November 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Brain, Fun, Music, Opera, Reflections | Leave a comment
to music activates a network of brain regions associated with memory,
motor functioning and emotional processing. Certain tunes can spark an
individual to recall the lyrics of a song, even if they have not heard
the song for several years. A certain song can help to recall a certain
memory o time in your life in vivid detail. Music is found to enhance
emotional and cognitive functioning, decrease the perception of pain
and increase endurance during athletic endeavors. Music makes virtually
everything more pleasurable from sitting in the dentist’s chair to
waiting in line at the grocery store.
The amazing functions of listening to music have been expanded to
determine if daily music exposure can aid in the recovery of traumatic
brain injury, specifically after a stroke. The effects of music upon
cognitive functions and mood have been studied among patients who had a
specific type of stroke affecting the middle cerebral artery (MCA).
affected by a MCA stroke were randomly exposed to music, audio books,
or did not receive auditory treatment (control group). All three groups
received consistent standard medical treatment and rehabilitation; the
only differing variable in their treatment was the type of audio
therapy they were exposed to.
At 3 month and 6 month intervals post stroke, the patients were
evaluated via cognitive assessment. The results of the assessment
showed that the individuals who listened to music demonstrated an
obvious increase in verbal skills, memory and focused attention when
compared to the audio book and control group. The patients who listened
to music also showed a decrease in depression and confused mood.
The findings show that exposure to music after a MCA type stroke can
help in the recovery of brain processes and increase the quality of
life for the sufferers. It is amazing that something as simple as
listening to music can make such a large difference in the recovery of
severe brain trauma.
Music can drastically improve the overall cognitive functioning and
mood and seems like a simple yet extremely effective way of improving
an individual’s quality of life and can amazingly repair brain
performance after a devastating brain injury. Perhaps musical therapy
can be utilized for future treatment of specific brain trauma, such as
MCA-type strokes, and can be researched even further to expose other
Sarkamo, M. Tervaniemi, S. Laitinen, A. Forsblom, S. Soinila, M.
Mikkonen, T. Autti, H. M. Silvennoinen, J. Erkkila, M. Laine, I.
Peretz, M. Hietanen (2008). Music listening enhances cognitive recovery
and mood after middle cerebral artery stroke Brain, 131 (3), 866-876 DOI: 10.1093/brain/awn013
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November 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 2 Comments
Sorry, neo-cons, you don’t actually have a photo showing Obama with a cigarette in his mouth.
Status: Fake (composite)
Date: Circulating online since early 2008
Barack Obama has admitted to being a smoker, though before he launched his presidential campaign he resolved to quit the habit. (By his own admission, he has had a few lapses.) Nevertheless, there are hardly any photos of him smoking, largely because his campaign makes great efforts to stop such photos getting out, fearing negative public reaction.
In early 2008 the top photo began circulating online, showing Obama with a cigarette in his mouth. It is not real. The original photo (bottom) was taken by Kwame Ross on Aug. 3, 2004 while then-State Sen. Obama met with constituents at the University of Illinois while campaigning to become a U.S. Senator.
|An unknown hoaxer digitally added the cigarette into the photo.
November 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 9 Comments
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November 22, 2008 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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This series offers recipes with an eye towards empowering you to cook healthy meals every day. Produce, seasonal and locally grown when possible, and a well-stocked pantry are the linchpins of a good diet, and accordingly, each week’s recipes will revolve around a particular type of produce or a pantry item. This is food that is vibrant and light, full of nutrients but by no means ascetic, fun to cook and a pleasure to eat.
Recipes for Health: Salads
Spinach salad with seared shiitake mushrooms: This salad is enlivened by the intense flavor of shiitake mushrooms.
|Curried Waldorf salad: A lighter version of the Waldorf salad, which has the same sweet, savory and crunchy mixture of celery, apples, raisins and walnuts
|Warm potato salad with goat cheese: Yukon golds, fingerlings or red bliss potatoes all work in this warm, creamy salad
|Middle Eastern pita and vegetable salad (Fattoush): This salad is a great destination for flat breads that have become stale
|Wild rice salad with celery and walnuts: A lemony salad that works as a main dish salad or as a welcome addition to a Thanksgiving table
|Baby salad greens with sweet potato croutons and stilton: Sweet potatoes contrast beautifully here with the pungent Stilton in this salad
|Roasted pepper and tomato salad
|Salad With Tuna and Vegetable
|Quinoa salad with lime ginger dressing and shrimp
|with lime dressing, scallions, cilantro and a bit of hea