This weekend, a bevy of bluegrass heroes took over Squaw Valley, California for Tahoe’s WinterWonderGrass Festival. The three day event featured headlining spots from Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters. There were also exciting performances from Sam Bush Band, Peter Rowan, Hot Buttered Rum, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, Mandolin Orange, Dustbowl Revival, and so many more.It was a weekend of music, brews, and mountains, and luckily photographer Chris Baldwin was on site to capture the beauty. Check out the full gallery below! Load remaining images
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School have embarked on an ambitious study of the link among genetics, lifestyle, environment, and health that organizers hope will set the stage for a new generation of personalized disease analysis and medical care.The study, called OurGenes, OurHealth, OurCommunity, eventually wants to enroll 100,000 patients in a lengthy, longitudinal study of the causes of illness that could help link genetic background to lifestyle and environmental factors.The study stands on three key parts: patients’ health backgrounds, which are provided to researchers through existing health records, family histories, and medical questionnaires; their genetic profiles, which are provided through blood samples; and their health futures, which are mapped through access to clinical data as it accumulates.Christine Seidman, the study’s co-principal investigator, the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Brigham’s Cardiovascular Genetics Center, said she views the study as a community effort in which Brigham medical workers and patients come together to help realize the promise of advances that have been made in recent years in understanding genes.The study, which is in an initial, yearlong pilot phase, is enrolling patients at six Brigham-affiliated sites. Because of the consent, family history, and questionnaire process, she said the OurGenes staff is using the trial period to ensure that data gathering does not interfere with the clinical purpose of patient visits and also to make sure the enrollment process itself is capturing the diversity of patients.So far, Seidman said, about 100 people have enrolled in the study. The participation rate is about 70 percent of those approached and asked if they’re interested. Instead of waiting for patients to come to the hospitals or clinics, Seidman said, patients with appointments are mailed information a couple of weeks in advance of their appointments so they are aware of the study before being asked to participate. The information that is collected will be kept private.Seidman said healthy patients are as important to the study as people with medical conditions. Those with one condition can be part of a control population for studies that look at others. “If you’re perfectly healthy, you’re as valuable to us as someone with a devastating condition,” Seidman said. “We all have risk for some disease and less risk for others.”Seidman sees the study as long running, since it will take years to get the patient population enrolled, and the plan is to follow patients through time and monitor health outcomes. The study will gather information on topics as diverse as patients’ smoking history, their exercise practices, sun exposure, and even where they grew up. Examples of questions that researchers are hoping to answer include whether specific genes, in combination with certain lifestyle or environmental factors, lead to greater health risks and whether certain drugs lead to adverse reactions in patients with specific genetic profiles. Though the study was launched only in June, researchers are already expressing interest in identifying a patient population that is taking statins, the popular cholesterol-lowering drug.The accumulated health data, when combined with stored blood samples for genetic analysis, will also aid future researchers, who will be able to begin studies quickly and more efficiently than if they had to begin recruiting subjects from scratch, Seidman said.Though other studies have been conducted examining the genetic background of disease, most of those have been aimed at specific ailments, specific populations, or specific genes. OurGenes is one of the first to examine such a large, diverse population for broad health and genetic trends.
Associated Press American looks to extend streak vs BU TEAM LEADERS: Boston University’s Max Mahoney has averaged 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds while Walter Whyte has put up 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. For the Eagles, Sa’eed Nelson has averaged 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists while Stacy Beckton Jr. has put up 9.9 points and five rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: S. Nelson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all American field goals over the last three games. S. Nelson has accounted for 29 field goals and 11 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boston University is 0-9 this year when it scores 67 points or fewer and 16-3 when it scores at least 68.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Eagles have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Terriers. Boston University has an assist on 32 of 78 field goals (41 percent) across its previous three outings while American has assists on 36 of 81 field goals (44.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Boston University has committed a turnover on just 16.9 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all Patriot League teams. The Terriers have turned the ball over only 11.4 times per game this season. February 21, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAmerican (14-12, 10-5) vs. Boston University (16-12, 10-5)Case Gym, Boston; Sunday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: American looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Boston University. American has won by an average of 7 points in its last five wins over the Terriers. Boston University’s last win in the series came on Feb. 8, 2017, a 67-64 win.