Monthly Archives: June 2007

Practice and perfect: length of training and structural brain changes in experienced typists.

  Neuroreport. 2007 Jul 2;18(10):1063-6. Related Articles Practice and perfect: length of training and structural brain changes in experienced typists. Cannonieri GC, Bonilha L, Fernandes PT, Cendes F, Li LM. aLaboratory of Neuroimaging, Department of Neurology, State University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil bDepartments of Neuropsychiatry and Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina, South Carolina, USA. Motor training results in performance improvement. It is not yet fully understood the extent to which functional improvement is reflected in changes in brain structure. To … Continue reading

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Traditional Chinese herbal remedies for asthma and food allergy.

  J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Jun 7; [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles Traditional Chinese herbal remedies for asthma and food allergy. Li XM. From the Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases in Westernized countries is a significant health problem. Curative therapies for these diseases are not available. There are also significant concerns regarding the potential side effects from the chronic use of conventional drugs such as corticosteroids, especially in children. Many patients with chronic allergic … Continue reading

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Well-being of institutionalized elders after Yang-style Tai Chi practice

Well-being of institutionalized elders after Yang-style Tai Chi practice Kuei-Min Chen PhD, RN, Ya-Chuan Hsu MS, RN, Wen-Ting Chen MS, RN and Hung-Fu Tseng PhD Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Instructor, Department of Nursing, Meiho Institute of Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan Instructor, Department of Nursing, Fooyin University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Associate Professor, Institute of Medical Research, Chang-Jung Christian University, Taiwan, Taiwan Kuei-Min ChenDepartment of NursingFooyin University151 Chin-Hsueh Rd.Ta-Liao TownshipKaohsiung 831TaiwanTelephone: +886-931378188E-mail: ns148@mail.fy.edu.tw chen k-m, hsu y-c, chen w-t & tseng h-f (2007)  Journal of … Continue reading

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The association between soy nut consumption and decreased menopausal symptoms.

  J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2007 Apr;16(3):361-9. Related Articles, Links The association between soy nut consumption and decreased menopausal symptoms. Welty FK, Lee KS, Lew NS, Nasca M, Zhou JR. Division of Cardiology, Beth Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA. fwelty@bidmc.harvard.edu BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies suggest a low incidence of hot flashes in populations that consume dietary soy. The present study examined the effect of soy nuts on hot flashes and menopausal symptoms. METHODS: Sixty healthy postmenopausal women were randomized in a crossover design to … Continue reading

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Herbal medicines in the treatment of psychiatric disorders: a systematic review.

Phytother Res. 2007 Jun 11; [Epub ahead of print] Related Articles Herbal medicines in the treatment of psychiatric disorders: a systematic review. Sarris J. School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. This paper reports a critical review of 27 herbal medicines and formulas in treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders (in addition to anxiety and depression), including obsessive-compulsive, seasonal affective, bipolar depressive, psychotic, phobic and somatoform disorders. Ovid Medline, Pubmed and the Cochrane Library were searched for pharmacological and clinical … Continue reading

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The role of sleep in declarative memory consolidation: passive, permissive, active or none?

  Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2006 Dec;16(6):716-22. Epub 2006 Nov 7. Related Articles, Links  The role of sleep in declarative memory consolidation: passive, permissive, active or none? Ellenbogen JM, Payne JD, Stickgold R. Center for Sleep and Cognition, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, Feldberg 866, Boston, MA 02215, USA. jeffrey_ellenbogen@hms.harvard.edu Those inclined to relish in scientific controversy will not be disappointed by the literature on the effects of sleep on memory. Opinions abound. Yet refinements in the experimental study of these complex processes of sleep … Continue reading

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When did neurologists and psychiatrists stop talking to each other?

  Epilepsy Behav. 2003 Dec;4(6):597-601. Related Articles, Links  When did neurologists and psychiatrists stop talking to each other? Kanner AM. Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, USA. akanner@rush.edu Patients with epilepsy have a significantly higher prevalence of psychiatric comorbid disorders involving depression, anxiety, psychotic, and attention deficit disorders. Accordingly, one would expect that psychiatrists would be actively involved in the evaluation and management of these patients. This, however, is hardly the case. Patients who undergo temporal lobectomies, for example, are known to … Continue reading

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"treatment of depression has become an integral part of the management of these neurologic disorders"

 Epilepsy Behav. 2005 May;6(3):303-11. Related Articles, Links  Should neurologists be trained to recognize and treat comorbid depression of neurologic disorders? Yes. Kanner AM. Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush Medical College, Rush Epilepsy Center and Rush University Medical Center, 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL, USA. akanner@rush.edu Depression is a relatively common psychiatric comorbidity of most neurological disorders, with prevalence rates ranging between 20 and 50% among patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Furthermore, depression is an independent predictor of poor quality … Continue reading

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Relation of higher folate intake to lower risk of Alzheimer disease in the elderly.

  Arch Neurol. 2007 Jan;64(1):86-92. Related Articles, Links  Relation of higher folate intake to lower risk of Alzheimer disease in the elderly. Luchsinger JA, Tang MX, Miller J, Green R, Mayeux R. Taub Institute for Research of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain, Joseph P. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. jal94@columbia.edu BACKGROUND: Higher intake of folate and vitamins B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride) and B12 (cyanocobalamin) may decrease the risk of Alzheimer disease (AD) through the lowering of homocysteine levels. OBJECTIVE: … Continue reading

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Bilingualism as a protection against the onset of symptoms of dementia.

  Neuropsychologia. 2007 Jan 28;45(2):459-64. Epub 2006 Nov 27. Related Articles, Links  Bilingualism as a protection against the onset of symptoms of dementia. Bialystok E, Craik FI, Freedman M. Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ellenb@yorku.ca This study examined the effect of lifelong bilingualism on maintaining cognitive functioning and delaying the onset of symptoms of dementia in old age. The sample was selected from the records of 228 patients referred to a Memory Clinic with cognitive complaints. The final sample consisted of 184 … Continue reading

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Physical Activity and the Risk of Dementia in Oldest Old

 Journal of Aging and Health, Vol. 19, No. 2, 242-259 (2007)DOI: 10.1177/0898264307299299© 2007 SAGE Publications Physical Activity and the Risk of Dementia in Oldest Old Aleksandra Sumic, MPH Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, sumica@ohsu.edu . Yvonne L. Michael, ScD Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon Nichole E. Carlson, PhD Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon Diane B. Howieson, PhD Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon Jeffrey A. Kaye, MD, PhD Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon Objective: This study … Continue reading

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