Fascinating 'before and after' photos show portraits of patients admitted and then discharged from the infamous Bedlam asylum in the 1850s, after receiving treatment for conditions such as 'acute melancholia' and 'puerperal insanity'. Photos by Henry Herring reveal how different patients looked after receiving treatment at the London institution, in many cases their before photos show them looking downcast and wearing dirty clothing. Their after shots, taken just a few months after their arrival at the asylum, show them looking clean and tidy, wearing formal clothing, with some even holding a book, symbolising their return to Victorian society. Better known as 'Bedlam', Bethlem Royal Hospital was for centuries an institution synonymous with the worst excesses of asylums and received the nickname 'Bedlam' duo to the chaotic nature of the institution and the treatment the patients received. The word 'bedlam' - meaning 'a place or situation of madness and chaos' - was … [Read more...] about Before and after Bedlam: How the Victorians promoted success stories from notorious asylum
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The Jam’s Bruce Foxton has tinnitus and has been forced to wear a hearing air after 40 years of belting out the hits like A Town Called Malice and Going Underground have taken its toll on his ears. The 64-year-old bass player has opened up for the first time about the chronic condition, which causes a constant ringing sound in the ears and can lead to irreversible hearing loss. He admitted: “I’ve had tinnitus for years now and I have actually succumbed to wearing a hearing aid occasionally.” “Back in the days of The Jam, we were a three-piece and we needed to play at full volume to sound as loud as we could. "But do that for 40 years and your hearing is bound to deteriorate. “I am not completely deaf but I do suffer from high-frequency hearing loss. "This is a result of performing at so many live concerts and years of standing next to loud speakers on the stage. It means that I struggle to hear the treble and higher pitched sounds. “But … [Read more...] about Jam bassist Bruce Foxton has to wear hearing aid after 40 years of performing
From left: Elijah Goodwin, 10, Angel Herrera-Sanchez, 9, Jose Verastagui, 10, Manuel Mendez, 9, and Devilyn Bolyard, 9, are headed to the VEX IQ worldwide robotics competition, which starts Sunday in Louisville. The five fourth-graders are members of the Panther Bots at Pleasant Run Elementary School in Indianapolis. less From left: Elijah Goodwin, 10, Angel Herrera-Sanchez, 9, Jose Verastagui, 10, Manuel Mendez, 9, and Devilyn Bolyard, 9, are headed to the VEX IQ worldwide robotics competition, which starts Sunday in ... more Photo: Lisa Hopper/The Washington Post Photo: Lisa Hopper/The Washington Post Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 From left: Elijah Goodwin, 10, Angel Herrera-Sanchez, 9, Jose Verastagui, 10, Manuel Mendez, 9, and Devilyn Bolyard, 9, are headed to the VEX IQ … [Read more...] about These robotics students were told ‘to go back to Mexico.’ The taunt only fueled their success.
Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for passing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. The sentence was more severe than many observers expected, and is much longer than any punishment given to any previous US government leaker. The 25-year-old soldier was convicted last month of leaking more than 700,000 classified documents and video. The disclosures amounted to the biggest leak in US military history. He was found guilty of 20 counts, six of them under the Espionage Act, but was acquitted of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy". A three-year protracted legal process that started in May 2010, when Manning was arrested while stationed in Iraq, was over in less than two minutes on Wednesday morning. The military judge presiding over the court martial, Colonel Denise Lind, walked into the courtroom at Fort Meade military base at 10.15am, dealt with some court admin, asked Manning to stand, then told him he was sentenced to 35 … [Read more...] about Bradley Manning given 35-year prison term for passing files to WikiLeaks
Most people shudder at the mere thought of implanting electrodes in the brain. "Deep brain stimulation" sounds like a terrible science-fiction scenario. But for the patients Professor Veerle Visser-Vandevalle sees at the University Hospital in Cologne, the operation is often their only chance of living a normal life. Read more: Parkinson's Disease - An interview with Prof. Wolfgang Oertel "The patients who come to me are usually seriously ill," she explains. "In my experience, they're weighing up the possible risks against their quality of life, which is often very low." These people's lives can be improved with deep brain stimulation (DBS). Professor Veerle Visser-Vandewalle from Cologne's University Hospital Detailed planning The day before the operation an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is done of the patient's head. The surgeons can clearly see on the images where the electrodes should be implanted. They can also see where the blood vessels are; it's important not to … [Read more...] about Brain ‘pacemakers’ prove a success