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New MRI analysis predicts which stroke patients will be helped — or seriously harmed — by clot-busting treatment A technique that can predict — with 95 percent accuracy — which stroke victims will benefit from intravenous, clot-busting drugs and which will suffer dangerous and potentially lethal bleeding in the brain has been developed by researchers. In an ischemic stroke, a blood clot is stuck in a vessel, cutting off blood flow to a portion of the brain, which will begin to die the longer the clot remains. When patients come to the hospital within a few hours of suffering an ischemic stroke, doctors quickly move to give intravenous tPA, hoping that it will dissolve the clot without causing additional damage.
Friends with Benefits   I just returned from my college reunion where I spent the weekend with over 500 of my college classmates. I can safely say that I laughed harder in 48 hours than I’ve laughed in all of 2014. It was wonderful and I’m convinced that the feelings will carry over...
Introducing Bipolar Parenting Parenting is hard work. Ask any parent and they’ll admit as much (if they’re being honest!). Imagine, however, parenting with an invisible handicap that many people don’t understand. Yet that’s what millions of parents face every day when they have a mental health concern like bipolar disorder or depression, and...
Three Tips To Help Calm Your Anger Anger can feel like an overwhelming wave of pain and rage. Learn these three tips to help you manage your angry outbursts....
Optical brain scanner goes where other brain scanners can't A brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head has been advanced by new research. The improvement avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require. The new optical approach to brain scanning is ideally suited for children and for patients with electronic implants, such as pacemakers, cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators (used to treat Parkinson's disease).
Before You Give Someone Advice, Try This First When our kids were growing up I (Charlie) used to get teased a lot by them for being optimistic so much of the time. They used to accuse me of denying the reality of how hard life could sometimes be whenever I would share a hopeful attitude about a difficulty...
How can I get my Partner to Pay Attention to Me? “Why am I so miserable?” or “Why can’t I do anything right?” These questions do not have an answer and whatever “reason” we come up with will never satisfy us. These questions actually serve to maintain an expectation of misery and failure. We cannot begin to ask the right questions...
Strategies for Reducing Signs of Mania in Bipolar Disorder Effectively managing bipolar disorder includes knowing the early signs of an episode. It also means having a plan to address these signs before they escalate into hypomania, mania or depression. According to authors Janelle M. Caponigro, MA, Eric H. Lee, MA, Sheri L. Johnson, Ph.D, and Ann M. Kring, Ph.D,...
Genes play key role in brain injury risk for premature babies Premature babies' risk of brain injury is influenced by their genes, a new study suggests. Researchers have identified a link between injury to the developing brain and common variation in genes associated with schizophrenia and the metabolism of fat. The study builds on previous research, which has shown that being born prematurely -- before 37 weeks -- is a leading cause of learning and behavioral difficulties in childhood.
Key gene in early brain regeneration in planarians described by scientists The gene egr-4 may play a key role in early brain regeneration in planarians —- a group of invertebrates used as models in the study of the genetics of development, research suggests. The planarian Schmidtea mediterranea are flatworms with bilateral symmetry used as models in the research on cell regeneration and stem cells.
Is higher-education policy making inequality worse? The current higher-education system may actually deepen inequality and further disadvantage those at the bottom of the American economy.
How to Become Strong The other day I was re-reading an old mentoring lesson. I like re-reading old lessons because when I do this, often I find they become new lessons again – just as applicable to my life now as they were when I first received them. One particular passage from that old...
U.S. youth activity report card gives poor grades to adults American children are scoring failing marks in fitness because of the lure of the Internet, time-pressed parents and the culture of the car, fitness experts say.
Chronic sleep deprivation linked to childhood obesity A new study suggests chronic sleep deprivation during infancy and early childhood may increase the risk for obesity by age seven.
Where Art Meets Neuroscience Art therapy has gained popularity because it combines free artistic expression with the potential for significant therapeutic intervention. Although based on subjective data and testimonies, various artistic disciplines have helped patients with diverse disorders that include developmental or acquired, medical, and/or psychiatric conditions.
How to Take Notes You Will Remember Laptop versus hand-written notes: what the difference reveals about memory.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Why People’s Names Are So Hard to Remember The Myth of Cognitive Decline: Elderly Know More and Use it Better How Does The Cleanliness of Money Affect Our Spending? The Peanut Butter Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Memory: 10 Fascinating Quirks Everyone Should Know
Fighting Over a Lollipop: A Mindful Parenting Guest Post I’m so pleased to host Debbie Blicher on the blog today. Debbie is a writer and mother of two children, and one of the most thoughtful parents I know. My husband first read this piece on Debbie’s blog, Two Adopt Two, and suggested I post it on my Mindful Parenting blog, and...
Paris Is For Solos I’m going to tell you the first few words of a sentence in a true story. See if you can predict how it ends. The story is of a woman who is alone in Paris. She is at the opera, where she “had a seat in a box: a plush...
Parenting Through The Bad Days We all have them. You know, the days where we can barely get ourselves out of bed. The days where we’d rather pull the covers over our heads and forget that life is even going on around us. The days that seem too much to bear and too much for...
A Bear In His Natural Habitat Every time I’m reminded that we are different, I’m reminded of the inanity of that idea. How can we be different? I mean, how can an entire group of people be different from humanity, yet have enough in common with themselves that they can be diagnosed. In other words, we...