Girls’ Brain Connectivity Happens Sooner Than For Boys: Study

It’s During This Period That The Major Changes In Brain Connectivity Occur.



 23, 2013 (HealthDay News) — New brain research suggests one reason girls mature faster than boys during their teen years. As people age, their brains reorganize and reduce connections. In this study, scientists examined brain scans from 121 healthy people, aged 4 to 40. It’s during this period that the major changes in brain connectivity occur. The researchers discovered that although the overall number of connections is reduced, the brain preserves long-distance connections important for integrating information. The findings might explain why brain function doesn’t decline — but instead improves — during this period of connection pruning, according to the research team. The researchers also found that these changes in brain connections begin at an earlier age in girls than in boys. “Long-distance connections are difficult to establish and maintain but are crucial for fast and efficient processing,” said study co-leader Marcus Kaiser, of Newcastle University, in England.

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Keep the Holidays Merry for Kids With Diabetes

 

 Don’t wait until the deadline to enroll,” Cheryl Fish-Parcham, deputy director of health policy at Families USA in Washington, D.C., said last week. People need to leave themselves enough time to gather the information they need to complete an insurance application, select a health plan and pay the premium by the health plan’s deadline, she said. The pre-Christmas race to buy health insurance is another consequence of the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act ‘s HealthCare.gov website and website difficulties in a number of state-run health insurance exchanges. Since the October launch of the health exchanges, sign-up and premium-payment deadlines have been extended to give people more time to enroll for coverage, but the new cut-offs come amid the holiday rush.

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White House Extends Insurance Enrollment Deadline by a Day



 People with diabetes have elevated blood sugar levels because their body doesn’t make the hormone insulin or doesn’t use it properly. Parents should check their diabetic child’s blood sugar more often during the holidays. If the numbers seem high, parents should look for ketones in the urine, Kashmiri advised. That’s a sign insulin is needed. “How often a parent checks their child’s blood sugar can vary, but during the holidays it’s especially important to check before every meal and in certain situations before snacks,” he said. “Checking four to six times per day during the holidays is a good idea, keeping in mind that the frequency might even be higher depending on your child’s blood sugar readings.” Kashmiri noted that too many restrictions may lead children to sneak food, which can be dangerous. “There is a misconception that a child with diabetes has to avoid sweets. That’s not true,” he said.

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