Monthly Archives: April 2010

Getting Creative Until Insurance Companies Increase Reimbursement

Unfortunately, despite the research supporting it (click for books, research, and articles on neurofeedback), mosInsurance Reimbursementt insurance companies offer limited, if any, reimbursement, although the situation is improving.  Given that, I read with interest The Detroit News’ recent article “Westland Parents Secure Autism-Related Aid”.  Looking to make neurofeedback treatment more financially accessible for his children as well as other children on the autism spectrum,  father Neil Carrick formed an organization that raised funds and looked for a provider that would provide a group rate.  End result?  Carrick’s organization will provide 30 children with up to 20 weeks of neurofeedback.  Impressive!

Lead in Blood Relates to Depression, Panic

How many psychiatrists or MD’s ever even screen for lead exposure?  This study referenced in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, suggests they should.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/173076.php
Young adults with higher blood lead levels appear more likely to have major depression and panic disorders, even if they have exposure to lead levels generally considered safe, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

“These findings suggest that lead neurotoxicity may contribute to adverse mental health outcomes, even at levels generally considered to pose low or no risk,” the study’s authors conclude.

Want to Help Your Child Like Math? Try Some Music!

Many parents have a lack of confidence in their own math ability, sometimes even a math anxiety.  Is it realistic fTeddy bear listening to musicor those parents to encourage their children’s math abilities from a young age?  According to Ohio University professors Gene and Kamile Geist, the answer is a resounding YES, and music is the key.  Just like music, math is full of patterns – a child’s brain may first be stimulated “mathematically” when he or she processes the rhythms in music.  So, not only is it relaxing for your baby to hear you sing lullabies, those early musical experiences are promoting math ability as well.

Feeling Impatient? Maybe Fast Food is to Blame

We all have heard much about the nutritional issues with lots of fast food… but does fast food also make us more impatient?  A news study from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, featured in an article on Ivanhoe.com, says the “fast food culture”  actually affects our “psychology and behavior”.  The study found that people even exposed even subconsciously to the symbols of fast food did tasks more quickly, even when there was no advantage; people are having a harder time slowing down for their leisure time.   Now we have another health reason to skip McDonald’s for lunch!