Allah on Monday morning this week was Muja first day of kindy. I packed her red backpack with her 10 and 60 ml syringe, tube extention, litmus paper, Padiesure formula and water bottle for her tube feed. I also put in Heinz Pureed baby food for oral feed with the soft plastic spoon. Other then those I packed her hearing aids, nappies, wipes, bibs and spare cloths. I label all her things including the nappies.

I gave her a nice warm bath, shampoo her hair and brushed her teeth. She didn't like it when the tooth brush entered her mouth. Her lower lip is still sore because she bit it few days ago. I gently applied Misk Aroma Arnica Massage Oil, which I made, all over her body before put on her pink and red flower top and pink tight pants. When I applied the oil on, her body was so soft and relaxed. I brushed her head and tight it with purple headband. I put on her white shoe. Masha Allah, she is ready for kindy.

My husband helped clean her insert or special chair made for her. At home the chair is screw to the kim which has four wheels for moving around. When going out the chair or insert can be tight to her pram. Insha Allah, that chair can also goes on the wheelchair when she have one.

After packed all her stuffs, I carried Muja to the car and she sit on her car sit as usual. I have mixed feeling while travelling to Carson Street School where Muja's kindy is. This was my second time away without her. First was when I went to hajj last December. Although this time she is only going from 8:30 am to 2:30pm every Monday and Tuesday, I felt strange without her at home. I miss her.

At school she was greet by almost everyone we meet. They were very friendly and caring. It was so hard to leave and say goodbye to her, but I put my trust on Allah to protect her. I also know that she was caring by good people.

I came back to school around 2:30 to pick up Muja. She was happy and enjoyed her first Conductive Education at kindy. Insha Allah next time I will posting about what she is doing at kindy.

Read about her assessment day at Carson Street School here.

Al Mursalat Study

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu


Details:

Name of Surah: Al Mursalat

Surah Number: 77

Number of ayah: 50

Reveled In: Makkah


Schedule/Goals:


Special notes about its revelation:

Al-Bukhari recorded from `Abdullah - that is Ibn Mas`ud -- that he said, "While we were with the Messenger of Allah in a cave at Mina, (By the Mursalat.) was revealed to him. He was reciting it and I was learning it from his mouth. Verily, his mouth was moist with it when a snake leaped out at us. The Prophet said, (Kill it!) So we quickly went after it, but it got away. Then the Prophet said, (It was saved from your harm just as you all were saved from its harm.)''


Virtues of this surah:

Its Recitation in the Maghrib Prayer
Muslim also recorded this Hadith by way of Al-A`mash. Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn `Abbas, who reported from his mother that she heard the Prophet reciting (By the Mursalat.) in the Maghrib prayer. In a report from Malik on the authority of Ibn `Abbas, he narrated that Umm Al-Fadl (his mother) heard him (Ibn `Abbas) reciting (By the Mursalat `Urfa.) (77:1) so she said, "O my son! You reminded me with your recitation of this Surat. Verily, it is the last thing I heard from the Messenger of Allah . He recited it in the Maghrib prayer (i.e., before he died).'' Both Al-Bukhari and Muslim recorded this report in the Two Sahihs by way of Malik.


Read the Tafseer of Mursalat for meaning

Ayah 1 to 7
Allah's swearing by Different Creatures about the Occurrence of the Hereafter


Ayah8 to 15 A Mention of some of what will occur on the Day of Judgement

Ayah 16 to 28
The Call to contemplate the various Manifestations of Allah's Power


Ayah 29 to 34
The driving of the Criminals to their Final Abode in Hell and how it will be done


Ayah 35 to 40 The Inability of the Criminals to speak, make Excuses, or step forward on the Day of Judgement

Ayah 41 to 50
The Final Abode for Those Who have Taqwa




Memorise:


Light Upon Light Quran Reader Online Quran Reader. Select the option to change the recitation.


Study the Qur’an Word by Word:


For Word-for-Word English translation of the Qur’an, visit the following sites

eMuslim


quraninenglish




I use Surah Study Guide from Talibidden Jr to outline this lesson. Download it here.

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Cerebral palsy surgery tests Jack’s body of knowledge

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

Taken from thewest.

2nd February 2008, 11:00 WST




The first day of school is an exciting day for most children but it has extra special meaning for Jack Day after a tough year in which the five-year-old had to learn to walk again.

Jack became the first child in WA to undergo a special operation for spastic cerebral palsy to improve his ability to walk, stand and sit.

He has been through more than 10 months of intensive rehabilitation, but two days out from his first day of school at Karrinyup Primary, his mother, Cora, said his recovery had been nothing short of remarkable.

“They said he shouldn’t be walking independently until after March but he’s been doing that for the last few months,” she said. “He’s just blown them away.”

The operation permanently cut selected nerves in Jack’s spinal cord which were sending a message to his brain that his muscles should stiffen.

At four years of age, Jack had to learn to crawl and walk again in his new body. But he can now sit up straight, walk and swim unaided.

BEATRICE THOMAS

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Epsom salts can prevent cerebral palsy: study

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Taken from abc.net.au.

Posted Fri Feb 1, 2008 12:00pm AEDT

A group of US researchers say giving a woman an infusion of Epsom salts when she goes into premature labor can help protect her baby from cerebral palsy.

Dr John Thorp, a professor of obstetrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says magnesium sulfate, popularly known as Epsom salts, cut the rate of cerebral palsy in half.

"We have a cheap, widely available treatment already in hand that cuts in half the risk of babies being born with an extremely disabling disorder," Dr Thorp said in a statement.

"And virtually every delivery room in the United States is already stocked with magnesium sulfate solutions that are given to pregnant women during childbirth for other reasons."

Dr Alan Fleischman, medical director of the birth defect charity March of Dimes, is more cautious.

"I think it is an important study," he said.

But he says that more study is needed to understand how the treatment works, and that the children were not protected from more subtle brain damage that affected intellectual and cognitive function.

Dr Thorp's team presented their findings to a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas.

They gave either magnesium sulfate or a placebo to 224 women going into early labor or with ruptured membranes.

The women's pregnancies were at between 24 to 31 weeks - a full-term pregnancy goes 40 weeks.

Babies born as prematurely as that can suffer brain damage and other problems including cerebral palsy, a range of conditions that affect control of movement and posture.

Did not prevent deaths

The magnesium did not prevent any deaths among the premature babies, but 4.2 per cent of the babies born to women given magnesium developed cerebral palsy, versus 7.3 per cent of those born to women who got the placebo.

The researchers followed the infants that were born for up to two years.

Dr Thorp's team says it is not clear how the magnesium works, but it may stabilise the blood vessels, prevent the damage caused by having oxygen cut off and also help prevent immune system damage to the brain.

- Reuters