This 2-Minute Test Helps Parents Easily Figure Out If A Child Has A Concussion

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A quick and simple test can identify concussions in children as young as 5 with an astonishing rate of success, according to a new study. So why aren’t people talking about it more?

The King-Devick test, as it’s called, was originally developed in the 1970s as a way to detect dyslexia. But a new study out of New York University’s Langone Concussion Center and published in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology has found convincing evidence that it can also detect when athletes of all ages suffer a concussion — and that it can do so even better than other commonly used tests.

What’s most notable about the King-Devick test is its simplicity: It requires only a stopwatch (read: smartphone) and a few printed-out pieces of paper, and it can be administered by someone with no professional medical experience whatsoever in less than two minutes.

Yes, that means moms and dad can do it themselves whenever they’re concerned about that last hit their child took on the field.

The test requires children to read a series of numbers from left to right off of three different pieces of paper as fast as they can, while someone else times them —> Read More Here

Happy 40th Birthday to Hōkūleʻa, the Canoe That Revived a Culture

When Hōkūleʻa entered the water for the first time in Kualoa 40 years ago, it was the beginning of a sail plan that has spanned generations and taken us on a 150,000-nautical-mile journey to reconnect the Pacific Ocean family that shares a common history of voyaging and exploration. Here on our island home, Hōkūleʻa became part of a movement to revive Hawaiʻi’s culture, language, and way of life, which is now cherished around the world.

On March 8, 1975, below the peak of Kanehoalani (“Kane, Heavenly Companion”) and the broad cliffs of Mo’o Kapu o Haloa (“Sacred Section of Haloa”) at the north end of Kane’ohe Bay, Hōkūle’a was launched for the first time. The site in Kualoa Regional Park in windward O’ahu, at the border of the ahupua’a of Kualoa and Hakipu’u, was chosen for the launching because of its importance to the voyaging traditions of Hawai’i. (Photo courtesy Polynesian Voyaging Society)

Hōkūleʻa brings people together from all walks of life in a way that very few things can. There is something special about the human effort she represents. It brings together people of different ages, ethnic groups, geographies, and professions.

Mau Piaiulug was the bridge between the —> Read More Here

‘Diagnosisgate’ Deconstructed and Debunked

Paula Caplan has been peculiarly furious at me for more than 20 years. The enduring chip on her shoulder first formed when I didn’t take seriously her written proposal that ‘Delusional Dominating Personality Disorder’ be considered for DSM IV. I honestly thought she had submitted ‘DDPD’ as a clever satire intended to illustrate how silly DSM diagnoses can sometimes be — it made no sense to me in any other way. I misunderstood. Dr. Caplan was serious in suggesting ‘DDPD’ for inclusion in DSM IV and was understandably offended when I took it as a joke.

Realizing my error, I apologized to Dr. Caplan, but she has apparently continued to feel offended ever since. She has repeatedly written a distorted, self-dramatizing version of the event, greatly exaggerating her role in the DSM IV process (which was minimal) and posing as an expert on the flaws in psychiatric diagnosis (which she is not).

Now in her usual dramatic and distorted way, Dr. Caplan feels she can score points and gain public attention by exposing a supposed, creatively named, “Diagnosisgate.”

Dr. Caplan, as always, is careless with facts, quick with misinterpretations, and filled with wild accusations. I will first debunk what is simple —> Read More Here

Expanding the Conversation on STEM

Open a newspaper or turn on the TV today and you’ll be hard pressed to ignore the steady drumbeat of an improving economy. Unemployment rates are at pre-recession levels. Private sector jobs are growing at the fastest pace since 1997. The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen by nearly 30 percent. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we added over 60,000 jobs last year alone, pushing our unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent.

But this rosy picture is only half the story. Here’s the other half: In Massachusetts, the unemployment rate is over 60 percent higher for black residents than for white and 110 percent higher for Hispanics. Just as alarming, the poverty rate for black families in our state is 144 percent higher than for their white neighbors and 273 percent higher for Hispanics.

These numbers reveal the ugly undercurrent to our economic recovery; we are leaving people behind.

With this in mind, I joined the Latino STEM Alliance last month for a discussion about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Around the table were business owners, vocational school educators, nursing professionals and other public officials who share my concern that we are building an economy that too many families —> Read More Here

Eco-Guards Work To Protect Gorillas In The Congo So They Won’t Go Extinct On Our Watch

Nat Geo WILD’s second annual “Wild To Inspire” short film competition is underway.

The Huffington Post is featuring each of the four finalists selected, and the winner will be announced in March. All of the films showcase stunning images of the wild world around us in line with this year’s theme: Destination Wild.

Filmmakers Austin Haeberle and Wendy Jacques chronicle the growing respect and protection being afforded to native gorillas in the Republic of the Congo; animals once seen as a prime source of bushmeat. Their film, “Not on our Watch: Keeping the Congo’s Gorillas from Extinction” features an incredible interview with Mobie Prime, an “eco-guard” at the Lesio-Louna Natural Forest who says the gorillas are like his “own kids.”

“Gorillas are just like little kids,” Prime says in the film. “They speak. They cry. Show happiness, and spend their time playing. They’re just like children.”

Take a look at “Not On Our Watch” above. You can check out the other films, including Jake Lamons’ “Northern,” Filipe DeAndrade’s short, “Adapt,” and Alex Goetz’s film “Living Isle,” here.

—> Read More Here

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