Monday, December 15, 2008

Manic Monday 12 15 2008

Researchers discover new mechanism for attentional control in the human brain
Medicine & Health / Research
A study by UC Davis researchers appearing in the journal Science reports the discovery of a new mechanism of attention in the human brain. Previous studies in animals implicated changes in the state of a portion of the brainstem, called the locus ceruleus (LC), in shifts from distractible to attentive states.

Source and More:
http://www.physorg.com/news148562922.html
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Mental Component of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is commonly known as a movement disorder characterized by tremors, rigidity and slow or altered movements.

However, the disease that affects 6.3 million people worldwide can also profoundly influence changes in thought, behavior and judgment.

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, up to 40 percent of patients may experience what is called Parkinson’s Psychosis, in which they experience changes in cognition.

Source and More:
http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/12/15/mental-component-of-parkinsons/3504.html
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Necessary Medicine?

President-elect Barack Obama placed a heavy bet last week that the recession-wracked country he is about to inherit has finally reached its tipping point on health care.

Source and More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/weekinreview/14sack.html?_r=1&ref=health
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Daschle Chosen by Obama to Lead Health Care Reform

On Thursday, December 11th, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he would be nominating former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle for Secretary of Health and Human Services, as well as the director of the White House office of health reform. Weeks after Obama officially asked Daschle, the senator who long fought for improvements of health care in America, joined in the announcement and looks to take on that role in the new administration.

Source and More:
http://www.healthnews.com/family-health/daschle-chosen-obama-lead-health-care-reform-2277.html

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