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WASHINGTON D.C.– Recent studies have found that Alzheimer’s may be the nation’s third-most deadly killer. Doctors estimate as many as 5 million people suffer from the disease, which is more than experts thought originally. They also predict this number will rise over the next decade because people are living longer.
Right now there is not a cure, but researchers hope to detect the illness sooner. A team from Georgetown Medical Center is developing a blood test that may be able to predict, with 90 percent accuracy, whether someone will develop the disease within three years. Early detection could also mean the ability to design new treatments.
Dr. Howard Federoff says, “The test enables the identification of high risk people, you could then do the research to ask do we now have a new therapy that could arise and delay symptom onset”.
The test could be ready for use in clinical trials in the next three years. The study was published in this Month’s edition of Nature Medicine. For more information you can click on the link.
ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – River levels were noticeably higher Monday morning after rainfall in the Rogue Valley over the weekend. From Sunday to Monday, Rogue River water levels increased by about seven feet and peaked around 11 feet near Grants Pass.
Though the water levels never officially surpassed flood levels, the Rogue River overflowed in some areas onto its banks. Walkways, parking lots, and the boat ramp under Depot Street bridge were partially or fully submerged in the high water Monday morning.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office taped off and barricaded the areas near the riverfront where water was high and potentially dangerous.
Joe Layman has a home on the riverfront and was concerned about how high the water would get.
“We live on the river and the water is all the way up to the embankment at our place. Sandbags are next,” said Layman.
Local kayaker Covey Baack took advantage of the high waters to get on the river.
“I like flood runs and I like flood water. I’m getting a lot more people into it which is kind of fun,” said Baack. “I wait for these days, for sure. It doesn’t happen that often.”
River levels decreased significantly throughout Monday.
MEDFORD, Ore. — Office involved shooting suspect Wayne Pearson has been behind bars since Friday after he was cleared from Rogue Regional Medical Center. Monday, he was set to have an extradition hearing for fugitive charges out of Idaho. That hearing never happened because Pearson decided to sign a waiver instead.
Now the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho has 21 days to pick Pearson up, because currently there are no local charges, only those from Idaho.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office may not get the chance to pick him up, at least not right away, because district attorney Beth Heckert said she expects local charges coming to Pearson from Thursday’s officer involved shooting.
If that is the case, those charges must be dealt with first before he is extradited.
Medford Police Chief Tim George said the investigation is ongoing, and once completed, the case will be handed over to the district attorney’s office.
“This investigation is far from over. There’s a lot of work that was being done late Friday night when I left and it’s still being done by all those detectives assigned to the Major Assault Death Investigation Unit that works these kind of cases,” said Chief George.
The other suspect in Thursday’s shooting is Shavon Willard. District attorney Heckert said she is still in the hospital recovering from injuries and is said to be in stable condition.
RUCH, Ore. – As local cities vote yes or no on dispensaries, residents of rural areas are left to wonder about their options.
Some residents say they wonder if they’re even needed.
“If anyone needs marijuana they just talk to their neighbor,” said Ruch resident Riot Schechter.
“There’s also the price of gas, that’s a big thing. And living way out here we know what it’s like to have to drive to town,” added Applegate resident Arlene Aron.
Right now Jackson County doesn’t have a single ordinance directly governing dispensaries.
That’s something county commissioners say they’ll have to consider – if a dispensary ever applies in one of the county’s unincorporated towns.
“As far as the county zoning regulations, I think we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it,” said County Commissioner John Rachor.
But while rural areas are still up in the air, the rest of the area is taking shape.
In Medford, councilors plan to vote for an indefinite ban, while Phoenix and Shady Cove have banned dispensaries for four months in order to buy more time. Eagle point, Gold Hill, and Jacksonville haven’t outright voted for bans but say they won’t be issuing business licenses either.
For now, Ashland and Central Point are the only towns in Jackson County allowing them.
Meanwhile Klamath and Josephine counties are waiting to make their decisions.
But while leaders around the area get ready to visit the issue one at a time, Jackson County commissioners say it probably won’t matter. They see the same scenario playing out either way.
“I see kind of a land rush going on, especially in Ashland, of people trying to get their spot open,” said Rachor. “I think that’s where the focus is going to be, people picking the good spots.”
Sunday brought record breaking rain to Medford with a daily total of 1.38 inches, shattering the old record of 0.59 inches set all the way back in 1947! Several areas saw flooding and even snow in the mountains, as of this morning 2 inches at Mt. Ashland, 1 inch at Mt Shasta ski park and 9 inches at Crater Lake. A few showers are still falling in the Cascades at this time and those will come to an end by midnight. A thermal trough will develop over California Tuesday bringing breezy conditions and offshore flow. This will warm the Brookings area about five degrees warmer than the rest of the coast with a weak Chetco Effect developing. Tomorrow high pressure will build back in and that will persist through the week bringing dry conditions back to the area.
This week is going to be unseasonable warm with highs 5 to 15 degrees above average by midweek and the warming trend will continue into the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday likely the warmest days of the week. Expect mid-60s on the east side this weekend with mid-70s for west side valleys!
Thanks for logging on and have a great evening!
Meteorologist Megan Parry
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — People in southern Oregon are still sharing stories after feeling an earthquake late last night.
The earthquake happened off the northern California coast Sunday night. The United States Geological Survey reports that the earthquake was about 50 miles west of Eureka. The quake was originally reported as a 6.9 magnitude but was later downgraded to a 6.8.
Many people felt the shaking inland in Grants Pass. Some said it was more surprising than scary.
”It wasn’t even hardly anything,” said Cherie Penney, who felt the shaking at her home in Grants Pass. “Somebody could have just slept through it. My dogs didn’t even respond to it. It’s nothing like some of the major earthquakes that I’ve been in in California.”
Since the quake hit, there have been no reports of damage or injury.
MEDFORD, Ore. — One person was injured when a glass fixture fell three stories and shattered inside the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. Monday, according to Jeanne Stallman, Executive Director for Outreach and Engagement at SOU. The glass panel was located on the third floor of the building and somehow came loose, falling three stories down into the lobby. One person was transported to a local hospital, but Stallman did not know the extent of that person’s injuries.
Part of the lobby has been taped off to prevent students from walking through the area. Stallman said some of the glass has already been cleaned up.
MEDFORD, Ore. - This weekend the clocks jumped forward, which means everyone lost an hour of sleep. Studies show that many people still do not get the recommended amount of sleep even when we’re not dealing with daylight savings.
Newswatch12′s Kirstin O’Connor spoke with Dr. Mary Murdoch to ask why sleep is so important for our health, and hear recommendations for the best ways to get a better night’s sleep.
EUGENE, Ore. — A local music teacher is bringing new technology and possibilities to the way people make music. With an instrument and computer the new technology called Emotion is expanding the sound and visuals of music performance.
It allows musicians to expand their skill set just by using small wireless transmitters. By day Chet Udell is a music technology professor at the University of Oregon. By night he’s an inventor.
“Classical instruments have remained largely unchanged since the 1800s. They’ve sort of maintained their usual forms,” said Udell.
For the last four years he’s engineered a tiny wireless transmitter and receiver that’s changing the way people play music. “Transform the movements of your instruments you’re playing to interact with the hardware and software that musicians already are employing in live performances,” said Udell.
It’s called Emotion Technology. “Its 360 degree sensor and it basically translates your instrument’s orientation,” said Udell.
It can do a number of different things just by moving around your instrument. “You can map that to control the amount of effects processing your spacalization, panning to different speakers, controlling the pitch, controlling the levels of your DMX lights,” said Udell.
With this technology, anything can make music. So like a popular video game, this invention is creating new possibilities for musical performance. “Think about guitar hero for example. Apply that idea to the saxophone or the violin or even the trombone and things start to get really exciting,” said Udell.
He’s started a kickstarter campaign to help release the technology.