March 28, 2011 |
David Brooks, the witty New York Times columnist, is a local boy (he grew up in Wayne and went to Radnor High) who has written a sensational new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. The book is appealing in many ways, not the least of which is Brooks' ability to synthesize vast amounts of research and present it in a fashion that calls to mind the hilarious social satire of Tom Wolfe. The gist of the book in two words: Emotion rules.
November 2, 2014 |
One woman has devoted her career to understanding the brain of an animal that measures just 1 millimeter in length. Another explores the brains of creatures with billions of neurons, whose ability with languages sets them apart from all other living things. The two will have the chance for a pretty interesting conversation in April. Cornelia Bargmann, who studies the brain of a type of roundworm, and Elissa Newport, a prominent expert on how humans learn language, are among nine new winners of awards from the Franklin Institute, given each year to recognize achievement in the sciences and engineering.
August 12, 1992 |
Just think of the possibilities if Michael Raleigh and his colleagues are right. Presidential candidates simply could be asked to roll up their sleeves, give a little blood and, when the serotonin results were counted . . . It's a brave new world to be imagined, one where serotonin, a chemical of the brain, rules because it tells us who is best to rule. The UCLA psychiatry professor believes that serotonin, known by scientists to be involved in the clotting of blood, also may determine a person's potential for leadership.
February 7, 2016 |
Can a neurosurgeon who evaluates pro football players for concussion be a fan of the game? Yes, he can, said M. Sean Grady, chair of neurosurgery at Penn Medicine. Grady is one of six Penn neurosurgeons who have worked on the sidelines during Eagles home games as independent experts paid by the NFL. He's done that for three years as part of a program that responded to growing concerns about the long-term cognitive consequences of concussions, including dementia. Grady will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, and continues to see football as a sport that does more good than bad. Plus, he said, while the NFL gets the lion's share of scrutiny, athletes get plenty of concussions playing other sports.
November 18, 2011 |
More than five decades after the brain of Albert Einstein was preserved, partitioned, and distributed to the private collections of various hospitals and researchers, a set of the precious samples is now on public display. On Thursday, Lucy Rorke-Adams, a prominent neuropathologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, donated 46 slides containing Einstein's gray matter to the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. "They are a very important part of medical history," said Rorke-Adams, 82, who received the slides from a colleague in the mid-1970s.
August 28, 1992 |
This much is certain: Emanuel Johnson was shot dead in early January of last year outside a West Philadelphia bar. It's what happened to his brain - and 24 others - that is now in dispute. In a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia, Johnson's mother, Emeline Buell, has charged that her 23-year-old son's body was taken to the city Medical Examiner's Office. There, the suit charges, his brain was cut from his skull, treated in a chemical preservative and shipped to the University of Pennsylvania for use by medical students in an anatomy course.
July 20, 2015 |
Nothing about Lucy RorkeAdams is retiring. Not her crowded office in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, lined with medical texts and stacks of professional journals, two microscopes at the ready. Certainly not her manner - forthright and candid, ready to provide detailed answers to every question posed. And yet, this month, Rorke-Adams, 86, senior pediatric neuropathologist at CHOP and clinical professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will retire after a career spanning more than a half-century at Children's and the old Philadelphia General Hospital, where she served her internship and residency.
February 15, 2016 |
Five days before doctors removed half her brain, 8-year-old Christina Santhouse performed "It's the Hard-Knock Life" from the musical Annie at her elementary school talent show in Levittown. Midway through, the third grader suffered yet another seizure - she was having as many as 150 a day - and fell to the floor, but continued scrubbing along with the other orphans. At the end, she popped up to take a bow. That's the kind of child Santhouse was 20 years ago. Popular; extroverted; obsessed with sports, especially soccer.
May 6, 1994 |
If he were still alive, Thomas Seabron would have celebrated his 29th birthday this spring. But there was no party. Instead a small army of lawyers will soon head for a small town in North Carolina to watch the exhumation of his body from a family plot in the Silver Hill Cemetery. "It's time for the truth to come out," said his mother, Doris Jackson, in an interview this week. The exhumation of Thomas Seabron's body is but the latest chapter in a battle between several Philadelphia families and the city's Medical Examiner's Office.
August 9, 2013
YOU MIGHT not call him a brainiac, but Dr. Neal Barnard is certainly brainy. He takes care of his gray matter and wants you to take care of yours. He'll be at the Ethical Society Friday night to talk about it. Power Foods for the Brain (Hachette) is Barnard's latest book, and his thinking on food and health is worth paying attention to. Not just because he's a best-selling author, does nutrition research, teaches medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and runs the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, all of which take mental acuity.