New research out of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland shows that singing might help one’s brain function.Back in the day – that is, certainly before the 1990s – scientists thought the brain stopped developing somewhere in your teens or 20s. They were wrong.The brain continues to develop throughout our lifetime. Researchers such as Dr. Richard Davidson, founder of UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, have shown through functional MRI scans that we are always making new connections. The brain has neuroplasticity.In the Edinburgh study, researchers took 30 right-handed volunteers, dividing them into two groups. Each group had to learn new motor skills with their non-dominant hand – the righties became lefties. Now, stop for just a moment. If you have a pen (being a geek, I always do) write your name with your non-dominant hand. Looks like a third-grader’s writing, doesn’t it? It did for them, too.But this is where the study got … [Read more...] about Dr. Zorba Paster: Singing may aid learning
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 by: Michelle Simmons Tags: badhealth, Brain, brain activity, brain function, categorization test, functional learning, learning, memory, pre-frontal cortex, stress, stressful episode, stressful situations (Natural News) Researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum looked at how well “categorization learning” works during a stressful episode with the use of electroencephalography (EEG). In the study, they compared the performance of 16 stressed men with the performance of 16 relaxed men in categorization learning. The researchers decided to conduct the research on men because women tend to have different reactions to stress during their hormone-cycle, according to Marcus Paul, one of the researchers. Before the learning test was conducted, the researchers induced stress on the participants through the use of ice water and a camera. Half of the men were tasked to put their hands in ice water while being filmed. Meanwhile, the other half … [Read more...] about Another way we’re being dumbed-down: Stress found to interfere with learning regions of the brain
Dive Brief: Tailoring infection control programs to a hospital’s patient demographic and caseload can help to identify high-risk patients and improve outcomes, a new study in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology suggests. The researchers used EHRs from nearly 257,000 admissions at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Michigan Hospitals to build facility-specific machine learning models that predict daily risk of Clostridium difficile. Data extracted included patient demographics, admission details, patient history and daily hospitalization details. The approach offers an alternative to one-size-fits-all infection programs, the researchers say. Dive Insight: Using the EHR data, models at both hospitals achieved 95% confidence levels using a standard value curve. While they did share some predictive factors, many of the leading predictors were unique to each facility. “These hospital-specific models allow for earlier and more accurate … [Read more...] about Machine learning approach may help infection control
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) for an anticipatedUSAID Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (CEP-NTD), Sub-element 2A Asia. Position Description: The recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project to FHI 360 and final USAID approval of the candidate. The Applicant must meet or exceed the qualifications listed below: Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, … [Read more...] about Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)-FHI 360
Bob Sweeney looks on as Hunking Middle School students tackle STEM problems. On Monday, May 8th Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director and former player, Bob Sweeney visited Hunking Middle School in Haverhill to participate in a classroom demo and school assembly regarding the Future Goals-Hockey Scholar program. During the visit, Mr. Sweeney observed students working on the online, interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program before entering the gymnasium for a brief Q&A session. “I really like this program. It helps me to remember formulas,” said eighth-grader Victoria Giampa. In one lesson, Victoria watched a short video of a hockey player doing 10-meter sprints. The program displayed the time and distance for each attempt and, using a computer mouse, Victoria had control over when the player started and stopped his sprint. “Now I have to calculate the player’s speed in meters per second using a formula,” Victoria … [Read more...] about Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!