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by Dr. Levan Atanelov
CBS News reported on Nov 12, 2019 that America’s oldest president, Jimmy Carter,who recently turned 95 years old,had sustained 3 falls in 2019: one in May leading to a hip fracture and two in October leading to head trauma anda minor pelvic fracture. As a result of these falls,President Carter developed severe swelling around his brain, requiring surgery to relieve the pressure.Sometimes, a brain injury can cause blood vessels to rupture,resulting in blood entering the skull cavity and forming a blood clot also known as a hematoma. Even though hematomas often resolve without intervention, surgery may sometimes be needed when this blood clot causes too much pressure on the brain.

In this video interview , President Carter describes the falland his head injury, which occurred after getting up to go to church, with plans for a busy day ahead including a family reunion and travel from Georgia to Tennessee. The interview illustratedhow easily and quickly a fall can happen for an older adult.We all pray that President Carter willhave a speedy and complete recovery with no additionalfalls in the coming years.

However, his recent fall raised significant press conversation surrounding brain injury and older adult falls. Falls are themost common cause of brain injury in older adults. Older adults with prior falls are also at risk of future falls.

According to the CDC STEADI guidelines, older adults with at least one traumatic fall a year or two non-traumatic falls are at high risk of future falls. Falls arealsothe number one cause of hip fractures in older adults.

The good news is that falls are preventable.

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A fascinating experiment shows how psychopaths can use empathy to charm their victims.
For most of us, the term "psychopath" evokes images of serial killers or mass murderers. But the complex disorder known as psyc—which is traditionally characterized by a list of traits including antisocial behavior, arrogance, deceitfulness, and a lack of emotional empathy—is actually more common than most people think.

This list of traits may sound like the complete opposite of what you normally think of when you hear the term "emotional intelligence"—the ability to identify, understand, and manage emotions. We generally think of emotionally intelligent persons as kind and helpful.

But a number of psychologists have also highlighted the "dark side" of emotional intelligence: how a person could use their knowledge of emotions to strategically achieve self-serving goals, with little or no concern for others.

So, this raises a question: Is there such thing as an emotionally intelligent psychopath?

CLICK HERE to be able to spot the tell-tale signs you are being manipulated.
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A new study using sophisticated brain scans found an association between screen use and the development of young children’s brains, especially in areas related to language development, reinforcing the messages about minimizing screen time for preschoolers.

Let’s start with full disclosure: I know some of the authors of the research, which was published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The lead author is Dr. John S. Hutton, the director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. I wrote about some of his research a few years ago, when he looked at how young children’s brains react to hearing stories, and have even collaborated with him in writing about children and reading, one of my favorite topics (the world of pediatricians obsessed with picture books is small and closely, well, networked).

I am the national medical director of Reach Out and Read, the national organization that works through pediatric primary care to promote parents reading aloud with young children, and we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this week in Boston. With that in mind, I’m especially interested in this study on how young children’s brains are shaped by the environment in which they grow.

Of course, this is a study of screen time, not reading, but there is a connection (we’ll get to that soon).

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Maheen Mausoof Adamson, Ph.D., a Stanford professor and senior scientific research director for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center in Palo Alto, CA, discusses the neuromodulation field, its potential, and what inspires her research.

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“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

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