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By Anita Brenner | September 12, 2013
After a photographer caught him playing iPhone poker during a Senate committee hearing on Syria, Sen John McCain (R-Arizona) tried to pass the incident off as a joke. “Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - Worst of all I lost!” tweeted McCain. The good news is that McCain played the game in the daytime. Here in the 91011, we can relate because far too many of us have disrupted our sleep patterns with a quick game of Spider Solitaire at night. On the other hand, he is a senator.
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January 12, 2006
PASADENA -- The Huntington Medical Research Institutes been awarded a grant of $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the brain chemistry behind epilepsy and epileptic seizures. The research project will examine how imbalances in the critical amino acid glutamate might disrupt the flow of messages between brain cells. The project began last week and will continue for four years. The grant will support and expand work by HMRI doctors Brian Ross and Keiko Kanamori who have been studying the brain chemistry of Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and other brain disorders at HMRI for 20 years using noninvasive magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging (MRS and MRI)
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August 6, 2009
Q. I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? ? Laura, La Cañada ? Music can soothe a baby, rally an army, unite a country, slow down a grocery shopper, or speed up a worker in a mid-morning slump. Music enhances celebrations, rituals and special occasions. Music also has a therapeutic effect for seniors and people with disabilities.
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April 3, 2008
There you were a cute little toddler sitting up in your highchair, being fed what your parents thought was best. Your sense of taste was being developed right along with your other four senses. Toddlers can learn to enjoy spicy food, bland food, whole foods or junk foods depending on their experience. As you chew, chemicals in the food release volatile gases. The aroma of these gases creates 90% of the food?s flavor. Since smell is a big part of the taste experience, as you grew you developed favorites.
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By Loa Blasucci | October 28, 2010
I'm absolutely charmed by the words of Esther Tuttle: "I am blessed and I've worked on it. " And Esther should know—living almost 100 years has given her a chance to figure it out. Ah, out of the mouth of a "centenarian babe. " That may be one of my all-time favorite quotes. She's fit and vibrant with a quick mind — blazing the trail for the many of us that hope to live as long as she. If there is such a thing as a centenarian babe, she's it. As a society we are indeed living longer.
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By Lauren Oakes | June 5, 2008
As the cool kids would say, it sucks to be a mom at my age. And they would say it if they had to deal with a brain as old as mine. A dozen times each day I forget why I am where I am, and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I’ve turned to chemicals for help; I’ve taken gingko biloba (one of the oldest trees on earth with a unique vein pattern to its leaves, which eventually forms a lovely, spreading canopy that switches almost overnight to brilliant lemon yellow in the fall)
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By Anita Brenner | September 12, 2013
After a photographer caught him playing iPhone poker during a Senate committee hearing on Syria, Sen John McCain (R-Arizona) tried to pass the incident off as a joke. “Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - Worst of all I lost!” tweeted McCain. The good news is that McCain played the game in the daytime. Here in the 91011, we can relate because far too many of us have disrupted our sleep patterns with a quick game of Spider Solitaire at night. On the other hand, he is a senator.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | August 23, 2012
The California Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a legal rule that had shielded Verdugo Hills Hospital from having to pay millions of dollars to the family of a boy who suffered brain damage shortly after his birth in 2003. The ruling could force the hospital to pay upwards of $14 million to the family, though a jury found in 2007 that the family pediatrician who already paid $1 million was mostly responsible for the boy's injuries. The case dates back to March 24, 2003, when Aidan Ming-Ho Leung was born prematurely at Verdugo Hills.
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By Nancy Turney | November 9, 2011
My friend recently heard you speak about brain fitness at Verdugo Hills Hospital. I wasn't able to be there. Could you summarize what you said? First of all, brain fitness is closely integrated with body fitness. Healthy nutrition and physical exercise are good for your brain, as well as your body. As we age, all body systems slow down and become less efficient, including thinking and problem-solving. The speed of learning and recall decreases, so it may require more time to learn new things and/or retrieve information.
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By Loa Blasucci | July 20, 2011
You're reading this either on the Internet, or at home in the paper. You're gathering information. And the question scientists are wondering about is whether you retain what you read. Betsy Sparrow, assistant professor of psychology at Columbia, says that human memory is adapting to new communications technology. Since students studying for a test are more likely to recall facts they think will be on a test, she wondered whether people would be likely to remember what they casually read from their computers, knowing they could find that information again.
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December 22, 2010
It's time to let go of 2010. As you look back, how was it for you? Are you remembering more stress and struggle than contentment and happy times? Was it a year you simply would not want to live through again? If so, then maybe it's time to take steps to find a more joyful life. Whatever your problems were this past year — overwork or lack of work, relationship trouble, depression, fatigue or health difficulties — we need to train our brains to momentarily let go of the burdens.
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By Charles Rich | October 29, 2009
Tom Fry, a longtime staple in the Flintridge Prep community as a coach and teacher, who was revered by colleagues and his family, lost a seven-month battle with a malignant brain tumor Oct. 21. He was 52. Fry, a 1975 Crescenta Valley High and 1979 Occidental College graduate, died at his brother?s home in La Cañada Flintridge. He had taught history and served as an assistant football coach after joining Flintridge Prep in 1990. Fry, who was active in numerous sporting and academic events at Flintridge Prep, was diagnosed with a tumor in late March before undergoing surgery in early April at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Rick Fry, one of Tom?
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August 6, 2009
Q. I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? I?ve heard that music is beneficial to people with Alzheimer?s, but I don?t understand how. Can you explain? ? Laura, La Cañada ? Music can soothe a baby, rally an army, unite a country, slow down a grocery shopper, or speed up a worker in a mid-morning slump. Music enhances celebrations, rituals and special occasions. Music also has a therapeutic effect for seniors and people with disabilities.
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By Ken Khteian | June 5, 2008
This particular business trip in December 2006 was to be my last of that year, but as it turned out, it could very well have been my last for a very long time. I had traveled the world as a commercial airplane marketing and sales director for cabin interior equipment for over 20 uneventful travel years. I was in Paris on this trip and had met with my airline customers, closing a very important company deal and handing out small Christmas gifts. I got back to my hotel that Friday afternoon exhausted.
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