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The Heart is a Drum Machine
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JOEY L. DOWDY SAYS, " TAKE DANCE TO HEART!"
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Joey L. Dowdy Master Teacher/Instructor shows you how dance is great cardio conditioning for the heart.
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Tapping Electrical Signals: Turning Thought Into Action
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Like most things, mind reading comes down to the quality of your equipment. To turn thought into action, sensors must read the brain's noisy electrical signals, and then feed them to a computer, which decodes the signals and turns them into commands. While researchers have made many helpful mind-controlled machines, most sensors in use today are imprecise.
Walt Besio, a biomedical engineer, has developed a more sensitive electrode that can conduct electricity into and out of specific brain areas. He has already used it to pinpoint areas to treat epilepsy, a brain disorder associated with abnormal electrical activity. Now, with support from the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps and Small Business Innovation Research programs, Besio aims to make the electrodes commercially available. For Besio, the motivation is personal as well as professional. He pursued neural engineering when his brother was paralyzed in an accident, hoping to help develop a technology that would enable him to move again. Name: Walt Besio Age: It may be spring, but I'm no spring chicken.Institution: The University of Rhode IslandHometown: Kingston, R.I.Field of study: Neural engineering
Why did you choose your field of research? I got into this field because my brother was in an auto accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. I wanted to do things to help him and people like him. When I finished my bachelor's degree, I looked for companies that were working to reconnect spinal cords. There were none at the time, so I went on to grad school at the University of Miami where I did research to help cure paralysis. I've stayed with it ever since. What was the best professional advice you ever received? My family used to tease me that I was going to be a lifetime student because they didn't think I'd ever finish going to school. I went to school at night while I was working. It took many years. The best professional advice came from my uncle. He said to talk with confidence. Whether you think you can do it or not, you have to convince people you can. What are you most proud of? My best project is seven-and-a-half years old. She consumes a lot of my time. She's an adaptive learning model. (That's my daughter.) What was your biggest laboratory disaster, and how did you deal with it? When I first got my faculty position, I was switching from studying the heart with my sensors to trying to study the brain. I spent nearly a year thinking I was getting brain signals. Then I realized it was just noise that looked like signals. Well, that didn't take a full year, but it did take a year to learn how to get the signals properly. That was just the worst. What is the biggest challenge you are facing right now? I hate to say it, but it's funding. In my position, I train students in higher education. Those students can be undergrads, grad or post docs. It costs a lot to do that. What would surprise people most about your work? That we can use our tripolar concentric ring electrodes to control seizures. We're able to do so non-invasively, on the scalp's surface. We've done it without using any drugs, and the seizures stopped for much longer than we expected after the stimulation. Who is your biggest hero and why? Lots of people have helped me along the way. Two really come to mind. One is my uncle who gave me the advice about being confident in your abilities. The other was my brother who was paralyzed. He made me realize how much to be thankful for. He was paralyzed for 25 years before he died. He was told he'd never be able to control anything again, that he'd always be paralyzed. But eventually we got his biceps and triceps working. Also, my mother, who died when I was six months old. She gave up her life for me to be on this planet. She makes me appreciate being here. What advice would you give to an aspiring engineer or scientist? Don't give up. If you believe in something, keep trying. Why should my [mom, kid sister, grandpa] be excited about your research? The best is yet to come. The research that we're doing I believe ? and many of my colleagues believe ? will help a lot people and improve the quality of life for many people who are challenged right now.
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Vaccination Has Saved 732,000 Children's Lives Since 1994
More than 732,000 children's lives have been saved in the past 20 years due to routine vaccinations, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, 322 million cases of kids getting sick were prevented, according to the report. About 79 million U.S. children were born during the study period, and each was saved from four infectious diseases, on average, thanks to vaccination, according to the report. The numbers show the national immunization programs have been successful in saving hundreds of thousands of lives, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said. The CDC estimated that since the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program was implemented in 1994, vaccination rates have soared to near or above 90 percent, and routine immunization has prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations, saving nearly $295 billion in direct costs (which include the costs of treating an infection) and $1.38 trillion in total societal costs (which include things like lost productivity due to disability and early death), according to the report.
The federally funded VFC program was aimed at providing free vaccinations to children who lack health insurance, and was created in response to a surge of measles cases in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s. That outbreak involved 55,000 cases of illness in just two years, and happened largely due to lower vaccination rates among uninsured infants. [5 Dangerous Vaccination Myths] The vaccination rates between 1967 and the late 1980s were between 50 and 80 percent. Implementation of the VFC program helped raise the rates and maintain a level above 90 percent coverage, according to the CDC. Currently, about 50 percent of U.S. children are eligible for VFC. "While the VFC was implemented to help people who had a financial need, in fact it has benefited everyone, because when vaccination rates go up, we are all safer," Frieden told reporters today (April 24). However, despite the success of immunization programs, measles is still common in many parts of the world, and recent measles outbreaks show the ongoing threat of disease, Frieden said. "Current outbreaks of measles in the U.S. serve as a reminder that these diseases are only a plane ride away," he said. "Borders can't stop measles, but vaccination can." As of April 18, there have been 129 documented cases of measles in the United States this year. Of the 129 people, 34 brought measles into the U.S. after being infected in other countries such as the Philippines, where a large measles outbreak happened this year. Because measles is highly contagious and can spread easily, pockets of unvaccinated people become very vulnerable once the diseases is introduced. "Most of the people, or 84 percent of the U.S. cases, that were reported to have measles this year so far were not vaccinated or didn't know their vaccination status," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Among the unvaccinated people, 68 percent had opted out of vaccination because of belief exemptions. "While the story of 1989 measles resurgence is one of poor children missing out on vaccines because they didn't have insurance, today's measles outbreaks are too often the result of people opting out," Schuchat said.
Who's your Care Team
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Lafayette College - Employee Wellness Fair - 2014
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Lafayette Human Resources hosted the 2014 Employee Wellness Fair April 23 in Farinon College Center. College employees got a dose of health education, complimentary medical testing, and healthy food items. More than 25 local vendors attended including Prevention Health, Easton Farmers Market, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services, Open Air MRI of Allentown, Pro-Formance Fitness Equipment, The Spa at McCann, and Easton Emergency Medical Services. Representatives from the College?s healthcare provider, Capital BlueCross, were also on hand to provide guidance on the many wellness and health maintenance resources available to members.
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April 23, 2014
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