Last weekend, Eric Krasno Band and The Marcus King Band brought their double billed tour together to The Hamilton in Washington, DC. Between King’s blues-based rock and Krasno’s funky rhythmic displays, the two guitarists are a perfect pairing for a performance. Fortunately for us, the two are big fans of collaborations, and have been teaming up for fun takes on original and cover tunes throughout the tour.Last Sunday night at The Hamilton, Krasno welcomed out King and saxophonist Ron Holloway for a pair of songs, “Sweet Little Angel” and “Unconditional Love.” You can see them jamming out in the videos below.The musical collaboration didn’t end there, as members of The Marcus King Band joined in on stage for the finale of the night, a cover of Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree.” A jubilee indeed! Check it out below.For more from this show, you can check out the full audio recording of Krasno’s set, provided by taper Alex Leary.
Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA) — a chemical used to make plastic containers and other consumer goods — is associated with behavior and emotional problems in young girls, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.BPA is found in many consumer products, including canned food linings, polycarbonate plastics, dental sealants, and some receipts made from thermal paper. Most people living in industrialized nations are exposed to BPA. BPA has been shown to interfere with normal development in animals and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and diabetes in people. In a 2009 study, HSPH researchers showed that drinking from polycarbonate bottles increased the level of urinary BPA.In this study, published Oct. 24 in an advance online edition of Pediatrics, lead author Joe Braun, research fellow in environmental health at HSPH, and his colleagues found that gestational BPA exposure was associated with more behavioral problems at age 3, especially in girls.The researchers collected data from 244 mothers and their 3-year-old children in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment Study, conducted in the Cincinnati area. Mothers provided three urine samples during pregnancy and at birth that were tested for BPA; their children were tested each year from ages 1 to 3. When the children were 3 years old, the mothers completed surveys about their children’s behavior.“None of the children had clinically abnormal behavior, but some children had more behavior problems than others. Thus, we examined the relationship between the mom’s and children’s BPA concentrations and the different behaviors,” Braun said.BPA was detected in more than 85 percent of the urine samples from the mothers and more than 96 percent of the children’s urine samples. The researchers found that maternal BPA concentrations were similar between the first sample and birth. The children’s BPA levels decreased from ages 1 to 3, but were higher and more variable than that of their mothers.After adjusting for possible contributing factors, increasing gestational BPA concentrations were associated with more hyperactive, aggressive, anxious, and depressed behavior, and poorer emotional control and inhibition in the girls. This relationship was not seen in the boys.The study confirms two prior studies showing that exposure to BPA in the womb impacts child behavior, but is the first to show that in utero exposures are more important than exposures during childhood, Braun said.“Gestational, but not childhood BPA exposures, may impact neurobehavioral function, and girls appear to be more sensitive to BPA than boys,” he said.Although more research is needed to fully understand the health effects of BPA exposure, clinicians can advise those concerned to reduce their BPA exposure by avoiding canned and packaged foods, thermal paper sales receipts, and polycarbonate bottles with the number 7 recycling symbol, the authors wrote.Bruce Lanphear of Simon Fraser University was senior author of the study.The study was funded in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Published on February 12, 2015 at 12:01 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman James Dunleavy remembers getting a text from his head coach the first week of 2010.The University of Southern California men’s basketball team had just won its first two games of conference play after starting 8-4, and the sophomore guard felt that the Trojans had a good shot at making the NCAA Tournament.But then it all came crashing down.“We get a random text message saying we had a team meeting and we had no idea what it was about,” Dunleavy said.The university was self-imposing a one-year postseason ban for the men’s basketball program. The sanctions were a result of a USC investigation that found NCAA rules violations relating to improper benefits received by O.J. Mayo, who played for the team during the 2007–08 season, and didn’t involve anyone on USC’s roster at the time — similar to the situation Syracuse faces now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban on Feb. 4, prohibiting the Orange from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, NCAA Tournament and the National Invitation Tournament.The Trojans’ realistic postseason hopes were dashed as Syracuse’s now are, meaning players couldn’t fully showcase themselves to pro scouts and coaches had to find a way to keep the players motivated and recruits on board.“Trying to take each game and breaking down the points of each game to get guys excited for it,” said Bob Cantu, a USC assistant in 2009–10, about Syracuse’s situation. “It’s really hard, it’s very difficult. It’s one of the most challenging things as a coach.”Along with the postseason ban, USC self-imposed a reduction of one scholarship for two years, a reduction in the number of coaches able to take part in off-campus recruiting during that summer and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days by 20 days for the 2010–11 academic year.The self-imposed ban also vacated all of the team’s wins during the 2007–08 regular season and returned the money it received through the then Pacific-10 Conference for its participation in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.The NCAA later came down with its own sanctions in 2010, penalizing USC for a lack of institutional control for the case of Mayo as well as incidents related to the university’s football and women’s tennis programs.In Syracuse’s case, the cause of the self-imposed penalty occurred between 2007 and 2012. Mayo, who was taken third overall in the 2008 NBA Draft, was no longer with USC when the university self-imposed sanctions.When the USC announcement dropped, Dunleavy said he and his teammates didn’t understand.“To be honest, it’s a tough situation for us,” Dunleavy said. “We just felt like it was unfair to punish our current team at that time in that current season.”Carl Marziali, assistant vice president for media and public relations at USC, referred questions to the university’s official release regarding its self-imposed sanctions. Clare Pastore, the faculty athletic representative at USC, declined to comment for this story.USC’s top players, including guard Dwight Lewis and forward Nikola Vucevic, didn’t get to showcase their talents for NBA scouts in that postseason, a fate which SU’s Rakeem Christmas will also have to deal with.“I felt that it was very difficult for the senior class especially because they wouldn’t be able to play in front of NBA scouts,” said Ryan Wetherell, a senior guard on the 2009–10 USC team. “I know a lot of my teammates were upset about not being able to use that opportunity to further their basketball career.”From a coaching standpoint, Cantu said it wasn’t easy to keep the players motivated and that the atmosphere around the team became “deflating.” He emphasized how the captains need to step up — as SU’s Christmas, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije did in releasing a statement Feb. 4 — and buy in to the idea of playing for something bigger than just a tournament.In 2010, USC finished the season 6-10 after its self-imposed sanctions. Syracuse is 1-1 since self-imposing its sanctions and is about to face five teams in the next six games that are currently ranked in the Top 10.Syracuse’s players have vowed to finish the season together and stay strong as a unit despite a set end date to its season. But, in USC’s similar case, it wasn’t that simple.“Guys always said and did the right things, but it obviously took its toll,” Dunleavy said. “It’s easy to say we’re going to bond around this and we’re going to play for each other, but at the end of the day, it’s tough.”-Asst. News Editor Justin Mattingly, [email protected], contributed reporting to this article. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+