December 2, 2013

Not Brain Damage After All

1 Playing Video Games Causes Brain Growth

Researchers in Berlin who had adults either play a video game for 30 minutes a day for two months or play no video games at all found that the gamers experienced actual growth of their brain's grey matter, specifically in those areas that are responsible for memory formation, spatial orientation, strategic planning, and fine motor skills involving the hands. Those in the control group experienced no such growth. Moreover, the stronger the individual's enthusiasm for playing the game, the more pronounced the brain expansion. Researchers theorize that video game playing could be used as part of therapy in treating mental illnesses caused by shrinkage or damage in those particular brain regions, such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even Alzheimer's.

More at Sciencedaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Violent Video Games Reduce Violence Response

Tags: Video Game Playing, Video Gaming and the Brain, Video Gaming As Therapy, Video Games and Brain Damage

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39 Years in Prison

2 Serial Infector Sentenced in Hepatitis Case

David Kwiatkowksi, a traveling medical technician who purposefully infected 32 patients in four states with hepatitis C, was sentenced to 39 years in prison. Kwiatkowksi, who himself has hepatitis C, pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges and said he stole painkillers and replaced them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his own blood. He blamed his actions on drug and alcohol addiction. The patients were infected in NH, MD, KS and PA. Kwiatkowski also worked in MI, NY, AZ and GA. "I don't blame the families for hating me," Kwiatkowski said after hearing statements from some of the people he infected and their relatives. "I hate myself.” Since his arrest, 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C as Kwiatkowski.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Triple Cocktail Shows Promise Against Hepatitis C

Tags: Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction, Hepatitis C, Serial Infector Sentenced to Prison, David Kwiatkowksi

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Can't Have Cookies, Health Too

3 No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity

Even with normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, carrying around excess weight can take years off your life, say Canadian researchers who are challenging the “obese but fit” myth. Researchers found that even without health issues like diabetes, people who are overweight or obese have higher rates of heart attack, stroke and death after 10 years when compared with thinner counterparts. Findings revealed that “metabolically healthy” obese people had a 24 percent increased risk of death, heart attack and stroke. The new research analyzed eight studies that included a total of 61,386 volunteers. Four of the studies had follow-ups of more than 10 years. The research was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Obesity May Contribute to Delayed Puberty in Boys

Tags: Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Risks Obesity, Healthy Obesity Myth, Obesity Takes Years off Life, BMI Life Expectancy

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