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4 Exercises To Sharpen Your Brain
Think of your brain as a muscle: It gets stronger with exercise. Your everyday mental tasks are like walking, but how about a real workout? Try these simple exercises to boost your brain power and clear away the fog of forgetfulness.
1. Use your non-dominant hand
Tackling new tasks improves brain capacity in younger people and has a restorative effect on mental faculties that are declining. Boost your brain power right now by performing everyday activities with your non-dominant hand. If you're right-handed, use your left hand to eat, drink, comb your hair, and brush your teeth. Try writing your name with your non-dominant hand or put your mouse pad on the other side of the keyboard.
Aluminum And Alzheimers Disease
Large amounts of aluminum are usually found in the brain of a patient with Alzheimer's. This has led others to think that the disease is caused by using aluminum cooking pots and pans or ingesting oral antacids or antiperspirants containing aluminum.
It's a nice thought but one with no scientific basis. Professor Luigi Amaducci of the Department of Neurologic & Psychiatric Sciences at the University Of Florence said other patients with Alzheimer's don't have aluminum plaques in the brain which rules out this metal as the cause of the disease.
"There has been some concern in recent years that dietary aluminum may lead to Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia in older people. This concern arises from the fact that greater levels of aluminum are found in brain tissue of people dying from Alzheimer's disease than in brain tissue from people dying from other causes," according to Dr. Myron Winick, director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in The Columbia Encyclopedia of Nutrition.
Be A Brain Scientist
"To think is to practice brain chemistry." - Deepak Chopra
Have you ever heard someone say, "Well, I'm no brain scientist¦"? Quite recently I had lunch with a friend while he was on a break from work. When he ordered a beer I raised my eyebrows in mock astonishment. He replied "It's not like I'm performing brain surgery later."
But we are all brain scientists. Our thoughts really do affect our brain chemistry. And we can be like surgeons in our ability to carefully excise negative thoughts from our gray matter.
Our patterns of thought are simply habits, but they are grounded in rich neural circuitry. Like deer in the woods, our thoughts form paths that will most likely be retread unless we consciously set out to find a new way. The first step to that new way is to be aware that thoughts can either be unconscious or conscious.
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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance of variable severity with the first recognition during pregnancy. Screening is now part of routine antenatal care in many settings in developed countries. There are several screening tests, but the most common is the oral glucose tolerance test, which tests the blood glucose level in order to initiate treatment for the prevention of complications in pregnant women and their infants. There is substantial debate surrounding the most suitable screening tests, the effectiveness of treatment in averting adverse mother and infant outcomes in women with mild to moderate glucose intolerance, the possibility of causing anxiety, and the potentially adverse effects of a "high risk" label in pregnancy for those with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. A systematic review of the literature was conducted in order to examine the psychosocial effects of screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. There was inconsistency in the results due to the variety of designs and methods used, and the outcomes assessed. Most studies found no significant differences between women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and controls regarding mental health (anxiety and depression), concerns for the health of the newborn, and attitudes towards screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. However, women who were found to have Gestational Diabetes Mellitus or who had false-positive results were more likely to worry about their own health than those whose screening test was negative or were not tested. Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus were more likely than controls to rate their health as poor rather than excellent. The long term consequences of these concerns are not known. Many studies were methodologically weak, with low recruitment rates, large losses to follow up, recall bias, turf effects, and the use of unstandardised measures. More studies in this field are needed since there is little research investigating the psychosocial implications of screening for GDM.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is controversial in terms of management and outcomes among women who are initially found to have glucose intolerance during pregnancy (Khandelwal, 1999; Scott, 2002). There is debate regarding appropriate screening and diagnostic criteria for elevated blood glucose during pregnancy, the best screening methods to be applied (Rumbold and Crowther, 2001; Scott, 2002), and also regarding the benefits and potential harm of screening programs (Brody, 2003). However, screening for GDM is becoming part of routine antenatal care in many parts of the world. An important aspect of the evaluation of any screening program is its impact on those who are screened (Rumbold and Crowther, 2001).
GDM is identification of diabetes, or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) of variable severity first recognized during pregnancy (American Diabetes Association, 2004). GDM exists when there is an increase in blood glucose levels (Scott, 2002) because of a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism (Metzger and Coustan, 1998). This disorder may affect the fetus and newborn as well as the mother if untreated (Jones and Stone, 1998).
GDM is associated with a disorder of insulin resistance, insulin action and insulin secretion during pregnancy. Thus, GDM is classified as Type-2 diabetes. Some women with GDM go on to develop Type-2 diabetes in later life (Daniells, 2003; Khandelwal, 1999).
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