For over 7 years, Fran has been afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system afflicting millions around the world, including actor Michael J. Fox and sports legend Muhammed Ali. In Fran’s case, Parkinson’s has made it difficult for her to stand from a sitting position, and maintain her balance while upright. But now Fran reports she’s gained significant recovery of physical movement — as a direct consequence of her activity in Second Life.

via New World Notes: Woman with Parkinsons Reports Significant Physical Recovery After Using Second Life – Academics Researching.

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Click here to directly teleport to the Creations for Parkinson’s site on the Second Life sim of Solace Lake, which is the place that Barbie Alchemi created for her real life mother, Fran Seranade, who reports experiencing some physical recovery from her Parkinson’s symptoms as a direct result of using Second Life, as I wrote about yesterday. Barbie’s place also hosts a support group for others with Parkinsons’ and their caregivers, often hosted by Fran herself. To join the support group, search for and join the group “Creations for Parkinson’s” in Second Life.
Creations for Parkinson’s, an SL Sim & Support Group for People With the Disease, Their Caregivers, and Researchers

I’m so addicted to World of Warcraft. It’s gorgeous and fun. World of Warcraft Review for PC at GameSpot hits it on the nose.

An Analysis of MMOG Subscription Growth is a chart showing the growth of MMOGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Games). It’s interesting for comparison. I’d like to see how City of Heroes matches up since it was such a success at the 4th party.

I went to Best Buy to spend the gift certificate I got from Bill for Christmas and bought the new NeverWinter Nights expansion. It is so cool. It’s set so that you go up to level 15 when the game starts so instead of wasting half the game trying to get up to the prestige […]

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