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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 1 1,2014 IX) SAPEVATE CHE ... Con un fascio di luce laser sul cervello e' possible spegnere la dipendenza dalla cocaine; la luce attiva i circuiti nervosi base della funzione di autocontrollo e della capacita' decisionale (localizzata nella corteccia prefrontale) e spegne l'urgenza incontrollata di drogarsi. Resa nota sulle rivista NATURE, la scoperta si deve all'italiano AntoneIlo Bonci, in USA dal 1998, dopo una laurea in Medicina aU'Universita' Cattolica di Roma, ed una specializzazione in Neurologia a Tor Vergata. I risultati ottenuti sui topi sono ancora piu' entusiasmanti perche' suggeriscono una cura della dipendenza agendo in modo non invasivo direttamente sul cervello dei tossicodipendenti ed utilizzando la stimolazione magnetica transcranica (TMS), una tecnica indolore gia' in uso clinico, che pup' fare esattamente la stessa cosa della luce (che non sara' utilizzata sull'uomo). "Stiamo pianificando, sia in USA che in Italia ( con Giovanni Serpelloni, capo dipartimento Politiche Antidroga -DPA- ed il sup Team di Verona, e Marco Diana dell'Universita' di Sassari) le prime sperimntazioni cliniche con TMS," ha dichiarato Bonci alI'ANSA qualche mese addietro. Lo studio, ha dichiarato Serpelloni, apre prospettive terapeutiche e di ricerca completamente nuove; in Italia siamo sufficientemente attrezzati ad eseguire studi con la TMS( Lo studio e' stato condotto al National Institute of Health di Baltimora ed ha svelato che le parti di corteccia prefrontale (area prelimbica) e' alla base della dipendenza , ha chiarito Bonci. Con gli studi ancora in corso e' possible predire risultati eccezionali nell'immediato futuro. Un analisi publicatto in genaio di quest'anno nel gironale-scientific "Behavioral Neurology" ha esaminato 11 studi e ha deter- minate che "C'e' evidencia scientific emergente segnalando che TMS potrebbe essere efficace in la reduzione di dipendenza della cocaine.., e potrebbe rappresentare un strumento terapeutico pel trattamento di tossicomania." Comunque, ancora ci sono necessari piu' studi per determinari gli parametric ottimali di stimolazione. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Using a laser beam on the brain it is possible to shut off the dependency from cocaine: the beam activates the neurons that are responsible for 'self control' and the deci- sionmaking capacity (located on the pre-frontal section of the cortex) and shut off the uncontrolled urgency to get the drug. Published on the magazine NATURE, the discovery was made by the Italian scientist Antonello Bonci, who has been living in the USA since 1998 following a graduation in Medicine from the Rome's Catholic University and a specialization in Neurology at Tor Vergata (near Rome). The results of the studies on mice are rather enthusiastic, for they suggest a treatment of the dependency by acting, not invasively, directly on the brain of the drug addict and by using the TMS (the transcranic magnetic stimulation) already used clinically, that .can mimic the light (laser). which will not be used on man. Recently Bonci stated to (press agency) Ansa that plans are being drafted in the USA and in Italy (with Giovanni Serpelloni, head of DPA, department of Drug Policies and his team in Verona, and Marco Diana of the University of Sassari). The study, Serpelloni has stated, promises new therapeutic possibilities, and in research in Italy where we possess adequate outfits with the TMS. The study was made at the National Institute of Health, in Baltimore which has shown that the section of the pre- frontal area of the cortex is at the base of the dependency. A recent review published in January, 2014 in the scientific journal, "Behavioral Neurology" examined 11 studies and determined that "There is nascent evidence that TMS could be effective in reducing cocaine craving ... and might repre- sent a therapeutic tool for treating addiction." However, more studies are still needed in order to determine the optimal parameters of stimulation. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 CASE NO. SU13P2585 To all persons interested in the estate of Thomas P. Muldoon late of Boston, in said County, deceased in testate. A petition has been presented to" said Court for license to sell private sale - private - certaiA real estate of deeased and that the petitioner may become the purchaser of.said real estate. If you desire to object thereto you or your attorney should file a written appearance in said Court at Boston before ten o'clock in the forenoon on the 1st day of May, 2014, the return day of this citation. Witness, Joan P. Armstrong, Esquire, First Judge of said Court this 28th day of Marc"h, 2014. Patricia M. Campatelli, Register of Probate Run date:4/11/14 PATRIOTS BRING BACK CHUNG After letting Safety Patrick Chung walk last offseason, the Patriots have resigned the 6=,year veteran. Chung, who was a starter for New England before departing via free agency to join the Phila- delphia Eagles, has 7 career interceptions, but is mostly remembered for a 2010 Mon- day night football game ver- sus the Miami Dolphins in which he contributed both on defense and special teams. In the game, the high point of Chung's career so far, he returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown and blocked both a punt and a field goal, which led to 2 Patriots touchdowns. "I'm glad to be back. It's like family here. It feels like home," said Chung "I love the fans, love the coaches, love the environment, love the city." He surely also loves the fact that he's get- ting a paycheck and has a job, something that wasn't guaranteed after a dismal 2013 campaign in Philly. ROB NINKOVICH ON THE PASS RUSH AND Count Defensive End/Out- side Linebacker Rob Ninko- vich is a fan of Cornerback Darrelle Revis. Coming into his ninth NFL season, Ninko- vich, who finished with eight sacks last season is expect- ing to add to that total come the 2014 season. "We got the best corner in the league coming in," he said. "That's always a good thing for a defensive end like myself, just give me a little bit more time [with tight coverage] and I'll be happy to use that." Ninkovich is banking on the upgraded secondary to provide the front seven more time to pressure the opposi- tion quarterbacks, it was evident many times last season that the rush was a second or two from getting at the quarterbacks. With the addition of Revis and Browner on the corners, the secondary should cover If he makes the final 53 man roster, Chung should provide depth in the second- ary, especially following the release of veteran safety Adrian Wilson, who didn't play a regular season down for the Patriots, being placed on Injured Reserve in last year's pre-season. However, Chung's biggest impact will be on the special teams unit, where his hard-hitting style will continue to make the unit one of the best in football. DARRELLE REVIS offensive targets more effi- ciently creating more oppor- tunities up front. As it stands, Ninkovich is the starter Opposite Chandler Jones at Defensive End and was the team's second best pass rusher last season, The team could use an upgrade at the position, and have expressed at least minimal interest in free agent defensive ends. The draft also remains an option. THE PATRIOTS WILL DRAFT A TIGHT END Speaking of the draft; less should the team not deem time, i.e., the playoffs. Secondly, Belichick loves the two tight end set. Even if Gronk is healthy to start the season and remains on the active roster throughout the year, the Patriots offense is on another level with two tight ends and Brady run- ning the no-huddle. The Patriots were inter- ested in Tight End Owen Daniels before he signed with the Baltimore Ravens. In the end, the team had a salary number in mind and Owens may have been out of their price range. The Patriots will look to the draft to add to the position. It may not be With their firs t pick, but bank on the team draft- ing a tight end in the early rounds of the draft. than a month remains before the 2014 draft kicks off in New York City, the Patriots currently hold the 29 th pick in the first round. Which positions the team will look to upgrade is debat- able. The Patriots have proven to be unpredictable when it comes to the draft. Owning eight picks overall in the-seven round draft, five of which are in the top four rounds, the team has the ammunition to trade up or sit back and take the best available player. Coach Belichick has made a liv- ing trading picks, especially trading out of the first round all together to acquire addi- tional picks. This is looking especially plausible this draft "value" players in the later stages of the first round. However, one area that the Patriots w.ill likely look to upgrade is at the tight end position. With All-Pro Rob Gronkowski on the roster why would the team invest another high pick at the position? First, Gronkowski is coming off an ACL injury, which may not be healed in time for the start of the regu- lar season. That coupled with the fact that he has not proven to be durable enough to make it through the rigors of an NFL season, makes tight end a clear position of need. The past three seasons, Gronk has been injured causing the offense to fall apart in crunch News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Back during the '50s, folks got tarred for being perceived on the wrong side of com- munism. Peoples' lives were destroyed. Free speech was handcuffed and many feared saying anytltling that the "intolerants" didn't want to hear. This is still America where opinions vary. What is true speech? What is free speech? Who decides what is good and what is bad? Who decides whose speech is safeguarded and whose speech is banned? When it comes to gay mar- riage, the debate isn't over and may never be. In a free society we are all allowed to think for ourselves and have the ability to say so out loud in public. The law is the law, but opinion is opinion. My good friend Eddie Shal- low from Dorchester has an opinion, I have an opinion, and you out there reading this have opinions too. We don't need the McCartl.-ite s of today deciding what speech is allowed and what isn't. language, Borders and Culture Recently, a few cardinals, not the birds, not the base- ballplayers, but the archbish- ops, like our own Sean O'Malley, went down to the U.S.-Mexican border to lecture Catholics who seem to be concerned about grant- ing amnesty to all the i]legals currently no longer hiding in the shadows. O'Malley said Mass for folks on both sides of the border calling for a new way to deal with the 11 million illegals amongst us, of which I think the number is actually closer to 20 mil- lion, but will save that comment for another opinion piece. The U.S. Catholic Hierarchy sounds like the religious wing of the Demo- cratic Party. As a Catholic I have a right to decide which side of the illegal immigration debate:I am on Don't sermonize that the conservative Republicans are un-christian and that Catho- lics should be supporting the liberal side of this debate. Archbishop O' Malley has a right to his opinion, but it is just an opinion, and I am free to hold a countering opinion without being tar- nished as un-christian. O'Malley now joins Vice President Joe Biden and former.Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the motion that we must deal with the reality of mil- lions of illegals living shoul- der to shoulder with us. I disagree with Joe Biden who recently stated that as far as he was concerned, the 11 million here illegal are already Americans in his eyes. His eyes, maybe, but surely not mine or millions of others out there. Regardless of what Martha Coakley thinks, technically it is illegal to be illegal in Massach_usetts or anywhere else in America: -