Groundbreaking New Blood Test Has 90% Success Diagnosing Concussions

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists from Children’s Health Research Institute, a program of Lawson Health Research Institute, and Western University have developed a new blood test that identifies with greater than 90 per cent certainty whether or not an adolescent athlete has suffered a concussion. Concussion is a major public health concern, often resulting in significant acute symptoms and in some individuals, long-term neurological dysfunction.“The discovery of a blood test that can aid in concussion diagnosis is very important,” says Dr. Fraser. “With further research, we anticipate that our blood test will also aid clinicians in predicting concussion outcome, as well as aid rehabilitation after concussion.”MORE: Simple Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Ten Years Before Symptoms ShowThe findings were recently published in the international journal Metabolomics.The technology is subject to a patent application filed through WORLDiscoveries®, the joint technology transfer office of Lawson and Western.“This relatively quick and inexpensive blood test for concussion is by far the most accurate reported with tremendous potential for clinical management and commercialization,” says Kirk Brown, Manager of Business Development for Lawson.(Source: Lawson Health Research Institute)Click To Share This Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Diagnosis of a clinically significant concussion, or a mild traumatic brain injury, can be difficult as it currently relies on a combination of patient symptom assessment and clinician judgement. Equally problematic are the decisions to stop play or activities, or when patients who have suffered a concussion can safely return to normal activities without risking further injury.In the new study, researchers have demonstrated that a blood test can now accurately diagnose a concussion using a form of blood profiling known as metabolomics. Dr. Douglas Fraser, a physician in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and Lawson scientist, led the study with his co-investigator Mark Daley, a professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Biology and Statistics & Actuarial Sciences at Western University.RELATED: First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper BodyIn the relatively inexpensive test, blood is drawn from an individual that may have suffered a concussion as the result of a sudden blow to the head (or from transmitted forces from a sudden blow to the body) within 72 hours of the incident. The scientists measure a panel of metabolites – small molecules that are the products of the body’s metabolism – in the blood to search for distinct patterns that indicate a concussion has occurred.“This novel approach, to use blood testing of metabolites as a diagnostic tool for concussions, was exploratory and we were extremely pleased with the robustness of our initial results,” says Dr. Fraser, also an Associate Professor in Western’s Departments of Paediatrics, Physiology & Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “We looked at a host of patterns and it appears that those who suffered a concussion have a very different pattern than those who have not had a concussion.”MORE: How Negative Headlines Can Impact Your Mental and Emotional HealthThis new method, fully funded by the Children’s Health Foundation and conducted by the Western Concussion Study Group, is unique in that previous attempts have looked unsuccessfully for a single highly accurate protein biomarker that can distinguish concussed from non-concussed adolescent patients.In this latest successful attempt, the researchers took a different approach and investigated a full spectrum of 174 metabolites.CHECK OUT: New Drug Inspires Hope For Alzheimer’s Cure“We looked at all of these metabolites in concussed male adolescent patients and in non-concussed male adolescent patients and it turns out that the spectrum is really different,” explains Daley, who is also Western’s Associate Vice-President (Research) and a principal investigator at Western’s renowned Brain & Mind Institute. “There is no one metabolite that we can put a finger on but when we looked at all of them, those profiles are different enough that we could easily distinguish concussed patients from non-concussed. In fact, with fine tuning we can now look at sets of as few as 20-40 specific metabolites and maintain the diagnostic accuracy level of the test over 90 per cent.”last_img read more

Port Arthur Police ask for help locating strangulation suspect

first_img Police said Johnson has an outstanding Jefferson County warrant for assault family violence – strangulation.Police have not released details about the alleged crime or the suspect’s connection to Port Arthur. Port Arthur Police Department officers are searching for a man tied to a strangulation accusation.On Friday evening, police announced they are asking for the public’s help locating 23-year-old Aubrum Jamaal Johnson. In you have any information on Johnson’s whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of SETX at 409-833-TIPS (8477).center_img You won’t be asked your name and you may be eligible for a CASH reward. You can also report the tip by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.last_img read more

Column: Approaching 40, Adam Scott only looking forward

first_img FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 19th February, 2020 12:16 IST Column: Approaching 40, Adam Scott Only Looking Forward Adam Scott knew exactly where he stood, at least at that very moment. Adam Scott knew exactly where he stood, at least at that very moment.He was on the 18th green at Riviera, his right arm thrust in the air, a winner for the first time on the PGA Tour in nearly four years. And it felt good. His location in the larger landscape of golf was a bit more muddled. That’s why he stopped in the middle of his television interview and said at “whatever point in my career” he happened to be.He’s still not sure in which category he belongs. He only knows where he wants to go. And he doesn’t have as much time on his side. “Everyone tells me I’m turning 40 this year,” said Scott, who will get there at the end of July. “I don’t know if they’re insinuating that’s kind of the beginning of the end. I don’t know if that’s from experience or just … there’s no doubt, the age of peaking is getting younger. There’s far less dominant players in their 40s today than there was before.”All of which makes his return to the top 10 in the world more satisfying.It was only 21 months ago that Scott missed being exempt for the U.S. Open by four spots in the world ranking. He headed off to sectional qualifying for the first time and made it with one stroke to spare.Two months later, he gave Brooks Koepka a fight to the end in the PGA Championship at Bellerive and finished third, his best result in a major in five years.And so began another climb back, which culminated with his victory in the Australian PGA Championship a week after the Presidents Cup, and a victory in the Genesis Invitational against the strongest field in golf this year.It was the second time Scott emerged from a slump, if it can even be called one. After spending all but one week in the top 10 from February 2005 to August 2008, he dropped as low as No. 76. And then after reaching No. 1 in the world in May 2014, he eventually fell as low as No. 82.“I guess my perspective on it now is that the standards are pretty high if you ‘dip down’ to 75 or 80 in the world,” Scott said with an easy smile Tuesday. “It’s because of guys like Tiger, who set the top level so high, and guys like Phil Mickelson, who have stayed in the top 50 in the world for 50 years or something like that, that make all of look pretty average.”No, this wasn’t a dip experienced by the likes of David Duval or Lee Westwood or Martin Kaymer.It wasn’t where Scott belonged, either.He remembers the first struggle — and it was his first real struggle in golf — in 2009 when he played poorly and lost confidence and “it’s not easy to get that back.” Scott spoke of the panic he felt because golf had never felt that hard.The most recent one is a little more complicated as he tried to balance playing his best with the responsibilities of being a father to a daughter, and then a son.“I think it was more with the second kid coming along that really got my head spinning a bit,” he said. “But I have incredible support from my wife and my family. We also must remember that you’re trying to play the sport at the highest level, and there’s no excuses, and there’s sacrifices to make.“Just took me a little while to find the right balance between the way I used to do it and the way I needed to do it now, so that there was some kind of peace in my whole world,” he said. “I don’t think that’s anything amazing. I think everyone deals with it in some way or another.”He is No. 7 in the world now, coming off two straight victories two months apart. It was hard work getting back to this position, and he realizes it will only get tougher.Scott is looking at the next five years as potentially being “my best years on tour.” He won’t put a number on how many times he wants to win — Riviera was his 14th victory on the PGA Tour, 29th worldwide — but he desperately wants to add a major to his Masters title in 2013.Two decades on tour hasn’t aged him physically or between the ears. He thinks he has found balance, and now needs to stay sharp and motivated.“It’s easy to say those things, it’s very hard to do,” he said. “They’re pretty lofty goals, so this is a good start. It’s one week out of the next five years.” COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 19th February, 2020 12:16 ISTlast_img read more

Alabama vs. Mississippi State results: Tide offense struggles in second straight shutout

first_imgFor the first time all season, Alabama faced some offensive adversity in its game against No. 18 Mississippi State, a 24-0 win for the home team.The Tide struggled like they hadn’t all season, putting up season-lows in points (24) and yards (305) and giving up four sacks against Tua Tagovailoa, who left the game after getting fairly beat up. Thankfully for Alabama, its defense stood tall to hold MSU to 169 total yards and zero points while sacking Nick Fitzgerald five times. This is also the first time since 1980 Alabama has held consecutive SEC opponents scoreless (Alabama won 29-0 last week against LSU). Tagovailoa’s pass:This guy Tua is pretty good.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20183:54 p.m.: Looks like Damien Harris may have fumbled on a carry, but Alabama snaps the ball before the refs think to review. The Tide continue their drive into Mississippi State territory.3:51 p.m.:And here we go! Alabama takes the opening kickoff out to the 27-yard line to start the game. MORE: Watch college football live and on demand on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Check out all the big plays, scores and highlights from the Tide’s win against MSU:Final: Alabama 24, Mississippi State 06:49 p.m.: Three plays later, and Bama comes away with the 24-0 win. Not pretty, but the defense looked excellent.This is the first time Alabama has shutout back-to-back SEC opponents since 1980.— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 10, 20186:42 p.m.: Alabama doesn’t get it. Jeffrey Simmons gets enough of a push into the backfield to hit Damien Harris and stop him from breaking the plain. Turnover on downs for Bama; MSU will take over at the 1.6:40 p.m.: Alabama has it fourth-and-goal from the 2. Looks like the Tide will go for it with less than 1:30 left to play. Timeout MSU.6:37 p.m.: Alabama’s continued reliance on the run is starting to pay dividends. Josh Jacobs hits a 17-yarder down to the MSU 9.Josh Jacobs is a tough man to tackle.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20186:34 p.m.: Two rushes get Alabama a first down. Wouldn’t be surprising to see them keep it on the ground the rest of the game with just six minute left to play.6:31 p.m.: MSU tries the fake sweep/quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1. He didn’t get close, and that makes it fourth-and-1 at the 28. Punt team coming out.6:29 p.m. Mississippi State to take over at its 19-yard line after the ensuing kickoff. They have 9:06 left to put together a comeback.6:26 p.m.: Field goal! Three plays later, and Joseph Bulavos is on to try the 49-yard field goal … and he makes it! That’s a career-long for Bulavos to make it 24-0 Alabama, which draws a big cheer from the crowd.6:24 p.m.: A Damien Harris 13-yard run gives Alabama a first down out to the MSU 27. 6:20 p.m.: Alabama stops the third-down conversion, but Mississippi State goes for it on fourth. Dylan Moses was beat on the quick out, but tight end Justin Johnson dropped the would-be converting pass. It’s a turnover on downs, and Alabama takes over at the Mississippi State 42.6:18 p.m.: Another third-and-long upcoming after Raekwon Davis hits Fitzgerald in the backfield for a 4-yard loss. Third-and-9 upcoming. 6:17 p.m.: Fitzgerald gets 11 yards on the quarterback draw out to the MSU 36.6:15 p.m.: A Mac Jones middle screen to Damien Harris is sniffed out before the latter can get back to the line of scrimmage. A punt by Mike Bernier gives MSU the ball back at its 25. Might be on the defense from here on out.6:11 p.m. Mac Jones (the third-string quarterback) is in. Tagovailoa is on the bike.6:10 p.m.: Mississippi State goes for it, but Nick Fitzgerald’s pass is batted down at the line of scrimmage by Xavier McKinney. Tide take over at the 40.Third quarter: Alabama 21, Mississippi State 06:08 p.m.: Mississippi State has it fourth-and-6 from Bama’s 40 heading into the fourth quarter. Decision time here, but it wouldn’t be surprising for MSU to try and pin Bama deep, the way the Bulldogs have gotten to Tagovailoa today.6:06 p.m.: Mississippi State takes over at its 36. Fitzgerald’s first throw is a 30-yard gainer to Deddrick Thomas! Bulldogs at the Bama 44.6:05 p.m.: Third-and-9, Mississippi State sells out for the blitz. Cameron Dantzler hits him for a 10-yard loss. Dantzler hits Tagovailoa on the knee, and the latter is slow to get up. Looks like he’s hobbling on the sideline. Alabama is incapable of protecting Tagovailoa right now.6 p.m.: A called Tagovailoa fumble on the field (recovered by DeVonta Smith for a first down) is being reviewed. Should be called an incomplete pass, which would make it third-and-9.5:59 p.m.: Alabama starts another drive with a run. Mississippi State selling out to stop it. Second-and-9 upcoming.5:58 p.m.: Wow, Nick Fitzgerald scrambled and had a first down, but he slid too early. It’s fourth-and-1 — the Bulldogs’ fifth three-and-out. Bama to take over at the 25 after the punt.5:53 p.m.: Looks like Alabama’s punt team coming out after Tagovailoa hits Irv Smith for a 5-yard gain on fourth-and-7. A 34-yard punt gives Mississippi State the ball at its 33.5:48 p.m.: A false start makes it fourth-and-12, and MSU’s punt team is now on the field. Bama to take over at its 14.5:47 p.m.: Mississippi State staying out there on fourth-and-7 from the 37. 5:46 p.m.: Two plays later, Nick Fitzgerald is sacked for a 12-yard loss by Dylan Moses back to the Bama 48. That’s its fifth of the day (and eighth tackle for loss).5:45 p.m.: Interception! A 10-yard sack makes it third-and-19, then Tagovailoa throws an interception to linebacker Willie Gay Jr. Mississippi State to take over at the Bama 40.INTERCEPTION!Tua Tagovailoa picked off for just the second time this season.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20185:43 p.m.: Nine- and 12-yard gains to Jaylen Waddle and Jerry Jeudy gives the Tide a first down. Bama driving at the 45.5:38 p.m.: Bama to take over at its 18.5:36 p.m.: Quinnen Williams hits Kylin Hill for a 4-yard loss. He met him about the time he took the handoff. A incomplete pass on the next play will bring out the punt team.5:36 p.m.: Fitzgerald hits Farrod Green for a 12-yard gain out to the 50. 5:35 p.m.: A dropped pass makes it third-and-7 for MSU. Got to have this one.5:34 p.m.: Alabama kicks the ball out of bounds, so Mississippi State gets the ball at the 35.Halftime: Alabama 21, Mississippi State 05:21 p.m.: Halftime stats.Total yards: Alabama 216, Mississippi State 86First downs: Alabama 17, Mississippi State 3Passing: Alabama 10 of 14 (1 TD), Mississippi State 5 of 8Passing yards: Alabama 127, Mississippi State 61Rushing: Alabama 27 carries, 89 yards (1 fumble), Mississippi State 14 carries, 24 yardsThird downs: Alabama 3 of 5, Mississippi State 0 of 5Turnovers: Alabama 1, Mississippi State 1Time of possession: Alabama 17:56, Mississippi State 12:045:12 p.m.: Jace Christmann misses it just outside the left goal post. Crazy turn of events there: It could have been 21-7 Alabama, but the Bulldogs head into halftime with nothing.5:11 p.m.: And now Alabama calls an all-out blitz. Fitzgerald is sacked by Jared Mayden to make it fourth-and-22 from the Alabama 24. A 41-yard field goal attempt upcoming.Now that’s a blitz.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20185:08 p.m.: Another touchdown taken off the scoreboard. This time it’s because of a delay of game. Wow. Third-and-14.5:06 p.m.: Wow. Mississippi State has a huge touchdown to make it 21-7 but a terrible, terrible block in the back call against Deddrick Thomas negates the score. It’s second-and-9 MSU from the 11.  5:07 p.m.: Nick Fitzgerald completes his pass to Aeris Williams for 23 yards down to the Bama 12. This is their best bet to score before the half with just under a minute left to play.5:05 p.m.: Very nice run by Kylin Hill! He gets the pitch to the left and is nearly taken down by Anfernee Jennings in the backfield, but breaks lose for a 38-yard gain to the 33.Kylin Hill, making something out of nothing.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20185:03 p.m.: Kylin Hill got about a 4-yard gain, but an injury to MSU lineman Darryl Williams stops the clock.5:01 p.m.: One thing you absolutely cannot do: Give Alabama a short field. MSU learned the hard way. The Bulldogs take over at their 25.5 p.m.: Touchdown! And Tagovailoa has his first touchdown of the day, a 14-yard connection to Josh Jacobs out of the backfield. It’s 21-0 Alabama. The Tide have scored three touchdowns today, compared to just nine the Bulldogs have given up all year.Coming into today, Mississippi State had only allowed 9 touchdowns through 36 quarters of football.This is Alabama’s third of the first half.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20184:59 p.m.: Tagovailoa hits Irv Smith for a 15-yard gain to the 14-yard line and a first down.4:57 p.m.: The Tide continue to commit to the run. Mississippi State hits Josh Jacobs for a 2-yard loss.4:56 p.m.: And now Mississippi State has its first turnover of the day! Deddrick Thomas muffs the punt and Alabama takes over at the Bulldogs 27.4:55 p.m.: Another sack by MSU! The Bulldogs bring five and Montez Sweat hits Tagovailoa for the 11-yard loss. 4:53 p.m.: A pretty good throw by Nick Fitzgerald falls right into Farrod Green, who drops it. It still wouldn’t have amounted to a first down. Bama takes over at its 43-yard line after the punt.4:52 p.m.: A false start makes it third-and-23 from the 17 for MSU.4:48 p.m.: Second-and-9, MSU tries the flea flicker. It doesn’t work. LaBryan Ray and Raekwon Davis converge on Fitzgerald for a sack. It’s third-and-18 from the MSU 22. 4:45 p.m.: Another rare miscue from Alabama. Tagovailoa and Damien Harris fumble on the exchange and Mississippi State’s Braxton Hoyett jumps on it. The Bulldogs will have the ball at about their 30-yard line with half a quarter left to play. 4:43 p.m.: An 8-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy and neutral zone infraction against MSU give Alabama a first down to the Bulldogs 34. Speaking of Jeudy: What are his legs made of?lol, okay Jerry Jeudy— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20184:43 p.m.: Tua Tagovailoa avoids the pressure and has Jaylen Waddle open — but Chris Rayford is draped all over him. That’s a 15-yard pass interference call down to the MSU 48.4:41 p.m.: Alabama to take over at its own 37 after the punt with just about 10 minutes left to play in the half.4:40 p.m.: Bulldogs have third-and-3 from their 19 — but the snap is early, and Nick Fitzgerald is forced to dive on it for a 4-yard loss. Punt upcoming.4:38 p.m.: Bulldogs get their first first down of the day thanks to a couple good runs from Aeris Williams. Bulldogs driving at their 12.4:37 p.m.: Mississippi State takes over at its own 1 after a 37-yard punt by Mike Bernier. Not a great spot.4:33 p.m.: Interesting playcall there on third-and-8 for Bama. Tide faked the jet sweep and hand the ball to Josh Jacobs straight up the middle. Montez Sweat sniffs it out and tackles Jacobs for no gain. Bama’s first punt upcoming.4:31 p.m.: Tagovailoa hits Jeudy on a receiver screen, and the latter takes it 11 yards for another first down. Not seeing a lot of downfield throws from Tagovailoa so far.4:30 p.m.: Alabama starts with an inside slant to Jerry Jeudy that goes for 12 yards. First down.First quarter: Alabama 14, Mississippi State 04:27 p.m.: And now something rarely seen: A surrendered Alabama sack (just its seventh this season). Chauncey Rivers got in there to sack Tagovailoa for a loss of 6 yards. Bama will face second-and-11 to start the second quarter.4:25 p.m.: Alabama starts at its own 26. An offside call gives them 5 free yards and a start at its 31.4:21 p.m.: Another three-and-out for MSU. Nick Fitzgerald hits Stephen Guidry for 12 yards to make it fourth-and-4 from the 31-yard line.4:18 p.m.: Another sack for Bama. This time it’s — who else — Quinnen Williams. He continues to ball out this year. It’s third-and-16 for MSU from the 19.4:17 p.m.: Mississippi State stars the drive with a sack. Isaiah Buggs again.4:16 p.m.: On that drive: Alabama ran the ball on nine of 13 plays, including six straight to end the possession. Tide definitely content with taking the ball out of Tagovailoa’s hands (he’s 5 of 6 today for 67 yards).4:13 p.m.: Touchdown! A 1-yard touchdown run from Josh Jacobs makes it 14-0 (thanks to a fantastic juke). The Tide have already scored more than MSU’s scoring average this year (12.3 ppg).Juke. Reach. Score.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 10, 20184:12 p.m.: Alabama keeps getting huge chunks of yards on the ground. Tide are driving at the MSU 1 now.4:11 p.m.: Alabama gets some nice chunk plays from Josh Jacobs and Najee Harris (8-yard runs apiece) to get down to the MSU 25.4:08 p.m.: Alabama continues to convert on third down. Against a five-man MSU rush, Tagovailoa takes his time and hits Jaylen Waddle on a 12-yard comeback route to the MSU 45.4:06 p.m.: Bama starts the drive with a play-action rollout. Tagovailoa hits Irv Smith for a gain of 21 yards down the left sideline to the Bama 38.4:03 p.m.: Alabama takes over at its 17 after a 51-yard punt by MSU’s Tucker Day.4:02 p.m.: Mississippi State will punt after a three-and-out. The Bulldogs faced third-and-1 from their own 34, but Isaiah Buggs burst through untouched off the edge to hit Kylin Hill for a loss of 2 yards.3:57 p.m.: Touchdown! A methodical Alabama drive nets the Tide the first score of the day: A 1-yard run from Damien Harris. On that drive: Tua Tagovailoa completed both of his passes for 30 yards (including a 25-yarder down to the 1-yard line). Damien Harris ran the ball five times for 29 yards.last_img read more

Czarapatas collect trophies at Outagamie

first_imgCautions kept the pace slowed with the time limit ticking away. Mike Mullen once again pulled away on the restart but mechanical gremlins got the best of the no. 99 machine as his car came to a halt in turn two. Czarapata inherited the lead as the time limit expired on the race, handing him the win. Brian Mullen was second and Benji LaCrosse raced from row eight to place third. SEYMOUR, Wis. (July 3) – Team Czarapata took two IMCA feature wins Friday at Outagamie Speed­way. Rod Snellenberger took the lead on the seventh lap of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature only to have it swiped away a lap later by Brandon Czarapata. Czarapata was able to hold off a hard charging Jeremy Christians to score his first win of the season. Matt Brehmer was victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. By Edward Anschutz  Christians had to the settle for second at the pay window while point leader Eric Arneson came through a last chance qualifier to place third. In Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod action it was Jayden Schmidt passing Derek Fehling with three laps remaining to score his first win of the season. Fehling was second and was trailed at the line by Jeff Schmuhl. Division counts were 37 Modifieds, 36 SportMods, 26 Stock Cars and 25 Sport Compacts. Mike Mullen raced to the lead on the second lap of the IMCA Modified feature and quickly pulled away from the field. Several cautions slowed his charge as Jason Czarapata and Brian Mullen gave chase.last_img read more