News briefs – Sept. 10


CONJOINED TWINS SUCCESSFULLY SEPARATED AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL – Twin girls born joined at the pelvic and hip region are recovering after separation surgery Thursday, Sept. 3, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The girls are named Acen and Apio, but on Thursday they were carefully labeled “blue” and “red” to help surgeons know which monitoring equipment belonged to each sister as they carefully separated their spines, muscle and tissue.

The surgery began at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and concluded at 11:30 p.m. A surgical team of more than 30 specialists from pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, colorectal surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and nursing performed the operation.

“Because of the delicate job our neurosurgeons had of separating the spinal cord, our team was assisted by neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring and the technicians were able to tell us which muscles and nerves belonged to Acen and which belonged to Apio,” said Gail Besner, MD, chief of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s. “This is the first time this specific type of monitoring has been done in a conjoined twins’ separation surgery.”

UNLIMITED CALLING TO 29 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES NOW INCLUDED IN TIME WARNER CABLE PHONE UNLIMITED CALLING PLAN – Time Warner Cable (TWC) continues to redefine home phone, announcing today that it is expanding TWC Phone Unlimited to include unlimited calling to 29 European countries. TWC customers with the phone plan can already make unlimited calls to anywhere in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, India, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and now can call most of Europe, all for one low monthly price. This means that Time Warner Cable phone customers can make unlimited calls to 34 countries with 3.6 billion people – half the world’s population – at any time, and talk as long as they want, without having to worry about extra charges.

Combined with the features of Time Warner Cable’s recently launched Phone2Go app, which allows customers to access their TWC Phone service on the go with an iOS or Android mobile phone or tablet over a WiFi or cellular data connection, TWC has “fundamentally reinvented home phone,” said Jeff Lindsay, General Manager for Phone at TWC.

“Time Warner Cable has led the way on phone innovations such as unlimited domestic calling, caller ID on TV, helping our customers eliminate unwanted calls and giving our customers more flexibility with our Phone2Go app,’’ said Lindsay. “We’re now fully mobile, so you can call from almost any device inside or outside the home, and we include unlimited calling to much of the world’s population. We’ve transformed into a phone service with no boundaries, but with the unsurpassed quality, convenience and peace of mind customers expect from a home phone line.”

U.S. NEWS RANKS ASHLAND UNIVERSITY AS ONE OF TOP 200 NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES – Ashland University is once again ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in the National Universities category of the recently released 2016 college rankings by U.S. News and World Report. The National Universities classification is restricted to universities offering doctoral programs and involved in research.

“I am very pleased that U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Ashland University as one of the top national universities in the nation,” said Dr. Carlos Campo, president of Ashland University. “We believe this recognition is a reflection of the University’s continued commitment to providing its students with an impressive balance of educational, social and extracurricular activities.”

Campo said that Ashland takes seriously the responsibilities of teaching and learning. “Ashland works hard to create an environment that is truly both supportive and challenging, and the AU faculty are committed to helping students succeed and grow in every way possible,” he said.

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