In this issue:
A. June Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. A Pocketbook Full of Lead
In June, 2 new figures were added and 22 pages were modified.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently launched this new web
site with information about drug abuse, addiction, and drug abuse
treatment. The site is divided into five main sections: A) Drugs that
People Abuse; B) What is Addiction; C) Effects of Drugs; D) Recovery &
Treatment and E) Prevent Drug Abuse. Many photographs, images and videos
throughout the site help people understand concepts about drug abuse.
For this year's program, 70 students applied for admission, but we had
space for only 15 students. One of the admitted students heard about the
summer program in a previous issue of the Neuroscience for Kids
Newsletter. In fact, this student has been receiving the Neuroscience for
Kids Newsletter since she was in eighth grade. This student will be a
sophomore at a university in New York and the CSNE program is a great way
for her to experience laboratory research.
Symptoms of hyperthermia include sudden dizziness, heat cramps (muscle pain), heat exhaustion (feeling weak), ankle swelling and even heat stroke (fainting, sweat changes, changes in pulse rate). Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency! The National Institute of Aging suggests that if think someone is suffering from a heat-related illness, then you should:
* Call 911 if you suspect a heat stroke.
* Get the person out of the heat and into a shady, air-conditioned or other cool place. Urge them to lie down.
* Encourage the individual to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water.
* Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists, neck, armpits, and/or groin.
* If the person can swallow safely, offer fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
For more information about hyperthermia, see:
B. The July 2012 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN has "The Rat That Laughed" by Jesse Bering and "Machines That Think for Themselves" by Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa.
C. DISCOVER magazine (Spring, 2012) has a new special issue called "The Brain" with articles about artificial intelligence, Alzheimer's disease, and emotions.
D. "The Humans With Super Human Vision" by Veronique Greenwood and "5 Ways to Leave Your Body" by Sherry Baker appear in the July-August 2012, issue of DISCOVER magazine.
E. Several interesting articles in the July-August 2012 issue of AMERICAN
SCIENTIST including "Vocal Matching in Animals" by Kendra Sewall,
"Acquiring Literacy Naturally" by Dominic Massaro and "100 Reasons to
Become a Scientist or Engineer" by the magazine editors.
B. The Bicycle Retailer and Industry News publication uses the acronym "BRAIN."
C. Last month, singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a meningioma. These tumors occur in the meninges, the tissues that surround the brain. For more information about meningiomas, see:
D. In a recent survey of 337 high school students, researchers found that only 59% of students agreed with the statement "Learning is due to changes in the brain." Only 41% of the students agreed with the statement "Connections between cells in your brain change when you learn something." (Source: Fulop, R.M. and Tanner, K.D., Investigating high school students conceptualizations of the biological basis of learning, Adv. Physiol. Educ. 36:131-142, 2012)
E. The more than 1,000 disorders of the nervous system result in a
greater number of hospitalizations than any other disease group, including
diseases of the heart and cancer. (Source: Brain Facts, Society for
Neuroscience, Washington, D.C., 2012.)
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.