Lessons of the brain: The Phineas Gage story

first_imgImagine the modern-day reaction to a news story about a man surviving a three-foot, 7-inch, 13½-pound iron bar being blown through his skull — taking a chunk of his brain with it.Then imagine that this happened in 1848, long before modern medicine and neuroscience. That was the case of Phineas Gage.Whether the Vermont construction foreman, who was laying railroad track and using explosives at the time of the industrial accident, was lucky or unlucky is a judgment that Warren Anatomical Museum curator Dominic Hall puzzles over to this day.“It is an impossible question, because he was extraordinarily unlucky to have an iron bar borne through his skull, but equally lucky to have survived, on such a low level of care,” said Hall. “We are lucky, to have him.”Gage’s skull, along with the tamping iron that bore through it, are two of the approximately 15,000 artifacts and case objects conserved at the Warren, which is a part of the Center for the History of Medicine in Harvard’s Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.The resultant change in Gage’s personality — when he went from being well-liked and professionally successful to being “fitful, irreverent, and grossly profane, showing little deference for his fellows” and unable to keep his job — is widely cited in modern psychology as the textbook case for post-traumatic social disinhibition.But as the years have gone by and we’ve learned more about his life, argued Hall, the teachings have changed.“In 1848, he was seen as a triumph of human survival. Then, he becomes the textbook case for post-traumatic personality change. Recently, people interpret him as having found a form of independence and social recovery, which he didn’t get credit for 15 years ago.”When Gage died 12 years after the accident, following epileptic seizures, his body was exhumed, while his skull and tamping iron were sent to the physician who had cared for him since the accident, John Harlow. Harlow later donated the items to the Warren, where they have remained for 160 years.“In many ways, I see Gage similarly to how you would see a portrait of one of the famous professors hanging on the wall — he’s an important part of Harvard Medical School’s identity,” said Hall. “By continually reflecting on his case, it allows us to change how we reflect on the human brain and how we interact with our historical understanding of neuroscience.”last_img read more

National Life Group donates 2,000 books to Maryland inner-city school

first_imgNational Life Group,Employees of National Life Group donated more than 2,000 books to an inner-city school in Maryland, helping to fuel the principal’s ambitious dream of bringing 10,000 books into his school.‘I believe reading is the foundation for everything,’ says Herman Whaley, principal of the 200-student Capitol Heights Elementary School, located on the Maryland border with Washington, D.C. ‘If you are not a good reader you are going to struggle.’The 2,000 books were presented at a school assembly in December at which students, in a format akin to a television game show, answered book-themed questions.‘You have to celebrate reading and books the way we celebrate our athletes,’ says Whaley. ‘You have to be a cheerleader and celebrate it so it becomes contagious, like you are celebrating a sporting event like the Super Bowl.’The partnership with National Life Group was born in a community group set up by Whaley to brainstorm ideas for nurturing literacy in the area schools.National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace, including Capital Heights Elementary School.‘This idea to work with National Life to enhance our school library and classroom libraries came to fruition at our community think tank meeting,’ said Whaley. The suggestion came from Rosette Barner-Wiley, a former teacher who is a member of Whaley’s community group and who also sells National Life’s 403(b) retirement products.She contacted Lewis Smith, who is National Life’s director of 403(b) services. Smith, based in Dallas, and Matt DeSantos, who is National Life’s vice president of marketing and business development and is based in Montpelier, organized book drives at both the Montpelier and Dallas campuses of National Life Group.Both Smith and DeSantos were on hand when the 2,000 books were delivered to the school.Smith told the students that books played a critical role in his life and he talked about ‘the places you can go when you read,’ adding, ‘There are certain things people cannot take away from you when you are growing up ‘ and when you are grown up ‘ and that’s what you have up here (pointing to his head), what you learn, where your imagination takes you, what you have right here in your heart.’DeSantos told the students that the best TV is in their minds. ‘It is using your imagination,’ he said. On the importance of reading, he added, ‘It’s about dreams. No one can take it away from you.’The school has launched a Read 25 program to support each student in reading and discussing at least 25 books every school year.Whaley has taken the Read 25 program one step further and initiated an additional goal to get 10,000 books into his school.The 2,000 books were delivered without charge by ABF Freight System, Inc. of Williston, Vt.‘While ABF is a company with a global reach, our people work and live in local communities across the map ‘ communities just like Montpelier and Capital Heights. For this reason it means so much more to know that we can serve the very communities where we live by supporting worthwhile causes such as this one,’ said Russ Aikman, director of marketing and public relations at ABF.###About National Life Group – www.nationallife.com(link is external)National Life Group is a family of financial service companies that offer life insurance, annuities, and investment* products and services. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest (LSW), a member of National Life Group, is a leading provider of 403(b) and 457(b) tax-deferred retirement plans, primarily in the K-12 school marketplace. LSW offers traditional fixed and indexed annuities to educators and employees in more than 7,000 school districts, including several of the largest and smallest school districts in the country.National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, Montpelier, Vt., Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, Texas, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York.*Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, a member of National Life Group, One National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05604. 800-344-7437.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trolls Tottenham fans in Madrid ahead of Champions League final

first_imgEx-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trolls Tottenham fans in Madrid ahead of Champions League final Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Jun 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link165Shares Advertisementcenter_img Arsene Wenger was mingling with Tottenham fans before the Champions League final (Twitter)Arsene Wenger has reminded everyone that he remains Arsenal through and through as he wore his club tracksuit bottoms in a hotel full of Tottenham supporters on the day of their Champions League final against Liverpool.The Gunners’ season ended in disappointment this week as Unai Emery’s side suffered a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final.Arsenal now face the prospect of another campaign in the Europa League as winning the final was their last chance to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.And the week could get even worse for Arsenal fans as their north London rivals are one game away from being crowned champions of Europe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWenger is in Madrid for the match at the Wanda Metropolitano as he is on punditry duty alongside Jose Mourinho for beIN Sports.Badge is the other side but this is the only photo I can find ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bknaICWuLD— Onset (@OnsetMTH) June 1, 2019But on the morning of the game, Wenger was mingling with Tottenham fans in Madrid whilst proudly wearing his Arsenal trackies.Wenger stepped down after 22 years in charge of Arsenal at the end of last season.And the 69-year-old admitted last month that he might not manage another club after enjoying his time away from football.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Originally I said I want to manage straight away again. After that I thought maybe I’ll take a little distance,’ said Wenger.‘ came to the conclusion that I want to share what I learned in my life. Because life is only useful if at some stage you share what you know.‘I will go back into football for sure. In what position I don’t know, whether that is as a manager or not. The appetite, the desire, is still there.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Affordable acreage suburbs within 20km of the Brisbane CBD

first_imgThis home at 49 Landing Place, Moggill is a dream acreage property.BUYERS from southern states will be tree-green with envy as we reveal Brisbane’s most affordable acreage suburbs within 20km of the CBD.CoreLogic analysis has identified 14 suburbs where you can live on land, lots of land, for less than $1 million and still be within a half-marathon of Brisbane CBD’s Queen Street Mall.Using an automated valuation model (AVM) it analysed the value of properties with a land area of more than 4000sq m in each suburb to assess a median value.According to the results, the cheapest buy-in was at Eatons Hill on Brisbane’s north where you could purchase your acreage dream for just over $780,000. Eatons Hill also had a healthy six per cent capital gain in value during the past year.Acreage priced below $800,000 could also be found in Warner and Pinjarra Hills, while Moggill, Bellbowrie, Anstead and Bunya were priced below $900,000 for rural residential.The analysis revealed acreage property had experienced healthy long-term 10-year gains. This would be amazing to come home to: 49 Landing Place Moggill.CoreLogic head of research, Cameron Kusher, said tracking the price cycle of acreage markets could be challenging.“You don’t typically see many transactions in the market and it’s a very specific buyer for that kind of property,” he said.Mr Kusher said while buyers moving to Queensland from southern states were driving price growth for near-city housing on traditional size lots at present, acreage provided good, long-term prospects for purchasers.“It’s never going to be a market that consistently ‘shoots the lights out’, but when the demand does turn, you can get some pretty strong increases in values over a pretty short period of time,” he said.Ray White Rural director, Jez McNamara agreed lifestyle acreage price cycles could be a little bit difficult to track.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“It’s a very slow moving market that’s based on emotion rather than need,” he said.“It’s very hard to do a comparative analysis as well because there’s not only different houses but different infrastructures. “You might have some with large sheds or stables or horse complexes or beautiful gardens — it varies greatly.” Room for a tennis court and pool at Carson Drive, Bunya.Mr McNamara said there were opportunities for buyers to get in now and enjoy long-term benefits.“I think the cycle is still growing — people are getting more confident to go out a bit further and get that dream home,” he said.“You look at a New Farm house where you’re paying $1.1 million for 400sq m with a rundown Queenslander, or you can go to Camp Mountain or Chandler and buy five acres with a nice house on it. It starts to make sense for a lot of families.”Mr McNamara said infrastructure which helped reduce commuting time would continue to benefit near-city acreage.“Through Brookfield, Pullenvale and Fig Tree Pocket — those sorts of areas. Legacy Way tunnel has really changed that commute to Brisbane,” he said.“I got back to New Farm from Brookfield in about 15 minutes using Legacy Way — I was shocked actually.”Mr McNamara said as Brisbane continued to grow, so would the value of commutable acreage.“When you can buy acreage this close to the Brisbane CBD for under $1 million — I just see nothing but upside in it,” he said.According to realestate.com.au Moggill has the highest number of acreage properties listed on the market at the moment — 30. While there are none in the Eatons Hill area.last_img read more

Family buyers value the extra space in Calamvale

first_img6 Sumayyah Place, CalamvaleA media room and multiple living areas tick all the boxes for a family who bought this lavish house at Calamvale last week.The 6 Sumayyah Place property sold for $870,000 on Friday in a private sale and, although it was passed in at auction in early February, there were still four parties looking to buy the home. REAL ESTATE: 6 Sumayyah Place, CalamvaleAgain, the Crawford Place property had five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a media room and multiple living areas. Mr Gillespie said there was not enough stock to meet demand and almost all inquiries were from families, not investors. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The cinema at 6 Sumayyah Place, Calamvale.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills estate agent Karl Gillespie said the buyer was planning to live there with his two teenage children and the multiple living areas were a key selling point of the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home.“The location, the cinema, and the multiple living areas are what drew the buyer to this house,” Mr Gillespie said. “His teen kids can spread out and have their friends over.”center_img REAL ESTATE: 6 Sumayyah Place, CalamvaleMr Gillespie said the sale was typical of the local market, with another property at 17 Crawford Place, Calamvale, selling under the hammer for $821,000 at the weekend. last_img read more

Quadrant takes two CHC helicopters for Australian ops

first_imgHelicopter services provider CHC Group has been awarded a two-year contract to support Australia’s oil and gas company, Quadrant Energy, starting July 1, 2017.In its statement on Thursday, CHC said it will provide passenger transfer services to Quadrant’s oil and gas installations on the North West Shelf using two AW139s flying out of CHC’s base in Karratha.Facilities located at Learmonth will also be utilized to provide passenger processing services, the company added.“The CHC team in Asia Pacific is very proud of winning this contract with Quadrant and we are excited to commence operations on 1 July,” Vince D’Rozario, CHC Regional Director, Asia Pacific said.CHC has been flying passenger transfer services out of Karratha since 2011 in support of the oil and gas industry. The company noted it has logged more than 125,000 flying hours on AW139s across its global fleet since 2005, with more than 25,000 of those flight hours in Australia.“We have worked hard to redesign our company to better meet our customers’ needs and we are delighted to establish this new partnership with Quadrant,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter.“We’re continuing to see the benefits of our restructuring through new customer commitments worldwide.”last_img read more

Tunisia celebrates World Music Day

first_imgHundreds of revelers descended on one of Tunis’s main streets over the weekend to watch musicians take to the stage as part of World Music Day, also known as Fete de la Musique. The aim of the event was to bring the people of Tunisia out onto the street, to celebrate the country’s culture. Related Tunisia celebrates anniversary of revolution Kenya celebrates world rangers day World Leaders Condemn Tunisia Attacklast_img

Shelbyville man arrested following routine traffic stop

first_imgShelbyville, In. — A Shelbyville man is behind bars after providing a false identity during a traffic stop for an equipment violation.Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday police stopped a car with a malfunctioning headlight. The female driver provided a driver’s license but the passenger could only provide a name and date of birth.Further investigation determined the true identity of the passenger was Dominique Reid, 29, of Shelbyville. Police determined Reid was wanted in Shelby County for theft of a firearm, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. Reid also had arrest warrants from Marion County for battery resulting in bodily injury and domestic battery.During a search police found an unused syringe and a jar containing suspected marijuana. Reid was taken into custody at the scene.last_img read more

Trenton Acadians fall to Bangor 6-1

first_imgBLUE HILL — Bangor’s Peter Kemble pitched a complete game one-hitter, allowing only a triple for the Trenton Acadians’ baseball team on Tuesday. Bangor won 6-1.Trenton’s Nick Bagley threw 60 pitches and notched seven strikeouts.Bangor’s Sam Houston and Ben Chrichton each had two singles while Kyle Stevenson and Peter Kemble each had a single.Acadians pitcher Will Ricker pitched well in defeat, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up three runs, none earned as the Acadians made five errors on the day.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrenton 13, Waldo 3Mount Desert Island’s Tom Paola pitched five strong innings for the Trenton Acadians, leading them past Waldo 13-3 on Saturday at George Stevens Academy.Paola gave up one earned run, allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one.The Acadians’ offense started off with a bang, batting around the order and plating five runs in the first inning. They continued scoring runs in every inning of the game.Joe Archambault, Seth Young and Dakota Chipman each had two singles. Anthony Bianco contributed a double. Conor Maguire and Hank Vinall each singled for the Acadians.Andrew Canning, Andrew Flagg and Drew Stanley each had two hits for Waldo, and Emery Dinsmore had a single. Drew Stanley took the loss on the mound.Trenton 13, Penquis 4The Acadians got off to another strong start on Thursday, scoring six runs in the first two innings against Penquis pitcher Brooks Law.Leading the way for the Acadians was Ellsworth’s Nick Bagley, who went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, including a double.Also for Trenton, Joe Archambault went 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Tony Bianco had a single, a double, three RBIs and scored three runs. Garrison Looke had three hits, including a double. Will Ricker had two singles. Kyle Taylor had a double. Finn McMahon, Dakota Chipman and Colin Pineo each singled.Colin Pineo earned his first American Legion victory on the mound with the help of three strong innings of relief from Dylan Colin.For Penquis, Brooks Law led the way offensively with three hits, including a triple and an RBI. Matt Spear had two singles, Billy Brock and Seth Clark doubled, and Brandon Young singled.Hampden 4, Trenton 3Hampden RH Foster scrapped out four hits, scoring four unearned runs to beat the Acadians in a contest that went right down to the wire on Wednesday at GSA.Hampden pitchers Casey Sudbeck, Jackson Gilmore and Brandon Smith’s group effort held the Acadians to five hits and resulted in the win. Ben Huston, Michael Turner, Connor Farmer each had a single while Zach Nash had a key two-out, two RBI double following a dropped foul popup with two outs in the sixth inning.Conor Maguire took the loss, giving up only four hits, striking out six and walking two. Jake Keenan led the Acadians’ offense with a double, single and two RBIs. Finn McMahon, Will Ricker and Maguire each singled.Results submitted by Trenton Acadians coach Tim Archambault.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019, RSA vs BAN: Dream11 team predictions, fantasy cricket tips and more

first_imgNew Delhi: South Africa started their World Cup campaign on a wrong note by suffering a 104-run loss to England in the opening game of the tournament at the Kennington Oval in London. Bangladesh is coming off a win in a multi-tournament competition when they defeated the West Indies for the first time in the tri-series also involving Ireland. Bangladesh has defeated South Africa in the 2007 World Cup and this edition of the tournament gives them yet another opportunity to capitalise on their good run of form. With a solid mix of batsmen and bowlers, Bangladesh looks good but South Africa has the experience and class of several players. Here we bring you the Dream11 Fantasy team based on the stats of the players:South Africa squad to choose from:South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, David Miller, Chris MorrisBangladesh Squad to choose from:Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun, Abu Jayed, Mosaddek HossainSouth Africa vs Bangladesh, Dream 11 Fantasy teamQuinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Chris Morris, Faf du Plessis (c), Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Mushfiqur RahmanSouth Africa vs Bangladesh, Dream 11 Fantasy team Captain and Vice-CaptainThe squad comprises plenty of star players and they will offer Dream11 players points. Quinton de Kock and Rassie van der Dussen are going into this game with good form. De Kock, on the other hand, has been in fine form ever since the IPL and he will be the key in this clash. On the other hand, the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal offer plenty of variety when it comes to bat and ball. Mahmudullah is a big game player while Kagiso Rabada is a class bowler in his own right. Match Details: Date, Timing and VenueSouth Africa vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 5June 2, 2019, 3:00 PM ISTKennington Oval, London For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more