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The Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues.

The BrainPort V100 is a battery-powered device that includes a video camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small, flat intra-oral device containing a series of electrodes that the user holds against their tongue. Software converts the image captured by the video camera in to electrical signals that are then sent to the intra-oral device and perceived as vibrations or tingling on the user’s tongue. With training and experience, the user learns to interpret the signals to determine the location, position, size, and shape of objects, and to determine if objects are moving or stationary.   

“Medical device innovations like this have the potential to help millions of people,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director for science and chief scientist in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “It is important we continue advancing device technology to help blind Americans live better, more independent lives.”

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (NEI), in 2010 more than 1.2 million people in the United States were blind. NEI projects that number of Americans who are blind will rise to 2.1 million by 2030 and 4.1 million by 2050. 

The FDA reviewed the data for the BrainPortV100 through the de novo premarket review pathway, a regulatory pathway for some low- to moderate-risk medical devices that are not substantially equivalent to an already legally-marketed device.

Clinical data supporting the safety and effectiveness of the BrainPort V100 included several assessments, such as object recognition and word identification, as well as oral health exams to determine risks associated with holding the intra-oral device in the mouth. Studies showed that 69 percent of the 74 subjects who completed one year of training with the device were successful at the object recognition test. Some patients reported burning, stinging or metallic taste associated with the intra-oral device. There were no serious device-related adverse events.

BrainPort is manufactured by Wicab, Inc., in Middleton, Wisc.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Who:
Mayor Annise Parker, officials with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) and Reliant, area seniors and disabled residents

What:
Officials will kick off this summer’s distribution of portable air conditioners to seniors and disabled residents of Houston and Harris County. The elderly are particularly vulnerable to the heat. It takes seniors nearly twice the time of younger people to return to core body temperature after exposure to extreme outdoor temperatures. The Harris County Area Agency on Aging, a division of HDHHS, will distribute the air conditioners to those who lack a unit in their homes.
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Visuals: This summer’s first recipient of an air conditioner will attend the news conference and be available for interviews.

When:
Thursday, June 25, 2015; 10 am to 10:30 a.m.

Where:
Magnolia Multi-Service Center, 7037 Capitol Street

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Missing: Johnny Deon Flanagan

Johnny Deon Flanagan has been missing since 5-13-15.

He was last seen in a black Nissan altima with four dogs.

The license plate is #DRG0880.

His family says if you have seen or heard anything please inform us at 832-785-4305 or 713-738-2964 or 832-516-0850.

We miss him dearly with all our hearts.

Please help us bring him home.

He was last seen on the southeast side of Houston.

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WHAT:           BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facilities venue, home of the Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash and Texas Southern University college football, will host a Job Fair at the Stadium TOMORROW Wednesday, June 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Part-time, seasonal staff is needed for a variety of departments including: Team Store sales representatives, Box Office sales staff, and Guest Services Representatives, along with part-time opportunities available with Stadium partners 5 STAR Event Services, which includes level 2 security officers and Levy Restaurants featuring positions for concessions, cashiers, vendors and more.

                      

Potential candidates must be available to work evenings, weekends and holiday hours/shifts, must be able to stand for long periods of time and withstand various weather conditions such as rain and warm temperatures. Bilingual candidates are encouraged.  BBVA Compass Stadium part-time staff has the opportunity to work public, ticketed events as well as private events throughout the year.

On-site interviews will be conducted by the respective department’s hiring managers; applicants are required to dress professionally and bring a current resume and valid I.D.  Eligible candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate in order to apply.

2015 BBVA Compass Stadium Event Highlights:

·         July   3           Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire

·         July 11           CONCACAF Gold Cup

·         July 12           Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars

·         July 17           Chivas vs. Monterrey

·         Sept 3             Ed Sheeran

·         Sept 5             TSU vs. Prairie View Labor Day Classic

WHO:              BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of its global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium hosts Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. The 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district.

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 24

                        4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

                      

WHERE:         BBVA Compass Stadium

                        Admin Entrance

                        2301 Walker Street

                        Houston, TX 77003

INFO:              For more information, visit www.bbvacompassstadium.com.

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On Monday, June 22, 2015, Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit obtained and executed a search warrant for a residence on Bonnymead Circle. 

The warrant was obtained as a result of numerous burglary investigations that occurred in The Woodlands, Texas.  During the execution of the warrant, sought after stolen property was located at the location, as well as narcotics and drug paraphernalia. 

Four arrests were made at the location.  The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
Arrested:
Mary Kate Therese Sheehan (date of birth 02/14/1997)
Charged with possession of a controlled substance

Ryan Michael Richter (date of birth 04/08/1997)
Charged with possession of stolen property

Nicholas Connor Mahon (date of birth 12/05/1995)
Charged with possession of marijuana

Francisca Ann Moncure (date of birth 11/23/1994)
Arrested for an active local warrant

Photos attached.

Information Source:
Lieutenant Brady Fitzgerald
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Services

The US Department of Defense has for the first time admitted that it carried out race-based tests on American troops as part of its research about mustard gas.

Up to 60,000 men were enlisted for a program, declassified in 1993, to test mustard gas and other chemicals agents on US troops.

But National Public Radio reported that the Pentagon has for the first time admitted that it grouped its test subjects by race as it believed African American and Puerto Rican US troops might respond to the poisonous gas different to white soldiers.

More here: http://www.npr.org/2015/06/22/415194765/u-s-troops-tested-by-race-in-secret-world-war-ii-chemical-experiments

The battle will continue again this week to name the Houston Police Department’s headquarters in downtown Houston.  There’s an item on the agenda to name the building after longtime retired HPD officer Edward Thomas.

The hold out is Houston City Councilman C.O. Bradford who would like to name the building after former Houston Mayor Lee Brown.  Last week when the issue was up for a vote Bradford tagged it causing a one week delay.  The council could decide this week if the item gets back on the agenda.

Potentially dozens of crimes could be solved thanks to funding from the city of Houston. Councilman Michael Kubosh says the city of Houston has approved $250,000 to help remove around 130 cars from the bayou system in Houston.

He says he will meet with Harris County Commissioners this week to try and get them to match the amount from the city. Kubosh says the money will be used to hire divers and a crew to remove the cars from the bayous with the help of Texas Equusearch.

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Father’s Day was also special for Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Houston. Sunday several people turned out to support the Big ‘Believer Fine Art’ exhibition at the Vine Street Gallery near downtown. The exhibition featured artwork that celebrates the power of mentorship and creativity. Funds raised at the event will help Big Brothers Big Sisters create a database to close the gap for about one thousand children, most of them minorities, who are waiting for mentors.
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Many children from single family  households  can only dream of having a father – like figure on this special day. Those attending today’s event included BBBS President Pierce Bush, organizers Corbett Daniel Parker and Artist Reginald C. Adams. Hosts/fundraisers included Jacquie Baly, who you see here on FOX 16, Mary Benton, Jason Roth Fuller, Sonia Soto and many more supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston.