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What kind of music is good for baby's brain development?

What kind  of music is good for baby's brain development?

Classical: Classical music has a more complex musical structure. Babies as young as 3 mos. Can pick out that structure & recognize classical music selections they have heard before. Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. Listening to classical music may have different effects on the brain than listening to other types of music. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more

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Nutrition for better brain development?

Nutrition for better brain development?

DHA & EPA: If you mean better brain development in a baby, you need plenty of dha (an essential fatty acid that's a component of fish oil, along with epa). It's also needed for healthy brain maintenance in adults. Your body can make dha from flax and blue-green algae, but not very efficiently. Calamarine supplements (from tiny squid) are another option. Epa is important also, especially vs. Inflammation. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Watch for seizures
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Perform gait exercises
Weekly
Follow up with neurosurgeon
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I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

I heard that drinking a lot as an adolescent will damage brain development. What about just moderate drinking?

The definition of : "moderate" alcohol consumption is very variable & its effects depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation, & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, is most harmful, as increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning. ...Read more

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Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Maintain good sleep habits to avoid seizures
Daily
Be careful to take medications on time and at the proper dosage
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Maintain good nutrition and avoid hunger
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Could moderate drinking damage adolescent brain development?

Yes: Research shows that alcohol in any amount is toxic to the developing brain of a child or adolescent. ...Read more

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Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

Yes.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24291291 "behavioral flexibility" (ability to react in different ways to different challenges) appears most compromised. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
once
Tell doctor about neurological changes
once
Get EEG if you have lapses
once
Follow doctors advise
once
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What are supplements children's brain development?

What are supplements children's brain development?

Not needed: With a normal diet , check with your pediatrician, should have whole milk to age 2 or 4 for essential fatty acids, otherwise best bet is reading to child alot. ...Read more

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