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The Rich Hiring Ambulance-Taxis: Is this ethical?

In SoundMind Blog by Hannah McLane

In Bangladesh those who can afford it hire ambulances to get around during political protests that can turn violent unexpectedly. Given the political situation, this doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Who would attack an ambulance after all? Hiring an ambulance only costs the equivalent of $3.00 to get across town.  Since last month over 20 people have died in …

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Launch of the report “Dementia: a public health priority”

In News Updates by Hannah McLane

The World Health Organization reminds us that Neurological complaints are a global health priority and cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Yes, we are right on that. Launch of the report “Dementia: a public health priority”   The report “Dementia: a public health priority” has been jointly developed by WHO and Alzheimer’s Disease International. The purpose of this report is to …

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Our brain can think without language – how is that possible?

In SoundMind Blog by Nate Totushek

A study at University of Pennsylvania suggests that the organization of a neural system is capable of representing meaning without language. This means that verbal representations are not essential to represent abstract semantics – and that there is a lot more about the brain that we do not know! We are looking forward to more work by Dr. Chatterjee and …

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Genetic memory through multiple generations – Fact! (maybe)

In SoundMind Blog by Hannah McLane

This finding is so insane, that it upends an entire field. This paper reads like science fiction. The authors fear condition a mouse to neutral scent by pairing the scent with electrical shocks. They find that the mouse’s offspring (both for male and female mice) exhibit freezing to the scent GENERATIONS LATER! ~ the learning finds some way to transfer to …

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Brain Cells ‘Geotag’ Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

In SoundMind Blog by Hannah McLane

[box style=”2″] Think back to an important event in your life: a graduation, a birth, a special Thanksgiving dinner. Chances are you’re remembering not only what happened, but also where it happened. And now scientists think they know why. As we form so-called episodic memories, the brain appears to be using special cells in the hippocampus to “geotag” each event, researchers …

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Diabetes and Stroke: Towards a Model of Primary Prevention in Neurology

In SoundMind Blog by Hannah McLane

troke is a significant public health concern: it is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and is a leading cause of permanent disability.  A population that has a particularly high risk for stroke is diabetics: in fact, one in eight diabetics will eventually suffer from a stroke, and having diabetes doubles one’s risk for stroke. Diabetes is highly prevalent …

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Print our Diabetes Comics

In News Updates by The SoundMind Project

The Dica De Diabetes project published one of these comics weekly for a year in O’Jornal, a free Portuguese newspaper in Fall River, MA. You can now print out the entire year of comics to use as daily reminders. [soliloquy id=”2094″]

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Stroke Prevention

In News Updates by The SoundMind Project

Diabetes is a major risk factor for stroke. Check out our diabetes awareness campaign, which has been translated into Portuguese and is currently appearing in a free newspaper in Fall River, MA. More info on the project here.  

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Left lateralizing transcranial direct current stimulation improves reading efficiency

In SoundMind Blog by Nate Totushek

BACKGROUND: Poor reading efficiency is the most persistent problem for adults with developmental dyslexia. Previous research has demonstrated a relationship between left posterior temporal cortex (pTC) function and reading ability, regardless of dyslexia status. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: In this study, we tested whether enhancing left lateralization of pTC using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) improves reading efficiency in adults without dyslexia. METHOD: …