Reading Habits helps having life long memory

imagesReading, an activity that stimulates mental processes, can help preserve memory skills as we grow older.
Written by Marina Koren

To keep their bodies running at peak performance, people often hit the gym, pounding away at the treadmill to strengthen muscles and build endurance. This dedication has enormous benefits being in shape now means warding off a host of diseases when you get older. But does the brain work in the same way? That is, can doing mental exercises help your mind stay just as sharp in old age?

Experts say it’s possible. As a corollary to working out, people have begun joining brain gyms to flex their mental muscles. For a monthly fee of around $15, websites like Lumosity.com and MyBrainTrainer.com promise to enhance memory, attention and other mental processes through a series of games and brain teasers. Such ready-made mind exercises are an alluring route for people who worry about their ticking clock. But there’s no need to slap down the money right away—new research suggests the secret to preserving mental agility may lie in simply cracking open a book. Continue reading

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Day Dreaming makes you more attentive and focused, then engaged in other activities

ddBesieged at every turn by distractions, we spend a lot of time struggling to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of us.
Written By Annie Murphy Paul

What we don’t do, according to University of Southern California professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, is fully appreciate the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: daydreaming, remembering, reflecting.

Yet this kind of introspection is crucial to our mental health, to our relationships, and to our emotional and moral development. What’s more, it actually promotes the skill we care so much about, for ourselves and for our kids: the capacity to focus on the world outside our heads. Continue reading

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Email Scams – To be Proactive rather then Protective.

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Technology have catch a drastic pace in past 15 years, and one of the benefit of these technological developments is world become a Global Village.
By Ahmad Ladhani

Communication between people in distinct race and language become possible. People become more informed and hence this liberation of communication makes them free from seclusion, but this freedom of advancement also has a price to pay in form of scams.

Now day’s Electronic Mail or simply email is the most significant part of our life and hence email scams are flourished healthily.  Email scams or spams normally look like an ordinary email contains proposals, invitations of monetary benefits. Scammers use email, online ads, pop ups, and search results to trick you into sending them money and personal information. The emails include advance-fee scams, charity scams, compensation scams, fake job offer scams, FBI scams, fraud recovery scams, investment scams, loan scams, lottery scams, malware scams, phishing scams, romance scams, secret shopper scams etc. Continue reading

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Harvard recognises Quranic verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice

Harvard Law School, one of the most prestigious institutions of its kind in the world, has posted a verse of the Holy Quraan at the entrance of its faculty library, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions of justice in history.

Verse 135 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases articulating justice:

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah , even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted”

According to a Saudi daily, a Saudi student who studies at Harvard first highlighted the development when he published a picture of the display on his Twitter page.

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Women day Greetings

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My Calligraphic Art Work – Ahmad Ladhani

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Another  tryout on Calligraphic Vector Art made by me. Its still have some errors and some finishing mistakes but as per me its best of mine :).

So I thought I should share it with you all.

Regards all

Ahmad Ladhani

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Let the baby cry for a Good, goodnight sleep – Study

 

225684It will be music to the ears of those who lobby their loved-ones in vain to ‘just leave the baby’. And it will be a red rag to those who view letting a baby cry itself to sleep as a cruel 1950s throwback.
By Stephen Adams

For academics claim to have shown that letting an infant cry itself to sleep is the best way to ensure a good night’s rest for all. While most babies sleep through five or six night a week by the age of six months, according to the study by American psychologists, a third continue to wake much more frequently until they are toddlers. They looked at sleep patterns in 1,200 children from birth to three years and found ‘wakers’ tended to be boys. They also tended to be breast fed. Continue reading

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We Forget so we remember – Study

imagesResearchers report new findings on how the human brain retains what is most important, and avoids being overwhelmed by trivia.
By Lee Dye

We accumulate so many memories that it’s a wonder our brains don’t clog, strangling us on the trivia of our daily lives. How do we recall the memories that are important to us without flooding our brains with the details of every insignificant event? How do we separate the memories we need from the mountains of garbage? According to ongoing research, we separate the wheat from the chaff by shutting down some memories, at least temporarily, to allow that one chosen treasure to resurface. In short, we forget, so we can remember.

New research into “retrieval-induced forgetting,” an awkward phrase that is easily forgotten, is reshaping much of what we have known about how memories are organized and retrieved. Psychologists Benjamin C. Storm of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Robert A. Bjork of UC Berkeley, along with other cognitive scientists around the world, have produced some potentially game-changing results. Continue reading

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Practiced to be a perfect lier – study

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The more you practice a lie, the better you get at it, say the results of a new study.

Published Nov. 12 in the journal Frontiers in Cognitive Science, the study found that, after 20 minutes of practicing their cover story, liars could respond just as quickly and easily to lies as to the truth. Moreover, they were no more likely to slip-up on falsehoods than on the truth. “After a short time of training, people can be very efficient at lying,” said Xioaqing Hu, a study co-author and psychology doctoral candidate at Northwestern University. “The difference between lying and being honest has been eliminated after the training.” Continue reading

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My Third Calligraphic Art Work – Ahmad Ladhani

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This is my Third tryout on Calligraphic Vector Art made by me. It still have some errors and some finishing mistakes but as per me its best of mine :).

So I thought I should share it with you all.

Regards all

Ahmad Ladhani

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My Second Ever Islamic Art Work – Ahmad Ladhani
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Aga Khan museum being built near Don Mills and Eglinton in Toronto

Ten things Toronto can look forward to in 2013

One year ends, a new one arrives, and with it hopes for something better. However irrational, that is the expectation for 2013 — that things will improve for Toronto. Let’s face it, 2012 wasn’t the city’s finest year. Which is not to say that we will get our civic act together, but here are a few of the things we’re looking forward to in the 12 months ahead, in no particular order:

  • Occupying a large suburban site at Eglinton Ave. E. and Wynford Dr., the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Center will transform this part of Toronto. Already the magnificent complex is turning heads — for now, mostly those watching as they drive by on the northbound DVP. When complete, its effect will be felt across the city. The architects including Fumihiko Maki and Charles Correa have created a place of surpassing beauty. As an act of faith in Toronto, a gift to the city, the center is unparalleled. |…|

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On Facebook – Negative vs Positive

Fb_NP_aWhen his father died, Doug Anter of Royal Oak, Mich., called key family members, then put the news on Facebook. 
By Christina Valhouli

LIKE many women these days, Aran Hissam, 35, of Melbourne, Fla., posted the news that she was pregnant on Facebook. On the morning of an ultrasound last year, she debated on the site whether to learn the baby’s sex, musing “to peek or not to peek?” When she failed to post an update later that day, friends started to contact her. Ms. Hissam decided to return to Facebook to share the news that her unborn baby, a girl, had been found to have fetal hydrops and given no chance of survival. Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease Early Cognitive Problems Identified

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Early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease have been discovered and published in the latest issue of American Journal of Psychiatry. The findings reveal that people who are beginning to develop the disease often show problems with processing semantic and knowledge based information before severe symptoms of the disease begin showing.

The study is the first of its kind to review mild cognitive impairment (MCI) associated with Alzheimer’s disease in a systematic way and reveal the early indicators, signs and symptoms. Terry Goldberg, PhD, director of neurocognition at the Litwin Zucker Center for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease, and his colleagues developed a test to identify any problems with a person’s ability to process semantic or knowledge based information. Continue reading

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Spectroscopy make Breast Cancer Diagnosis easy

BC_1Written by Catharine Paddock PhD

The analysis of small deposits of calcium in breast tissue can help differentiate cancerous and benign tumors, but it is sometimes not easy to make such a diagnosis. Now a team of researchers in the US believes a new method that uses a special type of spectroscopy to locate calcium deposits during a biopsy, could greatly improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

The team, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), writes about the work that led them to this conclusion in a paper published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on 24 December. Continue reading

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New Year Greetings

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Beating Your Kids Increases Their Risk of Mental Illness – Study

Children who are pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped or hit are more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness. Just one more reason to embrace alternative forms of discipline.
By Bonnie Rochman

What if we, as a society, could cut down on the incidence of mental illness by backing away from hitting, grabbing or pushing our children?

That’s a prospect raised by a new study in Pediatrics, which finds that harsh physical punishment increases the risk of mental disorders — even when the punishment doesn’t stoop to the level of actual abuse. What qualifies as appropriate punishment is a hot-button topic among parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes corporal punishment, but studies have shown that up to 80% of parents report that they rely on it to some extent. What constitutes physical punishment is also wide-ranging: everything from a light slap on the hand to an all-out whipping with a belt or a paddle. Continue reading

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