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Light therapy 'can slow dementia'

Dementia could be slowed significantly by treatments which reset the body's natural clock, researchers have said.

The Dutch team used brighter daytime lighting - with or without the drug melatonin - to improve patients' sleep, mood and cut aggressive behaviour.

It concludes that these can slow deterioration by 5% - which a UK specialist said meant patients living in their own homes for months longer.
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Painkiller may cut dementia risk

Long-term use of ibuprofen may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a large US study reports.

Data from almost 250,000 veterans showed those who used the painkiller for more than five years were more than 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

The study in Neurology reported that some other similar painkillers may also have a protective effect.

Dementia experts said the results were interesting but warned against people taking ibuprofen to reduce their risk.
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Yeah. Okay. Who specifically funded this second study? Just wanting to know if there is any conflict of interest that would tip the data in favor of a particular sponsor... And yes, veterans are being used as test subjects... are they aware of this? Interesting indeed.

And, for those of you who were getting used to my poetry posting... If any of you were enjoying that, please SPEAK UP and I will put in a reminder on my calendar to ping me daily to make one of those posts. Things have been fun but a little hectic (in a good way) at the new job. Enthusiasm has side effects of making less time for other things.
semiotic_pirate: (foamy french fry assault)
If confronted by anything that you want to defeat... smack it with an equally large boa!

Brought to you via being linked to another, earlier post of [ profile] yuki_onna's. I decided to stick around a bit and read some more. Glad I did, because this is a classic.

Reminds me of [ profile] sparkindarkness' HADDOCKS and HOUNDS. Ohh, lovely name for a band. Both. Equally Large Boa, frontlining for Haddocks & Hounds! Get your ticket now.
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Talk about your awesome clocks with weird formats! I'm thinking it would be neat to have this in a wrist watch but... would you be able to read the dial?? Each number has three nines configured in a mathematical formula designed to give you the appropriate number for that position on the clock.

January 4, 2008 5:56 PM PST
A clock for math whizzes
by Stephen Shankland

Math enthusiasts who don't want to move totally into the digital realm might appreciate this analog clock.

Each number is expressed as a calculation involving three instances of the number 9.

For example, 5 o'clock is the square root of nine (3), factorial (3x2x1 = 6), minus 9/9 (6-1 = 5).

The trickiest time is 7 o'clock, whose calculation works out to 6.99999..., with an infinite number of nines. Wikipedia assures us that 0.99999... really does equal 1, so no worries that the clock is cheating there.

While we're on the subject of archaic clock technology, how come clocks and watches with Roman numerals represent 4 o'clock with IIII rather than the traditional IV? A friend told me it was because it was easier for illiterate people to comprehend, but I'd love to see some history about this.

(Via Bad Astronomy Blog.)

Who said:

Via Astropixie comes this item of win:

But it doesn’t say how I can get one!

And how would 1984 open? “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 9 + root(9) + 9/9.” Not quite the same ring to it.

Astropixie called it the:

clock of nines

the 7 o'clock isn't exactly equal to 7, but i dont mind rounding up.... i'm not that big of a nerd! cool clock!

and found it here, while someone commenting on Astropixie found it for sale on Cafe Press. It comes with the single AAA battery it takes to run it. It is a representation of the Triple Nine Society emblem - the swirled image at the center of the clock. They're a super-smart club.

Am I thorough or what?
semiotic_pirate: (mysterious yet reassuring - DLM)
First night for the new show on SciFi... Tin Man. Hopefully it will be pretty good. I'm supposing that the success of not only Wicked, the book, and Wicked, the theater production, along with the growing popularity for alternative fairy tales spurred them into finding another take on a popular classic tales of Oz.

I decided to start adding new friends to my f-list last night; hello all those folks who may come over to take a peek at the stranger who popped up on their radar. It is time to expand the circle a little bit.

I've been incommunicado a bit lately - lots of work and I've gotten a bad cold a couple of times over the last few weeks.

Another thing I am looking forward to for the end of the week that has just begun... The Golden Compass starts this Friday! W00T!

In recording milestones: Nana, last time is was your birthday... I wish I had known it was going to be your last birthday. I miss you.
semiotic_pirate: (evil cheshire grin)
Thought this would cheer many of my atheist friends; a website that lists all mythological entities - where all beings from the bible (and many another religion) can be found.

I give you: Encyclopedia Mythical! Brought to you by the Stumble! Engine. Now that is a meme inducing bit of code.
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Positive reinforcement of desired characteristics and behaviors is something to recall and remember. It takes longer but lasts longer as well. Negative reinforcement training will just turn and bite you in the ass. Think of dogs. How are they better trained? With treats or with blows?

This should work for everything, every creature, no matter what it is. The human creature is no different. Just replace child with person... and this is probably something better done by not talking "down" to the other person, and in a way that is friendly and not domineering or something to resent. So body language and tone of voice will be very important.

The army was experimenting with this technique back when I was in AIT - the training company next door were trained solely using positive reinforcement, and were rewarded with things like... ready? A day-trip to the local Six Flags. We were the "hard-core" training company next door, where, whenever our neighbors were rewarded with something we had to watch in front leaning rest position no less. Yay.

I'm guessing this is the basis of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works, yeah?


Behavior Management
From Sue Watson,
Your Guide to Special Education.

This article is written to assist and provide support to parents and teachers involved with behavior issues that are causing some concerns both at home and or at school. There is much that can be done to help, however; the focus here is on the preventative approach which is key to maintain positive behaviors.

A consistent approach when dealing with children with behavioral concerns most often leads to more productive and positive behaviors. It is highly recommended that you plan strategies that you can implement regularly. Whether the child is acting out, involved in conflicts, bullying, or being verbally or physically aggressive; it is important to ensure that you have positive interactions and that you refrain from calling the child 'bad', it is the behavior being exhibited that you are unhappy with and the child needs to know it is not him/her it is the behavior.

Acceptable and appropriate behavior is developmental - it happens over time and is greatly influenced by parental support and guidance, peers, previous experiences and the intervention techniques employed by teachers, caregivers and parents. As 'Dr. Phil' often says: "You teach people how to treat you".

Occasionally, despite your ongoing efforts, consistent applications of interventions and techniques, some children will continue to display ongoing behavioral difficulties. You cannot be all things to your child at all times. You may need to seek the advice and assistance of professionals.

The Basics:

Promote self-esteem and confidence every chance you can. Catch your child doing something great and praise him/her. Provide opportunities for the child to become responsible. When they take responsibility well, let him/her know. Always be objective and understanding - do not lose your patience even though you are tempted to. Use your best judgment at all times, remain objective and seek to understand. Patience, patience, patience! Even though you may be very frustrated.

Next Steps:

Communicate your expectations with a minimal number of rules and routines to be followed. Think big, start small. Involve the child when you are establishing rules and routines. Ask for his/her assistance. Make sure they repeat them - this will help them remember. Emphasize the child's strengths and minimize the weaknesses. Set your child up to be successful when the opportunity presents itself. Provide opportunities for the child to reiterate expectations. For example: "What always needs to be done before bed?" Encourage the child to participate and monitor their own behavior. For example: "What is terrific about what you're doing right now?" AVOID power struggles - nobody wins! Take time to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. Routines - children with behavior difficulties benefit from clearly established routines, I can't say enough about this. Role play some situations based on unacceptable behaviors and discuss them. Set up practice situations and role play those. For example: Tommy just came and stepped on your toe, you even though he did it intentionally. How will you handle this situation? Teach the skills necessary for appropriate behaviors.

In Summary:

If you're this far - you're concerned and you want some strategies. Now you're ready for the implementation stage. You are now ready for the 5-step plan:

1. Pinpoint the behavior that you want to change. Be specific.

2. Gather your information. When does the unacceptable behavior occur? How often does it occur? Under which circumstances does it occur? What event precedes the behavior? What is the child's view of the behavior? Does the inappropriate behavior always happen when the child is alone? Supervised? With others? At a specific time?

3. Now it's time for you to interpret what the information may mean from the previous step. Give it your best shot when trying to analyze the information you've gathered.

4. Plan for Change! Now it's time to set your goals - with the child. What are the short term goals? What are the long term goals? Who's involved, what will happen. The plan for change should be collaborative between you and the child. Be specific, for instance: Johnny will not yell and scream when it's time to do homework - or time to go to bed. In your plan for change, some rewards and or a reward system should be in place. For instance, when 5 instances of appropriate behavior happens, Johnny will have .............(opportunity to indulge in his favorite activity, a new sticker book etc.)

5. Evaluate how your plan is working. If it isn't working, make the necessary changes collaboratively. Once again, if after several consistent tries you find your plan isn't working and there is no noticeable change in the unacceptable behaviors, the child may need to be referred to a specialist.

Good luck!
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Well, I know it isn't new to some people but it is new news to me so...

I've got a service going with The Washington Post to get updates about computer security issues. One of the blurbs in the email led me to this article:

Jury Finds 2 Guilty of Felony Spam
Loudoun Convictions Are First in Nation
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BEWARE: There will be a series of short rants following the article - a bit of a stream of conscious type of thing going here. Started this post around 2.5 hours ago and have been distracted by other things going on and have finally finished... I think. It was either that or I would've ended up with one of those multi-post days. END.


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