Abortion Wasn't Always So Debated

Abortion-as-murder is a relatively recent concept. Before 1869, the Catholic Church believed that because the soul entered the embryo at 40 days, it was not a person until then. It followed that abortion before the 40th day was not murder. Pope Innocent III in 1211 determined that the time a soul entered was anywhere from three to four months into a pregnancy. In Jewish Talmudic law, codified by 500 CE, the embryo isn’t a person until a head emerges from the womb. And until the 40th day, it is maya b’alma or “mere water.” Aristotle (circa 300s BCE) also assumed this 40-day wait till ”ensoulment” for embryos. Almost offhand, he noted before that point, abortions were permissible.

Medical radiation may be reduced to one-sixth with new mathematical discovery

One of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries may reduce the number of measuring points to one-sixth of the present level. This means reduced exposure to radiation and faster medical imaging diagnostics.

Eight years ago Australian-born mathematician Terence Taolaunched a completely new and highly sophisticated mathematical theory which may be set to bring about enormous savings in the health sector as well as in the oil industry. The theory is called compressed sensing, and enables compressive sampling without having to look at the raw data first. Physicists at the University of Oslo, Norway refer to the method as one of this century’s most significant mathematical discoveries.

"The idea is to solve a task by involving as few measurements as possible. Whenever data capture is expensive, investment in this new mathematical approach may soon prove cost effective," says Professor Anders Malthe-Sørenssen at the University of Oslo’s Department of Physics to the research magazine Apollon. He was completely bowled over by the theory when he happened to attend a talk given by Tao a few years back. Today, Tao is considered one of the world’s most eminent mathematicians. He was only 24 when he, as the youngest person in history, was made Professor of Mathematics at the University of California fifteen years ago. His theory is now generating interest among mathematicians all over the world.

SIX TIMES FASTER: The new mathematical method will make it possible to perform an MR examination six times faster than today. This means that hospitals will be able to perform far more examinations without having to buy any more MR scanners. Credit: Illustration: Knut Løvås

It isn’t just other nurses who inspire us - it’s also the nursing assistants, doctors, housekeepers, unit clerks, lab techs, hospital volunteers, or the pharmacist, who will go out of their way without complaining about it. It’s the little things that seem unimportant, except they are important to the patients - and these people are empathic to that. It’s the inspiration we find in ourselves to be, and do better when we are surrounded by excellence.

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Are you ready for some… traumatic brain injury?

Clinical neuropsychologists are in the forefront of the science of concussive injuries, including in the arena of sport concussive injuries, from understanding the nature of sports-related concussions to the development of assessment instruments for both diagnosis and management.

Take a look at Archives in Clinical Neuropsychology’s virtual issue on sports head injuries and performance.

Image credit: Football field. CC0 via Pixabay.

A young man in Brazil who suffered from throbbing headaches and vision problems for 10 years turned out to have stone-like buildups of calcium in his brain.

The stones were likely a rare complication of the man’s celiac disease, a digestive condition that the man didn’t know he had, according to a report of his case published in 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that, over time, can damage the lining of the small intestine and prevent the body from absorbing nutrients.

It is unclear how exactly celiac disease resulted in calcification in the brain, but researchers said it is possible that the patient’s lowered ability to absorb iron may have had a role.