What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

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Veteran wants to improve the quality of life for amputees

first_imgCameron Waites got his first biology lessons in the great outdoors — his backyard in Michigan.“I just liked learning,” said Waites, a Harvard Medical School (HMS) student, Class of 2018, explaining the genesis of his interest in science. “We lived on a farm of sorts, and I was always outside, learning about different forms of life, cells, necrotic stuff, and fossils. It was just something I felt drawn to.”His story of a childhood interest in science isn’t unusual, but Waites is.The seed of his vocation was planted and nurtured, he said, by his mother’s spirit. “She was the kind of person who always wanted to help someone, always saw the good in people,” he said. While he was still in school she earned a nursing degree and went to work in the local county jail instead of a hospital, making a career of serving the underserved, he added.“I felt like I was called to medicine, and also to science. During my unit’s deployment to Iraq, I saw that some of my friends struggled with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.”— Cameron WaitesWaites began to dream about becoming a physician as a teenager, at the same time that he began thinking about joining the Army. He had a vision of becoming a medic, a profession he admired. Now 34, he has fulfilled those goals.Army lifeWaites served in Iraq as an Army medic/health care specialist from 2004 to 2008. During his stint he delivered care to both military personnel and civilians — all in a variety of settings.Waites believes he was dealt a good hand in the military, escaping the injuries that so many he knew endured. He found himself caring for friends who were not as fortunate, and his desire to serve wounded warriors sparked his interests in clinical medicine and research.“I felt like I was called to medicine, and also to science. During my unit’s deployment to Iraq, I saw that some of my friends struggled with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress” and other lingering medical issues, he said.Waites said one friend, a triple amputee, lives in tremendous neuropathic pain and rarely uses his prostheses because of the additional pain they inflict. Even Oxycontin doesn’t help. Waites believes there should be a way to relieve the suffering of men and women managing the effects of similar serious injuries.“Someone I know had so much taken away,” he said. “Small things, like being able to open the door for himself, mean the world to him. He doesn’t want anyone helping him with a door.”With the National Institutes of Health’s Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Waites worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 2010-12, then earned his master’s degree in neuroscience from Oxford’s Pembroke College as a Clarendon Scholar. From 2013-14 he was back with the NIH.At Oxford, Waites worked on two research projects that helped solidify his interest in the inflammatory components of an injury, as he studied how the effects of tissue damage change over time.“I’ve always been interested in the fine details of why things are happening the way they are, at the cellular and molecular levels. So, with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, I ask what changes are happening in the brain that, over time, can affect someone who has this condition,” he said.At HMS, Waites is involved in a gene-expression investigation in the Department of Orthopedics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The study is examining neuromas, a common complication in amputees caused by a thickening of nerve tissue in the severed limbs.Neuromas can cause extreme pain with even minor stimulus, such as a light touch or change in temperature. As in cases where amputees experience phantom limb pain, the nerves appear to continue growing after amputation, but no one has yet been able to determine what causes the condition. The project is investigating why the nerves keep growing, with an eye to advancing the science of limb regeneration.Waites hopes his research will provide solutions that help his fellow veterans. He said he would like to go into a surgical specialty, possibly orthopedics, to learn more about traumatic injuries to extremities — not only how to repair them, but how to help people regain function.“In 10, 20, or 30 years, we will be able do something to help amputees,” Waites said. “Prosthetics work for some people, but they also hurt many of the people they are intended to help.”To help relieve suffering, he said — that is his true calling.Learn more about HMS students here.last_img read more

Teen girl accused of threatening to shoot up FL Catholic school

first_imgA 16-year-old girl is accused of threatening to shoot up a Florida Catholic school.Police arrested Anahi Reyes of Altamonte Springs on Wednesday after reportedly threatening a school shooting in a group text message.According to police, the teen is a student at Lyman High School and made the threats via text message on her sister’s phone against students at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.Tuesday evening, the pair were doing homework together, and Reyes reportedly became annoyed by the constant message alerts on her sister’s phone prompting her to make the threats.Altamonte Springs detectives made contact with Reyes and her parents, who confirmed that she did not have access to any weapons.Reyes was taken into custody and transported to the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.She is being held at the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center.Reyes faces a charge of written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting.Detectives determined Reyes did not intend to carry out the threat.However, police say they take all threats seriously.last_img read more

SU’s platoon of Austin Fusco and Andrew Helmer rising in importance for postseason

first_imgSU head coach John Desko’s faith paid off on March 18 at Johns Hopkins. With 1:34 left in the game and JHU leading 7-6, Blue Jays star midfielder Joel Tinney dodged by SU long-stick midfielder Andrew Helmer and toward the net to seal his team’s victory. Helmer knew he was beat and used Tinney’s momentum against him, shoving him in the back. As Tinney stumbled, the ball rolled from his stick and into the back of the net. The referees waved off the goal because Tinney’s trip landed him inside the crease for a violation. The play likely saved Syracuse.That play from two months ago illustrates one of the best-case scenarios for SU’s defensive midfield. The ACC tournament loss to North Carolina where the defense allowed top-side dodges, one of the worst-case. And now, the Orange depends on LSM team Austin Fusco and Helmer to return to form and prevent an early exit.“They have both played very well,” Desko said. “… You pretty much have to play two poles in (Division I) lacrosse today, especially if we are sharing time with the other team. It’s an awful lot to have somebody play the whole game.”Therefore, the Helmer and Fusco tandem becomes a key cog for No. 2 seed Syracuse (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) in attempting to slow down Yale (10-5, 5-1 Ivy) in its first-round NCAA tournament matchup on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs are the seventh-best offensive team in the country, scoring more than 13 goals per game. That compounds problems for SU, because neither Helmer nor Fusco have been able to stop the defensive midfield’s recent struggles of allowing penetration off top-side dodges. The Orange must eliminate those mistakes, with Helmer and Fusco at the forefront, if the Orange hope to make a push to Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 2013.“Pretty good guys coming at you (on defense),” said Ric Beardsley, a four-time SU All-American defender and ESPN lacrosse analyst, of Fusco and Helmer. “But they have to stop giving up the top side dodges. … Usually the team with best defensive midfield goes the farthest in this modern game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach bring a similar skillset to the position, evidenced by their caused turnover numbers — Helmer has seven and Fusco, six, both top-five on the team — but each go about their work in different ways. Fusco brings finesse while Helmer plays physical.Helmer, a redshirt freshman, plays with frenetic energy and is one of the team’s most athletic players, teammates said, and constantly remains lodged in offensive player’s hands. Fusco, a redshirt sophomore, is the quiet counterpart, who sometimes, goalie Evan Molloy said, needs a reminder to be more physical. Though, to Fusco’s testament, he has 31 ground balls this season, third on the team.“With Austin, it’s making sure he’s not too reserved,” Molloy said. “He might not want to make a mistake. He’s a great cover guy. I try to bring that out to him. Honestly with Helmer, it’s the complete opposite. I got to make sure Helmer’s ready for everything not just beating up his man. It really is like a fire-and-ice kind of thing.”The pair has appeared on the field together simultaneously a few times. Desko doesn’t like doing it, but will when SU needs to take the ball away and generate an opportunity late in games, or when both are on the wing and he’s moved a short stick down to close defense. The platoon works for Desko, and he’s deployed it regularly over at least the past decade. The one exception, to Molloy, was 2013 when Pete Macartney took most of the pole reps and the Orange moved former LSM Matt Harris down to close defense. Macartney was more athletic, like Helmer, Molloy said, and Harris more of a leader and all-around sound defender.Desko knew entering the season what he’d get from Fusco. Leadership, teammates said, is undoubtedly his best quality and Molloy said there’s “no doubt” he’s a future captain. Tyson Bomberry can’t remember which game, or what he said, but the feeling remains from a halftime speech Fusco delivered last year that fired up the team. Still, Fusco wasn’t happy with his production.“I can talk and communicate a little bit more with the defense and constantly not taking any plays off,” Fusco said on March 6 after SU’s only regular-season loss, to Army. “My effort needs to be 100 percent at all times.”Contrastingly, Helmer was more of an unknown. When asked on March 9 who the most improved player on his roster was, Desko immediately cited Helmer. He praised his athleticism and ability to not repeat the same mistakes he made as a freshman. He also shouted out teammates Jamie Trimboli, Peter Dearth and Nate Solomon. “But if I had to pick one,” he said, “I’d say Helmer.”“They bring different things,” Bomberry said, “and we need both of them for the playoffs.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more