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Alzheimer’s blood test could hit the market early in 2024

December 7, 2023

Could a simple blood test detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear? New research from Resonant—a Utah-based biotech company that develops diagnostic tests for neurodegenerative diseases—suggests it may be possible, reports the New York Post.

Researchers said its new test achieved 100% accuracy in identifying patients with Alzheimer’s disease and individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease within five years.

In the study, a total of 50 blood plasma samples were tested. These included 25 older control individuals, 13 patients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, six patients with mild cognitive impairment who later developed Alzheimer’s, and six mild cognitive impairment patients who did not develop Alzheimer’s.

The findings were published in Frontiers in Neurology on October 31.

The blood test works by detecting the presence of DNA released from the brain’s neurons—or nerve cells when they die—according to lead researcher Chad Pollard, a doctorate student and research assistant at Brigham Young University.

“All cells, to some degree, release fragments of DNA called cell-free DNA (cfDNA) into their environment,” Pollard, who is also a co-founder of Resonant, told Fox News Digital in an email.

“Under normal, healthy conditions, cfDNA from neurons is undetectable in blood circulation, but during neurodegeneration, the amount of cfDNA that is released from these cells significantly increases and can be detected in the blood.”

The presence of neuron cfDNA in the blood indicates neurodegeneration, Pollard added.

Beyond Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers are also actively working to apply this technology to other neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease), noted Pollard.

View the company’s peer-reviewed research or join the waitlist for the test at its website, http://www.resonantdx.com.

Research contact: @nypost

Trump’s historic mug shot released in Georgia election case

August 28, 2023

Inmate No. P01135809—that’s how former President Donald Trump of Palm Beach, Florida, is listed in the jail records of Fulton County, Georgia, following Thursday night’s 20-minute booking, reports Axios.

Trump has now made history as not only the first U.S. president—sitting or former —to face criminal charges, but the first to have his mug shot taken.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office released the first-ever mug shot of former Trump following his surrender to authorities in the Georgia election interference case.

Although it’s Trump’s fourth indictment, he managed to dodge taking mug shots in the other cases. But Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat warned ahead of the Georgia indictment that authorities there intended to follow regular procedures when it came time to book the former president.

Trump described himself as 6 foot, 3 inches and 215 pounds—24 pounds less than the White House doctor reported in 2018. He’s listed as having blue eyes, and blond or strawberry hair.

Moments after his mug shot was taken on Thursday, August 24, Trump posted the image to his Truth Social platform, along with a fund-raising link.

Later, the 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner shared the mug shot and a link to his website on X, formerly known as Twitter, in his first post to the platform in more than two years.

Trump told Newsmax in an interview aboard his private plane on the way back from his booking that it been a “terrible experience,” but added that he was “treated very nicely.”

He told Fox News Digital late Thursday that Georgia officials had “insisted on a mug shot and I agreed to do that,” which he said was “not a comfortable feeling—especially when you’ve done nothing wrong.”

The notorious Fulton County Jail, where Trump’s mug shot was taken, also has now made history as the first institution to ever take a U.S. president’s mug shot.

The detention center, known among locals as “Rice Street,” has been criticized for its dangerous conditions and detainee deaths.

Trump faces a total of 13 counts related to alleged efforts to subvert Georgia’s 2020 election results, including violating Georgia’s racketeering law, or RICO.

Trump’s bail was set at $200,000 earlier in the week, adding to his already considerable legal fees.

Trump’s Georgia trial is also the first one in which he is defendant that could be televised.

Research contact: @axios

Florida high school cross country team helps shelter dogs get adopted by running with them

April 7, 2023

Dogs and high school boys both have lots of energy, but that’s only one of the reasons that a Florida cross country team decided to partner with a local humane society, reports Southern Living.

For the last six years, members of the boys cross country team at George Steinbrenner High School in Lutz have joined forces with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to promote pet adoption while helping resident pups get socialization and exercise.

Each summer and during fall—and winter breaks—the “Boss Cross” boys, as they are affectionately known, get up early to run with the adoptable dogs.

Head Coach Allison Szponar got the idea for the program in 2017, when the mom of a Boss Cross team member came to her with an advertisement looking for Humane Society of Tampa Bay volunteers. She thought that helping out local dogs would be a good way to support the community, and it jived with the team motto: “Gentleman. Scholar. Athlete.” 

“It teaches the guys to work as a team and to care for more than themselves,” Szponar explained to Southern Living.

Glen Hatchell, behavior and enrichment manager at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, told Fox News Digital that the dogs appear “relaxed” after runs with the team.

“This gives the dogs a fun experience outside of the shelter,” he said.

The program has seen incredible success in finding the dogs their forever homes. In fact, more than 100 adoptions have come out of it since 2017. The Boss Cross team is winning too, taking home the state championship in 2019.

“I truly believe that these kids having this responsibility and having to care for others directly impacts our team and our success,” Szponar said.

Research contact: @southernliving

Animal house: When Utah couple bids on new home, the deal includes the seller’s cat

December 13, 2022

A Utah couple and their new cat have gone viral on TikTok after it was revealed the feline was included in their recent purchase of a new home, reports Fox News.

Tori Taillac, an aesthetic physician assistant in Salt Lake City, and her fiancé, Alex Kravets, moved into their new place last month. Eagerly awaiting them was Loki, an adventurous, outdoorsy feline who began courting the soon-to-be married couple when they first toured the home, Tilliac said.

“Most people ask for money or appliances during the seller concessions phase of buying a home—instead we asked for one of their cats,” Taillac posted on TikTok with the song, So This Is Love,  playing over the video.

“We are completely smitten with the grumpiest-looking but sweetest cat I have ever met.”

Loki wasn’t actually part of the contract —but it might be fair to say he helped sweeten the deal. Tilliac, a recent transplant from Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital that she and Kravets had been searching for a house with a mountain view, but several homes they liked slipped away.

Then, one day, a house popped up via a cell phone alert as the couple was driving back from seeing their upcoming wedding venue, Tilliac said. “We called our realtor and she was able to get us in 30 minutes after it was listed,” she said. “We went straight there and just loved it.”

As they were touring the house—and taking in the view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains—a friendly cat followed them outside through the sliding glass door, Talliac said.

“He rolled onto his back, looking for rubs,” Taillac said. “So, I’m all into petting this cat—and that night we made an offer on the home.”

The seller accepted their offer. About one week later, during the walk-through with the owner, Taillac was hardly able to concentrate on details like the sprinkler system and electrical outlets, she recalled. “I was just playing with the cat,” she said, adding, “I made a joke when he mentioned that he was going to leave us an air purifier. I said, ‘You can leave us a cat, too. I love your cat.’”

The owner’s ears perked up because he said he’d been worried about moving his young cat Loki to a smaller home after the cat was used to having more space, Taillac said.”He said he thought Loki would prefer to stay in this house because he [the owner] was going to be downsizing,” Taillac said. “He [Loki] loves to be outside and he is always chasing lizards.

“After the home’s inspection, the couple asked for some money back for certain repairs, Taillac said. “On [the seller’s] counter offer to ours, he dropped the price down,” Taillac said. “But he said, ‘I’ll include the cat and the air purifiers.’”

Taillac’s realtor, Crystal Richardson of Chapman Richards and Associates of Salt Lake City, said she has never had a cat listed as part of a real estate addendum before. “I’ve been doing this for 34 years,” Richardson told Fox News Digital. “I’ve had people ask for a lot of strange things — but never a cat.”

Loki is already making friends with the couple’s seven-year-old dog, Marcus—an active half Shiba-half mini Australian shepherd. So far, it’s been interesting, Taillac said.

While many viewers fell in love with Loki’s story, Taillac said she has received some negative comments, mostly from TikTok users who did not understand how someone could give up a pet.

“That would be like asking for one of my children,” one commenter said.

“I would never leave one of my kitties or pup as a negotiation chop … They are my babies,” another person said.

Taillac said she feels that the seller did not intend on abandoning his pet. “I think he was doing what he thought was best for the cat,” Taillac said, adding, “We asked [if we could keep Loki] more in a joking manner and in no way was the sale of the house contingent upon our getting the cat.”

Research contact: @FoxNews

4,000 beagles rescued from Virginia breeding facility are in need of new homes

July 14, 2022

Thousands of beagles are being rescued from a dog breeding facility in Virginia—and they’re in need of new homes, reports Fox News.

The Humane Society of the United States announced on July 7 that about 4,000 beagles will be removed from Envigo, a medical contract breeding facility that has been accused of having unfit conditions.

Envigo’s facility in Cumberland, Virginia, was taken to court in 2021 after the USDA and other law enforcement agencies found multiple federal violations.

In a filed complaint with the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Virginiaadult and puppy beagles were said to be underfed, injured, and sick. The dogs were reportedly kept in small spaces where feces piled up.

The complaint also alleged that the dogs received inadequate medical care and were subject to painful medical science experiments. Court records stated that more than 300 puppies died at the facility between January and July of last year.

In June 2022, Envigo’s parent company, Inotiv, publicly announced it plans to shutter the facility.

The Humane Society says it worked with the United States Department of Justice to develop a transfer plan that will move the remaining beagles to adoption facilities around the country.

“At this time, we are connecting with our shelter and rescue partners and preparing to take on the monumental process of securing placement for these dogs,” the Humane Society wrote in a statement, on July 7.

“The transfer plan was jointly submitted to the Court for approval by Envigo, the Department of Justice, and the Humane Society of the United States,” the statement continued. “Now that the Court has approved the joint transfer plan, we and our partners are preparing to move quickly to place these beagles in loving homes.”

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, a nonprofit animal welfare group in Fairfax Station, Virginia, is one local shelter that’s taking in some of the rescued beagles.

The group previously rescued 475 beagles from the facility.

This time around, Homeward Trails will facilitate the transfer of another 1,500 beagles to partner organizations. “We hope to start this process around July 19th,” Homeward Trails’ Executive Director Sue Bell wrote in an email to Fox News Digital.

Beagles are a hound group dog that’s said to be “friendly,” “curious” and “merry,” according to the American Kennel Club. The breed is a small one that can grow up to 15 inches in height and weigh up to 30 pounds. They have a 10- to 15-year life expectancy and tend to be affectionate with family and well-behaved with children and other dogs.

Melissa McWilliams, the chief development direcort of the Beagle Freedom Project—a nonprofit animal rescue organization headquartered in Valley Village, California, told Fox News Digital that the rescued beagles will require special care, much like other rescued lab animals.

“Even though these animals were liberated before they were sold to testing facilities, they still have trauma and behaviors that are foreign to many families opening up their homes to these animals,” McWilliams said. “For these purpose-bred beagles, they have never received a kind touch, nutritious food or even a treat, had an opportunity to play, or know what grass feels like.”

She continued, “These beagles can be extremely fearful, especially in the first few weeks outside the breeding facility, which is overwhelming for many unprepared families because they require so much care and attention. Patience is the most important part of their healing process.”

McWilliams said potential foster and adoptive families will need to put in extra time for potty training, socializing (with humans and dogs), finding the right dog food, securing their home, and staying up to date on veterinary care.

Beagle Freedom Project has created a Care Guide for Envigo Beagles document that breaks down everything potential dog owners need to know about the special needs that lab dogs have.

Research contact: @FoxNews