A device that gives the brain electric shocks has prompted hope for Alzheimer’s patients after an initial trial showed it could improve memory by 15 per cent.
The US study was described as “promising” by British Experts, but they cautioned it was too early to say for sure if it promises a treatment for dementia.
The machine works by monitoring the brain for indications they are not learning words properly and giving short bursts of electricity to neurons.
Stimulating a specific area that processes language “reliably and significantly” boosted patients ability to remember words, the researchers said.
Other examples of neurostimulation technology have been used to improve sleep and curb anxiety.
The experiment involved 25 patients and focused on the medial temporal lobe, which is understood to play a significant role in the formation and consolidation of new memories.
The lobe was stimulated with the device detected, by the position of the participant’s head, indicated they were struggling to memorise a particular word.
The patients were asked to memorise 12 common words which appeared on a screen for 1.6 seconds.
They were then given a number of arithmetical tasks to distract them before being asked to recite the words back.
Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “While dementia involves a range of complex symptoms, memory problems are among the most common and can have a devastating impact on many people’s lives.
“Brain function depends on electrical as well as chemical signals, and as technology advances, research is beginning to investigate whether direct electrical stimulation of certain areas brain could help improve aspects of memory and thinking.
He added: “Ways to improve memory and thinking skills is a key goal in dementia research, but it has now been over 15 years since researchers developed a new drug that is able to do this.”
The study carried out at the University of Pennsylvania was published in Nature Communications.
By Henry Bodkin
Via Fox News:
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress dropped a record number of precision guided bombs on Taliban over the past 24 hours in Northern Afghanistan, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement Tuesday.
The bombing was part of a 96-hour air campaign that struck training facilities and sources of revenue like narcotics. The strikes also aimed at stolen Afghan National Army vehicles “being converted to vehicle-borne” improvised explosive devices, the statement read.
“The Taliban have nowhere to hide,” Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of the unit, said. “There will be no safe haven for any terrorist group bent on bringing harm and destruction to this country.”
The B-52, which was recently reconfigured with a “conventional rotary,” dropped 24 guided munitions.
The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country.
SOURCE: Weasel Zippers
IM SORRY, BUT IF THIS ANIMAL HAD SEXUALLY ABUSED MY DAUGHTERS I WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING AS THIS FATHER DID…Papa Mike
Posted on 02/04/2018 by Wirecutter
I want to thank each and every one of you that contributed to Angel’s fundraiser, every penny that was sent went a long way to easing her family’s financial burden during this time of tragedy.
I don’t know how much was donated – it’s none of my business – but I do know I forwarded over $1450 from my paypal account to her, there were over 200 re-directs from my blog to PayPal, and I have no idea how many people donated later directly from PayPal. There’s also funds that will start arriving at my PO box Monday which will be forwarded along to her.
All in all, it was a very nice demonstration of financial and emotional support.
My intention when I started this was to take the burden off of the family for the funeral. I don’t know if we met that goal, but I’m sure we took care of a healthy chunk of it. If we did exceed it then the remainder will allow Angel’s husband to take some much needed time off work for mourning.
For a bunch of hardass reprobates and ne’er-do-wells, y’all done good. Once again, your kindness and generosity has amazed me. Thank you. I really mean that, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I know that Angel appreciates all you’ve done, she told me so, but it’s very hard for her to communicate those thoughts at this time. I know you understand that.
Please help if you haven’t already done so, but for sure keep her and her family in your hearts, thoughts and prayers.
When Capt. Tia Morris turned 50, after about three decades in the Los Angeles Police Department, she became eligible to retire with nearly 90% of her salary.
But like many cops and firefighters in her position, the decision to keep working was a financial no-brainer, thanks to a program that allowed her to nearly double her pay by keeping her salary while also collecting her pension.
The House voted on Monday along party lines to share the explosive memo with the American public.
This comes after the approval of President Donald Trump.
FOX legal analyst Gregg Jarrett went on Lou Dobbs Tonight this evening to discuss this explosive evidence of government and deep state corruption at the Department of Justice and FBI.
Gregg Jarrett says the main players in this scandal who lied to the FISA Court could face 10 years in prison.
Gregg Jarrett: Two different crimes committed there. One was perjury the other is abuse of power… Now we know they knew the dossier wasn’t authentic and reliable. They knew it came from Democratic money. They knew it was likely fabricated. And they knew they couldn’t get a FISA warrant without it… The other is abuse of power – ten years behind bars upon conviction.
Republican lawmaker Louie Gohmert said Comey, McCabe and Ohr should be in prison.
Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:
SOURCE: Gateway Pundit
The money actually was promised to the protesting players’ organization, taken from money the NFL had allocated for breast cancer and veterans’ programs.
Via Fox News Insider:
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker accused the NFL of essentially giving out “hush money” to stop players from kneeling for the national anthem.
The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner highlighted the fact that the NFL in late November offered $100 million to social justice organizations favored by players.
The move was widely viewed as an attempt by the league to end the controversy surrounding the anthem protests.
“The league gave the players a large sum of money toward their cause. That’s hush money,” he said, adding that players never should have been kneeling in the first place.