(Los Angeles, CA) – Scientists say they’ve linked autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with similar gene activity.
A new study published in the journal “Science” examined 800 brains donated by people with a range of mental disorders.
In the case of these three disorders, many of the brains shared the same genetic signatures. The study’s authors hope that if more patterns can be discovered, more effective drugs can be created to treat the disorders.
(West Yorkshire, England) — An English man is warning of the dangers of energy drinks after they almost killed him. It happened eight years ago but Nick Mitchell still feels the effects after he suffered a brain hemorrhage and three mini-strokes.
All that happened after Mitchell downed 25 cans over a six-hour period. Today he has trouble speaking and slurs his words. He says in hindsight it was a bad idea but he had no idea they were dangerous.
Now he’s telling his story so young people will know of the risks, presumably the risks of drinking two dozen energy drinks in six hours. Mitchell told UK media that the drinks are as bad as drugs and should be banned.
(SL) — Lady Gaga is canceling the final dates of her European tour due to severe pain. In a statement released on Twitter and Facebook, Gaga apologized to fans saying she is “devastated.”
The pop star cancelled ten dates of her “Joanne World Tour” due to chronic pain from fibromyalgia. Her tour kicked off in Vancouver last August and was scheduled to end on February 23rd in Berlin.
Live Nation says ticket holders can get a refund beginning Tuesday.
(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has movement in his legs and is walking, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday,citing a source.”He’s making incredible progress,” a source told Schefter of Shazier, who is two months removed from sustaining a serious spinal injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shazier was discharged from the Rehabilitation Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday.The 25-year-old Shazier posted a picture of himself standing next to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on that day. Shazier was wearing a leg brace in the picture, and it appeared that Roethlisberger was providing an assist to help him stand.
Shazier hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone low with his shoulder pads, then immediately reached for his back while his legs remained motionless during a game on Dec. 4. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery two days later. Shazier finished with 89 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 passes defensed in 12 games this past season. In four NFL seasons, Shazier has 299 tackles,seven sacks, seven forced fumbles and seven interceptions.
(SL) – Is it that deep? Let it go for 9 months. There’s a staggering number of women that continue to roll the dice with their babies’ health by smoking weed while they are pregnant.
There are no benefits. I repeat, no benefits in smoking weed while you’re pregnant.
A study just published in JAMA found that marijuana use among pregnant women in Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been rising substantially.
For the study, Kaiser Permanente researchers (Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, Lue-Yen Tucker, Stacey Alexeeff, PhD, Mary Anne Armstrong, Amy Conway, MPH, Constance Weisner, DrPH, and Nancy Goler, MD) analyzed questionnaire answers and laboratory results from 279, 457 pregnant women over an 8 year period. They found that from 2009 to 2016, marijuana use rose from 4.2% to 7.1% for all pregnant women. The jump was significantly greater for those under 25 years old with the numbers going from 12.5% to 21.8% among those under age 18 and 9.8% to 19.0% among those 18 to 24 years old.
No word yet on exactly why these women are still getting high while carrying a child but most feel that it could be in part to get rid of morning sickness, aches and pains. NBC 2 News did a report on the increase of marijuana use for morning sickness but, I repeat, this is no approved use of marijuana, no medical use, nothing.
Just say no.
(Kansas City, MO) – When Robin Schneider gave birth to her little girl ‘Ellie’, she says it unnerved her to look at the little bundle of joy. The size of a coke can, Ellie was born at just 21 weeks after what seemed to be the perfect pregnancy.
All that changed however when she went in for her first routine ultrasound and found out that her cervix was shortened. Normally, the cervix shortens and gets thinner and softer as a pregnancy progresses, so that the baby can pass through the birth canal during labor. But it was happening way too soon for Robin.
Robin says, “My cervix was about a tenth of the length it was supposed to be. The next day when I went back for a more detailed emergency scan, it had shrunk completely. This meant that I could have gone into labor at any second which would have been terrible because the doctors couldn’t have helped her and she wouldn’t have survived. It was a massive shock to us because I had thought me and the baby were healthy.”
Doctors inserted a small ring shaped device or cervical pessary into Robin’s cervix in the hope that it would ‘plug’ her up and prevent premature labor. But at 20 weeks, when Robin went into St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City to have her pessary checked, it failed and her water broke.
Robin says, “It was absolutely terrifying. I was put on 24-hour bed rest and intravenous antibiotics, which were known to actually prevent labor.”
Robin hung on for almost two weeks but by mid-June, the premature dilation caused when her water broke had developed into a premature pre-partum rupture of the membranes (PPROM) which led to an infection and with that, there was nothing the doctors could do. Robin had to deliver her baby.
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(SL) – Hollywood is still in shock after reports that Creative Artists Management Founder and Maroon 5 Manager, Jordan Feldstein, died suddenly.
The 40-year brother of actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein and father of two reportedly passed away after suffering from a heart attack. He was a music talent manager who worked with Maroon 5 from their inception over 15 years ago
A representative of the family released a statement saying, “Unfortunately, last night Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath, when paramedics arrived it was determined he went into full cardiac arrest and passed away shortly thereafter. His family asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” the statement from the family continued. “In lieu of food and flowers, the family will announce a charity in the coming weeks where memorial donations can be made in Jordan’s name.”
Outside of Maroon 5, Jordan also worked with Big Boi, Elle King, Rick Springfield, The B-52s, Robin Thicke and more.
Jordan famously once married Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca but the union was annulled a week later.
(SL) – Arizona Senator John McCain is heading back to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital and will miss a vote on the upcoming GOP tax plan. CBS News reports McCain left Washington today to spend the holidays with his family. It is unclear when McCain might return to Washington. Despite McCain’s trip to Arizona, the GOP believes it has enough Senate votes to pass the measure. Senators Bob Corker and Marco Rubio both announced they’ll vote yes for the tax bill, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Earlier today, McCain’s son-in-law says the senator is “doing well” as he deals with brain cancer. Ben Domenech tweeted that McCain “remains one of the toughest men on the face of the earth.”
(SL) – The Texans are coming under fire for how they handled Tom Savage’s concussion during a loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Cameras showed Savage on the ground and his hands shaking after a hit by San Francisco’s Elvis Dumervil.
He went back into the game during the next series and then was pulled for good with what was called a concussion. Savage originally passed a concussion test, but failed a second one that forced him to leave.
Savage was hurt with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston’s 26-16 loss when he was driven to the ground with a hit by Elvis Dumervil.
Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground, with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward.Coach Bill O’Brien was asked if it was worrisome that Savage was allowed to return to the game when he had a concussion. To which he said, “I don’t direct that. I don’t direct that at all. They just come to me and that’s kind of where that’s at. I don’t have anything to do with that. All I do is coach.”
Several of Savage’s teammates said they didn’t notice anything different about him on the drive after he was injured, and T.J. Yates, who took over for him, said the same thing.’When he got back to the sideline he seemed fine and coherent.” Final Score, San Francisco won 26-16.
(SL) -A new study says young football players can have measurable changes in the brain after only one season of play. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say that’s true even with youngsters who have not had concussions.
They found changes that can lead to traumatic brain injuries and mental disorders. Researchers say the vast majority of head impacts players experience don’t cause concussions. They say that’s something that needs a lot more study among youth football and high school players.Science Daily reports, For the study, 26 youth football players (ages 9-13) were outfitted with the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) for an entire football season. HITS helmets are lined with accelerometers or sensors that measure the magnitude, location and direction of impacts to the head. Impact data from the helmets were used to calculate a risk of concussion exposure for each player. Players were equally divided into high and low concussion exposure groups. Players with a history of concussion were excluded.
A third group of 13 non-contact sport controls was established. Pre- and post-season resting functional MRI (fMRI) scans were performed on all players and controls, and connectivity within the DMN sub-components was analyzed.
The researchers used machine learning to analyze the fMRI data. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to perform analyses based on existing relationships of data.
“Machine learning has a lot to add to our research because it gives us a fresh perspective and an ability to analyze the complex relationships within the data,” said Murugesan. “Our results suggest an increasing functional change in the brain with increasing head impact exposure.”Five machine learning classification algorithms were used to predict whether players were in the high-exposure, low-exposure or non-contact groups based on the fMRI results.
The algorithm discriminated between high-impact exposure and non-contact with 82 percent accuracy, and low-impact exposure and non-contact with 70 percent accuracy. The results suggest an increasing functional change with increasing head-impact exposure.”The brains of these youth and adolescent athletes are undergoing rapid maturation in this age range.
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