Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
May 11, 2004 Helen Chickering, NBC News
You may think of chronic fatigue syndrome as an illness that makes the body tired, but many patients and researchers will tell you the disease also wears out the mind. Now, a new therapy is helping patients gain a better quality of life, and a sense of control over this often-frightening illness.
It looks like a video game, but instead of fighting aliens, Polly Little is fighting an illness- chronic fatigue syndrome- a mysterious disease that debilitates both body and mind. "I wasn't even able to do simple things like giving a store clerk the right amount of change."
The video is actually part of a therapy called neurocognitive feedback that works to retrain abnormal brain waves researchers believe are responsible for the memory and focus problems many patients like Polly experience.
Myra Preston, PhD., and neurophysiologist says, "It's like a physical therapy exercise program for the brain."
The key is a brain map that documents the brain wave irregularities and tracks the progress of the therapy. Neurophysiologist Dr. Myra Preston patented the mapping method. "The brains of chronic fatigue patients look like those of people who are asleep."
Patient Judy Noblitt is having her map updated, so Dr. Preston can see if the feedback therapy is working. Like many CF patients, Judy quickly gives out and can't complete the mental task. A symptom common in chronic fatigue- and one that often leads to misdiagnosis.
Judy said, "They say you're depressed, you need to see a psychiatrist, there's nothing really wrong with you."
But the abnormal brainwaves on Judy’s brain map tell a different story. Her sleep waves dominate her brain activity while she's awake. But the map also shows feedback therapy is helping her sleepy brain stay awake longer. Overall, Judy’s brain is functioning about 40-percent better.
Doctor Preston notes the map and therapy can't cure the brain wave malfunction, but they can help patients like Judy and Polly gain a better quality of life. "I've been able to get off quite a few of my medications, and no other treatment that I've done have I been able to do that."
Victories that are helping these women regain control over their lives. Doctor Preston says her chronic fatigue patients average about 60 one-hour neurocognitive feedback therapy sessions.
There is also a home unit available. For more information on Doctor Preston and the neurocognitive biofeedback therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome, you can log onto www.siberimaging.com