A possible (?) link between acetaminophen and asthma symptoms

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You have a new baby.  You are trepidatious that it may be allergic.  So, no aspirin for it; instead you rely upon Tylenol (acetaminophen).  Along comes a new study- Tylenol may be causing the worldwide epidemic in asthma cases…..One study even claims 40% of all cases may be caused by Tylenol  (the studies use acetaminophen or peracetamol- the generic nomenclature, the news agencies report the brand name).  And, you thought J&J had headaches before…

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Brain Scan detects Autism in Adults; Next step is to determine utility in children

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UK Scientists [lead researchers Drs. Christine Ecker and Declan Murphy] from King’s College (London), have developed a new computer coupled brain scan procedure that can detect Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in adults.   There is no known single cause for ASD, which affects just under 1% of all newborns in the US, 50% more boys than girls.  This complex brain disorder is associated with impaired social interactions and communications, which manifests itself during the first three years of life.  While unknown at present, ASD is considered to be genetic in origin- either the result of mutations or combinations of various genetic variants.

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Not quite a treatment- but we can now tell IF Alzheimer’s will develop

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John Trojanowski, of the University of Pennsylvania lead a research study  that has isolated attest that seems to be 100% accurate in predicting who will develop Alzheimer’s.  The results will be presented in Archives of Neurology.

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Our Personalities Reflect Different Sizes of Brain Regions- Or Vice-Versa

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We now see that our personalities become fixed at a rather early age; some of us can, indeed, change our types (previous post), but it’s somewhat hard.  …  Most of us attributed these things to how  neurotransmitters and hormones affect our brain centers.  Yet, we also know that certain parts of the brain are associated with different behaviors.  The medial orbitofrontal cortex is involved with rewards (as is the neurotransmitter dopamine); other regions are associated with threat response; still others with negative effects and punishment; lateral prefrontal cortex deals with planning and voluntary behavior; and, there’s a region associated with  examining the mental states of others.

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