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Who Knew??

Tip of the Week

11/2/2015 7:34:19 PM

Multitasking is not necessarily the answer to our busy lives. According to a research study conducted at Stanford University, multitasking actually leads to decreased productivity and poor performance.  Other associated and alarming findings from research at the University of London and the University of Sussex (also in the UK) show that multitasking can lower your IQ and may even cause lasting damage to the area of the brain responsible for empathy, cognitive and emotional control. Focusing on one thing at a time reduces errors and increases efficiency and recall. 

Confucius Would be Proud!

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11/2/2015 7:31:03 PM

Confucius, a teacher, politician and well-known philosopher in ancient China would surely extol the virtue of Nobel prize winner, Tu Youyou. She is the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel prize for medicine. Tu, who is now 84, worked on a secret military project beginning in 1967 to find a treatment for malaria. She combed through ancient texts and folk manuals, testing hundreds of herbal compounds. Eventually she discovered artemisinin, derived from the plant known as sweet wormwood, an herb used in Chinese traditional medicine. Artemisinin is one of the most effective treatments for malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, which kills 450,000 people each year.

The teachings of Confucius emphasize the value of human beings and commend the process of critical thinking and evidence-based conclusions.

[ thangk-fuh l ]

adjective 1. feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

10/29/2015 6:22:43 PM
Categories: Musings

In October the operative word for most of us is HOPE when we consider the strides that clinical research has made in so many areas of our lives. This month, it is natural to turn to the word thanksgiving. Not simply because of the national holiday, family gatherings and turkey dinners, but because we have a lot to be thankful for.

Leading my long T-list would be the fine friends and family that have surrounded and encouraged me over the years. Some of those relationships were fleeting, most are on-going, but all are worth a spot at the top. I am also thankful for the continual opportunities that present themselves to expand my area of thanksgiving. For example, in September, my sister got married to a wonderful man she met through work. His family is from Mexico, and to get to know him and his beautiful extended family has meant so much to me, that I can't help but be thankful. Not just for my sister, who deserves a wonderful husband, but for myself to have been included in such a loving community. 

We all have colleagues and acquaintances who touch our lives in varied ways. The sweetest part of being thankful can be expressing gratitude. This month, let's express our thanks to those that we care about; those who have enlarged our lives in some way. This might be challenging for some - but well worth the effort. I encourage YOU to reach out in thanksgiving. You won't regret it!