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How Does Talking to Babies Make Them Smarter?

Posted by Rebecca James on Sep 14, 2018 1:08:19 PM
Young children who are regularly engaged in conversation by adults may have stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language , according to a study of healthy young children that confirms a hypothesis registered with the Open Science Framework. This finding, published in   JNeurosci , suggests that talking with children from an early age could promote their language skills.
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Topics: social issues, children, education, parenting

Preventing CTE & Head Trauma

Posted by Rebecca James on Jul 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM

Football is an iconic American sport, but despite the national interest in watching football, professional athletes experience a lack of protection when it comes to brain injuries. It is not uncommon for football players at any level to experience a traumatic head injury at some point during their career. For some, the injuries come in the form of a concussion, which makes up 7.4% of all head injuries sustained from playing football.

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Topics: ethics, social issues, legal, sports

SUPPORT for Patients and Communities

Posted by Rebecca James on Jun 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

In ongoing attempts to fight the spread of opioid addiction, legislation was passed in The House on June 22, 2018. The legislation gives federal agencies more power to prevent deadly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl from crossing into the country, as well as providing increased resources for addicts.

The legislation, named SUPPORT for Patients and Communities, is expected to have a monumental impact on the way we approach opioid medication. The expectation is that ultimately the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions given out will be reduced dramatically and that development of alternative painkillers with less potential to be damaging or harmful will be accelerated.

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Topics: opioid epidemic, social issues, opioid crisis, legal, opioids, heroin