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26
Jan

Diabetes Can Affect Your Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brain-Damage.png Diabetes can have an impact on your whole body. Your brain is no exception. Recent studies have linked type 2 diabetes to a slowdown in mental functioning and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The chance of brain complications is just one more reason to keep your diabetes under control. “High blood sugar may directly affect either nerve cells or support cells in the nervous system,” says Alan Jacobson, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It can also lead to damage in both large and small blood vessels.” This, in turn, reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain. Plus, it increases the risk of having a stroke, which can kill brain cells. Research has linked type 2 diabetes to a decline in mental functioning. One study looked at which mental abilities were hardest hit in middle-aged and older adults with diabetes. The results pointed to neurocognitive speed and executive functioning. “These are thought to be major components of cognitive health,” says researcher Roger Dixon, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Alberta. (HealthGrades.com) Continue reading
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26
Jan

As the Super Bowl Approaches, Inspiring Football Stories Abound

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b2ap3_thumbnail_felicia-perez.jpg Every family involved in sports know the joys and danger of playing football. (TBI is ever present.) However, Felicia Perez has a different attitude. Felicia Perez didn’t suffer any injuries while playing football for Brandywine High School last season. Unless you consider broken fingers to be injuries, which she does not. That fearless attitude and a ceaseless work ethic have made this 4-foot-8 battering ram willing to smash her nose into any situation a hit with the Bulldogs. “Felicia is tough as nails,” Brandywine head coach Isaiah Mays said last week. “The best way to describe it is she would much rather be the hammer than the nail. She definitely works hard every day, and she has no quit in her.” Delaware has seen several girls play high school football over the last few years, but most have been kickers or safeties. Perez is a middle linebacker and fullback, which puts her in the pileup every time she's on the field. She wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. “I like to be the dominant person,” Perez said. “Other females follow other females. I’m not a follower. I’m a leader. So I decided I was going to play a predominantly male sport.” (USAtoday.com) Continue reading
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26
Jan

Mediterranean Diet Helps Provide For A Healthier Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mediterranean-Diet.jpg As we age, our brains naturally shrink and our risk of having a stroke, dementia or Alzheimer's rise, and almost everyone experiences some kind of memory loss. Scientists know that people who exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and keep mentally stimulated generally have healthier brains than people who aren't as careful about diet and exercise. Now, a new study seems to confirm that eating an easy-to-follow Mediterranean diet can have lasting benefits for brain health. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. The researchers found that those who closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to lose brain volume as they aged, compared with those who didn't follow such a diet. However, more research is needed to determine an association between a Mediterranean diet and a specific effect on risk for degenerative brain diseases, such as dementia. A 2015 study from the journal Neurology also suggests that a Mediterranean diet (which includes wine!) may help make your brain about five years younger. The Mediterranean diet is relatively simple to follow. It involves eating meals made up mostly of plants: vegetables, fruit, beans and cereals. You can eat fish and poultry at least twice a week. You don't have to keep away from carbs; in fact, you should have three servings of those a day, particularly of the whole grain variety. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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31
Dec

New Year Wishes and Good Blessings

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160603_163756814_HDR.jpg Dear friends, I just want to say thank you for your kind support this year and wish you all a wonderful New Year!!! Continue reading
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23
Nov

Giving Thanks For Another TBI Recovery Year

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ADAM-2.jpg Hello everyone, I want to say "Thank you" for all your support and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. After my accident and 4 months being at numerous hospitals I came home! It was actually the day before Thanksgiving and my stomach was definitely ready for some home cooking, rather than hospital food! Continue reading
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08
Nov

Car - Surfing Leads To Death, TBI and Little Chance Of TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CarSurfing.jpg * A 21-year-old woman died when a game of car surfing went wrong — one of more than a half dozen deaths so far this year. * Wilberta Becenti of Nageezi, N.M., had been standing on a vehicle as its driver rode over rough dirt roads in the Dunes Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area about 1½ miles south of Farmington, said Lt. Kyle Lincoln, a San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective. The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. MT Sunday. * In Columbia Heights, Minn., Andrew Green, 17, knows he's lucky to be alive. Lying on his stomach and holding the front grille of a friend's car, he fell off April 12 and hit the pavement. The injury to his head forced doctors to remove part of his skull and put him into a medically induced coma for a month, reported KMSP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul. * Brandon Lovett, 19, of Grand Junction died June 15, two days after he received blunt-force head injuries when he fell off the trunk of a vehicle going less than 40 mph. It was not immediately apparent whether the 19-year-old woman who was driving was charged in the incident. * Ronte Goins-Nelson, 15, fell from the trunk of a car shortly after midnight Feb. 29 and died March 8 without regaining consciousness. (Wtsp.com) Continue reading
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08
Nov

Do Brain Training Exercises Really Help In TBI Recovery?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-training.jpg * A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads. * Many experts believe that brain-training programs are a waste of money. They roll their eyes at the idea that using such computerized programs can improve attention, memory or overall intelligence. * Some experts contend that brain training is useful and can improve cognition by harnessing the power of brain plasticity, the idea that our brains can learn new skills and adapt even later in life. They argue that there's a difference between "brain games" and research-backed "brain training." * A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads. Many experts believe that brain-training programs are a waste of money. They roll their eyes at the idea that using such computerized programs can improve attention, memory or overall intelligence. * Some experts contend that brain training is useful and can improve cognition by harnessing the power of brain plasticity, the idea that our brains can learn new skills and adapt even later in life. They argue that there's a difference between "brain games" and research-backed "brain training." * A group of 75 scientists and experts from institutions and universities around the world issued a statement in 2014 declaring that scientific evidence does not support claims that "brain games" help older adults boost their mental capabilities. * "We believed many of the claims made by the brain-training industry were misleading and in many cases patently false," said Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and a psychology professor at Stanford University who was one of the scientists who signed the 2014 statement. * Brain-training supporters believe that certain software and training programs can improve cognition, but how do the experts that question brain training recommend keeping a healthy brain? * "Stay physically and mentally active doing the activities that you enjoy. For example, if you enjoy reading and playing crossword puzzles, do that," Foroughi said. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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08
Nov

Different Causes of "Brain Fog"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brain-Fog.jpg * Rheumatoid Arthritis - Most people think of joint pain when it comes to arthritis. Medical experts, though, now know that conditions that cause chronic inflammation—like rheumatoid arthritis—often have another effect: They cause brain fog. * Lupus - Some people with lupus have trouble with memory, thinking and expressing themselves. They can feel "foggy" and confused sometimes, too. * Fibromyalgia - The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. But, people who have it often complain of symptoms like forgetfulness, trouble with conversations, and short-term memory loss. * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Chronic fatigue syndrome affects millions of Americans. Though "fatigue" is in the name, feeling extremely tired is just one of many symptoms. People with this condition often have muscle and joint pain and problems sleeping. They also complain of brain fog—memory problems and trouble paying attention. (Healthgrades.com) Continue reading
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04
Oct

Ravens Family Hoping For A TBI Recovery After Alleged Assult By Raider Fans

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b2ap3_thumbnail_baltimore-ravens.jpg * The family of 55-year-old Joseph Bauer, who was beaten at Sunday's Ravens game and hospitalized, reported encouraging signs from the hospital Tuesday. * The Jessup man remains in critical condition with a brain injury, but he has given a thumbs-up at the request of doctors. * "We have been encouraged by some signs we believe indicate he recognizes his wife," said Susan Bauer, his sister. "The trauma doctor said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about his progress and he is trending in the right direction." * Joseph Bauer, however, continues to breathe on a respirator, she said. The Ravens season-ticket holder suffered a severe brain injury at the game. * Police charged two men from New York with assault, and Ravens Coach John Harbaugh called the alleged attack "absolutely inexcusable." * Nappi told police that the men argued, and Bauer threw a bottle that hit Smith in the head, police said in charging documents. Only plastic and aluminum bottles are sold at the stadium. * Nappi told police he punched Bauer in the face, police said. Bauer's wife, Sharon, told police Smith shoved Bauer to the ground and he hit his head. * Bauer was knocked unconscious. (BaltimoreSun.com) Continue reading
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04
Oct

Some Sports May Have Little Hope For TBI Recovery

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mike-towell.jpg * A 25-year-old Scottish boxer has died in Glasgow after being carried out of the ring on a stretcher when his fight was halted in the fifth round. * Mike Towell faced off Thursday night with Welsh boxer Dale Evans in the British welterweight title final eliminator. * A Facebook post from the club said: "Mike collapsed in the ring at the Club after he was stopped in the fifth round and was rushed to hospital after receiving attention from the ringside medical team. * Chloe Ross, Towell's girlfriend of eight years and the mother of his young son, posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook. * "Michael had severe bleeding and swelling to his brain. He had been complaining of headaches for the last few weeks but we put it down to migraines with the stress of his fight," Ross wrote. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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17
Sep

Hillary Clinton's Team Negates Any Serious Medical Issues

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(Dear Friends, at Adam TBI Recovery, if there are any conflicting points of view - we will present both. - Alex) b2ap3_thumbnail_hillary-clinton-2.jpg * Hillary Clinton says she got dizzy but didn’t lose consciousness when she stumbled on the way out of the 9/11 memorial Sunday. * “I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute, but once I got in, once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better,” Clinton said. * She said she didn’t immediately disclose that she’s been diagnosed with pneumonia because she “just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” “It’s just the kind of thing that if it happens to you and you’re a busy, active person, you keep moving forward,” she said. * “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, said in a statement. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.” (Cbs.com) Continue reading
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17
Sep

Richard Branson Survives Bloody Bike Crash. Credits A Helmet Saving His Life And Escaping A TBI.

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* (Dear Friends, with the new school year back in action, and many of our children riding their bikes back and forth, wearing a helmet is a must in helping prevent a TBI occurrence. Alex) b2ap3_thumbnail_Richard-bronson.jpg * Richard Branson has a new lease on life. The 66-year-old billionaire and Virgin Group founder survived a terrible bike accident in the British Virgin Islands this week, and turned to social media and his company’s website on Friday to share how he miraculously cheated death. * “I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on,” Branson explained on his Virgin.com blog. “The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.” (Yahoo.com) Continue reading
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17
Sep

Republicans Imply That Hillary Clinton Is Struggling On With A TBI

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hillary-clinton.jpg * In 2012, Hillary Clinton fell, struck her head and suffered a concussion. Word from the Republican Party is the effects of the concussion have not abated and that she is exhibiting TBI symptoms. * The concussion Hillary Clinton suffered in December 2012 that led to a serious blood clot requiring hospitalization may also have caused her to suffer post-concussion syndrome, with symptoms including confusion, headaches and dizziness, warns a prominent Florida physician. * “The recent press reports about Hillary’s health point to the possibility she may yet be suffering the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome,” Dr. Daniel Kassicieh, D.O., a dual board certified osteopathic neurologist and a leading headache specialist who directs the Florida Headache and Movement Disorder Center in Sarasota, Florida, told WND in an exclusive telephone interview. “Electing someone to be president of the United States who has post-concussion syndrome is a real concern to me,” Kassicieh said. * After Clinton recovered sufficiently from the concussion and brain clot suffered in December 2012 to testify before Congress on Benghazi in January 2013, the New York Daily News reported she was wearing medically modified eyeglasses. Attached to each lens by transparent adhesive tape was a Fresnel prism designed to treat the double vision resulting from the concussion and blood clot. * “Brain damage is additive, so if Hillary Clinton were to suffer another falling-down incident resulting in a concussion, I would suspect the damage to her brain would be even more severe than suffered from the first concussion alone.” * Rudy Giuliani has joined the chorus of Donald Trump supporters peddling conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health. * “All you’ve got to do is go online,” Giuliani replied. “Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness’ and take a look at the videos for yourself.” * She has an entire media empire that constantly demonizes Donald Trump and fails to point out that she hasn’t had a press conference in 300 days — 200 days, 100 days, I don’t know how long — and fails to point out several signs of illness by her.” * Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday referred to Hillary Clinton as "mentally impaired." "You don't make fun of people who are impaired, have special needs," Gohmert said during his speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. * GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who Gohmert is backing, has made an issue of Clinton's health during the campaign, with aides pushing claims that she has a brain disease and focusing on the concussion she suffered while serving as secretary of State in 2012. (Wnd.com, yahoo.com, thehill.com) Continue reading
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19
Aug

Eight Years Of TBI Recovery. Never Give Up Hope. Stay Strong. Love Your Family/ Friends Who Support You. TBI Recovery Is Possible.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20160714_132947807.jpg Dear Friends, Tonight is a special night. Another year for TBI Recovery. Eight years ago I suffered my accident....and after three weeks in a coma...I had to re-learn everything. How to walk, talk, eat, dress...reuse my weakened right side. Yet, I decided to not give up on life. I thank you all family and friends who care and view this site...I only want to help others get better. The future continues for me. As always, tonight I will stop by Henry Mayo Hospital ER ward (that initially saved my life) and brings donuts to the staff. I will never forget that they matter. As do all of you. And please remember, TBI recovery is possible...getting back to yourself is possible... but EFFORT is key. Good luck! Adam. Continue reading
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13
Aug

6 Year Old Girl Falls From Ferris Wheel - Suffers TBI

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b2ap3_thumbnail_greene-county-fair-ferris-wheel.jpg * Dear Friends, many of our little ones love thrill rides. How do we as parents know the ride is safe? Are inspection records posted? Does the attendant look inolved or is he/she bored/asleep/texting? All we as parents can hope for, is that they are professionals in maintaining and caring for their rides. * Inspectors found a mechanical failure caused three children to plummet from a Ferris wheel at a Tennessee county fair, a police spokesman said Tuesday. * Greeneville police Capt. Tim Davis declined to go into specifics about the failure, saying the department is waiting on all the reports from the four inspectors reviewing the carnival ride. * Three girls -- two sisters ages 6 and 10 and an older teenager, 16 -- fell 35 to 40 feet after a basket overturned Monday on a Greene County Fair ride and dumped the occupants. * They were rushed to the Johnson City Medical Center. * Dr. J. Bracken Burns, a surgeon who is the hospital's director of trauma services, told reporters Tuesday the 6-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury. (Cnn.com) Continue reading
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13
Aug

New NFL Season Brings TBI Concerns From Paul Hornung (Helmets Didn't Protect Players In My Day) TBI Recovery Slim

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b2ap3_thumbnail_paul-hornung.jpg Former Packers running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung retired long before concussions were a major topic in the NFL, but, as we’ve learned over the years, not before they took a toll on the players who suffered them. In a lawsuit filed against helmet maker Riddell in Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court on Thursday, Hornung says that the company failed to properly warn him that the company’s helmets “provided no protection” against concussions and other brain trauma. He is seeking damages of at least $50,000. “Prior to, during and after Paul Hornung’s N.F.L. football career, Riddell knew of the harmful long-term effects of brain traumas sustained by football players while wearing Riddell’s supposed protective equipment; however, it misrepresented and concealed these facts from Paul Hornung,” the complaint said, via the New York Times. (proFootballTalk.com) Continue reading
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28
Jun

Texas Woman Recovers From Jaw Surgery And Wakes Up With "Foreign Accent Syndrome," Rare Type Of TBI Symptom

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b2ap3_thumbnail_britishflag.jpg *Lisa Alamia was born and raised in Texas, but she speaks with a British accent. KHOU reported that the mother of three began speaking differently six months ago after undergoing jaw surgery to correct an overbite. *“People who don’t know me, they’re like, 'Hey, where are you from?'" Lisa Alamia, of Rosenberg, Tex., told the news station. “I’m from Rosenberg. They’re like, 'Where is that?' I’m like, 'Right here in Rosenberg.' 'Oh, you’re from here? How do you talk like that?' So that’s where the whole story comes up.” *KHOU reported that Alamia was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome (FAS), a rare neurological disorder that scientists estimate has impacted fewer than 100 people in 100 years. According to researchers at The University of Texas (UT) at Dallas, FAS usually results from stroke or a traumatic injury that damages the brain. FAS may be marked by differences in timing, intonation and tongue placement, but speech remains comprehensible. No cause has been identified for the syndrome, according to UT at Dallas researchers. (FoxNews.com/health) Continue reading
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28
Jun

Your Child's Brain Development Improves With Reading

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mother-reading-bedtime-stories-to-child.jpg *When parents read to their children the difference shows in children's behavior and academic performance. And according to a new study, the difference also shows in their brain activity. *Researchers looked at children ages 3 to 5 who underwent brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while listening to a pre-recorded story. The parents answered questions about how much they read to, and communicated with, their children. *The researchers saw that, when the young children were being told a story, a number of regions in the left part of the brain became active. These are the areas involved in understanding the meaning of words and concepts and also in memory. These same brain regions have been found to be active when older children listen to stories or read. *Even more interesting, according to Horowitz-Kraus, is how the brain activity in this region was higher among the children whose parents reported creating a more literacy-friendly home. "The more you read to your child the more you help the neurons in this region to grow and connect in a way that will benefit the child in the future in reading," she said. (CNN.com/health) Continue reading
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28
Jun

TBI Recovery May Lead To And Create Mystical Experiences

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mystical-Experiences.jpg *For Jordan Grafman, it was just a split-second vision. *"About 15 years ago, my mom died," Grafman told Live Science. "I was walking down the street to catch the bus at about 5 a.m., and I looked down the street and saw who I thought was my mom, although my mom had been dead for a week. I looked back, and whatever was there was gone." *That momentary flicker in perception intrigued Grafman, who is a cognitive neuroscientist and the director of brain injury research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. *During mystical experiences, people feel connected to a higher power and often describe gaining hidden knowledge or having revelatory insights. *In their new study, the scientists analyzed 116 Vietnam War veterans who experienced brain damage and had mystical experiences, and compared them with 32 combat veterans without brain injuries or neurological disorders. *The researchers found that damage to the frontal and temporal lobes was linked with greater mystical experiences. Previous research found that the frontal lobes, located near the forehead, are linked to movement, problem solving, memory, language and judgment, among other functions. The temporal lobes, located near the bottom of the brain, are linked to the senses, language and memory. (yahoo.com/news) Continue reading
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06
Jun

A Mother's Voice Can Illuminate The Brain

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b2ap3_thumbnail_motheranddaughter.png * Less than one second. That's how long it takes children to recognize their mother's voice. And that voice lights a child's brain up like a Christmas tree. * A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine studied how children reacted to mom's voice compared to a woman they didn't know. Kids were not only more engaged by mom's voice than a stranger's, scientists found, but this response was noted beyond just auditory areas of the brain. * Parts of the brain related to emotion, reward processing, facial recognition and social functioning are also amped by hearing from mom. In short, a child's ability to communicate socially is in a large way affected by how he or she reacts to mom's voice. * The fact that so many parts of the brain lit up after hearing from mom was the real surprise for scientists, said Vinod Menon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the study's senior author. * This reaction to dear old mom's voice may stretch beyond childhood. A study back in 2010 suggested that teenagers going through a stressful time were almost instantly soothed by hearing mom's voice on the phone, because the conversation helped reduce a key stress hormone and released oxytocin, a feel-good brain chemical believed to play a role in forming bonds. (CNN.com/health) Continue reading
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