Hello to you today, how are you? I’m doing much better this morning and I want to thank the powers that be….the air is so much better the past couple of days here! It’s so important to me to have clean air to breathe….for everyone to have clean air to breathe! So important!
I was having trouble coming up with a specific topic to talk about this morning and the following articles is where I was lead….started with Bing headlines and ended up in an area I feel so strongly about…the connection between our brains and music. We may not all enjoy the same genres of music but we all have one thing in common that you may not realize….in our mother’s wombs we were already making these connections to sound as a language. Just listening to our mother’s voice while we were still in the womb was the beginning of our shared connection to sound and language.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/08/31/stranger-things-four-new-characters-coming-in-season-2 – I hope Millie comes back!!! So glad they are continuing on with this show!
Stranger Things: Four New Characters Coming in Season 2
By Alex Osborn
Following the announcement earlier today that Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for a second season, additional details about Season 2 have been revealed.
Series co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming nine-episode season, confirming that the core cast will be back, including Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo).
That said, the return of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is uncertain, with Ross Duffer saying, “we leave that up in the air.”
http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/us-fda-adds-new-warning-about-opioid-sedative-combination/ar-AAikDHv?OCID=ansmsnnews11 – this one stuck out, as soon as I saw it, Prince Rogers Nelson popped into my head so figured I should emphasize it.
FDA adds new warning about opioid/sedative combination
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday warned of the danger of combining opioid painkillers and cough medicine with benzodiazepines, a common class of sedatives.
The agency is requiring that black box warnings, the strongest available, be added to some 400 products, alerting doctors and patients that combining opioids and benzodiazepines can cause extreme sleepiness, slowed breathing, coma and death.
The agency said the move is part of a broad action plan to reduce the number of deaths from opioid painkiller abuse.
“It is nothing short of a public health crisis when you see a substantial increase of avoidable overdose and death related to two widely used drug classes being taken together,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.
“We implore health care professionals to heed these new warnings,” he added.
Opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine and are sold under such brand names as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and Actiq. Benzodiazepines include such drugs as alprazolam, clonazepam and lorazepam, sold under the brands Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan.
(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/09/01/alzheimers-new-drug-that-halts-mental-decline-is-best-news-for-d/ – I am for finding a cure, not just more treatments. I hope this is a pathway to a cure.
Alzheimer’s: New drug that halts mental decline is ‘best news for dementia in 25 years’ (excerpt)
By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
1 September 2016 • 12:18pm
The first drug that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease is finally on the horizon after scientists proved they can clear the sticky plaques from the brain which cause dementia and halt mental decline.
Hailed as the “best news” in dementia research for 25 years, the breakthrough is said to be a potential “game changer” for people with Alzheimer’s.
Scientists said they were amazed to find that patients treated with the highest dose of the antibody drug aducanumab experienced an almost complete clearance of the amyloid plaques that prevent brain cells communicating, leading to irreversible memory loss and cognitive decline.
Crucially they also found that after six months of the treatment, patients stopped deteriorating compared with those taking a placebo, suggesting that their dementia had been halted.
If shown to be effective in larger trials, the first drug to prevent dementia could be available in just a few years.
http://musicandmemory.org/about/brain-music-connection/ – as most would agree, prevention is important and another option and or possibility to explore that is natural is the Brain-Music connection that starts at our very beginning!!! In the womb there is “music.”
As we all know from hearing that song associated with a first love or leaving home for good, music is profoundly linked to personal memories.
In fact, our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory.
Even for persons with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, memory for things—names, places, facts—is compromised, but memories from our teenage years can be well-preserved.
Favorite music or songs associated with important personal events can trigger memory of lyrics and the experience connected to the music. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present moment and regain a connection to others.
Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.
In this video excerpt from a September 13, 2012, segment of The Doctors TV that featured Music & Memory, host Dr. Travis Stork explains how the brain processes music and Dr. Laura Mosqueda, Director of Geriatrics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, explains what happens to the brain when affected by dementia and why musical memories are preserved:
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This is your brain on music – Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains what is happening in your brain when you listen to music (18 min 35 sec)
What if every child had access to music education from birth? | Anita Collins | TEDxCanberra