Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Henry Molaison gave the world new insight into the brain with his death

Henry Gustav Molaison (February 26, 1926 – December 2, 2008), known widely as H.M., was an American man who had a bilateral medial temporal lobectomy to surgically resect the anterior two-thirds of his hippocampi, parahippocampal cortices, entorhinal cortices, piriform cortices, and amygdalae in an attempt to cure his epilepsy. Although the surgery was partially successful in controlling his epilepsy, a severe side effect was that he became unable to form new memories.

The surgery took place in 1953 and H.M. was widely studied from late 1957 until his death in 2008. He resided in a care institute in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where he was the subject of an ongoing investigation. His case played an important role in the development of theories that explain the link between brain function and memory, and in the development of cognitive neuropsychology, a branch of psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relate to specific psychological processes.

Molaison's brain was kept at the University of California, San Diego where it was sliced into histological sections on December 4, 2009. It was later moved to The M.I.N.D. Institute at UC Davis. The brain atlas constructed was made publicly available in 2014.

One morning of 1953, a young man called Henry woke up in a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He could not remember why he was there — the memory was hazy. A doctor came in to greet him and congratulate him that the operation was successful and his condition would be most likely cured. Half an hour later, the doctor came back to check, but Henry had no recollection of who he was. Something seemed amiss.

Eighteen years earlier, Henry was walking home from the park. A cyclist hit him and knocked him on the ground. Shortly after the accident, he started experiencing seizures.

The seizures got worse over time and by the time he was 27, he was severely epileptic, sometimes with multiple uncontrollable seizures a day. The condition was debilitating and no treatment was working on him. Dr. William Beecher Scoville, a renowned neurosurgeon, proposed to perform an experimental brain operation on him, offering some hope that epilepsy would go away by removing deep-seated structures in his brain.

In a lobotomy operation gruesome by today's standard, Dr. Scoville removed significant portions of Henry's amygdala and hippocampus, the inner part of the temporal lobe while the anesthetized but conscious Henry sat in the operating chair.

After the operation, Henry would entertain himself in the hospital by doing jigsaw puzzles. Except he would do the same one over and over again without realizing he had already done it. His seizures were cured, but his world had been turned upside down. He could no longer form memories that lasted more than 30 seconds.

For the next 50 years, Henry Molaison or H.M. volunteered countless hours to do his tests and became the most studied and famous patient in the history of neuroscience.

Interestingly, his other mental functions such as language and IQ remained intact. He still had memories from his years before the operation. His general knowledge about the world, or semantic knowledge, was functional. But he could not tell what happened at a particular time or place; he had lost his episodic memory.

This indicates that there are different memory systems that support autobiographical memory—a unique event at a specific time and place—and another memory system that supports the "gist" knowledge.

In a surprising experiment, Henry Molaison could remember some celebrities from the post-operative period. It was speculated that the emotional impact these people had on him helped the memory get stuck in his mind.

Dr Brenda Milner, a psychologist from McGill University, performed a famous experiment where HM learned to trace a star reflected in a mirror. It was a groundbreaking result because it showed that his motor memory was intact. It proved that declarative memory, formed in the hippocampus, is separate from motor skills. That's why when you learn how to ride a bike, you never really forget it, unlike facts.

The damage to Henry's amygdala did affect other behaviors, and in particular, he seemed to be out of touch with his internal states. He did not seem to experience hunger, fear, or pain.

Despite his severe memory problems, he was not helpless and he remained cheerful. He still worked, albeit in a special center. Yet, there are tragic stories from his life. He couldn't remember when his father died. From day to day, he couldn't remember if his parents were alive or not. He wrote notes to remind himself and sometimes, reading them would give him fresh waves of grief. It was like finding out the tragic news over and over again. Kind of like a goldfish swimming around a pool. Since the goldfish has no memory, each trip is a new experience.

His case revolutionized our understanding of memory. We now know that memory is processed by specialized brain areas and compartmentalized in the brain. The ability to form new long-term memories is located in the hippocampus. Another groundbreaking contribution was that there are different kinds of memory residing in different parts of the brain.

Henry Molaison died in 2008 and donated his brain to science. Professor Suzanne Corkin, who studied H.M over the decades, had gathered a team of scientists and MRI specialists to perform an autopsy on H.M.

In December 2009, Jacopo Annese, of The Brain Observatory at the University of California San Diego, and his team dissected H.M.'s brain into 2,401 thin tissue slices that were then preserved cryogenically in serial order. His brain yielded the first open-access, high-resolution, three-dimensional atlas of the human brain.

While the brain was being sliced, the researchers collected digital images of the surface of the block, corresponding to each tissue section. These images were used to construct a three-dimensional microscopic model of the whole brain.

After 5 years of study, they published the results in a Nature Communication paper "Postmortem examination of patient H.M.'s brain based on histological sectioning and digital 3D reconstruction". They demonstrated that in fact, half of H.M.'s hippocampus had survived the 1953 surgery. This might lead to reinterpretations of H.M.'s neurobehavioral profile and of the existing literature. They also discovered a lesion in the pre-frontal cortex that had not been detected before.

While Henry Molaison would forget every 30 seconds how important he was, the world will undoubtedly remember his contribution to neuroscience a lot longer than he ever could.

Band of Brothers

Four Jewish brothers left home for college, and eventually they became successful doctors, and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts that they were able to give to their elderly mother, who lived far away in another city.

The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house."

The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her a SL 600 with a chauffeur."

The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the Torah and you know she can't anymore because she can't see very well. I met this Rabbi who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Torah. It took twenty rabbis 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the shul, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mama sent out her Thank You notes.

Milton – Bubbeleh, the house you built is so huge, I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.

Marvin – Mine Shayne Kindeleh. I am too old to travel. I stay home. I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes and the driver you hired is a shmendrik. The thought was good. Thanks.

Menachem – Tataleh, you give me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead. I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.

Dearest Melvin – You were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. That chicken was delicious.


The Hebrew spelling of Av (אב)

consists of the first two letters of the Hebrew Alpha-Beth, the

spelling of "father" and "bud," and the first two letters of "spring" (אביב which also means, in Hebrew, "the father of twelve months"). The numerical value of Av, אב, (א=1 and ב=2) is 3, the combination of the basic even and odd numbers ("A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken," Ecclesiastes 4:12).

The zodiac sign of the month of Av is a lion, representing the Lion of

Judah, rising from the ashes of the destruction caused by

Nebuchadnezzar, whose symbol was also the lion. The fast on the 9th day

of Av is succeeded by the 15th day of Av – a Jewish holiday of love and


Doctors Fear Coronavirus Phobia Can Kill

By Lynn Allison (NEWSMAX)

More than 145,000 Americans have perished from the pandemic, but doctors warn that an insidious side effect of the coronavirus crisis may be just as deadly. In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), physicians from the Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts found that coronavirus phobia has caused many cardiac patients to avoid and delay crucial medical treatments or turn to unhealthy habits to allay their fears.

The stress and fear caused by the pandemic have also led to overeating and alcohol abuse, according to Today. These unhealthy habits, along with the dread of visiting healthcare experts or medical institutions, may cause more deaths than the virus itself.

A Daily Beast article stated that "while early fears of widespread death and overwhelmed hospitals have played an important role in sounding the alarm about this pandemic and motivating important social distancing measures, these fears have also caused substantial harm."

The Tufts doctors urged health officials that while emphasizing stay-at-home measures, they should also encourage patients to seek treatment for life-threatening illnesses. According to the Detroit Free Press, during the pandemic, heart attack victims have died at home and stroke victims left symptoms to go unchecked for too long. Experts said COVID-19 has people so scared that they are ignoring life-threatening ailments that can be treated with the proper medical care.

Fear of the pandemic may even trigger cardiac events, according to The Daily Beast, which cited statistics gathered by Tulane Health Services Center in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina that showed cardiac cases tripled over the one-year period following the disaster.

"If the COVID-19 pandemic presents a similar hazard to the entire nation, it is likely we will see 1 million to 2 million additional coronary events that are directly attributable to the current crises," the doctors wrote, adding that this represents more than twice the number of cardiac events reported in 2019.

To combat the fear, the Tufts experts suggested that health officials remind the public that their risk of getting COVID-19 in a hospital  setting is less than 1%, while the risk of dying from a heart attack is greater than 30% without critical care.

"To minimize the negative outcomes of this pandemic, we must keep patients from dying of fear — both of the pandemic and their fate in the hands of medical institutions," the doctors wrote. They added that this unrealistic fear is stopping patients from seeking the very care that could save their lives.

Fauci: Cuomo Did a Great Job-Killing 6,400+ Nursing Home Residents

By Daniel Greenfield

{Reposted from the FrontPage Mag website}

I'm not a Fauci hater. As regular readers know. I think he's a perfectly typical representative of the expert class with a pretty good bedside manner. And like most of the expert class, he's failed badly in the face of the virus. But I don't see that as a personal failing.

It's, as Marxists would say, a failure of his class. The same failure that helped bring on much of the coronavirus death toll.

So of course Fauci happily praises New York. As Governor Cuomo, who killed thousands of nursing home patients by forcing nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients, keeps saying, he follows the science. Not actual science, but whatever nonsense the expert class pushed out there. That included the false claim that unless we got everyone out of hospitals, coronavirus patients would be dying in hallways. So instead, 6,400 New York nursing home residents died of coronavirus in the homes, and countless more died in hospitals because Cuomo's science-based regime doesn't count nursing home patients dying in hospitals.

And Fauci thinks all this is great. Of course he does.

White House health advisor Anthony Fauci has praised New York for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state responded "correctly" to bring its outbreak under control.

"We know that, when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York," Fauci said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour" that aired Friday evening.

"New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly by doing the things that you're talking about," he continued.

Did what correctly?

New York had a massive death toll. New York City politicians denied that there was a problem and encouraged people to head down to Chinatown. Arrivals coming in on flights with coronavirus patients weren't tracked. But hey, they followed the "science".

The state Department of Health issued a directive in March mandating that nursing homes could not refuse to take in recovering coronavirus patients coming from hospitals. The policy was partially repealed in May, and House Republicans last week urged state Attorney General Letitia James to investigate.

About 50 people, many of whom lost relatives to COVID-19 at nursing homes or rehab centers, demonstrated outside Gov. Cuomo's Manhattan office Saturday over the March order and other "policy failures," according to a Newsday report.

Don't expect them to get any national coverage, unlike the woman blasting the Arizona GOP governor, whose story was quickly picked up by the national media. Instead, the media will keep bashing Trump and touting the great work that Cuomo did.

Unless Republicans actually force the issue at the national level.

Victims of Preference By Paul Gherkin

People's behavior is not uniform when engaging with different parts of society. Active and reactive actions and statements contort in unusual ways when it comes to Jews.

Consider politicians. When a White officer of the law harmed a Black man, the political class fell on its knees asking for forgiveness and specifically called for justice for Black people. But when a Black politician harmed Jews, the politicians refused to clearly condemn antisemitism.

The press highlights White racism against Blacks and Muslims as the motivating factor behind so many events but cannot fathom antisemitism. Even though Jews are more likely to suffer antisemitic attacks than Blacks, Muslims or the LGBT community, the media reorients the narrative away from antisemitism to victims of preference. When The New York Times pondered that European pogroms calling for the death of Jews might be antisemitic, it watered down the story by noting there may have been a slight "tinge" of Jew-hatred. Repeatedly. In the US, the NY Times crafted stories about "pushy" Jews moving into towns in New Jersey and omitted the many stories of blatant antisemitism by those Jersey residents. The stories had a familiar echo to the Obama Administration which criticized Jews for moving into their homes in Jerusalem as "provoking tensions" rather than condemning the antisemitism of Arab residents who wanted a Jew-free neighborhood. The Times has even suggested a Noble Prize for a terrorist who killed several Jews.

Society has taken note. While "Je Suis Juif (Jew)," was echoed in the streets of Paris when terrorists targeted a kosher store for slaughter in 2015, Parisians did so in conjunction with "Je Suis Charlie" and "Je Suis Policier (Police)" who also suffered. But when only Jews were targeted, the streets of France were empty. Indeed, when other anti-Semites killed Jews in a kosher store in Jersey City, NJ in 2019, not only did people not come out to condemn antisemitism, they said that the Jews were at fault for moving into a predominantly Black neighborhood (seemingly educated by the media and politicians as noted above). Meanwhile "BlackLivesMatter" placards are pasted in storefronts from coast-to-coast in 2020 declaring solidarity with that minority group.

For its part, the United Nations made declarations against racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism but really only believes in the first two. It lashed out against tying religion to fanaticism to "protect" 1.8 billion Muslims, and then bashed a handful of "Jewish extremists" in the same breath. The nations of the world met at the UN to hand monies to Palestinians at the very moment Palestinian terrorists were firing hundreds of rockets into Israeli cities. The UN won't even mention terrorism against Israeli Jews, stripping it from the record while it lists attacks when Palestinians are victims. Meanwhile, the BlackLivesMatter has surged to global attention.

Jewish leaders compound the issue. When they "confront" the rise in antisemitism and the killings of Jews, they publish bland placards which do not single out antisemitism but generic hate.

Black leaders published a large manifesto and clearly called out that "Black Lives Matter" when members of their community were killed. They hit the streets toppling statues of perceived racists, got politicians to take a knee and newspapers to fire reporters considered un-"woke."

The Black community even rallies around its worst, such as noted racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Not so for the Jews who jettison their own haters in a jiffy.

As a Jew, I'm jealous of Black people. They effectively band together to make demands to which society genuflects and considers their checklist. Jews just fight internally about whether right-wing, left-wing, Black or Islamic antisemitism is the worst kind as they become further marginalized by all.

There are victims of preference which are being elevated and canonized, and other preferred punching bags which continue to be vilified and attacked. Jews know history, and envision a brighter future for many minorities in the former category but the same persecution for themselves in the latter.


Coronavirus symptoms day-by-day timeline – when to expect signs of the killer bug to strike

REPORTED illnesses of coronavirus have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.

And now scientists have produced a day-by-day breakdown of the typical Covid-19 symptoms - to help people better understand the nature of the illness.

 Scientists have produced a day-by-day breakdown of the typical Covid-19 symptoms

Scientists have produced a day-by-day breakdown of the typical Covid-19 symptoms

It comes as one of the UK's leading Ear, Nose and Throat consultants told Sky News there are new signs for detecting coronavirus in patients.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) say asymptomatic patients - ones who do not have a fever or a cough - could show a loss of smell or taste as symptoms after contracting the deadly disease.

They have asked that people experiencing a loss of smell and taste self-isolate to reduce the spread of the virus.

A new study from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, outlines how Covid-19 progresses - with fever, fatigue and shortness of breath all developing at different times.

The analysis includes adults with Covid-19 admitted to Jinyintan Hospital and Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital after December 29, 2019, who had been discharged or died by January 31, 2020.

Here, with the help of this study, we take you through the coronavirus symptoms timeline and when to expect signs of the killer bug to strike...

Day 1

For most people, the first symptoms will be fever (temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and/or cough, which is usually dry to start with.

Despite this, Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and Clinical Director of, adds: "Muscle aches and pains and feeling generally very tired are also common.

"Sore throat and blocked nose are less common and runny nose or sneezing less common still."

 The most common signs of coronavirus in confirmed cases of Covid-19 from China up to February 22, 2020

The most common signs of coronavirus in confirmed cases of Covid-19 from China up to February 22, 2020

And in a study carried out in Wuhan, of 138 patients, about ten percent of people experienced diarrhoea and nausea a couple of days prior to development of fever.

Developing these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the illness and they are similar to other illnesses, such as the common cold or flu.

Some people will not develop all of these symptoms - and some might not even show symptoms at all, experts say.

Day 5

A team of researchers who studied 138 patients with Covid-19 at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University found that on average it took five days for people to develop signs of breathing difficulties - from displaying the first symptoms.

Patients who are usually older or have a pre-existing health condition are normally the people who experience difficulty breathing – known as dyspnea.

Signs that a person is experiencing dyspnea include shortness of breath, feeling smothered or suffocated, tightness in the chest, rapid, shallow breathing, heart palpitations and wheezing.

Day 7

As Dr. Jarvis says, "For most people, most symptoms will have settled within a week."

About 85 percent of people diagnosed with coronavirus will see their symptoms start to diminish by day seven and coming out of isolation is a possibility.

However, the government says that if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.



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The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

From the remaining 15 percent who don't see their symptoms diminish and are showing signs of dyspnea - they tend to be admitted to a hospital on day seven.

The CDC advises that anyone with emergency warning signs for Covid-19, persistent chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath and bluish lips or face, should get medical attention.

Day 8

Patients with severe cases tend to develop signs of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) at this point.

ARDS is a life-threatening condition where the lungs can't provide the body's vital organs with enough oxygen.

It occurs when the lungs become severely inflamed due to an infection or injury and the inflammation causes fluid from nearby blood vessels to leak into the tiny air sacs in your lungs, making breathing increasingly difficult.


Symptoms of ARDS can include severe shortness of breath, rapid, shallow breathing, tiredness, drowsiness or confusion and feeling faint.

15 percent of cases reach this point, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Day 10

Patients with worsening breathing problems tend to be entered into an intensive care unit at day ten.

The Wuhan study also said it observed that the average hospital stay was ten days.

Day 12

By day 12, fever – an early sign of Covid-19 – would typically end.

However, a cough associated with the illness may stay around for longer, the scientists found.

In fact, 45 percent of the 191 patients who were looked at still had a cough on discharge after the 12 day period.


Day 13

Dyspnoea – shortness of breath – tends to cease after about 13 days for those who survive, though it will continue until point of death for those who didn't.

Day 18

From illness onset, the average time to death was 18.5 days.

Day 22

The average time to discharge was 22 days.

Currently, there is no vaccine to protect people against the virus.

See you tomorrow, bli neder

We Need Moshiach now!

Love Yehuda Lave

Yehuda Lave, Spirtiual Advisor and Counselor

Jerusalem, Jerusalem

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