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Photos reveal unique features of Einstein's cerebral cortex by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Wed 21 Nov 2012 4:14pm Photographs taken shortly after his death, but never before analysed in detail, have now revealed that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features, providing clues about the neural basis of his extraordinary mental abilities. Nature.com reports that, while doing Einstein's autopsy, the pathologist Thomas Harvey removed the physi ... Read on »
Best Post of November 2012: Photos reveal unique features of Einstein's cerebral cortex by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 13 Jun 2013 9:47am The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from November 21, 2012: Photographs taken shortly after his death, but never before analyzed in detail, have now revealed that Einstein’s brain had several unusual features, providing clues about the neural basis of his extraordinary mental abilities. Nature.com reports that, while do ... Read on »
A multicolored odyssey through the brain by Dr. Brian M. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 02 Dec 2010 2:28pm Thanks to Dr. Peter Cummings forwarded my this article from the New York Times about a a new book of images of the brain using the latest in computerized imaging techniques. I was struck by one image in particular The above image shows the basic organization of the human visual cortex. The New York Times article states: "Data from a functional ... Read on »
How Does Acupuncture Work? Perhaps by Sending Signals Through Connective Tissue by Marilyn Yohe, L.Ac., MAOM Licensed AcupuncturistHealth MavenComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted Fri 02 Mar 2012 4:29pm Usually when people ask me this question — how exactly does acupuncture work, in biological terms? — I just give the honest answer.  We really don’t know. Acupuncture points and channels do not seem to follow any of the physical body structures we’re familiar with — the nervous system, the circulatory system, or the lymph system.  In fact, ... Read on »
Extracting thoughts from brain scans by Brian Ahier Posted Sun 14 Feb 2010 9:00pm The ability to see a persons thoughts sounds like something from science fiction but last year at the Society for Neuroscience meeting Jack Gallanta leading neural decoder at the University of CaliforniaBerkeleypresented some impressive results. They have developed a computational model that uses functional MRI (fMRI) data to decode information f ... Read on »
Research reveals that temporary hearing deprivation can lead to 'lazy ear' by Brian Ahier Posted Wed 10 Mar 2010 10:00pm Hearing scientist Daniel Polley, Ph.D., an investigator at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's Eaton-Peabody Laboratories of Auditory Physiology, has gained new insight into why a relatively short-term hearing deprivation during childhood may lead to persistent hearing deficits, long after hearing is restored to normal. The research, featured ... Read on »
Research Suggests How Brain Compensates in the Blind by Medline Plus Posted Wed 06 Oct 2010 9:00am Sound and touch get boost from visual cortex in those who cannot see, scans show By Robert Preidt Wednesday, October 6, 2010 WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Blind people use the visual part of their brain to heighten their senses of touch and hearing, new research has found. ... Read on »
Is It really Alzheimer's? by Susan Berg Posted Thu 03 Mar 2011 12:00am Here is a great for caregivers and healthcare professinals, Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two Here are more interesting dementia brain boosting activities A study taken pl ... Read on »
Can parts of your brain switch function by Susan Berg Posted Thu 03 Mar 2011 5:59am Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals, Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two Here are more interesting dementia brain boosting activities A study tak ... Read on »
How the Brain of a Blind Person Rewires Itself by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted Fri 25 Mar 2011 11:45am Do blind people really have a sharpened sense of hearing? What is the explanation? This article reports the work of German researchers who looked at blind people’s brains to try to answer these questions. They found out that indeed, blind people can understand speech even if sped up beyond the maximum rate that sighted people can understand. ... Read on »