July 26, 2011 |
Forgotten how to do something you just learned yesterday? Consider the possibility that last night's sleep was punctuated by mini-awakenings, robbing you of the ability to commit that new skill to memory. You might have gotten eight hours of sleep, and may not even feel tired. But when sleep is interrupted frequently--as it is in a wide range of disorders, including sleep apnea, alcoholism and Alzheimer's disease--the ability to learn new things can be dramatically impaired, says a new study conducted on mice.
May 22, 2012 |
Surgical residents were more fatigued than expected, especially on night rotations, according to a new study. A quarter of their waking time, they were the equivalent of being legally drunk, the study said. “Our fatigue levels were higher than we thought, but that allows us to focus on where the problems are likely to be,” Frank McCormick, a doctor from the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program and the lead researcher, said by telephone. The study, published Monday in the journal Archives of Surgery, did not measure actual harm to patients from fatigue, just potential, he said.
February 6, 2012 |
Some people with mild Alzheimer's may be reclassified as having a less serious brain disease called mild cognitive impairment, according to a new analysis of the evolving terminology. Last year, a work group convened by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer's Assn., issued revised criteria for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment. According to this new definition, people with mild cognitive impairment still have "functional independence" and no dementia. However, a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis sought to evaluate the impact of the revised criteria.
August 26, 1993
"Hoffa," starring Jack Nicholson, will be screened Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Regency Theater, 210 S. Brand, Glendale, with subtitles for deaf and hearing-impaired audiences. It is a presentation of Tripod, a nonprofit educational and support service for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Information: (818) 972-2080.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1986
Visually impaired voters can obtain a tape-recorded version of the November ballot pamphlet from libraries as well as from county clerks and registrars, the California secretary of state's office announced Monday. The cassettes, which should be available by Sept. 23, may be obtained by contacting county election officials, any public library affiliated with the state library distribution system, or the elections division of the secretary of state's office in Sacramento, a spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1997
The Braille Institute is offering a free 12-week series of seminars on how to live with sight loss. Officials said the program, to begin April 23, will help people with fading vision learn new ways of performing daily tasks. It will also offer tips on maximizing remaining vision, special lighting techniques and colors that can improve eyesight. Visual aid consultations and information on how to receive audio books through the institute's library service will also be available.
September 16, 2005 |
Valero Energy Corp. said it would take three or four days before its Wilmington refinery was back at full production after an outage that cut power to most of Los Angeles, including the plant. Although one coker unit was restored to service after Monday's outage, another remains shut and may start again in three or four days, Valero said. One crude-oil processing unit also resumed operation. A fluid catalytic cracker is expected to resume operation as well.
April 17, 1986 |
For many of the 150,000 hearing-impaired persons in Orange County, an activity as simple as going to a movie can be an emotionally trying experience. "There's still a stigma in being classified as deaf or hearing impaired," said Carolyn Griebe, public relations coordinator for the Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange. "So rather than use a hearing aid, a lot of people will sit in a regular movie theater and not know what's going on." For that reason the center at 1301 Providence Ave.
August 4, 2008 |
Sure, smoking is bad for you -- but what happens when you combine it with something really good -- like running eight miles a day? Do you get a healthier smoker? Or an unhealthy athlete? It's one of those is-the-cigarette-half-smoked-or-half-unsmoked conundrums. And there's no definitive answer. "If people can quit, that's the best thing," says Dr. Robert Sallis, director of sports medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1996 |
The Braille Institute will offer a new community outreach program in Santa Paula beginning Sept. 4 that will provide a wide range of free services for residents of the region who are visually impaired or legally blind. "We help people adapt to their vision loss and we provide independent living skills, counseling, mobility training, library services, low-vision consultations and field service," said Mary McGrath, an outreach coordinator.