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SCIENCE
November 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stimulating the brain with gentle electric currents during sleep boosts memory, German scientists reported Sunday in the online version of the journal Nature. When they applied several currents that mimic natural, slow-oscillating brain waves in sleep, they enhanced the memory of medical students who had done a word-learning task by 8%. The students did not feel any sensation from the currents to the frontal cortex of the brain or any adverse side effects.
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HEALTH
December 5, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Brain scans confirm what many coffee drinkers already know: Caffeine perks them up. The caffeine found in coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate stimulates areas of the brain that govern short-term memory and attention, Austrian researchers said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
HEALTH
March 12, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Just as the smell of watermelon might trigger a recollection of a childhood picnic, the release of odors during deep sleep can help people form new memories, a new study found. Students who received bursts of rose-scented air while they played a memory game and then received similar bursts of smell during deep sleep outperformed others by 15% when they replicated the exercise the following day, according to a study published last week in the journal Science.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Spilt Milk A Novel Chico Buarque Translated from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin Grove Press: 178 pp., $23 Eulálio d'Assumpção is on his deathbed. A century old, born into the Brazilian aristocracy, he has watched his world change, or crumble, and still he lingers. "As the future narrows," he tells us early in Chico Buarque's deft and moving "Spilt Milk," "younger people have to pile up any which way in some corner of my mind. For the past, however, I have an increasingly spacious drawing room.
NEWS
August 21, 1997 | From Associated Press
Rejecting testimony influenced by a so-called truth serum, a state appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a woman's repressed-memory suit against her father, who lost his job and his marriage after she accused him of rape. Holly Ramona's proposed testimony against her father, Gary, was inadmissible because it was affected by the drug sodium amytal, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Tuesday.
SCIENCE
February 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have shown for the first time that brain activity during sleep strengthens the ability to learn and remember -- at least in birds. But they insist the finding has meaning for humans too. Earlier human studies had shown that a good night's sleep in adults improved memory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Andrew Bourne seemed to have it all: A loving family, a successful surgical practice in Mammoth Lakes, a mountain home where he could ski with friends or plunge into the wild with his dog, Oreo. He even had time to volunteer; he served on the local school board and last year organized his sixth foreign medical mission, this one to an impoverished town in Mexico. Last month, Bourne's world caved in. On Jan. 4, he was arrested, along with another Mammoth Lakes man, on suspicion of sexual crimes involving a teenage girl.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic.
While other people complain about the absence of Westerns, Clint Eastwood continues to make them. "Unforgiven," the tale of a reformed killer tempted to fall back on his old ways, is his 10th, the latest in a steady skein that dates from Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964. Eastwood's associations with the genre go back further still, to his 1959 debut as hard-bitten Rowdy Yates on TV's "Rawhide."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2012 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
When Michael "Mikey" J. Palacio joined the Marine Corps in 2007 shortly after high school, he thanked his mother, who had signed him up for the Tustin Young Marines just a few years earlier. Discipline was a struggle, but he reveled in the tough training. He wanted to serve and hoped one day to become a police officer like his stepfather. Cpl. Palacio, a military policeman, arrived in Okinawa in November 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan a year later. He was part of the Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1987 | From Associated Press
The average person loses about 30% of memory between ages 20 and 75, but a program using relaxation and Impressionistic art can help reduce the loss, according to a Stanford psychiatrist. A two-week class at Stanford University for up to 30 people aged 55 and older teaches how to develop a childlike perception, a perception that can lead to an improved memory, according to Jerome Yesavage, a geriatric psychiatrist at the university.
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