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Mouse-ception: False Memories Research Success

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found a way to use light to control memory function. “Not playing in Boston: a mouse version of ‘Inception.’”

This research is a big step in the direction of treating a wide variety of serious psychological problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

The study begins by altering my mice’s DNA, inserting […]

Live Longer, New York

“Manhattan stands out,” says Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, who is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The life expectancy of Manhattan residents has increased more than any other county since 1985. The top 12 increases also included Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.

While changes in income sometimes reflected similar changes in life expectancy, it wasn’t consistent enough to be considered a direct cause. Rather, most believe the increase in years come from the city’s “drive to implement smoking bans, trans fat bans, and to make the city more amenable to physical activity […]

Hitting the “Hump Day” of Summer

We’re about halfway through the summer season now, and Rosetta wants you to keep enjoying it as best you can. Thanks to this NY Times Article, we’ve helped compile a list of exciting, affordable things to do all over NYC this summer.

Take advantage of all the culture that Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens have to offer. A lot of events or free or simply ask for a donation.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day (which, this year, is on Monday, September 2nd), there are countless events throughout the city.

Some activities […]

The New Healthcare Marketplace: Explained

Thanks to WebMD Medical News, the purpose of the confusing new changes to the medical industry are laid out for us. The Health Insurance Marketplace (also called Exchanges) will soon be available in 34 states.

These establishments will open thousands of jobs who will staff the call centers. Starting in June, between 7,000 and 9,000 people will be available to answer calls and questions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply call 1-800-Medicare, which is manned by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Marketplace […]

Advocating Early Swim Lessons

Children as young as 1-year-old are learning how to swim at local Y branches. But why? They can’t possibly be ready.

On the contrary, “you’re never too young to learn how to swim.”

Just look at this adorable little girl who’s doing great at such a young age, and she realizes, “When you get tired, you float.”

Local YMCAs are hosting free swimming lessons to children. The program, “Project Guard: Make a Splash,” is run by Dr. Angela Beale of Adelphi University.

Knowing how to swim is not only fun, but it’s safe.

Two children of Central Islip lost their lives on April 14 because […]

More than 1.7 Million Children Covered

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was reauthorized in 2009, has had immense success, reaching and helping children all over the country. The Affordable Care Act and Children’s Health Insurance Program budgeted $140 million for the “Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants.”

Grants, amounting anywhere between $190,000 to $1 million, were recently awarded to “41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups,” reaching 22 states.

These programs will “ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid […]

New York Tries 2-Team Approach to Organ Donation

“About 8,000 people in New York – 109,000 nationally – are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.”

CNN recently reported on the new pilot program to “test the feasibility of recovering organs from the more than 400 eligible donors who die of cardiac arrest outside of New York hospitals.”

Basically, the program listens in on 911 calls, and when the incident involves cardiac arrest or stroke, a second organ preservation unit is sent along with the ambulance crew.

If the victim is a registered donor (recognized […]

Don’t Regret Your 4th of July: Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

“The 4th of July is all about friends, family and food,” but does that have to mean you undo all that work to achieve your perfect summer bod? Absolutely not. There are a few easy ways you can stay healthy this happy holiday without denying yourself the simple pleasures of the BBQ season.

The first set of tips comes from the Summer Tomato, a healthy lifestyle site created by self-proclaimed “neuroscience PhDork” Darya Rose.

Staying Healthy: