December 18, 2015
CHRISTINE FLOWERS and I are not always on the same page regarding religious and secular issues. However, I have great respect for her constancy regarding her beliefs and the ability to articulate them. That being said, we can only trust that the message of hope and welcome, recently voiced by young children singing Christmas songs, as told by Ms. Flowers, will remain steadfast as they grow. It won't be easy or assured. The message must survive the greed, narcissism and hate which we, as adults, continue to teach them by example.
January 19, 2015 |
The darkened room at Drexel University contains a 120-inch projection screen, a bunch of high-end 3-D glasses, and a custom-built computer with enough memory to make your laptop seem like a toaster oven. State-of-the-art equipment, in other words, for racing through a fantasy world to gun down virtual foes. Andrew R. Cohen and Eric Wait use it for something they find much more interesting: traveling through the brain of a mouse. The Drexel engineers and their colleagues have applied video-game technology to let biologists analyze and watch movies of the formation of brain cells - though the phrase "watch movies" hardly does it justice.
March 24, 2014 |
Two new studies by Philadelphia researchers drive home the potential importance of getting enough sleep if you want to keep your brain healthy. One from the University of Pennsylvania tied disrupted sleep - the equivalent of shift work - to the death of brain cells that are important for mood, thinking, attention span, and responding to stressful situations. One from Temple University found that two months of inadequate sleep led to impaired learning and memory as well as physical changes in the brain consistent with Alzheimer's disease.
November 24, 2013 |
Most people who get a concussion seem to regain normal brain function within a month or two at most. But doctors have no way to predict which patients are in that group and which will suffer long-term cognitive problems. A team from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine seeks to solve that riddle with a simple blood test. In a new study in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, the team reported that a protein called SNTF is a promising indicator of which patients with concussions are likely to experience chronic brain deficits.
April 16, 2013
By Ravi Parikh President Obama's 10-year "BRAIN Initiative" will bring together scientists from private and public institutions to investigate how the brain's 100 billion cells interact with each other. Many researchers believe that brain mapping could unlock the secrets behind complex diseases like Alzheimer's and autism. While some scientists praise BRAIN (it stands for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), others have criticized its chances of success and the price tag - $100 million in 2014 and up to $3 billion over the next decade.
May 22, 2012 |
What puzzles Harry Gaines is that we typically plan our vacations with more care than we plan the rest of our lives, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Too often we neglect to make the investment in exercise that will pay rich dividends in well-being in our 70s, 80s, and beyond. Gaines, 74, a retired textbook-publishing executive who lives half the year in Newtown, Bucks County, and the other half in Florida, keeps a "bucket list" — goals and experiences he hopes to accomplish before he kicks the proverbial bucket.
March 5, 2012
Study: 'Chemo brain' may not go away for cancer patients Chemotherapy patients have long complained of the mental fog that tends to accompany treatment. Now, a new study suggests that certain combinations of chemo drugs may have long-term effects on cognition. Researchers looked at 196 women who had been treated for early-stage breast cancer with a three-drug chemotherapy regimen. The women underwent cognition testing an average of 21 years after they had received chemo.
August 19, 2011
BACHMANN???? I am puzzled. What is up with the Republican Party's enthusiasm for Michele Bachmann? Are they for real out there in the Midwest, or are they just plain ignorant? Do they want to hand Obama another four years in the White House so he can push forth his failing policies of being a reactionary president, a follower of the tides? I want a proactive president, a true leader, and a person who has a spine. After Bachmann's triumphant victory in the straw poll, I have to say that I am no longer a member of the Republican Party.
October 5, 2010 |
Four Eagles games, four concussions - the latest two suffered by wide receiver Riley Cooper and cornerback Asante Samuel on Sunday. Coach Andy Reid said Monday that their injuries "seem to be mild," but that word seem is telling. From a scientific perspective, no one really knows. Physicians can see when someone's outward symptoms have returned to normal, as most do within a few weeks. But there is no lab test to measure internal damage from a concussion and no medicine to treat it. "Absolutely nobody knows when it's safe to go back in," said Douglas H. Smith, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Brain Injury and Repair.
June 5, 2010
AS BABIES, kids engage in an ongoing terror campaign that is designed to drive their parents insane. They employ an ingenious array of weapons that includes bed-wetting, regurgitation and, in the case of boys, projectile urination. It's all very disgusting, but they are so cute that we love them anyway. As kids grow older, their techniques change, but their goal is the same: They are intent on diminishing their parents' mental capacity. By doing so, they set up a dynamic that will someday allow them to go buck wild as their parents sit drooling in a corner.