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Published: Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 8:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 10:16 AM
BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Colorado police officer was captured on camera comforting and singing to a little girl after she was involved in a car accident that killed her father.
In the image gone viral, Brighton, Colorado, police officer Nick Struck is holding the girl and pointing to something in the opposite direction of the crash wreckage.
The child reminded Officer Struck of his own 2-year-old daughter, CNN reported.
“My daughter, who’s the sweetest thing in the world, when she falls and cries, she wants ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ sung to her. So then this girl, when I was out in the field, I was singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and pointing to the lights on the fire truck,” Officer Struck said.
Police said the two adults and four children in the SUV were not properly restrained and were ejected from the vehicle, KUSA reported.
A man in the car was pronounced dead at the scene , and a woman and child were flown to the hospital. The three other children in the SUV were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:13 PM
— Researchers from Google and sibling company Verily Life Sciences have developed a new algorithm using artificial intelligence to predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and other major cardiovascular events.
How does it work? Through the eyes.
Scientists studied data from 284,335 patients and found the “deep-learning” AI algorithm could identify risk factors based on age, blood pressure, gender, smoking status and others just by scanning the individuals’ retinas.
“The rear interior wall of the eye (the fundus) is chock-full of blood vessels that reflect the body’s overall health,” the Verge reported. “By studying their appearance with camera and microscope, doctors can infer things like an individual’s blood pressure, age, and whether or not they smoke, which are all important predictors of cardiovascular health.”
Google’s AI was able to differentiate patients who suffered a major cardiac event in the following five years and those who didn’t with a 70 percent accuracy.
"While doctors can typically distinguish between the retinal images of patients with severe high blood pressure and normal patients, our algorithm could go further to predict the systolic blood pressure within 11 mmHg on average for patients overall, including those with and without high blood pressure," lead author Lily Peng wrote in a Google blog.
Medical algorithms are traditionally created to redesign experiments to test hypotheses made from observations. But this algorithm found new ways to analyze existing medical data.
“With enough data, it’s hoped that artificial intelligence can then create entirely new medical insight without human direction,” the Verge reported.
This technology would make it more efficient for doctors to analyze cardiac risk without a blood test, which typically predicts events with 72 percent accuracy. But more tests are necessary before the AI can be used in a clinical setting.
“We look forward to developing and testing our algorithm on larger and more comprehensive datasets. To make this useful for patients, we will be seeking to understand the effects of interventions such as lifestyle changes or medications on our risk predictions and we will be generating new hypotheses and theories to test,” Peng wrote.
The research was published Monday in the journal “Biomedical Engineering.”
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:38 PM
— The Rev. Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist known as “America’s pastor,” died Wednesday after battling various health ailments.
He was 99.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, posted a tribute to him on Facebook following the news of his father’s death.
“Where is Heaven?” Franklin Graham recalled his father being asked, to which he then replied, “Heaven is where Jesus is, and I am going to Him soon!”
“He will be missed by our family, his colleagues, faithful ministry partners, and, yes, many around the world,” Franklin Graham wrote. “But what joy he has to be welcomed by God the Father, and be reunited with my mother in the presence of Jesus who speaks peace to eternal souls.”
Franklin Graham’s mother, Ruth Graham, died in 2007.
Read Franklin Graham’s Facebook post below:
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
DELAND, Fla. — A DeLand High School student caused a scare Tuesday when some students thought his cellphone case was a gun, school officials said.
The 15-year-old boy's cellphone case was shaped like a gun, and a student thought it was a real weapon in the teen's back pocket, so the student reported it to a teacher, officials said.
The school was placed on a 30-minute lockdown.
The 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, faces charges of disruption of an educational institute, a misdemeanor, officials said.
“We know that kids will be kids, but in today’s world, we must be vigilant,” DeLand police Chief Jason Umberger said in a news release. “I want to express to all of our young people out there that they should always feel comfortable coming forward with information. Even if you’re not sure, we want to know. We don’t know what we don’t know, so whether a potential threat is made through Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or something else. Take a screenshot and send it over. You never know, you could be saving the lives of your friends."
The school district has reported at least 18 threats – all not credible – since the Parkland high school shooting, officials said.
"You have to have a discussion with your children regarding 'see something, say something' to a trusted adult. You have to monitor your children's cellphone and social media, and third, you need to check their backpack," said Volusia County Superintendent Tom Russell.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:27 PM
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A substitute teacher at Western Guilford Middle School, in Guilford County, North Carolina, was fired after a video surfaced of him body-slamming a student.
The student, Jose Escudero, told WGHP that the altercation started because of a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.
Jose said the teacher took the box, throwing it into a sink, WGHP reported.
The 12-year-old said he waited until end of class to ask for the chocolate to be returned.
Jose said he put them in his bag and the substitute teacher tried to grab the candy, WGHP reported.
Jose said the teacher then grabbed him and held him against the wall before throwing him over his shoulder to the ground.
The student said he had bruises on his elbow, shoulder and back.
Jose’s mother shared the video of Jose falling to the floor on Facebook saying she wants justice.
Guilford County Schools spokeswoman Tina Firesheets told WGHP that the teacher is no longer a district employee.
The Escuderos told WGHP that they’re looking into legal action against both the school and teacher, whose name has not been released.