November 10, 2011

No Major Mental Health Concern

1 Rick Perry's Working Memory Lapsed in Debate

Rick Perry's memory lapse during Wednesday's GOP debate in Michigan was probably due to distraction or stress causing his short-term memory to briefly fail. During the debate, Perry indicated that he'd abolish three big agencies if elected, but he failed to recall the third one, the Department of Energy. USA Today reports that Richard Restak, clinical professor of neurology at George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, says that the frontal lobe of the brain is susceptible to distractions, which can make working memory sometimes go suddenly blank. However, people tend to experience a memory lapse while discussing topics they know less about. Experts also say that the gaffe shouldn't raise concerns over conditions like Alzheimer's disease.

More at USA Today | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Rick Perry Gets Stem Cell Treatment for Back

Tags: Rick Perry Memory Lapse, Rick Perry GOP Debate Performance, Working Memory Problems, Rick Perry Debate Performance, George Washington Hospital University School of Medicine and Hea, Richard Restak

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Higher Fetal Hemoglobin Helps

2 Normal RBCs Produced in Mice with Sickle Cell

A research team at the University of Michigan Health System was able to reduce organ damage in mice with sickle cell, a blood disorder that results in crescent-shaped red blood cells (RBCs) that do not change shape and that get stuck in capillaries by increasing their fetal hemoglobin levels. It typically affects Blacks and people with the disease experience painful debilitating episodes, organ damage over time and it ultimately reduces their lifespan. Researchers increased TR2 and TR4 protein expression which increased fetal hemoglobin levels from 7.6 to 18.6 percent in mice. Anemia was alleviated and the RBC turnover was also stabilized. This study also demonstrated that there is a technique that the TR2/TR4 expression levels can be altered.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Anemic Kids May Have Silent Strokes

Tags: RBCs, Red Blood Cells, University of Michigan Health System, Sickle Cell Anemia, TR2, TR4, Fetal Hemoglobin

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