Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
Life’s WORC (www.lifes worc.org), a private, not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive support for individuals with developmental disabilities, announced that its 2010 Autism Conference has been scheduled for Oct. 1 at The Marriott, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard, Uniondale. The all day conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will have as its theme, “Building Bridges through Life’s Connections. The featured keynote speaker will be Ray Cepeda, BCaBA, a noted behavior/ program consultant for children with autism spectrum disorders. The organization states his address will answer the question: “Are we doing all that we can to include learners with autism and related developmental disabilities with their peers in regular ed?”
At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree—the family health history. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family Health History (www.nih seniorhealth.gov/creating afamilyhealthhistory/toc.html), the newest topic on the NIHSeniorHealth website. NIHSeniorHealth is a health and wellness website designed especially for older adults from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both part of the National Institutes of Health.
Older family members are uniquely positioned to help create a family health history. “Older adults are more likely to know about the health conditions of previous generations,” says Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. “I like to think of the family health history as an heirloom that can help current and future generations live longer, healthier lives.”
Newborn infants are capable of a simple form of learning while they’re asleep, according to a new study. The finding may lead to new ways of identifying infants at risk for certain developmental disorders.
Newborns spend most of their time sleeping. Since these infants need to learn so much about their new surroundings, scientists have long suspected they do some of their learning while asleep. Over the past several years, researchers have discovered that newborns can process some information from the outside world—for example, sounds of speech—while they’re asleep. It wasn’t known, however, whether they could learn about the relationships between events while asleep.
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