Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin Looks for Volunteers for Sleep Study


Posted on 29th December 2009 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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From the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin:

The Sleep Wellness Institute Research Study
Many people with a traumatic brain injury may feel sleepy during the day, even if the injury happened years ago. Researchers are inviting those with a traumatic brain injury who feel sleepy during the day to take part in a clinical study. This study will assess how well a study medicine works for people who feel sleepy during the day as a result of traumatic brain injury.
To qualify you must:  
• Be age 18 to 65
• Have had 1 traumatic brain injury in the past 10 years
• Feel sleepy or tired during the day 5 or more days a week on average
• Be willing to take medical tests and a study medicine for 12 weeks
• Be available to sleep overnight in a sleep lab 5 times (some sleep labs are similar to hotel rooms)
This study will last 14 to 16 weeks (approximately 88 hours total) and include:  
•  7 visits
• 4 phone contacts
• 4 overnight sleep studies
• 4 daytime studies, three of which follow the overnight studies
If you qualify:  
• You may learn more about your sleep patterns
• You will receive study-related medical care and study medicine at no cost
• You may or may not benefit from study medicine
• Compensation for time and travel may also be provided 
If interested in participating in this research study, please contact Skyler Baake at 414-328-5637, or Anne Papke at 414-477-4198,
The Sleep Wellness Institute is located at 2356 S. 102nd Street, West Allis, WI  53227.
Mark Warhus, Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin

Boy, 8, killed in Mass. gun show accident


Posted on 27th October 2008 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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Date: 10/27/2008 1:50 PM

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair.

The boy lost control of the weapon while firing it Sunday at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club, police Lt. Lawrence Vallierpratte said.

Police said the boy, Christopher Bizilj (Bah-SEAL) of Ashford, Conn., was with a certified instructor and called the death a “self-inflicted accidental shooting.”

“The weapon was loaded and ready to fire,” police Lt. Hipolito Nunez said. “The 8-year-old victim had the Uzi and as he was firing the weapon, the front end of the weapon went up with the backfire and he ended up receiving a round in his head.”

Christopher died at Baystate Medical Center.

Police said the boy’s father, Charles Bizilj, attended the event with his son. The father is the medical director of emergency medicine at Johnson Memorial Hospital, in Stafford Springs, Conn.

Francis Mitchell, a longtime member and trustee of the club, said he saw the boy’s father supporting his son from behind when the accident happened.

“My reaction is shock,” said Mitchell, who lives down the street from the club. “In the last five years, there has never been a problem or a bad accident. I’ve been sick all night.”

Although the death appears to be an accident, police and the Hampden district attorney’s office were investigating, officials said.

It is legal for children to fire a weapon if they have permission from a parent or legal guardian and are supervised by a properly certified and licensed instructor, Lt. Hipolito Nunez said.

Those conditions were met in this case, he said. He declined to release the instructor’s name.

The event, run in conjunction with C.O.P Firearms and Training, said in an ad that people are allowed to fire weapons at vehicles, pumpkins and other targets at the event.

The club said it would offer machine gun demonstrations and rentals and free handgun lessons.

“It’s all legal & fun — No permits or licenses required!!!!” reads the ad, posted on the club’s Web site.

Officials with the firearms group could not be reached for comment. Messages left on answering machines for the club and the C.O.P. group were not returned Monday.

The sportsman’s club was founded in 1949 and describes itself on its Web site as promoting “the interest of legal sport with rod, gun, and bow and arrow, both directly and through training.”

It has eight firing ranges as well as archery and fishing facilities located on 375 acres in Westfield, about 100 miles west of Boston.


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