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Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have developed a written test that can help doctors spot early signs related to Alzheimer's disease.
The self-administered test takes less than 15 minutes to complete.
Dr. Douglas Scharre developed the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test with his team at Ohio State. He said treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia are more effective when started in the earliest stage of the disease.
"We're finding better treatments and if you start earlier, you do much better than if you start the treatments two, three or four years later," said Dr. Scharre.
The test can be taken at home and then shared with a physician to help identify early signs of cognitive issues. Scharre said of the more than 1000 people who took the simple pen-and-paper test, 28 percent were identified with cognitive impairment.
The test does not diagnose problems like Alzheimer's, but it does open an opportunity for doctors to identify and begin early treatments for their patients.
On the web: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu
An Akron police officer has been paid more than $125,000 to stay home for 28 months during a lengthy investigation of his conduct.
The Beacon Journal reports the investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation ended without any charges being filed against former Patrolman Donald Schismenos. In late December, the city and Schismenos entered a separation agreement which included the officer's agreement to resign. The officer also agreed to not pursue any litigation against the city.
The newspaper reports Schismenos also would forever surrender his Ohio Peace Officer training certificate which would mean his career in law enforcement would end in the state.
On the web: www.ohio.com
#LeBroning. If you haven't heard of the term before today, chances are you'll be putting it into the Google search engine to find out exactly what it is.
LeBron James has been known for his flops on the basketball court. Videos have popped up on the web showing the Akron native falling over, a little dramatically, when someone touches him. Now, many are recreating the move on social media.
BuzzFeed.com found a few of those videos with the hashtag 'LeBroning'.
On the web: www.buzzfeed.com
SWAT team negotiators spent hours at an Akron home last night after authorities responded to a domestic altercation call involving a man who had fired a shot inside the home.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards says it happened in the 300 block of North Firestone Boulevard around 8 p.m. A woman standing outside the home told officers that her intoxicated boyfriend grabbed a gun and fired a shot into the bedroom floor. Four children were still inside the house when police arrived on scene.
"SWAT negotiators were able to talk to the children inside of the house with the help of a cell phone and the use of the children's Facebook accounts," sad Edwards. "The children were finally able to get out of the house and brought to safety."
Negotiators were then able to convince the man to come out the home around midnight.
Vincente Castellano Jr., 39, was charged with domestic violence, aggravated menacing and using a weapon while intoxicated and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Many are still experiencing record low temperatures around the area, but that's not stopping one man from panhandling in Akron.
Leroy Miller spent 45 minutes panhandling at the intersection of West Market Street and Portage Path before he decided it was just too cold to continue.
"It's rough," said Miller. "Your fingers start getting numb after 15 to 20 minutes."
Miller stood outside the busy intersection as temperatures stood around 30 degrees below zero with the wind chill.
"I was just trying to make some extra money for food," said Leroy Miller.
After nearly an hour outside, Miller decided to take a break. But he's going back to the same location, hoping for some better luck.
While many have closed their doors today due to frigid temperatures, shelters across the area are staying open to help those in need of warmth.
Scott Pallo works with Haven of Rest Ministries as part of the shelter's residential program. Last December, Pallo was homeless and decided to seek shelter from the cold weather. He's now assisting others in need.
"I can see in their eyes, the fear and uncertainty and that's really where I like to step in and let them know why this place is here," said Pallo.
Executive director Jeff Kaiser said 200 people showed up at Haven of Rest Ministries Sunday night to seek shelter and food. He doesn't remember the last time it's been this cold, but he's expecting big numbers today and tomorrow as temperatures drop below zero.
Pallo said he's hoping those who are homeless seek shelter and hopefully can use this opportunity to make a difference.
"A lot of people come in here seeking temporary emergency shelter, but for those people that have no direction and they don't know which way to turn, I want to let them know of the men's residential program and what it's done for me," said Pallo.
Haven of Rest Ministries is preparing for the next 48 hours of bitter cold temperatures with warm food and drinks and boxes of warm clothes. The shelter is still always looking for more donations, especially warm clothing including hats.
Volunteers and officials at Haven of Rest Ministries are preparing for some busy days ahead as temperatures are expected to drop more than 10 degrees below zero after the weekend.
"Anytime the weather gets really snowy or really cold, or even in the summer when it's really hot, we see an increase in the amount of people that come in here for help," said Rose Rose with Haven of Rest Ministries.
Rose with Haven of Rest Ministries says they're gathering supplies and keeping track of the items needed to provide warmth to those seeking shelter during the winter months and bitter cold temperatures.
"We have plenty of extra mats. We have lots of warm blankets, and pillows and bedding and we're able to expand within," said Rose. "We will find a place for people to sleep here if they need to get in out of that weather."
Rose said they're always in need of warm clothing including gloves, jackets and scarves.
The National Weather Service expects temperatures to drop to 14 below zero on Monday night. The high on Tuesday is expected to stand around -1.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory which remains in effect until 10 a.m. this (Friday) morning. That means we could feel wind chills of 10 to 15 degrees below zero.
The combination of continuous snow and colder temperatures has crews working non-stop to keep the roads clear. Keith Harpster with the Akron Snow And Ice Control says crews are still working on the main roadways.
"We had a little break from the snow, but a couple of Lake Effect bands went through, so the roads are still in not real good condition," said Harpster.
Crews will work to clear the residential streets once they have cleared the main roadways for drivers. Harpster expects some snowfall before the afternoon which will keep them busy throughout the day. He hopes drivers will be patient through the snow removal process.The colder temperatures mean salt is less effective in removing the snow.
Wind Chill Advisory
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
347 AM EST FRI JAN 3 2014
MARION-MORROW-HOLMES-KNOX-ASHTABULA LAKESHORE-NORTHERN ERIE-
SOUTHERN ERIE-CRAWFORD PA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...BOWLING GREEN...PORT CLINTON...
347 AM EST FRI JAN 3 2014
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS
* WINDS...NORTH WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH WILL DIMINISH TO 10 TO 15
MPH LATER THIS MORNING.
* TEMPERATURES...WIND CHILLS OF 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO WILL
CONTINUE UNTIL MID MORNING.
* IMPACTS...EXPECT SNOW COVERED AND SNOW DRIFTED ROADS.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN STRONG WIND WILL COMBINE
WITH COLD TEMPERATURES TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR
EXPOSED SKIN. THE WIND WILL MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS 10 DEGREES
BELOW ZERO OR COLDER FOR A PERIOD OF SEVERAL HOURS. IF YOU WILL
BE OUTDOORS USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY...MAKING SURE THAT
ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED. IF POSSIBLE...AVOID PROLONGED
EXPOSURE TO THE COLD TO PREVENT FROSTBITE AND HYPOTHERMIA. STAY
TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.
While some are not happy with the snowfall, many at Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort are wearing big smiles.
"We can go an entire winter without snow and be fine if we have cold enough temperatures to make snow," said Steve Mackle, product manager at Boston Mills-Brandywine Ski Resort. "Natural snow is just better for skiing and snowboarding. People like that natural powder."
Mackle says many take advantage of the winter weather, despite the bitter cold temperatures and he's expecting a busy season in comparison to past years.
"It's definitely going to be a longer season. Already we've gotten that many more weeks in, earlier, with the way we're getting a lot of snowfall."
The ski resort opened on Black Friday which is one of their earliest opening dates during the winter season.