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Are you interested in TED talks, Radiolab, Hidden Brain and other science related podcasts? The Fort Worth Women's Biology Club is welcoming dynamic women who enjoy an engaging group of friends! We strive to learn from others, listen to various viewpoints and bond over the complexities of life and science. No question, idea, or quandary is too abstract. We strive to suck the marrow out of life! If you want to expand your mind, challenge perspectives, and have ideas of your own worth spreading, then this is the group for you. Our members posses degrees in science or a passion for critical thinking. We have monthly meetings at Fort Worth favorites such as Bird Cafe, Brewed and Avoca. Each month a host member will pick a podcast of their choice and write 5 discussion questions relating to the topic. The questions are shared with members prior to the meetings. We ask that each member listen to the assigned podcast read the questions and be prepared to thrash out viewpoints.

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Cowtown Brush Up

Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Hey Ladies! Trinity Habitat's Cowtown Brush Up is scheduled for October 3rd and we'd like to try and get a team together to join in! From the Habitat for Humanity website: "Twice a year, Trinity Habitat for Humanity partners with the City of Fort Worth and volunteers to help families in need of assistance do minor exterior rehabs and give their home a fresh coat of paint. It brightens up the neighborhoods and is such a huge help to the homeowners, many of whom are elderly residents on fixed incomes no longer able to do this work on their own. It is amazing to see the transformation that occurs in a single day with the help of hundreds of volunteers!" Participation is first come, first serve (for non-sponsored teams) so we want to get our registration in ASAP! If you want to join, take five minutes right now to consult your calendar then hit that RSVP button! Please note, Habitat relies heavily on volunteer support, so only RSVP "yes" if you can truly commit to helping out on the 3rd. And, if you do RSVP yes, please either comment below or DM me your t-shirt size. For anyone planning to volunteer, check out Habitat's COVID Safety Guidelines here: https://trinityhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-CTBU-Safety-Plan.pdf Read more about the Cowtown Brush Up here: https://trinityhabitat.org/volunteer/cowtown-brush-up/?utm_source=Trinity+Habitat+for+Humanity+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cbdbca8dd3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_vols_needed_08_2020_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_77d8f49e79-cbdbca8dd3-57315881 ******The address currently listed is Habitat's business location, but the actual event address is pending******

Sleep!

Central Market

As schools have started back many of us are lacking this crucial part of life but how important is it really? We want to talk about if you’re getting enough sleep, too much and the difference in-between. Radiolab “Sleep” May 24,2007 https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/91528-sleep What about ASMR—does that help? https://www.npr.org/2020/05/15/856795524/the-squishy-slimey-science-of-asmr And so not to cause you to lose sleep over it those 2 episodes are the only podcasts needed for Tuesday’s meetup! For entertainment purposes here are some other interesting quirks related to sleep that some of you might have experienced. Sleepwalking anyone?? https://youtu.be/f4wl2IAmBRo How have fainting goats survived? Its not sleep but...potentially deadly all the same https://youtu.be/AEmRfxxGGcE Questions to consider: How has sleep changed over time? Has it evolved? What are we doing to ensure we have enough sleep? What tools are available to help us sleep? What about ASMR? Does that help? Important notes for new IN-Person attendees: 1st and most important—Welcome and Thank you for joining us for our in-person meetup! 2nd. Be sure to have listened or read the material before joining us. It will help you stay in the loop! 3rd. Feel free to arrive early and grab a snack or beer, wine! 4th. We keep a sign up before the meetup and about 30 mins into the meeting. You’ll see a group of women gathered together, majority with masks on, chatting it up! 5th. A typical meetup looks like this: An icebreaker question just to introduce yourself. Genteel banter about the icebreaker or uproarious laughter (hey! It happens) And the hostess throws out questions to incite conversation! Conversations continue until 8 or 9. 6th. Sometimes we finish early and sometimes we go until 9. No one is obligated for any length of time. 7th. See you soon!

Brain Scans, the New Component of the Physical Exam?

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The End of Mental Illness, by Daniel G. Amen, MD Book Review: Purchase this book only if you are interested in it and/or you may choose to read the “Cliff Notes”, watch the videos, read the resources listed at the bottom of the page to learn about this book Dr. Amen’s background in radiology as an infantry medic, X-Ray technician, then an Officer in the Medical Corps lead to his “ah ha!” moment when, as he became board certified in child, adolescent and general psychiatry, he realized that psychiatrists were the only doctors whose diagnoses and treatments were based on symptoms and behaviors. Psychiatrist never looked at the organ they were treating! (Page 35) Dr. Amen believes, “Making psychiatric diagnoses based solely on symptom clusters is scientifically meaningless and disingenuous.” (p. 14) He began using brain imaging technology developed over 50 years ago to evaluate living tissue. (p. 47) The primary technique he uses to “see the brain” is called SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography). These scans are used to measure blood flow and activity patterns in living tissue. SPECT uses very small pieces of light- photons- to look at living tissue. This procedure is a nuclear medicine procedure, however, the “radiation exposure is about the same as a head CT” scan. (p. 47) In the 1970’s SPECT was used to evaluate brain tumors, strokes, and seizures before being used in the 80’s for evaluating Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental health issues. Today, these scans are used to look at a list of medical, behavioral and addiction issues. He also uses QEEGs (quantitative electroencephalograms) which measure electrical activity on patients from 9 months old to 105. The book, he says, is meant to provide a road map to maximum brain health and to prevent/reverse mental afflictions that are often poorly treated. The idea is that, combined with some aspects of traditional psychiatry, his ability to “see” the brain, and the use of non-traditional treatments, he can improve your brain health. His book is divided into three parts: Part One looks at: a. How to reframe mental illness so we think of problems as brain health instead. b. He discards the outdated diagnostic paradigm that is based on treating symptoms and changes that to a brain centered paradigm based on symptoms, neuro imaging, genetics and a personalized approach to pharmaceuticals that includes typical psychiatric meds and nutrient supplements. c. He goes into his 12 major lessons learned from imaging work and d. Introduces a program he calls BRIGHT MINDS, to end mental illness. Part Two looks at: a. How mental illness is created or treated and focuses on his BRIGHT MINDS program Part Three looks at: a. Strategies to boosts the brain and the mind, including how to think about “nutraceuticals” (supplements b. A summary of strategies on creativity and ending mental illness. Videos: Dr. Amen’s Passion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI2_Oj812g4 How a scan is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HO82Lyx7OQ Dr. Amen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo3ObvS4ADk Published papers/articles: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149839/ (Dr. Amen lead researcher) Support for SPECT in Psychiatry: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00276/full Terms not identified above: CT Scan- A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do. The Mayo Clinic, Feb. 28, 2020 MRI- An MRI scan uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create a detailed, cross-sectional image of internal organs and structures. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/146309#what-is-an-mri-scan BRIGHT MINDS Acronym: Blood flow, Retirement/Aging, Inflammation, Genetics, Head Trauma, Toxins – Mind storms (electrical activity), Immunity/infections, Neurohormonal issues, Diabesity, Sleep Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientifics Revolution: Revolution occurs in five stages. (P. 41) Surface SPECT Scan: identifies areas that have healthy activity and those with low activity on the outside surface of the brain. Active SPECT Scan: identifies inner areas of the brain where there is too much activity. Twelve guiding principles: page 63 ANTS: automatic negative thoughts. These negatively impact our “moods, anxiety levels, and ultimately our biology.” (P. 81)

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