Young Woman With ALS Creates Nonprofit for People Like Her

Good News Notes: “When Leah Stavenhagen was 27, she was living in Paris and traveling through Europe. But an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis forced her to give up her job as a consultant with Ernst & Young and dashed her dreams of continuing to work abroad. At the time, she seemed healthy, but she started having…

Vegetable fats linked to lower stroke risks, reports say

Good News Notes: “New research has found that diets with fat from vegetable sources instead of from meat are associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to reports. The observational study utilized 27 years of data from more than 117,000 medical professionals, pulled from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. According to NBC News, the study’s authors…

Bonaire family starts nonprofit to help preemie babies in need

Good News Notes: “Aubrey weighed only 3 and a half pounds, and spent 21 days in the  NICU. “She didn’t have everything that she needed and we weren’t necessarily able to give those things because I was here in the hospital sick myself and my husband had to be here to support me to help…

Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund Awards $57K in Grants

Good News Notes: “The Ursula Landsrath Animal Rescue Fund and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties have awarded grants totaling $57,000 to 24 nonprofit animal rescue organizations across Virginia. Ursula Landsrath created the Animal Rescue Fund of Virginia as an independent organization in 2008, distributing more than $1 million to Virginia-based animal…

Animal rescue group finds home near Ross Bridge

Good News Notes: “The Two by Two Rescue group that helps find homes for unwanted, abused and abandoned animals soon will have a home for itself. The organization, founded in Helena in 2005, recently purchased about 2 acres and a house near Ross Bridge with money donated by new board member John Sellers. The rescue…

Brain Implant Translates Paralyzed Man’s Thoughts Into Text With 94% Accuracy

Good News Notes: “A man paralyzed from the neck down due to a spinal cord injury he sustained in 2007 has shown he can communicate his thoughts, thanks to a brain implant system that translates his imagined handwriting into actual text. The device – part of a longstanding research collaboration called BrainGate – is a brain-computer interface (BCI), that…

Pa. senator who beat breast cancer now wants to help other women

Good News Notes: “Pennsylvania State Sen. Kim Ward is a wife, mother, Senate majority leader and breast cancer survivor. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, she has a message for every woman and hopes to serve as an example. “It’s important for women to realize that they shouldn’t go into dark places. They shouldn’t be afraid…

How to Eat to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer, from an Expert

Good News Notes: “Soy is not bad for you. Let’s just start with that misconception. In fact, soy, or specifically the phytoestrogen in soy products like tofu and soybeans, functions as a brake that inhibits cell growth, by acting on your beta estrogen receptors, which means it can help suppress cancer. In contrast, actual estrogen acts in the opposite…