The cerebellum can't get no respect. Located inconveniently on the underside of the brain and initially thought to be limited to controlling movement, the cerebellum has long been treated like an afterthought by researchers studying higher brain functions. But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say overlooking the cerebellum is a mistake. Their findings, published Oct. 25 in Neuron, suggest that the cerebellum has a hand in every aspect of higher brain functions -- not just movement, but attention, thinking, planning and decision-making. "The biggest surprise to me was the discovery that 80 percent of the cerebellum is devoted to the smart stuff," said senior author Nico Dosenbach, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology, of occupational therapy and of pediatrics. "Everyone thought the cerebellum was about movement. If your cerebellum is damaged, you can't move smoothly -- your hand jerks around when you try to reach for something. Our research … [Read more...] about Mind’s quality control center found in long-ignored brain area
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About Mary Otto Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health and the author of "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America." She can be reached at [email protected] View all posts by Mary Otto → Photo: Brad Wilmot via Flickr A recent report on the results of a series of unannounced “vape shop” visits by federal inspectors raises questions about quality-assurance in the preparation of some e-cigarette products. Vape shops typically sell products, including electronic nicotine delivery devices and “e-liquids” solutions that are atomized by heating elements within the devices. When inhaled, the resulting vapor delivers nicotine, flavorings and other additives to the user. The purpose of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors’ visits to 59 vaping businesses was to “learn about business and manufacturing practices” in the industry, … [Read more...] about Inspector’s report suggests potential for vape shop quality control issues
Ensuring quality care in Pakistan Pakistan must focus on improving drug quality and regulation Author : Muhammad H. ZamanMuhammad Hamid Zaman is Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health at Boston University. His research focuses on improving the quality and access of medicines in low-income countries. He is also author of a recent book on the topic, Bitter Pills, Oxford 2018. The cost of poor quality medicines amounts to tens of billions of dollars annually and burdens the system due to death, morbidity, and long-term drug resistance. In 2011, Pakistan faced one of its worst public health crises in the recent past due to poor quality medicines, with the death of over 200 people in Lahore as a result of contamination of a cardiovascular drug with extremely high levels of the antiparasitic drug, pyrimethamine. Furthermore, as Pakistan attempts to tackle the mounting challenge of antimicrobial resistance, the prevalence … [Read more...] about Ensuring quality care in Pakistan
THE General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on Friday, is the biggest shakeup of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet. It is aimed at curbing US tech giants like Facebook - but sole traders such as plumbing and window cleaners could face crippling fines if they fall foul of the law. Here's what you need to know. What is GDPR and when does it take effect? The General Data Protection Regulation is a piece of EU legislation passed by the European Parliament in 2016. It is enforceable in all EU countries from May 25, 2018. Punishing fines for data misuse and breaches can reach £18million or 4 per cent of global annual turnover, whichever is higher. The GDPR aims to make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person's consent. Data includes things like a person's name, email address and phone number, and also … [Read more...] about When is the GDPR deadline in 2018, what’s the compliance checklist and will it still apply in the UK after Brexit?
0 View Comments Support for and opposition to a renewed operating permit for Colorado Springs Utilities' coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant will be heard Monday by the state Air Quality Control Commission. The overdue permit would cement clean-air rules and regulations that apply to the plant, said Roland Hea, permitting section supervisor for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Put another way, the permit sets the plant's pollution parameters, said Thomas Young, a spokesman for the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign. "It allows the plant to pollute within a certain set of restrictions," said Young. "So it doesn't over-pollute." Drake's last operating permit was issued in 2002 and expired in 2007. The plant since had its permit extended by the CDPHE, said Utilities spokeswoman Amy Trinidad, while complying with new state regulations and limits. But the plant's adherence to federal standards remains in question. The … [Read more...] about State Air Quality Control Commission to hear public comments on Martin Drake’s operating permit