Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

“The mind is a limited machine” :: Scientists research how the big city hurts your brain and processes

Scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it’s long been recognized that city life is exhausting — that’s why Picasso left Paris — this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so. "The mind is a limited machine,"says Marc Berman, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a new study that measured the cognitive deficits caused by a short urban walk. "And we’re beginning to understand the different ways that a city can exceed those limitations." Read More

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Tooth Regeneration is Coming Soon

As long as there are hockey players, there will be niche markets for false teeth. But the real news about the future of dentures is that there isn’t much of one. Toothlessness has declined 60 percent in the United States since 1960. Baby boomers will be the first generation in human history typically to go to their graves with most of their teeth. And now comes tooth regeneration: growing teeth in adults, on demand, to replace missing ones. Soon. read more

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Teen, D’Zhana Simmons, lives for 118 days without a heart. Survived with artificial heart pumps.

D’Zhana Simmons says she felt like a "fake person" for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. "But I know that I really was here," the 14-year-old said, "and I did live without a heart." As she was being released Wednesday from a Miami hospital, the shy teen seemed in awe of what she’s endured. Since July, she’s had two heart transplants and survived with artificial heart pumps — but no heart — for four months between the transplants. READ MORE

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Scientists Identify Molecule That Helps Make Memories

A major puzzle for neurobiologists is how the brain can modify one microscopic connection, or synapse, at a time in a brain cell and not affect the thousands of other connections nearby. Plasticity, the ability of the brain to precisely rearrange the connections between its nerve cells, is the framework for learning and forming memories. Duke University Medical Center researchers have identified a missing-link molecule that helps to explain the process of plasticity and could lead to targeted therapies. [read more]

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Fight Cancer. Drink Beer.

A team of researchers at Rice University in Houston is working to create a beer that could fight cancer and heart disease. Taylor Stevenson, a member of the six-student research team and a junior at Rice, said the team is using genetic engineering to create a beer that includes resveratrol, the disease-fighting chemical that’s been found in red wine. [read more]

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Developing a robot to destroy breast cancer

Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing a robot able to detect and destroy breast cancer cells in a single session. After a tumor is located on an MRI, the robot will perform a biopsy of the breast while the patient is inside the scanner. ‘If the biopsy displays cancerous cells, the robot will then insert a probe into the breast until it reaches the tumor. The probe will then burn the cancer cells until they are destroyed.’ This looks great, but the researchers have only built a prototype. After they refine this robot, they’ll need to go through clinical trials and obtain FDA approval. So this is not a robot that will appear on the medical market before several years. [read more]

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Pics of my new wounds have been posted to the galleries

Pics of my new wounds from the accident have been posted to the galleries. I’m healing but it’s ugly. *evil grin* On the upside, I get two cool new scars to add to my collection; I don’t buy tatoos, I earn scars. ;-)
 

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Wise answers to old wives’ tales – The truth behind the most popular (and persistent) health rumors

Does reading in low light really hurt your eyes? How about sitting too close to the TV? (No, and no.) Why are you better off drinking exactly eight glasses of water per day? (You’re not.) Thanks to quack culture, the Internet, and well-intentioned but poorly informed relatives, it’s become harder than ever to separate fact from fiction. Whatever its origin, misleading health information can cause unnecessary anxiety and distract you from wellness habits that truly deserve your energy and attention. Here’s a dissection of six watercooler myths that will give you all the authority you need to refute your brother’s latest forwarded e-mails. [read more]
 

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Organic Food Myth Busters

"All organics aren’t created equal. Here’s what’s hidden behind the label." [more]

Organic may not always actually BE better but in my mind it IS. There is value in the psychosomatic. AB

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The Health Benefits of Beer

Do your part to battle cancer and other ailments — drink a beer.  ;-)

"Beer makes you feel good. You knew that. But you don’t realize just how good. Recent research has revealed bioactive compounds in beer that battle cancer, boost your metabolism, and more. And these benefits come on top of the oft-touted upsides of moderate alcohol intake: clot prevention, cleaner arteries, and reduced stress. Just in time for the summer, we set out with a stack of studies, a panel of parched testers, and a full fridge to find the best-tasting, healthiest brews available. Enjoy." Read!

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