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Babies born in Canada to immigrant mothers have lower risk of cerebral palsy: Study Babies born to mothers who immigrated to Ontario from other countries have significantly lower rates of cerebral palsy than those of Canadian-born mothers, especially those from the Caribbean and East Asia, new research has found. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood and appears by the age of four. The underlying injury to the brain with CP is thought to occur before birth, rather than during delivery. Most damage is to the motor neurons of the brain affecting coordination and muscle strength.
Months before their first words, babies' brains rehearse speech mechanics New research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech. The study suggests that baby brains start laying down the groundwork of how to form words long before they actually begin to speak.
Beneath the surface: What zebrafish can tell us about anxiety One researcher has focused how genetics influence responses to stimuli that can trigger anxiety, and he’s using zebrafish — a tropical member of the minnow family named for the black stripes on their bodies — to do so. His research team examines how fish with tweaked genes respond to different triggers compared to unmodified fish. The work could someday lead to better, more nuanced medications for anxiety disorders.
How to Deal with Burnout We all know what it feels like when you’ve had enough. It’s that listless, weary feeling of not wanting to proceed but knowing that you have to. Some refer to it as ennui; others simply call it burnout. It happens when the stress of performing a certain task overrides its...
People to Function Like Cells in a Vast Technological Brain Digital technology fosters intimate connection across vast distances and facilitates global cooperation. Ultimately, the global community will function like a single brain that connects most people and their electronic device
Is It Even Possible Three years ago when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I couldn’t find any information that was specific for parents coping with Bipolar Disorder. It was then that I started my very own blog, reaching out to other parents who were suffering and trying to cope with this disorder. Little...
16 Ways to Motivate Anyone You are going to assert your values whether they make you happy or miserable. So will your kids. So will your employees. Here are 16 different desires that motivate people to take action. Once you learn how people prioritize these 16 desires, you will know how to optimally motivate them...
Starting Over From Despair There is a point of deep, true goodness inside you that can be nurtured and grown. If we hang onto the good in ourselves and look for the good in others, we can begin to repair the hurt in our lives. ...
Scientific Fraud About Brain Scan Findings Brain scans using fMRI are used more and more by some psychiatrists to "prove" that certain behavioral disorders are brain abnormalities when most differences merely reflect performance variables or, more importantly, conditioned responses to prevalent environmental factors. Some differences may reflect disease, but other factors have to be considered to know for sure.
What is Self-Love? To better understand self-love, let’s compare it to what it is NOT. The contrast may be clarifying and lead to choices that make self-love a greater possibility for you and me. Self-love is not self-centeredness or narcissism. These are antithetical to self-love. When you love yourself, you understand that you...
Stress eating linked to 11-pound weight gain a year It’s not just the calories consumed during stress eating that negatively impact one’s weight as stress itself could be throwing off metabolism, too.
Sex addiction and drug addiction linked in the brain Study shows people with so-called "sex addictions" may have patterns of brain activity similar to those of people with drug addictions.
What parents and kids should know about selfies Social media use can turn into a problem when a teen's sense of self worth relies on peer approval.
Sleep disorders may raise the risk of Alzheimer's Studies suggest that sleep plays a critical role in the aging brain’s health, perhaps by allowing the body to cleanse itself of Alzheimer's-related compounds during down time.
Oooops! 80 Percent of Mentally Ill are Not Jobless While I’m sure NAMI appreciates all the media coverage on their new National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) report on the state of unemployment and people who suffer a mental illness, some of the stories are missing a pretty big qualifier. It’s not among all people with mental illness who...
Meet the "Queen of Hysterics" Who Was Freud's Early Muse Proving that fame isn't a good measure of success, Marie "Blanche" Wittman, became known both locally and historically as the Queen of Hysterics. Her "medical demonstrations" were a kind of medical reality show — one that inspired the work of Sigmund Freud....
#107 The Essence of Childhood In order for us to think of children as equals we must set aside for the moment their differences, their lack of development, even their helplessness.Then we must shift our focus to their core presence, that basic essence which defines the dignity and worth of every human being. It is...
Post-concussion 'return to play' decision should be made solely by doctors, says new editorial An editorial calls for sports authorities to take into consideration the long term neurological problems that repeated concussions can cause. Cerebral concussion is the most common form of sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the long-term effects of repeated concussions may include dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other neurological disorders.
'Noisy' memory in schizophrenia The inability to ignore irrelevant stimuli underlies the impaired working memory and cognition often experienced by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, reports a new study. Our brains are usually good at focusing on the information that we are trying to learn and filtering out the “noise” or thoughts that aren’t relevant. However, memory impairment in schizophrenia may be related in part to a problem with this filtering process, which medical researchers have recently studied.
Your Inner Lie Discloser Forensic linguistic analysis of computer-generated documents can determine authorship even without a handwriting sample.