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first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is:  Who are you going to vote for President?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS”.Also take time to read “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgOf the eight patients who were classified as unable to respond to language in the bedside examination, evidence of covert consciousness based on the hand-squeeze exercise was found in four, including the three originally classified as vegetative. In two additional patients, higher-order cortex activity was seen in response to either language or music. While higher-order cortical activity doesn’t prove that a patient is conscious, Edlow noted, finding a response in those structures could have implications for a patient’s eventual recovery.He also stressed that negative responses to these tests should not be taken as predicting a low likelihood of recovery. Not only did about 25 percent of the healthy controls have no detectable brain response during the hand-squeeze imagery test, one of the comatose patients who had no responses to language, music, or motor imagery during the early fMRI and EEG tests went on to have an excellent recovery six months later. In fact, no associations were found between early brain responses and long-term outcomes, which could relate to the small size of the study or the fact that several patients were sedated during the fMRI and EEG tests.“It is also difficult to measure the false-positive rate for stimulus-based fMRI and EEG tests in these patients, since there is no definitive, gold-standard test to diagnose their level of consciousness,” explained Edlow, who is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “Much more work needs to be done to determine the utility of these techniques for detecting consciousness in patients with severe traumatic brain injuries. Based on these results, our team at the MGH Laboratory for NeuroImaging of Coma and Consciousness is working on improving the accuracy of these tests, and we are planning a larger follow-up study in the near future.”Harvard postdoc Camille Chatelle was co-lead author of the Brain paper; and Eric Rosenthal and Ona Wu, both of MGH, were co-senior authors. Additional co-authors were Camille Spencer, Catherine Chu, Yelena Bodien, Katherine O’Connor, and Leigh Hochberg of MGH; and Ronald Hirschberg and Joseph Giacino of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovative Technology, the American Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation supported the study. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electro­encephalography (EEG) may be able to identify ICU patients with severe traumatic brain injuries who have a level of consciousness not revealed by the standard bedside neurological examination. A report from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators, published in the journal Brain, is the first to test such an approach in acutely ill patients for whom critical decisions may need to be made regarding the continuation of life-sustaining care.“Early detection of consciousness and brain function in the intensive care unit could allow families to make more informed decisions about the care of loved ones,” said Brian Edlow of the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery in the MGH Department of Neurology, co-lead and corresponding author of the study. “Also, since early recovery of consciousness is associated with better long-term outcomes, these tests could help patients gain access to rehabilitative care once they are discharged from an ICU.”The standard bedside neurological examination of patients with serious brain injuries may inaccurately indicate that a patient is unconscious for several reasons. The patient may be unable to speak, write, or move because of the effects of sedating medications or the injury itself, or a clinician may misinterpret a weak but intentional movement as a reflex response. Studies have suggested that the rate of misclassifying conscious patients as unconscious could be as high as 40 percent. While previous studies have used fMRI or EEG to detect this sort of “covert consciousness” in patients who have moved from acute-care hospitals to rehabilitation or nursing care facilities, no such study had been conducted previously in ICU patients.The current study enrolled 16 patients cared for in MGH intensive care units after severe traumatic brain injury. Upon enrollment, eight were able to respond to language, three were classified as minimally conscious without language response, three as vegetative, and two as comatose. As soon as patients were stable enough for the procedure fMRI studies were conducted, and EEG readings were taken soon afterwards, ideally but not always within 24 hours. A control group of 16 healthy age- and sex-matched volunteers underwent the same procedures.The screenings were taken under three experimental conditions. To test for a mismatch between their ability to imagine performing a task and their ability to physically express themselves — what is called cognitive motor dissociation — participants were asked to imagine squeezing and releasing their right hands while in the fMRI scanner and while EEG readings were being taken. Since it is known that certain areas of the brain can respond to sounds even when an individual is asleep or under sedation, participants also were exposed to brief recordings of spoken language and of music during both screenings. Those tests were designed to detect activity in areas of the brain that are part of the higher-order cortex, which interprets the simple signals processed by the primary cortex — in this instance not just detecting a sound, but potentially recognizing it. New approach to traumatic brain injuries Related Harvard researchers offer hope for veterans wounded by explosions last_img read more

first_imgNow is the peak time to plant peanuts in Georgia, according to Cristiane Pilon, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut physiologist.During a research trial on the UGA Tifton campus in 2017, Pilon planted peanuts at three different times: mid-April, mid-May and early June. She discovered that the seedling vigor in the peanuts planted in May was the strongest.“By choosing these dates, we were able to see how the soil temperature affected the early-season physiology of the most-planted cultivars, such as Georgia-06G,” said Pilon, who plans to conduct the research trial again this year and in 2019.Seed vigor is the ability of the cultivar to rapidly develop its first true leaves and root system under suboptimal environmental conditions.According to Pilon, soil temperature is the pivotal factor in deciding when to plant peanuts.If peanuts are planted too early, the seedling emergence and vigor tend to be lower due to cooler temperatures in April, which may impair yields. If peanuts are planted too late, growers may see early seedling emergence due to higher temperatures in early to-mid June, but lower yields have been observed.“The temperature must be higher than 68 degrees Fahrenheit over a three-day period,” Pilon said. “To start germination, peanut seeds need good soil temperatures, water and oxygen. If there are no potentially adverse weather conditions, then farmers are good to plant.“You have to make sure your plants are healthy and vigorous throughout the process for a successful production. The faster the plant grows, the more vigorous it is,” she said.Pilon wants to understand the relationship between time to emergence and other physiological processes for peanuts. She hopes her research will help farmers make more precise planting decisions.“I read research on other row crops, and the development of first leaves is so important because that’s when the plant becomes photosynthetically active, greatly contributing to growth,” Pilon said. “We conduct research to identify the underlying physiological mechanisms promoting seedling vigor in order to help farmers make viable planting decisions. By planting in May, or when the weather conditions are just right, they will have a better product.”For more information regarding peanut research, visit www.caes.uga.edu/extension-outreach/commodities/peanuts.html.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

first_imgPalabrica said signal jammers at the IDJ were also inconveniencingBarangay Nanga residents living nearby. Palabrica urged the local offices of concerned government agencies– National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine National Police,Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and BJMP – to draw up a plan to secure theIDJ but at the same time relieve Barangay Nanga residents of the inconveniencecaused by the signal jammers. “The personnel of the BJMP are perhaps incompetent andill-equipped to deal with confined criminals. They have not effectively stoppedthe entry of banned cellular phones,” said Palabrica. “This matter has serious implications on the economic and sociallife of residents in this barangay. They cannot optimize their livelihoodactivities or stay in contact with families and relatives elsewhere. Lifenowadays is so dependent on cellular communications,” he stressed. The people of Barangay Nanga, said Palabrica, should not be madeto suffer from the incompetence of IDJ jail personnel. If anything, according to Palabrica, the use of cell phone signaljammers exposed flaws or weaknesses in law enforcement and prisoner containmentat the IDJ. “Signal jammers are not the answer to the nagging issue of drug orcontraband control and apprehension. The answer lies in the integrity andcompetence of the leadership and personnel of the BJMP,” said Palabrica. In short, he said, the phone signal jammers were creating“economic and social distress to residents.” “Residents within the 300-meter radius of the facility cannot sendtext messages or make phone calls or use the internet adequately. The maincenter of the barangay which is 100 meters away is severely affected, too.Official communication to other government agencies, especially in emergencysituations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamented Palabrica. ILOILO – Jamming the cell phone signal at the Iloilo District Jail(IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town is not the solution to the smuggling ofillegal drugs and other contrabands into the prison facility, according toSangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Matt Palabrica. It only covers up theincompetence of jail guards to secure the IDJ, he stressed. He also raised the possibility that jail guards and personnel maybe allowing illegal drugs and phones slip into the prison facility for someconsideration. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) started usingcell phone signal jammers at the IDJ in June this year to prevent inmates withmobile phones from making outside contacts for possible criminal activities. Acting on this concern, the SP invited IDJ and BJMP officials to a“question hour” on Nov. 12 at the Provincial Board session hall, Iloiloprovincial capitol./PNlast_img read more

first_imgSpeaking at a press conference yesterday as part of activities lined up for his inauguration as the new Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Kaigama said he would give priority to his priestly duties while also attacking some social ills as it becomes necessary“I am not coming as a social critic or political analyst. I am not setting out to be another government. I will be concerned about happenings in Nigeria. I am not going to be hunting for problems but when problems come, I will tackle them in my priestly character and identity as much as I can. People will be disappointed if they want me to be a replica of Onaiyeikan.“I will rely on what my predecessor has done and his wise counsel. People will be disappointed if they want a replica of Onaiyekan. In exercising my priesthood, I will be a prophet attacking ills, social vices and anything that is not helpful to the development of the country,” he said.Speaking on the effect of corruption, Kaigama lamented that people are going hungry in the country due to corruption, saying little or no success has been recorded in the fight against corruption under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.He said: “People are poor, if not for corruption, there will be equitable distribution of resources and people will be living above the poverty line but corruption is weakening our system. We need to minimise the effect of corruption. They say that corruption fights those who fight it, nevertheless we have to keep fighting corruption.”While expressing gratitude to God for sparing his life and lifting him to his present position, the outgoing Archbishop, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, said he has done his best to shepherd the flock put in his care in Abuja Archdiocese, adding that he rose from a little known town of Kabba in Kogi State to become the Archbishop and later a Cardinal.The retiring Archbishop, however, said he would continue to be vocal on happenings in the country until things get better. He tasked his successor to work hard to keep pace with the development taking place in the Federal Capital Territory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *  Onaiyekan; I’ll keep talking till Nigeria gets betterOnyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaThe incoming Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, His Grace Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, has said he would adopt his own style of leadership in discharging his assignment. Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigamalast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Manager Dave Roberts talks with Ken Rosenthal about Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler taking the mound for Los Angeles tonight in NLCS Game 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers.Roberts also talks about Manny Machado and how he is handling the reaction from the Milwaukee fans.last_img

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The Champions League goes into its final round of group games this week with 12 teams already assured of featuring in the last 16 and seven others battling for the remaining four places.Here, AFP Sports looks at what remains at stake:Group AThe only thing left to play for is first place in the group. A win for Atletico in Bruges will see the Spaniards finish top but anything else will open the door for Dortmund if they win in Monaco.Qualified: Atletico Madrid, Borussia DortmundEuropa League: Club BruggeGroup BBarcelona have already qualified as group winners but could still influence who joins them in the last 16. If Tottenham win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday they will go through on one condition. They must match the result of Inter Milan, who host the already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven.Qualified: BarcelonaGroup CThis is the most intriguing group of all with Napoli, Paris Saint Germain and Liverpool all in with a chance of qualifying. Napoli currently top the group and need just a point from their trip to Anfield to secure their passage. If that happens then PSG would also go through, although the French side can guarantee their own progress with a win in Belgrade whatever the result at Anfield. Liverpool, on the other hand, have to beat Napoli 1-0 or by two clear goals to be sure of qualifying. If Napoli lose, they could still go through if PSG lose in Belgrade.Group D2004 champions Porto have qualified as group winners with Schalke joining them in the draw. The Europa League spot will go to Galatasaray if they can beat Porto in Istanbul. Failure to do that means Lokomotiv Moscow could jump in if they win in Germany.Qualified: Porto, Schalke Group EBayern Munich head to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final round knowing a draw will be enough for the Germans to top the group. Both sides have already qualified while Benfica are assured of moving into the Europa League. AEK Athens, meanwhile, will hope to score their first point of the tournament.Qualified: Bayern Munich, AjaxEuropa League: BenficaGroup FManchester City have already qualified and need just a point from their home tie against Hoffenheim to secure top spot. The focus will be on what happens in Kiev where Shakhtar Donetsk must beat visitors Lyon to leapfrog the French side for second spot. Lyon will top the group if they win and City lose, a combination which would see Hoffenheim squeeze past Shakhtar for the Europa League spot.Qualified: Manchester CityGroup GDefending champions Real Madrid are through as group winners with Roma hanging on their coat-tails. Viktoria Plzen, away in Rome, need to match CSKA Moscow’s result in Madrid to reach the Europa League.Qualified: Real Madrid, RomaGroup HJuventus and Manchester United have already stamped their tickets for the knockout stage, the only question being which will finish top of the group. Juve are in pole position as a win at Young Boys would make the United result irrelevant. But if Juve slip up in Berne, Joe Mourinho’s side will top the group with a victory in Valencia.Qualified: Juventus, Manchester UnitedEuropa League: ValenciaShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgULISH CARTER (Photos by Thomas Sabol)This is the 4th installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce.  Part 4:The voice of BlacknessIt was 1973, change was not only in the air, change oxygenated and enriched the very atmosphere in which we existed. A young and exuberant Ulish Carter, currently the managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier had just graduated from college and talks about those fertile yet volatile times.“My dream was to work for a Black newspaper.” Carter explains.  “My top three choices were the Afro American in Washington, DC, Muhammad Speaks, and the Pittsburgh Courier. I had studied the Courier.  Bill Nunn Jr. and Wendell Smith were my heroes along with Sam Lacy of the Afro American. Those guys were not only sportswriters but they were the greatest sportswriters out there, so when I came to Pittsburgh I already knew about Bill Nunn Jr.  I didn’t know his father was as big as he had been with the Courier but because I was a sportswriter I definitely knew who he (Bill Nunn Jr.) was.last_img read more