Now, we know that mind-wandering can hamper memory performance on such tests. Does doodling offer some protection against this? The results of Andrade’s study: doodlers recalled 29 percent more information than nondoodlers did."
"Overweight people have a tendency to sit, while lean ones have trouble holding still..researchers are reporting in findings published today." "...The difference translates into about 350 calories a day, enough to produce a weight loss of 30 to 40 pounds in one year..." "...the Mayo Clinic outfitted 10 lean men and women and 10 slightly obese
ones - all of whom described themselves as "couch potatoes" - with
underwear carrying sensors that measured their body postures and
movements every half second..." "...Each phase included a 10-day period during which they had to wear the underwear with the sensors around the clock, taking it off for only about 15 minutes a day to shower and get a fresh set from the researchers." "...the bottom was a risqué-looking pair of shorts with openings at the crotch and backside so the garment would not have to be lowered during the day, which would have disturbed the sensors..." Dr. Levine said he had designed the outfit with a colleague..."you have to test them for comfort. I would put them on top of my suit...Nothing gave me more pleasure than to wander around with this bizarre underwear over my suit."
Restless legs syndrome in a patient with amputation of both legs Estivill E, de la Fuente-Panell V, Segarra-Isern F, Albares-Tendero J. Rev Neurol. 2004 Sep 16-30;39(6):536-8.
We present the case of a patient who, after amputation of both legs,
suffered restless legs syndrome (RLS). This syndrome is characterised
by a feeling of agitation in the legs and an overwhelming need to move
them. CASE REPORT: A 62-year-old male patient who visited because of
sleep onset and maintenance insomnia. The aetiology of the insomnia was
interpreted as being an anxiety-dysthymic syndrome, which improved with
suitable medication. Five months later, the patient returned with the
same symptoms (onset insomnia). On questioning the patient again, we
noticed that he displayed clear symptoms of RLS, despite the absence of
both lower limbs. The clinical features were resolved with the
administration of ropinirole.
CONCLUSIONS: We do not know of any
similar cases, but the scarce amount of knowledge available about RLS
makes it likely that many patients with amputations present this
problem without any proper diagnosis.
The article also discusses seeing the effects of medication using this scanning technique, seeing differences in the brains of schizophrenics, and the possibilities of using this scanning technique as a diagnostic method. One study showed that stimulant medications can help in brain development in children with ADD!
CHICAGO – Children with attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) display anatomical brain abnormalities beyond chemical
imbalance, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Stimulant medications
prescribed to balance brain chemistry appear to normalize some of these
brain irregularities, a second study reported.
"We found abnormality of the fiber pathways in the frontal cortex,
basal ganglia, brain stem and cerebellum," said lead author of both
studies, Manzar Ashtari, PhD., associate professor of radiology and
psychiatry at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde
"These areas are involved in the processes that regulate attention,
impulsive behavior, motor activity, and inhibition--the key symptoms in
ADHD children," Dr. Ashtari said. "They are also known to be part of a
bigger circuit in the brain that establishes communication between the
frontal lobe and cerebellum."
Adults who have restless legs syndrome are more likely to also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than adults who don't have the sleep disorder, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s 53rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, May 5-11, 2001.
The thoughts of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf Should I be worried that the top Google result (update: in October of 1994) for Relentlessly Optimistic is to the former Iraqi Information Minister?
That's somewhat offset by the fact that the #3 link is to Sponge Bob Square Pants.