Thursday, March 10, 2011

Apollo Chorus:Choral Classics Concert Brahms Requiem



The Apollo Chorus presents their annual Choral Classics Concert: Brahms Requiem

Friday, March 18, at 8:00 PM  Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il

Although I am not necessarily a fan of Brahms, I am a fan of the Apollo Chorus. I will at Orchestra Hall on Friday March 18th and so should you!!

Which Side of the Brain Rotates a Mental Picture?

...Consider the simple situation in which you are walking around the kitchen and decide to pick up your own cup of tea, which is identical to others lying on the table. Your brain chooses the correct cup of tea by using different types of information ....The information can be represented in qualitative terms (left, right, above, below) or quantitative terms (distances and angles). Previous studies have claimed that the brain's left hemisphere is critical for processing qualitative (technically 'categorical'), information and the right for quantitative ('metric') processing. ...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Certain Parts of the Brain Activated in People Who Heard Tailored Health Messages and Quit Smoking

....The new University of Michigan study underscores the importance of delivering individually tailored public health messages to curb unhealthy behaviors....

Comments: That's what I try to do for all my patients. DM

Boxing Injuries On The Rise; Youth Head Injury Rates Also Concerning

....During the 19-year study period, an average of 8,700 boxing injuries were treated in United States emergency departments each year, and approximately 2,500 of those injuries were to children and adolescents 6 to 17 years of age. The number of boxing injuries each year increased 211 percent during the study, climbing from 5,361 injuries in 1990 to nearly 17,000 injuries in 2008. ....

Parts Of Brain Can Switch Functions

...a study from MIT neuroscientists shows that in individuals born blind, parts of the visual cortex are recruited for language processing. The finding suggests that the visual cortex can dramatically change its function - from visual processing to language - and it also appears to overturn the idea that language processing can only occur in highly specialized brain regions that are genetically programmed for language tasks. ....

Acupressure Effective In Helping To Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

..."We found that the study subjects with mild traumatic brain injury who were treated with acupressure showed improved cognitive function, scoring significantly better on tests of working memory when compared to the TBI subjects in the placebo control group," .... "This suggests to us that acupressure could be an effective adjunct therapy for those suffering from TBI." ....

Corneal Transplant Offers Substantial Vision Improvement For Children

...the highest rate of transplant success occurred in adolescent patients treated for keratoconus....Infants (under age five) fared the worst, with a success rate of only about 50 percent....Children aged 5 to 12 received transplants for a variety of reasons and had success rates about equal to adults ....

Comments: Read more about this by clicking on the title above. DM

Interactive Game Helps Autistic Children Recognize Emotions

...Children with autism spectrum disorders are better able to recognize faces, facial expressions and emotions with the help of an interactive computer program called FaceSay...

Youngsters With ADHD Adversely Affected By Sleep Loss

... the ability of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to remain vigilant and attentive deteriorated significantly after losing less than one hour of nightly sleep for a week...

Comments: To read more, click on title above. DM

Sleepy Americans Too Connected

...Many Americans report dissatisfaction with their sleep during the week. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) would reply that this is most likely due to pervasive use of communication technology in the hour before bed, and that a significant number of Americans aren’t getting the sleep they say they need and are searching for ways to cope. ...

Comments: I know many children I see almost fall asleep in my examination chair....this is while the parent is texting away on his/her smart phone! To read more click on the title above. DM

Optometry & Vision Science Open Access Edition: Myopia

One of optometry's finest journals, Optometry & Vision Science has made their most recent edition freely available. This open access issue is all about MYOPIA. If you want to know the very latest about myopia development, treatment and more....click on the title above. DM

Cerebellum Provides Clues to the Nature of Human Intelligence

.....Research suggests that intelligence in humans is controlled by the part of the brain known as the 'cortex', and most theories of age-related cognitive decline focus on cortical dysfunction. ... a new study .... suggests that grey matter volume in the 'cerebellum' at the back of the brain ...predicts cognitive ability, and keeping those cerebellar networks active may be the key to keeping cognitive decline at bay.....