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WORD! Each other not Eachother?

December 20, 2014

Does anyone else have a problem with the word (or words) eachother or is it each other.

According to Mignon Fogarty (our favorite Grammar Girl)…  In standard English, “each other” is always two words. Sometimes people who are learning English find this confusing because the pair can sound like one word in spoken English.

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Brain Matters: Easy Steps for Improving and Retaining Memory

July 16, 2014

We love science! Mimi recently edited an article for Marin Magazine (her day job) on the Science of Aging featuring the ground breaking research being done at the Buck Institute in Novato, California. In this two part series, writer Ann Wycoff breaks down some of the huge concepts into bite-sized pieces. As part of the research, Dr. Dale Bredesen, professor at the Buck has created these simple steps to take to prevent cognitive disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. Bring this to your next doctor’s appointment.

Some things to check for in routine blood tests:

1. Homocysteine. It is now recommended that we keep our homocysteine (one of the 20 amino acids related with eating meat) levels at 6 or below. Higher homocysteine is associated with more rapid loss of brain tissue with aging.

2. Inflammation. Your hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) should be less than 1.0. Your A/G (albumin to globulin) ratio should be 1.8 or higher, ideally.  Here are some “I know already” steps to take to reduce inflammation.

3. Vitamin D. Check your optimal levels are now believed to be in the 50-80ng/ml range.

4. Hemoglobin A1c, which gives you an indication of your average glucose over the past 1-2 months and is better than a spot check of your glucose. It is helpful to know the hemoglobin A1c, the fasting insulin, and the fasting glucose, since these offer complementary information. Hemoglobin A1c should be less than 5.6%, fasting blood glucose should be less than 90 mg/dl, and fasting insulin should be less than 5 uIU/ml. These are critical for optimal cognitive function.

You could also try: Computational training for 45 minutes to one hour per day, 5 days per week, has been shown to improve mild cognitive impairment.

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The Closet Revamp: What to Toss and What to Keep

February 5, 2013
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Admit it.Your closet is in need of some serious organization. But before you can even begin to find the perfect place for your shoes and purses, you’ve got to figure out what you should keep and what you should toss.

Do you have a dozen black cotton dresses that you keep because they all look soooo different, five pairs of eerily similar boot cut jeans (just in case you take up horseback riding) and entire drawers filled with “sleep shirts”? You’ve only got a limited amount of space to house your clothing and all those unused items are taking up valuable real estate. It’s time to establish some priorities. Make a detailed list with a tally of everything you have in your closet, organized by type and color. For example something like this:

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This way, you’ll get a real sense of categories and colors where you have way too much. You’re now ready for your first sweep. Shut your door–because anyone who is walking by will be scared of what’s going on. Your room will look pretty dysfunctional but in the end you’ll have a well-organized closet.

Remember those categories where you had too much? Pull all the clothes in those categories and start placing in one of four piles: Toss, Giveaway, Sell or Keep.

Toss: there shouldn’t be too many items in this category — as this is stuff you will literally throw away. Clothes that have a ton of holes or are stained and can’t be cleaned.

Giveaway: this is for items that are in good but not great condition. Staple items like t-shirts that you sleep in, pajamas and old shoes that can still be worn. You’ll donate these items to a thrift store.

Sell: everything in this pile is in perfect condition. You’ll send these items to a consignment store. We like TheRealReal (they’ll send you a fedex label and you’ll mail your items!)

Keep: see that wasn’t so hard.



Body, Brainy

New Study: Is Your Body Psychic?

October 24, 2012

You know that feeling that you get when certain things are about to happen—like your boss is going to walk into your office while you’re Facebook surfing or when you’re thinking about an old friend and she calls you that day? Researchers at Northwestern University say it’s because your body may have a bit of psychic ability.

The researchers looked at results from 26 different studies and published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Perception Science. Researchers say their analysis suggests that if you are tuned into your body you might be able to feel the anticipatory changes between two and 10 seconds before something is going to happen — like your boss walking in on your Facebook time. With a little practice, you might just be able to tap in to that ‘sense’ and unminimize that spreadsheet before she enters the room.

Test subjects in the studies showed changes in cardio, electrical measurements in their skin and brain waves up to 10 seconds before a randomly chosen stimuli was about to occur, which suggests that the subjects somehow were able to sense something was going to happen. The researchers say their analysis of the data put the odds of their findings being the result of coincidence at 400 billion to one.

“I like to call the phenomenon ‘anomalous anticipatory activity,'” says study author Julia Mossbridge. “The phenomenon is anomalous, some scientists argue, because we can’t explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works, though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense. It’s anticipatory because it seems to predict future physiological changes in response to an important event without any known clues, and it’s an activity because it consists of changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems.”

Photo Credit:  SodanieChea