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Mar 31, 2015

Topic - Chocolate and Memory.  As if I needed another reason to love chocolate!

A new study found that a natural compound in cocoa, tea and some veggies can reverse age-related memory loss.  A compound called flavanols improve the connections between brain cells by increasing blood flow.  

Because flavanols are seen in...


Mar 30, 2015

Topic - Holding Kids Back A Grade.  Retaining kids or holding them back a grade is a huge decision which can have lifelong impact.  Get information before going forward.  

Research indicates that kids who are held back in elementary school are 60% less likely to graduate from high school.  

But why is this?  Are...


Mar 27, 2015

Topic - Teen Dating Abuse.  Domestic abuse is not just for adults, though adult abuse patterns often start during adolescence.  

20% of high school females report sexual or physical abuse, but both males and females can be victims.  

Boys injure girls more frequently and severely.  Teens don’t realize they’re being...


Mar 26, 2015

Topic - Hippocampus.  When I asked my student, “What is the hippocampus?”, he confidently stated, “It’s where hippos go to school!”  

Brilliant and hilarious!  It’s actually a part of the brain where memories are housed and it has nothing to do with hippos, but more to do with seahorses!  

Hippocampus is the...


Mar 25, 2015

Topic - Boys Have More Problems Than Girls. Why are 4 times as many boys as girls diagnosed with autism and 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD?  

The real answer is that males develop differently in the womb than girls.  

Think of brain development as a straight line.  While females’ brains move along...