January 3, 2015 |
Everybody knows it's really hard for smokers to quit. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania think a quick brain scan could someday make quitting easier - or at least more effective. In a recent study, they found that certain changes in the brain, visible using technology that measures brain activity, predicted better than anything else now available which smokers would quickly relapse - that's most of them - and which might be able to quit without much more than a pep talk.
July 10, 2014 |
In an accelerated project announced Wednesday by the research arm of the Pentagon, University of Pennsylvania scientists will lead a complex national effort to treat memory impairment by delivering very small doses of electricity to the brain. The agency is funding the $22.5 million, four-year effort to seek treatments for the thousands of returning veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury. A similar $15 million project is to be led by the University of California, Los Angeles.
June 15, 2014 |
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
January 13, 2014 |
A man blowing cigarette smoke out of a hole in his neck. A blackened, diseased lung alongside a pink, healthy one. A bloody sore on the lips of a person with tobacco-stained teeth. No question the images are graphic and disturbing. But if printed on cigarette packs, would they reduce the rate of smoking? University of Pennsylvania scholars say they could, citing the results of their new study on smokers' brain activity. The images were among those proposed for use by the Food and Drug Administration but rejected by a federal court for violating the tobacco companies' First Amendment rights.
February 21, 2013 |
DOMENIC GRECO refused to let a crippling neurological disease that was eating away at his body and wracking him with terrible pain stop him from working. By the end, he was able to communicate only by blinking his eyes, the only movement that Lou Gehrig's disease had left him. When he lost his eyesight, he knew it was time to call it quits. He died Thursday at age 60. He lived in Fort Washington. The reason Domenic fought so hard was that he had work to do. His professional life had been devoted to helping people with such conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
January 29, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Seven years after a massive stroke removed him from office and left him in a vegetative state, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is able to process information and has exhibited "robust activity" in his brain, according to doctors who conducted recent tests. Though some hoped Sharon might regain consciousness and resume his life, experts warned that was highly unlikely. The medical team that tested him last week said Monday that the scans showed Sharon, 84, responding to pictures of his family and recordings of his son's voice.
December 4, 2012 |
Can a placebo relieve pain in rats? The logical answer is no, since the placebo effect involves beliefs, expectations, emotions - in a word, the mind. Rats don't have minds. But rats did indeed respond to a placebo in a University of Florida study, published in the October issue of Pain. "That was the big finding," said lead researcher John Neubert, a dentist and pain management specialist. "The animals that expected pain relief actually got pain relief when given an inert substance.
October 24, 2010 |
The ache is deepest in the autumn, when the falling leaves and fading light remind Don and Kathy Farrell of the day that changed everything. On Oct. 27, 2007, their son Donnie, a 19-year-old Rowan University sophomore, was beaten and robbed by four or five men near a convenience store on campus. He died the next day at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Despite a comprehensive, continuing investigation and a $100,000 reward, the suspects, including one apparently nicknamed "Smoke," seem to have vanished.
February 10, 2010 |
A Montgomery County man was arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of his 10-week-old daughter, authorities said. Khalil Brown, 20, of Plymouth Meeting, told detectives that his daughter, Aniyah, was sleeping Jan. 28 when he picked her up and shook her for "less than five minutes," the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. After shaking the child, he told police "she just went dead and stopped moving," according to the statement. Brown allegedly described the shaking as "rough.
October 8, 2007 |
The boy cried almost every morning before going to kindergarten in Lower Merion, and he usually came home angry. His symptoms - inattention, impulsivity, extreme overreactivity, among others - led to a diagnosis of ADHD; the school suggested medication might be needed if his behavior didn't change. Dismissing that solution, his parents searched for alternatives and discovered neurofeedback, a little-known form of therapy that essentially trains you to maintain better control through exercises tailored to strengthen weak (abnormal)