Springfield teen admits to school threat

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

A Springfield High School student pleaded guilty to inducing panic for a threat she posted on social media.

A Springfield High School student has admitted guilt in a school threat.

The 17-year-old female junior pleaded guilty to inducing panic in Clark County Juvenile Court.

She will be sentenced later this month, and remains in juvenile jail.

"She caused a great deal of fear for the students at Springfield High School, as well as other high schools with the same initials across the United States,” said Assistant Clark County Prosecutor Bill Merrell.

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Juvenile Judge Robert Vaughn said previously the potential penalty is between one year to until she is 21 years old in the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

The teen’s vague social media threat to shoot up a “SHS” school sent alarm across multiple states, all of which have many schools that start with the letter “S.”

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Air Show ends with crowds, perfect weather

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:13 PM

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>>PHOTOS: Sunday at the Dayton Air Show

The featured performances at the Vectren Dayton Air Show may draw the crowds, but the static aircraft displays this year were a huge part of the experience.

Sunday’s air show had more than 50 aircraft in one of the largest static displays in several years. About 30 of those were military aircraft, estimated Roger Doctor, public safety director for the air show. That’s more than triple the eight military craft Doctor said were on display at the show two years ago.

During that time, the airshow display was hurt by a government sequester, or budget cut. Because of the cuts, military branches were limited in the number of military aircraft each branch could display.

“This is a huge, huge airport, so then you’re struggling to try to not make it look like nothing,” Doctor said. “Even though we had some good flying acts, people like to walk up and see and touch.”

The sequester was partially lifted before the show last year, resulting in a fair supply, but it was “very late in the game,” Doctor said. This year’s larger display offered walk through tours of fighters, bombers and cargo aircraft.’

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“That’s what the air show is all about. Those are our military people and now you actually get to go up and have a face-to-face talk,” Doctor said. “When you bring that all together and people get to see that, we get excited about our country again. We get excited about the fact that we know our military is there to protect us 24/7.”

In addition to military aircraft, the static display featured Samaritan First, a craft that travels the world providing relief, and the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, which travels the world training eye health teams in vision care.

The air show also puts a major focus on the local aviation industry, Doctor said.

A feature performance by Cincinnati-based Redline had the crowd on its feet early in the show Sunday. Redline head pilot Ken Rieder went to his first air show at 5 years old, joined the Civil Air Patrol at 12 and got his pilot’s license at 21 years old.

“From there on it was everything I could do to get flying,” Rieder said.

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The weather cooperated with Rieder and other performers Sunday, with clear skies allowing a show Sunday where acts could soar high. Saturday the first acts had to modify stunts because of low cloud cover; Sunday’s performances were able to fly as planned.

Vicky Benzing, the fastest woman racer in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada, couldn’t perform her opening stunt Saturday because of low clouds, but Sunday she didn’t have to worry about the clouds.

The temperatures also stayed lower than in past years, and medics saw few issues needing hospitalization Sunday. Conditions were near perfect.

Trent Mireles arrived at the event early Sunday morning for front row seats with seven family members. He is in his second year of taking his family to the Vectren Dayton Air Show and plans to make the vacation an annual event.

The group traveled from New Carlisle, Indiana, Thursday to make a half-week trip out of the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the Air Show. The aviation fan served in the Air Force for eight years and said he specifically looked forward to the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor. The rest of his family was there for the Blue Angels.

Air show officials won’t release attendance counts until this week, but an estimated 44,000 people attended the air show in 2017 and 51,000 attended in 2016.

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Reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:12 PM

We are hearing reports of a vehicle accident on I-70 eastbound at U.S. 68.

Initial reports involve a possible camper trailer into a median, and blocking two lanes.

We have a crew on the way, and will update this page when more information becomes available.

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Common herpes viruses may be linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7:16 PM

A new study by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, discovered a link between the most common herpes viruses and Alzheimer’s disease.
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A new study by scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, discovered a link between the most common herpes viruses and Alzheimer’s disease.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Two common herpes viruses may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and projected to affect 14 million people by 2050.

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That’s according to new research published Thursday in the journal Neuron, for which a team of scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, used genetic data from three different brain banks to examine differences between healthy brain tissue and brain tissue from individuals who died with Alzheimer’s.

The medical community still doesn’t know what causes the disease, so the Mount Sinai scientists set out to try and identify new targets for drugs. Instead, they stumbled upon repetitive hints that the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients had higher levels of viruses.

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“The title of the talk that I usually give is, 'I Went Looking for Drug Targets and All I Found Were These Lousy Viruses,’” study co-author and geneticist Joel Dudley said in a statement.

While studying brain tissue of 622 people who had signs of the disease and 322 who weren’t affected by it, Dudley and his team found significant evidence suggesting two specific strains of the human herpes virus (HHV-6A and HHV-7), both of which commonly cause skin rashes called roseola in young children, may have seeped into the Alzheimer’s patients’ brains and remained inactive for decades.

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“I don't think we can answer whether herpes viruses are a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease. But what's clear is that they're perturbing networks and participating in networks that directly accelerate the brain towards the Alzheimer's topology,” Dudley said.

The team found that the herpes virus genes were interacting with specific genes known to increase risk for Alzheimer’s, but the mere presence of the virus isn’t enough to lead to the disease. Instead, Dudley said, something needs to be activating the viruses to cause replication.

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But their findings do align with some other current research, specifically regarding beta-amyloid proteins, proteins known to increase plaque buildup in Alzheimer’s-affected brains. In the new study, the researchers noted that herpes viruses were involved in networks that regulate these amyloid precursor proteins.

The National Institute on Aging, which helped fund the new research, is working to back another study to test the effects of antiviral drugs on people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with high levels of herpes virus in their brains.

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While the study findings open a door for new treatment options, co-senior author Sam Gandy said in a statement, the results don’t exactly change what scientists know about the risk and susceptibility of Alzheimer’s or their ability to treat it. That’s because both HHV-6A and HHV-7 are incredibly common. In North America alone, almost 90 percent of children have one of the viruses in their blood by the time they’re a few years old, according to Gandy.

According to 2017 report from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate from Alzheimer’s disease has risen by 55 percent in recent decades.

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Patients, caregivers and publicly funded long-term care facilities bear significant financial and societal costs due to the increasing rates of Alzheimer’s deaths.

Experts recommend more federal funding for caregiver support and education and for research to find a cure.

According to the CDC, it’s estimated the U.S. spent some $259 billion in 2017 on costs related to the care of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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Marriage may lower risk of heart attack, stroke, study suggests

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:49 PM


Single, divorced and widowed individuals may have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke and associated risks of death compared to married individuals.

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That’s according to new research published this week in the journal Heart, for which scientists trawled research databases to understand how marital status may influence risk of cardiovascular disease.

Their pooled analysis included 34 studies (1963 to 2015), the largest study to date on the subject, and involved more than 2 million people aged between 42-77 from multiple regions of the globe, including from North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia.

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Compared to married individuals, those who were never married, or are divorced/widowed, had a 42 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and 16 percent higher risk of developing coronary artery heart disease.

Those who had never been married had a heightened risk of dying from both heart disease (42 percent) and stroke (55 percent).

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Divorce was associated with a 35 percent higher risk of developing heart disease for both men and women.

And widowed individuals were 16 percent more likely than married men or women to have a stroke, likely a result of stress-related theory, which suggests that losing a partner may have a negative impact on the emotional, behavioral and economic well-being of an individual.

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Researchers reported no difference in the risk of death following a stroke between married and unmarried individuals. However, risk of death after a heart attack was significantly higher (42 percent) among those who had never married.

“Social causation theory suggests that individuals benefit from spousal support,” study authors wrote. “For example, living with another person allows earlier recognition and response to warning symptoms, especially if a myocardial infarction becomes instantly disabling.”

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Studies have shown that unmarried patients had longer delays when seeking help, authors wrote in the report. These individuals are also twice as likely not to take prescribed medications, the strongest predictor of better outcomes.

Furthermore, greater financial resources from homes with dual incomes make quality healthcare more accessible.

The researchers note that there was no information on same sex partnerships or marriage quality in their report. The meta-analysis didn’t explore unmarried individuals living with someone, either.

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Future work, the authors suggest, should focus on whether being married is a “surrogate marker” of other health conditions or whether marital status should be considered a risk factor alone.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the country every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths.

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More than 350,000 Americans who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease suffer a cardiac arrest each year in areas other than a hospital. And about 90 percent of them die.

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