Study Explains How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees

first_imgAn Iraq War veteran, David Underwood for years has noticed that whenever he drove under power lines and around other electromagnetic fields, he would feel a buzz in what remained of his arm. The intensity of the pain became more significant when he was traveling by car through open spaces in Texas, so much so that he felt like his arm was blown off again.Until a recent study led by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas was published online last month in PLOS ONE, there was no scientific evidence to back up the stories of people, such as Underwood, who reported aberrant sensations and neuropathic pain around cellphone towers and other technology that produce radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. “Our study provides evidence, for the first time, that subjects exposed to cellphone towers at low, regular levels can actually perceive pain,” said Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, senior author of the study and an associate professor of bioengineering in the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “Our study also points to a specific nerve pathway that may contribute to our main finding.”Most of the research into the possible effects of cellphone towers on humans has been conducted on individuals with no diagnosed, pre-existing conditions. This is one of the first studies to look at the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in a nerve-injury model, said Romero-Ortega, who researches nerve regeneration and builds neural interfaces — technology that connects bionic or robotic devices to the peripheral nerve. There are nearly 2 million amputees in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many suffer from chronic pain.After interacting with Underwood, Romero-Ortega decided to study the phenomena that Underwood described. The team hypothesized that the formation of neuromas – inflamed peripheral nerve bundles that often form due to injury – created an environment that may be sensitive to EMF-tissue interactions. To test this, the team randomly assigned 20 rats into two groups – one receiving a nerve injury that simulated amputation, and the other group receiving a sham treatment. Researchers then exposed the subjects to a RF electromagnetic antenna for 10 minutes, once per week for eight weeks. The antenna delivered a power density equal to that measured at 39 meters from a local cellphone tower – a power density that a person might encounter outside of occupational settings.Researchers found that by the fourth week, 88 percent of subjects in the nerve-injured group demonstrated a behavioral pain response, while only one subject in the sham group exhibited pain at a single time point, and that was during the first week. After growth of neuroma and resection – the typical treatment in humans with neuromas who are experiencing pain – the pain responses persisted.Romoro-Ortega hopes that this study will highlight the importance of developing clinical options to prevent neuromas, instead of the current partially effective surgery alternatives for neuroma resection to treat pain. Researchers also performed experiments at the cellular level to explain the behavioral response. That led researchers to explore the protein TRPV4, which is known to be a factor in heat sensitivity and the development of allodynia, which some subjects displayed. Romero-Ortega said since the research produced pain responses similar to those in anecdotal reports and a specific human case, the results “are very likely” generalizable to humans. She also said “There are commercially available products to block radio frequency electromagnetic energy. There are people who live in caves because they report to be hypersensitive to radiomagnetism, yet the rest of the world uses cellphones and does not have a problem. The polarization may allow people to disregard the complaints of the few as psychosomatic,” he said. “In our study, the subjects with nerve injury were not capable of complex psychosomatic behavior. Their pain was a direct response to man-made radiofrequency electromagnetic energy.”At one point in the study, members of the research group showed Underwood video of subjects in the experiment and their response to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.“It was exactly the same type of movements I would have around cellphones on roam, power lines and other electromagnetic fields,” said Underwood, who has served on congressional medical committees and been exposed to some of the best doctors in the world. “It is pretty amazing that a few short conversations with this team led to validation of what I, and many others, experience.”Researchers said that the next step is to develop devices that block neuropathic pain from radiofrequency electromagnetic energy.Dr. Bryan Black, a research associate in the Department of Bioengineering in the Jonsson School; Dr. Rafael Granja-Vazquez, a postdoctoral fellow at UT Dallas; Dr. Benjamin Johnston of Brown University; and Dr. Erick Jones Sr., a professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering at UT Arlington, also contributed to the work.Read the complete paper here.last_img read more

Monsters Fall Behind Early, Lose To Chicago 4-1

first_img Related TopicsCleveland Monsters The Cleveland Monsters looked to find their groove as they played in Chicago on Sunday afternoon. The Monsters were on a two-game losing streak heading into the game today.The Monsters started off on a bad note, going down 1-0 after Magnus Paajarvi scored at the 4:31 mark of the first period. At the 10:35 mark, the Chicago Wolves took a 2-0 lead after Brad Hunt scored. T.J. Tynan made it a 2-1 deficit going into the locker room, scoring at the 17:57 mark.Cleveland and Chicago exchanged goals in the second period, as Markus Hannikainen and Bryce Gervais scored within the first eight minutes of the period. The one good thing for the Monsters is Hannikainen is starting to heat up. After a very even period, Cleveland went into the break down 3-2.From there, the Wolves put one more on the board from Chris Butler at the 15:25 mark of the third period to make it a 4-2 victory. The Monsters are 3-5, losing three in a row. They play Manitoba on Thursday, as they try to snap the three-game losing streak. Eli Mooneyhamcenter_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Garriga student wins art contest with rocket drawing

first_img Share By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESS(Photo by Pamela Cody)Garriga Elementary School third grader Layla Jean Mahan was recently selected as the winner of her campus’ art contest, which was sponsored by SpaceX. Also seen is Layla’s winning entry of a rocket.Layla Jean Mahan, a third grader from Garriga Elementary School in Port Isabel, was recently selected as the winner from her school for her entry in an art contest sponsored by SpaceX, the privately-owned rocket launching company that is building a facility on Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville.The contest was open to students from every campus in Point Isabel ISD, and Layla was the youngest winner from the district.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedPHOTO GALLERY: SpaceX – To the Future… And BeyondSeen are various images from festivities and events surrounding the ground breaking ceremony of SpaceX, the commercial launch site to be constructed at Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville. The impact of SpaceX is expected to benefit the surrounding communities, including the Laguna Madre and Harlingen-San Benito-Brownsville metropolitan areas. Pictured in…September 25, 2014In “Gallery”Port Isabel schools jumpstart literacyBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press First graders of Derry and Garriga Elementary on Monday, Oct. 20, eagerly received their very own book selected by Jumpstart as part of the national event, “Read Across America” – a Rotary International project spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Port Isabel. The…October 23, 2014In “News”Schedule, study hall and property values discussed at school board meetingBy Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS The PI-ISD school board held their regular board meeting this past Tuesday, December 17. First presentation was of the three winners from the 2019 Christmas Card Design Contest. The winners were as follows: Garriga Elementary student Dayami Ortega; Derry Elementary student Allison…December 26, 2019In “News”last_img read more

Tragedy Strikes West Florida Athletics

first_imgTragedy Strikes West Florida Athletics March 24, 2008PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Athletic Department is deeply saddened by the untimely loss of one of their family. Sophomore cross country and track student-athlete Ashley Collis, 19, passed away on Saturday as a result of a car accident. She was traveling to the Atlanta area to be with her family for Easter when the accident occurred. This is the second tragedy within the UWF Athletic family this semester, as the women’s golf team lost Danielle Smith in a traffic accident in mid January.Collis previously attended Truitt McConnell College her freshman year, and graduated from John McEachern High School in her hometown of Powder Springs, Georgia. Collis had helped the Lady Bears of Truitt McConnell to a National Junior College Athletic Association Region title, as she finished in 8th place in the regional championship race. She was expected to compete very well for the Argos in the future, despite having to battle through various injuries during the fall cross country season.Head coach Matt Dobson said the team is very saddened by the event. “We are a very close knit unit, and Ashley had some great friendships among teammates. She was a very easy-going, likeable person, and such a positive influence on the rest of the team. She was just a great kid from a small town, a truly genuine person, and we are going to miss her.”Collis was scheduled to run in her first UWF track meet this weekend at the FSU Relays. Despite battling injuries this past cross country season, Collis ran in two meets and accompanied the team for several other meets, as she was dedicated to help the team in any way. Collis ran in the Mt. Dew Invitational at Gainesville this past fall, and ran in the Argos Invitational meet in late September, where she turned in a 24:52 for the 5K event.The entire men’s and women’s cross country teams are planning on making the trip to Marietta, Georgia to pay tribute to Ashley this week. The Collis family will receive friends at the funeral home, Tuesday, March 25, 2008 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements. The funeral is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 26 at Macland Baptist Church. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Takahashi doubtful for Tokyo race

first_imgTakahashi was quoted as saying that she hopes to run in the Nov. 17 race in Tokyo, which doubles as a qualifier for next year’s World Championships in Paris, despite the injury that has caused her to feel pain since last month. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi has sustained a stress fracture in her left rib and could sit out the upcoming Tokyo International Women’s Marathon, her management company said Wednesday.The injury was found in tests she received at a Chiba hospital Tuesday, when she began full-fledged road workouts by running 42 km for the first time since returning from her training base in Colorado on Saturday.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Akaba fuels Chiba ekiden win

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 CHIBA – Yukiko Akaba upstaged world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba with a marvelous run in the final leg as Japan came from behind to win the Chiba International Ekiden road relay race on Friday. Japan, trailing in fourth place after the first three legs, moved up to second thanks to strong showings by Megumi Kinukawa and Kensuke Takezawa before Akaba turned a four-second deficit into victory with a combined time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Sideline edge Backdam 2-1 as U-17 soccer competition continues

first_imgAS the BV/Triumph 8th of May Movement Village Anniversary Celebration activities continue, Sideline emerged winners over Backdam in the 2018 Inter-Block soccer competition.The match which was played under floodlights at the BV/Triumph Community Centre ground was a highly competitive match between the two teams and was witnessed by a large crowd from the villages of Beterverwagting and Triumph, as well as neighbouring villages.Sideline and Backdam have a rich history of fierce, but fair rivalry in a variety of sport disciplines, with soccer being the main feature.The match which was very intense throughout, saw striker Tyrice Dennis usher in the first goal with a right-foot whirling kick from approximately 35 yards out from the goal on the right wing. Dennis’ server- whirl-kick hit the upper right corner of the net, leaving Backdam’s goalkeeper stranded in the middle of the goal with no chance of saving. The striker’s high quality goal further excited the already upbeat Sideline supporters and sent the large Backdam followers into a momentary, stunning silence. As if to rub into the wounds of the Backdam supporters, Dennis celebrated his fantastic goal by running and sliding chest down as his teammates compulsively swoop over him.With Sideline completing the first half 1-0, Backdam were keen to bounce back in the second half. However, in the 65th minute, Sideline’s Jerome Robinson took a cross which came from the right wing, as he lurked just left of the centre of the goal, to produce a beauty that pierced the net, just right of the wedged Backdam’s goalkeeper.It was Sideline’s second goal of the evening, and the statement of 2-0, coupled with the clock rapidly approaching 22:00hrs, the course of the night’s events seemed a bit too much for the Backdam supporters, as scores of them trickled through the gate in frustration.Nevertheless, it was young Ian Dooker’s courageous effort that put some respectability to the Backdam block, as he, having received a pass, worked his way through the Sideline’s defence to give an astonishing solid right kick to bore the Sideline’s goalkeeper to the far right of the net and register Backdam’s first goal of the evening.However, it was to be Backdam’s only goal, as with 11 minutes remaining and what seemed like an uphill task for an equaliser, especially in light of Sideline’s never-relenting defensive attitude, the referee closed the curtain on the 90-minute action at 22:18hrs, to record Sideline’s 2-1 victory over Backdam.The BV/Triumph 8th of May Movement senior soccer tournament continues under floodlights today at the Beterverwagting Community Centre ground from 18:00hrs. The first game will feature Sideline opposing Ogle Street, while in the second match Central will engage Backdam.last_img read more

Duck Watch Week 8

first_img 0 hammer time Forums Home Sports Logos Posted October 30, 2006 Duck Watch Week 8 Squeaks4 1,990 posts Members Posted October 30, 2006 0 We the North! Share this post Location:St. Catharines, ON Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net Share this post Location:AZ Members Where’s the ghost flames, Belotti?I have been wondering that too. I wouldn’t be disappointed if they scrapped that idea but why advertise the crap out of this stuff and not use it? Also, have they used the white helmets yet this year? Yikes, this is bad:So far, Oregon hasn’t broken out either of the alternate helmets. Here’s what I have so far (Helmet-Jersey-Pants):Week 1: Green-Green-GreenWeek 2: Green-White-GreenWeek 3: Green-Green-BlackWeek 4: Green-White-WhiteWeek 5: Green-White-BlackWeek 6: Green-Yellow-YellowWeek 7: Green-White-GreenWeek 8: Green-Yellow-GreenWhere’s the ghost flames, Belotti?I saw the week 7 game live and I must admit they didn’t look too awful in person. But they didn’t look that great either. The silver names on the white jerseys are impossible to read unless you are 10 yards away. Looks like no name at all. Still, they could’ve done worse considering their options. Link to post Share on other sites 0 Share this post Posted October 30, 2006 0 georgie6543 harperdc Some animals are more equal than others. 0 22,645 2,669 posts This topic is now closed to further replies. Posted October 30, 2006 Gothamite I still contend that everything about those jerseys minus the diamond plating looks good.and at least we were playing in yellow and green. white for road I understand, but black should not be a UO color. at all. Between the black uniform set for the football team and now a black alt for basketball, I’m very unhappy right now. Did they scrap the yellow helmet? I went to the Ducks web site and on their wallpaper of the uniforms they have the white and green one but not the yellow one. Seems that I remember a couple of days after they released the uniforms they said they axed the yellow helmet.Wasn’t the yellow helmet announced as a preliminary design when it was unveiled?I swear, I thought the UO uniforms were ugly when I went there in the early 1990s. I didn’t realize how good we had it…. BamaHater 995 posts Duck Watch Week 8 1 Followers 0 harperdc IceCap 0 Share this post 543 21,575 0 0 Members Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites 0 0 IceCap 21,575 53,285 posts 45,948 posts 0 Share this post Location:Tampa, FL Posted October 30, 2006 Share this post 0 Link to post 543center_img 22,645 TenaciousG Share on other sites 216 posts Sign in to follow this   Posted October 30, 2006 Members 543 steiny_ramone 0 All Activity By TenaciousG, October 30, 2006 in Sports Logo News steiny_ramone Link to post Members Squeaks4 All Activity 0 Link to post Link to post Sports Logo News 0 Share this post Sports Logo News Forums Home 0 Share this post Posted October 30, 2006 Members georgie6543 0 Sign in to follow this   0 Did they scrap the yellow helmet? I went to the Ducks web site and on their wallpaper of the uniforms they have the white and green one but not the yellow one. Seems that I remember a couple of days after they released the uniforms they said they axed the yellow helmet. Recommended Posts I was at the game, and they look pretty good. The silver names can’t be read worth garbage, but the rest of it looks good. Except the diamond plating. A lot of people wear the unis to the games however, so we up in Oregon obviously like them. 1 0 1 Location:University of Oregon Members That might be the worst so far. Yikes! BamaHater SportsLogos.Net Gothamite 22,645 TenaciousG Moderators Followers 0 Link to post five boroughs, one City. 116 posts 636 posts Link to post Location:Pullman, WA Share on other sites 0 Posted October 30, 2006 Share on other sites 21,575 Share on other sites I’m waiting for the yellow-black-yellow combo. Share on other sites Sports Logos Link to post Duck Watch Week 8last_img read more

Bravo smashes 94 off hapless Stars

first_img– Knight Riders win with 1 ball to spare A swashbuckling innings of 94 not out off of 36 deliveries by Darren Bravo, ably supported by Brendon McCullum’s knock of 68 from 42 balls, saw the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) home by five wickets with one ball to spare.Chasing the St. Lucia Stars’ substantial total of 212 runs from their allotted overs, the Knight Riders found themselves way behind the required run rate, when Bravo joined McCullum at the fall of the third wicket, with the total on 71 for 3, after 9.2 overs, and the Stars confident of ending their 14 game losing streak.It was not to be, as the pair decimated the Stars’ attack for 138 runs from 53 deliveries, with a barrage of sixes and boundaries. Bravo hammered ten sixes and six boundaries, while McCullum contributed six maximums and three fours. The home crowd at Darren Sammy National Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia was stunned into silence as the rampaging duo treated the bowling with utter disdain. In the 16th over of the Knight Riders’ innings, Bravo swung the match back in his team’s favour, as he took Kieron Pollard for 32 runs: 6,  6, 6, 6, 2, 6. At that stage, the Stars must have had the feeling that  it was just not going to be their night, as the TKR reached 160 for 3, with 53 needed off 24 deliveries.Despite losing two wickets, and scoring only two runs in the 19th over, the result was a formality, as Denesh Ramdin’s massive six off the penultimate ball with one required, concluded the match.Earlier, opener David Warner, 72 not out, Rakheem Cornwall, 53, and Pollard 65 not out had propelled the Stars to a very respectable total of 212 for 2.last_img read more

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

first_imgLast Updated: 8th April, 2020 07:58 IST Ex-MLB Player Finishes Medical School, Primes To Fight Virus The first stop for the rookie doc and former big leaguer after graduation is the first-hand fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in one of the world’s hardest-hit areas. LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 8th April, 2020 07:58 IST SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img If he wanted, Mark Hamilton could show off his World Series ring at work.But the fill-in first baseman for the 2011 champion St. Louis Cardinals prefers to keep that prize safe at home.“The surgical scrub tub, not the most conducive place to wear it,” Hamilton said.On Friday, under an accelerated schedule prompted by dire circumstances, the former big leaguer is set to graduate a month early from medical school on Long Island.Next stop for the rookie doc, the first-hand fight against the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world’s hardest-hit areas.“I could get the call tomorrow, that it’s time to go in,” Hamilton said this week. “I have had an incredible journey to becoming a doctor over the last four years, and not once did I think that I would find myself entering the field in a time like this.”“Over both my careers, it’s the same thing. You’ve got a job to do, you’re needed, do them to the best of your ability,” he said.The 35-year-old Hamilton spent the first half of the 2011 season with the Cardinals. He subbed for slugger Albert Pujols a few times and even got a winning hit that ultimately helped St. Louis squeeze into the playoffs by one game.The left-handed hitter who played 47 games in the majors will join another lineup once he leaves the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.“That’s a great story, what Mark’s done. That’ll be a high point at this period,” said Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, Hamilton’s manager with the Cards.“What he’ll be doing, out there on the front lines helping people, that’s really something,” he said.Throughout baseball history, plenty of guys have drawn the nickname Doc — Dwight Gooden and Roy Halladay among them.Far fewer have earned the title in the classroom — including Moonlight Graham, the real-life ballplayer-turned-doctor portrayed in the film “Field of Dreams.”Perhaps the most prominent was Bobby Brown, an October star for the New York Yankees in the 1940s and ’50s who also was a military veteran, president of the American League and longtime cardiologist.It’s a path Hamilton — who played at Tulane, as did Brown — planned on long ago.“Academia was always important to me,” Hamilton said. “I always felt like I was going to do this.”Hamilton comes from a family that has achieved success on and off the field.His brother played soccer in college, his sister is a top equestrian. His grandfather was a basketball star in the forerunner of the NBA.Hamilton’s father, Stanley, was the longtime head of pathology and laboratory medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He currently holds the same position at the City of Hope center in Southern California.“My dad jokes that the athletic ability skipped a generation,” Hamilton said.A 6-foot-4 power hitter, Hamilton helped Tulane reach the 2005 College World Series. The next year, he was a second-round draft pick by the Cardinals.“Good size, live bat, good pop,” La Russa remembered. “Good intelligence. He knew what was going on.”In September 2010, Hamilton got the call to the majors and posted his first two hits. In 2011, he stayed with St. Louis almost all the way to the All-Star break, mostly as a pinch hitter.Hamilton’s highlight came on July 4 before a big crowd at Busch Stadium. Batting for ace Chris Carpenter with two outs and a runner on third in the eighth inning of a scoreless game, his infield single off Johnny Cueto gave the Cardinals a 1-0 win over Cincinnati.His reward? An on-field pie in the face during the postgame celebration.“Felt pretty good,” he said.Within a week, Hamilton was sent back to Triple-A for good. He spent parts of the next three years in the St. Louis, Boston (getting a big welcoming hug from David Ortiz) and Atlanta organizations.After nine productive pro seasons that included over 100 home runs in the minors, he was released in July 2014, three days before his 30th birthday.Hamilton’s final major league stats, including time as a left fielder and designated hitter: 12 for 61 (.197) with three doubles, four RBIs and five runs scored.Plus, a World Series ring that he says he rarely wears.“I wasn’t on the field when we won,” he said. “In a way, I was part of it. In a way, I wasn’t.”Hamilton plans to enter the field of interventional radiology. But before that, his first year as an internal medicine resident is certain to be dominated by the virus outbreak, managing patients admitted at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital in the Northwell Health system. He’ll also spend elective weeks in the ICU.“My role in the COVID crisis will be considerably more involved once that starts,” he said. “Entering the front lines straight out of school is daunting. But I’m ready, I’m prepared.”Hamilton lives in Queens, about a 15-minute drive from the New York Mets’ home at Citi Field, with wife Lauren and their 9- and 6-year-old daughters. He said he can’t pinpoint the last time he swung a baseball bat.He’s not playing the what-if game, either.“Would I trade it now? No, I wouldn’t. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out,” he said. “No regrets.” Associated Press Television News COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more