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Sounds can help develop speech and gestures in children with autism Children with autism and other similar conditions often have difficulties in several areas of communication. A new doctoral thesis in linguistics from the University of Gothenburg shows that these children can develop speech, gestures and a sense of rhythm and melody by listening to various speech sounds. It is well-known that children with autism, Asperger’s [...]
Attention bias modification treatment can help depressed teens A study to be published in the March 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that adolescents with major depression who performed a computer-based task designed to shift attention from sad to neutral to positive word associations showed reductions in negative attention biases and clinician-rated depressive symptoms. [...]
The fluorescence of neuroscience demonstrates pathways of neurological disorders Scientists have now described the engineering of a bright red fluorescent protein-based voltage indicator, providing pathways to understanding complex neurological disorders. Designated as FlicR1 (fluorescent indicator for voltage imaging red), these indicators enable imaging of the electrical activity of many genetically targeted neurons with high spatial and temporal resolution. Led by the University of Alberta [...]
Body’s immune system may play larger role in Alzheimer’s disease than thought Immune cells that normally help us fight off bacterial and viral infections may play a far greater role in Alzheimer’s disease than originally thought, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center and the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. The researchers discovered this when [...]
Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain learning and mood problems Slow-wave sleep – the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day’s events into permanent memories – is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric [...]
Muscular men perceived to be better leaders than physically weak ones Forget intelligence or wisdom. A muscular physique might just be a more important attribute when it comes to judging a person’s leadership potential. Take Arnold Schwarzenegger whose past popularity was a result of his physical prowess as a “Mr. Universe” bodybuilder. In the 2003’s historic recall election, the physically imposing Schwarzenegger easily defeated California Governor [...]
Consuming Legalized Marijuana Is Blindsiding Out-of-Towners The potency of legalized marijuana is catching unsuspecting users off guard and leading to emergency room visits. Educate yourself on the side effects of cannabis.
Feeling Hopeless? 7 Ways You Can Become Your Own Hero “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” — Yogi Bhajan Can you remember a time when you felt completely helpless? I do. It was the day my daughter was diagnosed with a serious digestive illness. The doctor told us in the … ...
Using thin or obese avatars in motion-controlled gaming can influence physical activity Those New Year’s Resolutions to get fit slowly wane as February comes to a close. Buying the new shoes and athletic gear can motivate you to get into the gym or take on a sport at the beginning, but not seeing quick results can be disheartening. What we want to see in our reflections isn’t [...]
Keeping mind active may delay Alzheimer’s symptoms — but not underlying disease Keeping the mind active may delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the activity does not change the underlying disease in the brain for most people, according to a study published today in the online edition of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. For people who are carriers of a gene linked [...]
How do brain changes during pregnancy cause clumsiness, food cravings, and moodiness? My forgetful friend – the subject of my original article – gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day. She’s a beauty, and I know her mum agrees that the morning sickness, crazy sense of smell and forgetfulness were worth it in the end. In the meantime, while she’s experiencing a whole new set [...]
2 Strikes Against Virtue Virtue ethics helps us make ethics personal and real. A few days ago I had two experiences that shook my faith in how virtues are valued and implemented these days.
Inability to avoid visual distractions linked to poor short-term memory A new study has found that differences in an individual's working memory capacity correlate with the brain's ability to actively ignore distraction.
Today’s a Gift…That’s Why It’s Called the Present... Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it’s called the present. (Alice Morse Earler, 1902) When we spend time living in the past, … ...
TMS vs. ECT – Part Two of Two Is TMS Becoming the Standard of Care? In Part One, I introduced my journey with TMS, which started over 25 years ago. We also met Dr. Mark George, an early … ...
Building a Relationship with Your Stepchildren Getting into a relationship or marriage with someone who has children is a delicate processes. It can be difficult, stressful and it has the ability to stir up a wide … ...
Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain learning, mood problems Slow-wave sleep -- the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day's events into permanent memories -- is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb, according to a new study.
Laser treatment may boost effectiveness of brain tumor drugs The human brain has a remarkable defense system that filters bacteria and chemicals. For brain tumor patients, the barrier works almost too well by blocking most chemotherapy drugs.
Do Millennials Have a Lower Work Ethic? Do young people really have a work ethic problem? A look at the evidence.
Why ADHD is wreaking havoc on your life and business, and what to do about it Expert discusses the signs of ADHD in adults who have been “diagnosed” or labelled as other things, often negative and demeaning, by authority figures and family members.