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Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:41 PM
BOSTON — A genealogical organization in New England has announced the launch of the world's first online gallery of Mayflower passenger descendants.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society told The Associated Press that the goal is to document the approximately 30 million living descendants of Mayflower passengers and crew.
The website identifies 108 passengers and crew members known to have left descendants, allowing participants to locate their Pilgrim relative. Those who are a known descendant of a Pilgrim can post their story on the website.
The new project will help mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's passage, which takes place in 2020, The Associated Press reported.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 5:43 AM
TULSA, Okla. — As Oklahoma voters prepare to make a decision on legalizing medical marijuana, one family is using cannabis oil to help a young girl with a rare medical condition.
KOKI has been following the story of Jaqie Angel Warrior for years now. Her mother, Brittany Warrior, said she needs cannabis oil to help with the seizures she has every day.
Jaqie Angel Warrior suffers from a rare and potentially deadly form of epilepsy. Traditional pharmaceuticals haven't worked well for her, the family says.
She started having seizures at 5 months old. At 20 months old, the family put her on cannabis oil at the advisement of her neurologist. Since then, she has been weaned off all pharmaceuticals.
Jaqie's mother, Brittany Warrior, said they were losing all hope before they tried cannabis oil.
"Prior to starting cannabis, Jaqie had anywhere from 150 to 300 seizures a day. She was catatonic and life was fading out of her before my eyes," she said.
The family has traveled back and forth, and even temporarily moved to states with legalized medical marijuana.
Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 8:10 AM
MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.”
Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels.
“I see a survivor,” said Chuck Veidt, 60, who cares for Slade in his West Alexandria Road residence. “She is something else. A true survivor. Her mind is better than mine. She’s a tough act to follow.”
When asked about her 104th birthday, Slade said: “I don’t believe it myself.”
About 10 years ago, Veidt checked on Slade in her home up the street from his to see if she needed anything from the grocery store. He was shocked to see her lying face down in the kitchen as about a foot of snow accumulated just outside the door. She was rushed to Middletown Regional Hospital, where her body temperature returned to safe levels after two hours. She suffered frost bite.
She later told Veidt she listened to the furnace turn off and on so she wouldn’t fall asleep.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, she had her left breast removed. Thirty-one years later, the cancer returned in her right breast.
Longevity is part of Slade’s DNA. Her father and mother lived to be 91 and 89, respectively, though she has buried her two younger brothers and sister.
She credits eating fresh food from the family garden for her long life, but Veidt chimed in that Slade often told him not being married was the reason.
Born in a farmhouse in Madison Twp. in 1914, Slade graduated from Middletown High School in 1932. Her last MHS class reunion was her 60th in 1992. She’d probably be the only one still alive for her 86th class reunion.
“A class of one,” Veidt said with a smile.
Slade taught two years in a one-room school house, then 35 years after Poasttown built a new school. One of her former first-grade students, Homer Hartman, 86, attended Slade’s birthday party. Before Hartman was wheeled into the house, Slade gave a warning: “He’s going to tell a bunch of lies about me.”
Hartman didn’t disappoint. While he called Slade his “favorite” teacher, he said she frequently put him in the corner of the classroom.
“She didn’t let me get away with much,” he said.
She responded: “I never put him in the corner. None of my students.”
Slade retired in 1972 and said there is no way she could teach today because of the lack of discipline shown by some students.
“Kids would tell me where to go,” she said with a smile.
Is Slade afraid to die? She just shook her head.
“A new experience for me,” she said.
Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 1:29 AM
— Imagine finding gold at the end of a rainbow — twice. That’s how lucky a Massachusetts couple has found themselves over the last few months.
Robert Goodwin won a $1 million jackpot after scratching off a $5 instant lottery ticket, the Massachusetts State Lottery announced Monday. Anyone would be astonished at his good fortune, but for Goodwin and his wife, this wasn’t their first rodeo.
Back in August, Jane Goodwin won a $1 million prize in the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.
Robert Goodwin is taking his winnings home in a lump sum, which will leave him with $650,000 in his pocket — definitely nothing to scoff at.
The couple is planning on combining their earnings to buy a home in a retirement community. Their reason?
“No more shoveling,” said Robert Goodwin.
Just last week, a New Jersey woman found out she’d be taking home a staggering $5 million after finally checking the numbers on a scratch-off lottery ticket she accidentally purchased two weeks ago.
Oksana Zaharov, 46, meant to buy a $1 scratch-off ticket while she was shopping in New York City, but she was mistakenly issued a $10 one by the clerk instead. Even though she went ahead a bought it anyway, she waited a full two weeks to check it.
“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” she said on Tuesday, according to a Fox News report. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”
She plans on setting her winnings aside for her children’s college plans, but before then, a family vacation to the Bahamas is on the horizon.
“I never win anything,” Zaharov said. “I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real.”
Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 4:20 PM
— Ibuprofen is one of the most common over-the-counter pain relievers used worldwide, and researchers have long warned users about the risk of heart attack and stroke associated with the drug. But scientists now believe that ibuprofen, commonly sold under brand names such as Motrin or Advil, could potentially result in male infertility.
The new findings come from researchers in Denmark and France who examined the effect of the drug on a group of men between the ages of 18 and 35.
Thirty-one men were given the maximum limit of 600 milligrams, or three tablets, of the drug each day for six weeks, a dosage commonly used by athletes. Other study participants were administered a placebo.
In just two weeks, the researchers found the men who took ibuprofen had an increase of luteinizing hormones, which males use to regulate testosterone production. If men ever get this hormonal condition, it typically begins during middle age.
At the same time, the ratio of testosterone to luteinizing hormones decreased — a sign of dysfunctional testicles.
“The increase indicated that the drug was causing problems in certain cells in the testicles, preventing them from producing testosterone, which is, of course, needed to produce sperm cells,” Medical XPress reported.
As a result, the body’s pituitary gland responded by producing more of a different hormone, essentially compensating for ibuprofen’s effect on testosterone production. This phenomenon is called compensated hypogonadism, which can reduce sperm cell production and infertility, the scientists wrote. The condition is also associated with depression and increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Because the small group of young male participants who took the drug only consumed it for a short time, “it is sure that these effects are reversible,” Bernard Jegou, co-author of the study and director of the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health in France, told CNN. Compensated hypogonadism can lead to a temporary reduction in sperm cell production, but that’s not cause for alarm.
The larger concern, Jegou noted, is that using the drug for much longer periods of time could lead to a much more serious issue: overt primary hypogonadism, “in which the symptoms become worse -- sufferers report a reduction in libido, muscle mass and changes in mood.”
The medical community, including the study authors, believe larger clinical trials are needed to understand ibuprofen’s effects on men using low doses of the drug and whether or not long-term effects are indeed reversible.