Scientists Are Working On A New Way To Reverse Hearing Loss

first_imgRoughly one-third of senior adult citizens suffer from moderate hearing loss. With more people choosing to attend live concerts without the use of ear protection, and with more emphasis on volume than on clarity, that number of people detrimentally effected by sound will likely increase. However, according to a new study reported by the Atlantic, we might be able to reverse the effects of hearing loss.As the Atlantic explains the matter,We owe our hearing to a tiny field of swaying cilia deep in the skull. Four rows of hair cells sprout in the snail-shaped cochlea of the inner ear, which is filled with fluid. Sound vibrations cause them to bend, opening pores that activate electrical signals bound for the brain. We are born with 15,000 hair cells in each ear, but unlike skin or other cell types, they do not turn over or replenish themselves. Loss of these hair cells over time accounts for much of the age-related hearing loss around the world, as well as that caused by too much loud noise. A loud sound can permanently bend or physically prune a fragile hair cell, rendering it ineffective.This does not ring true for all animals, however. While animals like birds and reptiles have “notch inhibitor” class molecules, which stimulates regrowth in sensory hair cells after destruction of hearing, humans and other mammals do not, which is why our hearing loss is currently more permanent. This new study suggests that a treatment could potentially act as the missing notch inhibitor and cause the lost hair cells to regrow and multiply in a semi-natural state. The article explains, “Each hair cell responds best to a particular frequency of sound — they are arranged in order of frequency along the cochlea — so scientists can pinpoint the effect of these new cells on hearing. When regenerated hair cells were then grown in the cochlea of mice, the pitches corresponding to their placement were better detected by the animals.”In 2013, Dr. Albert Edge led a team of researchers to grow and regenerate hair cells in the cochlea of mice, which allowed the rodent to increasingly detect different kinds of sounds. The team noticed the similarities between the side effects of dementia treatment and in treating deafness, which brought them to testing the mice’s response — which proved successful.Dr. Edge’s company Audion Therapeutics is moving forward with this method by planning the same attempt on humans. They are using compounds developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and are teaming up with Frequency Therapeutics for the human clinical trials to develop the treatment, using either a tube or piece of foam in the middle ear to similarly stimulate the regrowth of hair cells that were once damaged by sound in the human ears.Projects like these have no proposed trajectory of time or success, and may take years to see developments in the theory. However, we’re moving in the right direction, and hopefully those who spent their early years scoping out the rail closest to the bass amp will be able to hear again one day. Though, you should still always take care of your ears![Photo Credit: Phillippe Wojazer / Reuters][via The Atlantic]last_img read more

4 Must-Fish Trout Streams in Southwest Virginia

first_img3. Big Wilson CreekAnother fishery accessible by way of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, Big Wilson Creek has been called one of Virginia’s finest mountain trout streams. In the upper portions of Big Wilson, you will find an abundance of wild rainbow and brook trout that seek refuge in the numerous deep pools flanked by the protection of car-sized boulders. With spring just around the corner,  now is the time to start planning a trip to Big Wilson Creek. March is one of the best months to fish this stretch of river and dry fly fishing is one of the most effective methods.4. South Fork Holston RiverThe South Fork Holston River rises in Smyth County, Virginia near Sugar Grove and is home to the Virginia state brown trout record. It also serves as the headwaters for the popular Holston River tailwater in northern Tennessee. The nearby Buller Fish Hatchery produces northern pike muskellunge, smallmouth bass, and walleyes, as well as 50,000 trout per year. While the stream itself is fairly small, the fish it holds are not, and the remote nature of the area makes for smaller crowds than many of the other great trout streams in South West Virginia. Old Dominion has long been a highly sought after destination for fly anglers from all over the country, and the southwest corner of the state holds some of its biggest draws. From White Top Laurel Creek where wild trout abound, to the South Fork Holston River where trophies are common place, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.1. Whitetop Laurel CreekThis stream is up there with some of the best wild trout rivers in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream below Konnarock beginning at Creek Junction, near the confluence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, just east of Damascus. Those in the know say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months, when feeding trout will rise for just about any kind of dry fly you can throw. 2. New River in Grayson CountyOne of the oldest rivers on the North American continent, the New boasts a robust fishery that’s home to everything from trophy smallmouth bass and musky to walleye, black crappie and redbreast sunfish. In Southwest Virginia, this warm water fishery flows through Grayson County and offers enterprising anglers the opportunity to catch the smallmouth bass of a lifetime.last_img read more

Chinese tourists will break the record in outbound travel during the Spring Festival this year

first_img“The fact that the Chinese are willing to spend more money and time on travel is proof of the rise in living standards and incomeSaid Peng Liang, an employee of’s tourist data research center. “As more Chinese travel abroad on vacation, the world will also benefit from Chinese development”, He concludes. Better wages and a simpler way to start a business through startups drive the middle class in China, but also in many other parts of the world. After allocating money to basic living needs, middle-class families spend their hard-earned money on travel, a luxury in the past. Source / photo: Chinese Internet Information Center; Travel Daily Media; Pixabay Chinese tourists are the drivers of the travel industry. By 2030, two-thirds of the global middle class is projected to live in Asia. In the next 10 years, the number of middle-class people will increase fivefold, to 3,2 billion, and will be the largest group of consumers, reports Travel Daily Media. The Chinese made 2019 million outbound trips during the 6,3 Spring Festival holidays, up nearly 12,5 percent from the same period last year. Ninety percent of users have chosen high-quality travel products and services. Tourists prefer private tourist groups with tour guides and flexible driving schedules. Chinese tourists will travel to several overseas destinations during their holidays during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) in 2020, according to a report published by China’s largest online travel agency Group. Chinese Internet Information Center. Thanks to the warm climate, Australia and New Zealand were among the most popular destinations for Chinese tourists during that period. Trips to Italy, the UK, Spain, Russia, France and the United Arab Emirates are also bestsellers, the report said. “Chinese tourists have booked trips to 419 overseas cities, to over 100 countries and regions, during a seven-day vacation starting on January 24, 2020.”, It is stated in the report of, and it is added that both figures are new records for the company.last_img read more

Mourinho, Ronaldo deny tax evasion claims

first_imgRonaldo named in tax leak reportLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday denied hiding millions of euros in offshore accounts in a effort to avoid the tax man.An international consortium of media organisations claimed that a huge data leak involving 18 million documents showed Portuguese skipper Ronaldo hid 150 million euros from image rights in a British Virgin Islands tax havens.According to the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium, Mourinho is said to have concealed 12 million euros in a Swiss account owned by a British Virgin Islands company.But Gestifute, a firm representing the two men, has rejected allegations of facilitating tax evasion.In a statement, the company, founded by agent Jorge Mendes, said: “One newspaper makes the unfounded allegation that Gestifute, its clients and its advisers of having, directly or indirectly, created, organised or designed tax structures to facilitate tax evasion using tax havens. “The most serious and malicious allegations in the inquiries relate to Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.”It added: “Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities.“Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offence.“Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Nelson Boxing Club hosts another Fight Card Saturday at Rod & Gun Club

first_imgNelson Boxing Club is hosting another Fight Night Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club.Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club said there are 10 bouts on the card, with fighters coming from Cranbrook, Calgary, Revelstoke, Kelowna, Victoria and host Nelson.Nelson fighters include Riel Martinez, Samson Berkeley, Elias Martinez, Brayden Hellekson, Kenny Stanton, Max Berkeley and Jesse Lyons. Main event is Aram Matisyan of Calgary facing Clive Fagan of Kelowna’s Thistletown Boxing Club.Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout of Riel Martinez up against Dylan Muhlig of Cranbrook set for 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Field hockey names new associate head coach

first_imgVittese began coaching in 2012 and joined the staff at Temple last spring. She previously coached for the New Jersey Spirit of USA club team, where she coached players aged 6-18 years old.  Vittese’s knowledge of the game is also impressive, Ciufo said. Vittese was a three-time All-American for the University of Virginia field hockey team. She was also a part of the United States field hockey team for eight years, playing in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.  He founded the LEAP Hockey Academy, which stands for learn, enjoy, achieve and progress. This academy is Australian-based and he will be focusing on player development in that area. Assistant Temple field hockey coach Michelle Vittese has been promoted to associate head coach, the team announced in a press release Friday afternoon. “Her knowledge of the game is proven on a daily basis and her loyalty is something I have an immense amount of respect for,” Ciufo said. “Moving [Vittese] into this position and sharing this program was a no-brainer.”center_img “Her work ethic is what makes her stand out among the rest,” coach Susan Ciufo stated in the press release. “From the start, [Vittese] has shown her true passion for this sport and for developing our young women as students, athletes, and most importantly people.”  Temple field hockey players discuss strategy during their game against Merrimack College at Howarth Field on Aug. 30. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / FILE PHOTO Vittese is a four-time medalist with USA field hockey, winning two gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015. Vittese will be replacing Ross Gilham-Jones, who had been an assistant coach since the 2018 season. Jones left to pursue other opportunities.last_img read more


first_imgSUPER MARIO: DERBY IS EASIER SECOND TIME AROUND UNCLE LINO LEAVES TUESDAY AFTER PREAKNESS WORKBLINKERS STAY ON I WILL SCORE FOR THE LAZ BARRERALUCKY BRYAN MAKES DEBUT FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARYBARNES HAS BIG DREAMS AS HE DEBUTS AT SANTA ANITA LUCKY BRYAN MAKES FIRST START FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARYLucky Bryan makes his first start in seven months and his first under the tutelage of John Sadler when he runs in Saturday’s $75,000 Singletary Stakes.“We bought him late last year, so this is his first start for us,” Sadler said of the son of Lookin At Lucky owned by Hronis Racing, LLC. “We gave him some time off after we got him but he’s trained very well. The one post is better going a mile (than the 10 in the Zuma Beach, where he finished fourth by 2 ½ lengths behind Dressed in Hermes last Oct. 10).“That was a pretty productive race,” Sadler said of the Zuma Beach.The Singletary, which goes as third race: Lucky Bryan, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Arcature, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mr. Roary, Stewart Elliott, 10-1; Tristan’s Trilogy, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Unapologetic, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Opportunistic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. CONFIDENCE RISES FOR GUTIERREZ WITH DERBY WINThe Kentucky Derby was better the second time around for Mario Gutierrez, even though he won it both times.The 29-year-old native of the city of Higo (population 25,000) in the Mexican state of Veracruz won the Run for the Roses on his very first mount, aboard I’ll Have Another, in 2012, an outsider at 15-1.Four years later, just last Saturday, he won it again, this time on unbeaten favorite Nyquist. On each occasion, the horse was trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam.“It definitely was easier on me than it was in 2012 with I’ll Have Another,” Gutierrez said between greeting well-wishers at Clockers’ Corner. “This year I took time to enjoy it more. My wife, Rebecca, was with me, and it was amazing. It’s something I would never take for granted.“Four years ago, it was like a dream come true, realizing all my hopes and aspirations. With Nyquist, it’s more of a personal victory. I was able to show trainers I’m a top rider who belongs at this level.“I definitely know I do now. Four years ago I had my doubts. I’m 100 percent confident and trust myself knowing that I am riding better than before.“I have much to enjoy. My wife is six months pregnant and we’re expecting a beautiful baby boy, so life couldn’t be any better at this point.”Agent Tom Knust, who has represented Gutierrez the past two years, credits Canadian native Rebecca in large part for the rider’s current status.“She’s been very instrumental in his confidence and establishing a regimen, working out, having a sports psychiatrist, a nutritionist, and having a positive affect overall,” Knust said. “With Rebecca and a baby on the way, Mario has a family and he’s matured through the years.“I give credit to him for working hard and to his wife for having a major influence on him.” UNCLE LINO BREEZES FOR PREAKNESS STAKESCalifornia Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday after the 6:30 renovation break in 1:00.80 under regular rider Fernando Perez for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21.“It’s exactly what I wanted,” trainer Gary Sherlock said. “I wanted between a minute and 1:01. It’s good. He leaves Tuesday (for Maryland).”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times for Uncle Lino of 24.20, 37 flat and 48.80, with a six furlong gallop out clocking of 1:14.20.Trainer Keith Desormeaux will van Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Sunday for the Preakness.“I couldn’t get a flight on the day I wanted,” Keith explained, “so we’re just going to van him up there, which is not a big deal for me. It might be less pressure on him, less stressful in the long run to van. It’s about a 10 or 11-hour ride, pretty long, but I decided that the timing was better than waiting on the flight and arriving Tuesday night.“This gives me two more days, but he’ll just gallop and jog into the race. I think that’s the right thing to do with a two-week turnaround, but I’ve seen trainers go both ways. Some give their horse a light breeze a few days out, but the recent trend has been to gallop into the race.“That seems more sensible to me.” APPRENTICE HOPES TO MAKE BIG IMPACT AT SANTA ANITAJose Barnes has heard all the jokes about his height, or lack thereof: “coming up short, being a little behind, and facing a tall order” come to mind.But he can deal with it. At a compact four feet seven and tacking 108 pounds, the 20-year-old, seven-pound apprentice rider from Trevor Denman’s hometown of Durban, South Africa, is a giant when it comes to thick skin.Barnes, who is represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, makes his Santa Anita debut in Saturday’s 11th race aboard Plus Perfect for trainer Hector Palma. Barnes won his first race in the United States last Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he piloted 11-1 shot Two Steps Of Glory to a nose victory for owner Gary Barber and trainer Steve Miyadi in the seventh race, a $4,000 claiming event with an $8,000 purse.Overall, Barnes has won 28 races and rode overseas for European training stalwarts such as Michael de Kock and Michael Stoute.The rider is used to the ribbing on his Lilliputian appearance.“The low weights are what prompted me to come to the U.S.,” said Barnes, whose aunt and uncle, Ayesha and Luke Ogle, live in Palmdale. “Jockeys ride at 135 pounds in South Africa. I came here to live the American Dream and chose Santa Anita because it’s the best and most competitive racing.“I’m probably the shortest jockey in the country, probably the shortest ever to win a race in North America.”(Although veteran horseplayers might contend the late William Stallings may have checked in at or below “four-seven”).FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Obviously could return to the races in the Grade I, $400,000, “Win and You’re In” Shoemaker Mile on grass June 4, according to Phil D’Amato. “We’ll see,” the trainer said. “He’s getting ready, he’s doing well, but he’s eight years old and I don’t need to run him in a Grade I if I don’t have to, but it’s a possibility.” . . . Mokat, second to Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks but 13th in the Kentucky Oaks, has been turned out at Bobby Mitchell‘s Bonnie Acres Ranch in Hemet until Del Mar, Richard Baltas said. “She had a nuclear scan and it looked good, but we’ll give her 45 to 60 days.” . . . An Irish-bred colt named John F. Kennedy is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Sunday’s sixth race for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf. He was eligible to be named after the 35th U.S. President because he was bred and registered overseas. The Jockey Club’s rule F7 prohibits horses using “Names of persons no longer living unless approval is granted by The Jockey Club based upon a satisfactory written explanation submitted to the Registrar.” John F. Kennedy last raced in Ireland on Sept. 12, 2015, and is trained by Paulo Lobo . . . There was one winning ticket in Thursday’s Pick 6 that paid $30,840.20 purchased through TVG for only $12 . . . Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens is scheduled to be on the “Doctor in the Dugout” radio show on KLAA 830 at 12 noon June 4. Dr. Alan Beyer hosts . . . The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will partner with trainers Jim Cassidy, Matt Chew, Eddie Truman and Howard Zucker in offering a FREE “Conformation Clinic” at Santa Anita tomorrow. The informal workshop is intended to help participants develop an eye for a horse. Attendees will visit the trainers’ barns, where they can view horses to identify their conformation strengths and weaknesses. Participants can assemble at Clockers’ Corner starting at 9:30 a.m. ANGELS FLIGHT A SOFTER RACE FOR BELLAMENTARY Bellamentary lands in a prohibitively softer spot than her last race when she runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.Last out, the chestnut daughter of Bellamy Road owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing was fifth by 10 lengths behind undefeated champion Songbird in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track April 9.“I wanted to find an easier spot to get her back on track,” said Phil D’Amato, fresh from winning his first training title at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that concluded April 10. “This spot came up perfect, there are some nice horses in there, but we drew well and I expect her to run a big race.”After running second at Del Mar last Sept. 6 in her first start, Bellamentary won two straight before falling to Songbird, no disgrace there.“I’m optimistic about this meet, but I just keep the training title stuff in the back of my mind,” D’Amato said when asked about prospects for the Spring Meet that runs through July 10. “I just focus on my horses, and if it happens again, it will be great, but I’m just kind of focusing on winning races.”The Angels Flight, race eight of nine with a 2 o’clock first post time: Kay Kay, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Fervent Femme, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Evergreen, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Mitzi Winks, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Kiss N Scat, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Lucky Folie, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and Bellamentary, Martin Garcia, 5-2. I WILL SCORE RETAINS BLINKERS FOR LAZ BARRERAI Will Score, second wearing blinkers in the Bachelor at Oaklawn Park April 15, will keep the shades on when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.“His last race was his first in blinkers and he ran well,” said Dan Ward, assistant to JerryHollendorfer, who trains the son of Roman Ruler for owner/breeder Hans Poetsch.I Will Score has two wins from five starts. He was third behind Mor Spirit in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 6.The Barrera, which goes as race six on an 11-race card starting at 2 p.m.: Bistraya, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Iron Rob, Stewart Elliott, 4-1; Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Westbrook, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; and I Will Score, Martin Garcia, 5-2.last_img read more