A new study, published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” reveals imaging data that shows that the way brain networks are connected differs between men and women. The real question that comes out of this study, though, is whether biological or social factors are reinforcing the connections.
Maybe not surprisingly, the answer seems to be both. Biological factors, including hormonal changes — the study included almost 1,000 young people aged 8 to 22 — are likely influencing the networks in the brain. But cultural factors are also significant. Which comes first? We still don’t really know.
The information that comes out of this study and others like it has the potential to influence the study of mental illness and developmental disorders, especially those that are highly affected by gender.
Read more about the study at Time.com.
This colorful, delicious – and nutritious – holiday vegetable dish is a favorite with the family of Nate Goold, digital specialist with Via Christi Health Communications in Wichita.
The adults like the nutty squash flavor while the kids love the fruity tang of cranberries.
Best of all, it’s packed with vitamins A and C and not too many calories. And it goes great with a holiday turkey or ham, or an everyday baked chicken. Continue reading
I recently saw an article about an alarming new trend in piercings — eyeball jewelry.
Believe it or not, people are having tiny metal hearts and other shaped “charms” implanted into their eyeballs.
We reached out to Jennifer Burgoyne-Dechant, MD, Eye department chair at Via Christi Clinic for her thoughts on this new trend:
“Eyeball jewelry or “JewelEye” is a potentially dangerous cosmetic procedure. The procedure was developed in the Netherlands at the Netherlands Institute for Innovative surgery in 2004. Continue reading
Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with Claudia Blackburn, director of the Sedgwick County Health Department, and visit with her about heart health and health in general. Prevention and wellness is her life’s work, and she shared with me three great tips to help us keep our hearts — and the rest of our bodies — healthy. Here are her top three tips:
- Find an exercise buddy. It helps to have someone to talk to while exercising and someone you have to be accountable to, Claudia says. Also, it’s much easier to exercise if you enjoy it and doing it with a friend makes it more enjoyable. Continue reading
This time of year, families are bombarded with catalogs, television commercials, store displays and online advertising for toys and gadgets. When considering items on your child’s list, make sure you and other gift-givers are safety savvy before you hit the stores this holiday season.
When choosing toys for children, pay close attention to warning labels and manufacturer’s guidelines. More than 3 billion toys and games are sold in the United States every year, and most of them are very safe. Warning labels and manufacturers’ instructions tell you how to use the product safely. “If the manufacturer sets a minimum age or other restrictions, there’s a reason,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “A label reading ‘Not appropriate for children under 3’ may be present because the toy poses a choking hazard, not because it’s too difficult for a 2-year-old.” Continue reading
People don’t typically don’t gain as much weight as you are lead to believe during the holidays — just a couple of pounds. But the weight we gain is often never lost, so be careful this holiday season. Here are some tips for keeping weight off over the holidays:
- Stay active, even if it means small changes, like standing up during TV commercials, doing chair exercises or walking for an extra 10 minutes two or three times a day.
- Stick to foods that have one ingredient. This helps you avoid casseroles and desserts that may have hidden calories. This doesn’t mean limiting yourself to carrots and celery; all fruits and vegetables are fair game, even the sweet ones. Be careful with sweet or creamy dips, though.