Saturday, May 23, 2015

Grandmother Gives Birth To Quadruplets At Age 65


BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) - A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday.

The network, which had covered the pregnancy, said Annegret Raunigk already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. The announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked a public in Germany debate about its merits.

Raunigk, an English and Russian teacher in Berlin, had received fertility treatment in Ukraine and is the oldest woman in the world to have had quadruplets, RTL said, although other women of her age and older have given birth.

The four babies, born by Cesarean section on May 19, weighed between 655 grams an 960 grams. (Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by David Holmes)

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Jeralean Talley, Woman Thought To Be Oldest In The World, Turns 116


INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman turned 116 Saturday, but she offers no secret for a long life.

"There's nothing I can do about it," Jeralean Talley of Inkster said ahead of her birthday weekend.

Talley will celebrate her birthday twice, including a Sunday party at her church, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist. The Gerontology Research Group considers her to be the oldest person in the world, based on available records, followed by Susannah Jones of Brooklyn, New York, who turns 116 in July.

With age comes wisdom... Thank you for sharing your vast wisdom with me today. Happy 116th Birthday to Jeralean Talley, the world's oldest person.

Posted by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. on Thursday, May 21, 2015


"You're more likely to the win the lottery than to reach this age," said Robert Young of Gerontology Research.

Talley bowled until she was 104 and still likes to catch fish. A daughter, Thelma Holloway, tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1F2Ez2k ) that her mother still has a sharp mind.

She was born in Montrose, Georgia, in 1899 and moved to Michigan in the 1930s. Talley's husband died in 1988 at age 95.

"Her No. 1 rule is to treat people how you want to be treated," said godson Tyler Kinloch, 21, who fishes with her. "I definitely carry that with me every single day."

Talley received $116 — a dollar for every year — at an event Thursday at a local office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The attendees included U.S. Rep. John Conyers. The Democrat is the longest-serving member in the House, but even at 86 he's three decades younger than Talley, who lives in his district.

"I thank you very, very, very, very much," Talley told the crowd.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Lets Paralyzed Man Drink A Beer On His Own


A man paralyzed for 13 years can finally have a drink on his own again, thanks to a robotic arm he’s able to control using his brain.

“I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer -- to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me,” Erik Sorto, 34, said in a news release from the California Institute of Technology.

A gunshot wound when he was 21 left Sorto unable to move his arms or legs, ABC News reported. That has changed after a clinical trial that involved doctors surgically implanting a neuro-prosthetic device into the part of Sorto’s brain that controls his “intent to move,” Engadget explained.

The results of the trial, which was a collaboration of Caltech, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, were published in the May 22 edition of Science journal.

Scientists have outfitted patients with brain-controlled devices in the past. One big difference, though, is that previous devices have worked with the brain’s motor cortex, which “generates the electrical signals that are sent down the spinal cord and control the contractions of every muscular movement,” The Guardian explained.

Sorto’s device was implanted into his posterior parietal cortex, or PPC, which deals with the “initial intent” to make a movement, rather than the specifics of each muscle group, according to Caltech.

"When you move your arm, you really don't think about which muscles to activate and the details of the movement -- such as lift the arm, extend the arm, grasp the cup, close the hand around the cup, and so on. Instead, you think about the goal of the movement. For example, 'I want to pick up that cup of water,'" Dr. Richard Andersen, a Caltech neuroscience professor, said in the institution's statement. "So in this trial, we were successfully able to decode these actual intents, by asking the subject to simply imagine the movement as a whole, rather than breaking it down into myriad components."

This change can result in movements that are more fluid and natural than those created by earlier devices.

Dr. Mindy Aisen, chief medical officer and principal investigator of the Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Rancho, told ABC News that Sorto has learned to make smoothies and even paint pictures with the device.

She added that the technology offers a lot of hope for patients who have become “locked in” due to strokes, ALS and other conditions.

Sorto, who is still working with the technology, said in the Caltech statement that he hopes it allows him to one day be able to take care of his own hygiene needs.

“Shaving, brushing my own teeth. That would be fantastic,” he said.


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