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Why Einstein Was so Smart

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Connectivity in the Brain

When Einstein was about age 3, his parents brought him to a pediatrician because he was not yet talking. Researchers have learned that Einstein had developmental dyslexia. More than a century ago, it was found that lesions of the left angular gyrus—ie, Brodmann’s area 39—induce acquired alexia. Therefore, it is possible that people with developmental dyslexia may also have abnormalities in this region, Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, suggested in his lecture at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. In his view, however, the high ratio of glial cells to neurons that was reported by Diamond et al was less a sign of Einstein’s dyslexia than an indication of the high degree of what Dr. Heilman refers to as “connectivity.”

After viewing photographs taken of Einstein’s brain before its dissection in 1955, Witelson and colleagues noted that Einstein had an enlarged left inferior and—unlike most human beings—undivided parietal lobe, suggesting that this bigger and more highly connected supramodal cortex gave Einstein an advantage in doing mathematics and spatial computations. In 1985, Geschwind and Galaburda posited that delay in the development of the left hemisphere of the brain may allow the right hemisphere, which mediates spatial computations, to become highly specialized. It was Einstein’s view that his own creativity was heavily dependent on spatial reasoning. Thus, the abnormal development of his left hemisphere may have led to the right hemisphere becoming highly specialized for spatial computations, Dr. Heilman theorized.

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Help Out Haiti by Texting “Haiti” to 90999

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments

You can send a $10 donation to the Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. You will be billed an extra $10 on your phone bill.

By giving up a one entertainment activity, you can save a life in Haiti.

$10 = one bottle of wine
$10 = 2 six packs of beer
$10 = a cover charge to your favorite music venue
$10 = 2 DVD rentals
$10 = one cocktail in a Scottsdale bar
$10 = 1 Pizza from Pizza Hut
$10 = one movie ticket
$10 = one snack and one beverage at the movies
$10 = 3 gallons of gas
$10 = one (modest) home cooked meal for two

You know you can afford it!

This is an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.

This is not a hoax – here’s the press release from the redcross website:

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Tags: Every day life · Hospital · Thoughts

Healthcare explained on the back of a cocktail napkin.

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

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Comparison of Health Care Plans in Other Countries

June 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I just got my bill for my hospital stay: $1700 after my out of pocket and deductibles. Yikes!

The UK: Percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on health care: 8.3
Average family premium: None; funded by taxation.

Japan: Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 8
Average family premium: $280 per month, with employers paying more than half.
Co-payments: 30 percent of the cost of a procedure, but the total amount paid in a month is capped according to income.

Germany: Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 10.7
Average family premium: $750 per month; premiums are pegged to patients’ income.
Co-payments: 10 euros ($15) every three months; some patients, like pregnant women, are exempt.

Taiwan: Percentage GDP spent on health care: 6.3
Average family premium: $650 per year for a family for four.
Co-payments: 20 percent of the cost of drugs, up to $6.50; up to $7 for outpatient care; $1.80 for dental and traditional Chinese medicine. There are exemptions for major diseases, childbirth, preventive services, and for the poor, veterans, and children.

Switzerland: Percentage of GDP spent on health care: 11.6
Average monthly family premium: $750, paid entirely by consumers; there are government subsidies for low-income citizens.
Co-payments: 10 percent of the cost of services, up to $420 per year.

Read the whole article here.

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yeah, I’m blowing this popsicl…

April 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Yeah! I’m blowing this popsicle stand! Got my discharge papers – and I will Leave for Atlanta tomorrow.

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u’d think when u order dinner …

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

You’d think when u order dinner at the hospital w/handheld computers going right to the kitchen that there would be no mistakes in my meal orders. Nope – wrong meal each time. *roll eyes*

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Wow, ringside seat watching th…

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Wow, ringside seatd watching the medical helicopters deliver the very seriously wounded from my hospital window.

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Its incredibly boring being in…

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Its incredibly boring being in the hospital. Although, there was a bit of excitement when I accidently yanked out my IV and sprayed blood all over mself and my bed while reaching for my breakfast, which was of course the wrong order.  I just sat there and plugged the IV hole until the nurse got there.  Fun stuff.

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ok – now I’m in the hospital i…

April 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

ok – now I’m in the hospital in the ER. I have an infected salivary glad and it’s spreading – though I am taking massive antibiotics.

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