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  • Eugenics – 3 March 22, 2023
    In the US, John Harvey Kellogg, of Kellogg’s cereal fame, organized the Race Betterment Foundation in 1911 and established a “pedigree registry.” The foundation hosted national conferences on eugenics in 1914, 1915 and 1928. As the concept of eugenics took hold, prominent citizens, scientists and socialists championed the cause and established the Eugenics Record Office. […]
  • Eugenics – 2 March 21, 2023
    In 1883 in England, Darwin’s Cousin, Francis Galton, coined the term "eugenics" to describe the idea of modification of natural selection through selective breeding for the improvement of humankind. Galton came up with the word from a Greek word, Eugenes, meaning “good in birth” or “Good in stock.” Eugenics was said to be a method […]
  • Eugenics March 20, 2023
    Recently in passing I heard someone use the word Eugenics, but I don’t understand what that means. Is it related to Epigenetics?  Epigenetics and Eugenics are unrelated. Epigenetics describes everything that is not genetics as related to lifestyle and life experiences that impact each human being. According to the dictionary, Eugenics isthe practice or advocacy […]
  • Autism Study March 17, 2023
    Using electroencephalogram (EEG), researchers recorded the brain waves of children ages 6-16 years of age with and without autism as they watched videos of multiple dots of differing colors that were arranged to look like a person. The movement of the dots represented actions such as funning, kicking, jumping, turning in different directions or jumbled […]
  • Autism & Distractions March 16, 2023
    Studies by researchers at the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester in NY, reported that children with autism spectrum disorders may not process body movements as effectively as do those who are not on the spectrum. This is especially true if the child is distracted by something else. According to Emily […]
  • Body Language March 15, 2023
    Is picking up body-language cues really helpful to communication?? What a good question! Being able to pick up on body-language cues is a vital and important part of enhancing human communication and understanding. For example, noticing when another person frowns, leans into a conversation across the table or learns back and crosses their arms, or […]
  • Autism & Genetic Contributions March 14, 2023
     I was told that Autism was genetic. Is it really? Autism Spectrum Disorders appear to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental contributors. A very recent study found that “Where and when grandparents and parents of children were born could contribute to an increased risk of ASD in their offspring.”An article in Genome […]
  • Autism & Generational Links March 13, 2023
    Is there any reason to do ancestry searches besides just being curious?  My brain’s opinion is that there may be many reasons to do ancestry searches. In my case, I have been delighted to discover that I have ancestors from multiple countries and that expands my interest in exploring those countries. In addition, I learned […]
  • Laughter Benefits, 4 March 10, 2023
     Studies have shown that employees who laugh together ‘stay together,’ work better as a team, are more creative, and produce more work. Outstanding leaders use humor often to reduce stress, enhance brain function, and positively impact their communication. Business woman who can interact easily with male humor are a step ahead of women who don’t. […]
  • Laughter Benefits, 3 March 9, 2023
    It is really difficult to remain angry, fearful, or sad, if you can find something humorous to trigger mirthful laughter.  1)    It costs nothing.        2)     It requires no prescription.         3)     It burns calories but is calorie free itself 4)     It is cholesterol, fat, sugar, and gluten free. 5)    […]