The ability to communicate in multiple languages not only provides doorways to new cultural and social experiences but also apparently promotes brain growth and staves off the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Kentucky and Kyungpook National University in South Korea studied 110 participants (who were either bilingual or monolingual) while undergoing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Research over the last century has shown -- unsurprisingly -- that social hardships in early life can cause enduring health problems. A common example is poor nutrition, clearly a link between childhood poverty and adult illness. A related, heartening puzzle: how do some kids manage to thrive despite such socioeconomic disadvantages?
Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy experience a number of negative side effects; however, the cause of one of those reactions, commonly referred to as “chemobrain,” has never really been understood. The term actually encompasses several different types of mental impairment including a feeling of confusion, difficulty learning new tasks, short attention span, and poor short-term memory. Chemobrain affects about 70 percent of all chemotherapy patients; but until now, no one could explain why it happened.
Obama has consistently created history, and he did so once again. Brain Activity Map (BAM) is a project that aims to map each neuronal activity and connection in the human brain. The project ever since Obama compared it to the Human Genome Project at his State of union address is widely believed to have garnered funding by the US federal government. The ballpark figure that the Obama administration will allocate to this ambitious project is thought to cross over into a few billion dollars.