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What's Hot? 01/20/17

Trending Today on Twitter - 1/20/17
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2. #ThankYouObamas
3. #DisruptJ20
4. Donald the Unready
5. #USofScience
6. #MourningInAmerica
7. Jackie O
8. Makonnen
9. Zach Orr
10. #CheesyFilms
Source: Twitter

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iTunes Top 10 Singles - 1/20/17
1. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
2. Paris - The Chainsmokers
3. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) - Migos
4. Bad Things (Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello
5. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
6. I Feel it Coming (feat. Daft Punk) - The Weeknd
7. This Town - Niall Horan
8. All Time Low - Jon Bellion
9. Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran
10. Love on the Brain - Rihanna
Source: iTunes

Top 10 TV (Broadcast) Shows - Week Ending 1/15/17
1. NFL Playoffs - Steelers/Chiefs
2. NFL Playoffs - Texans/Patriots
3. This is Us
4. Blue Bloods
5. The Big Bang Theory
7. Hawaii Five-O
8. NFL Pregame
9. NCIS: Los Angeles
10. The Big Bang Theory
Source: Nielsen Co.

Trending on YouTube - Today - 1/20/17
1. Hallelujah Money - Gorillaz
2. Power Rangers (2017 Movie) Official Trailer
3. Live: The 58th Presidential Inauguration of Donald J. Trump 2017 - NBC News
4. Ellen's Tribute to the Obamas
5. Logan - Trailer 2
Source: YouTube

Top 5 Movies - Last Weekend
1. Hidden Figures
2. La La Land
3. Sing
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
5. The Bye Bye Man
Source: Rotten Tomatoes

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on ScienceDaily.

Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. These alterations were observed in physically and mentally healthy but heavy-drinking adolescents, who nevertheless did not fulfil the diagnostic criteria for a substance abuse disorder. The findings were published in Addiction Biology.

Constituting part of the Adolescents and Alcohol Study, the study analysed the effects of heavy adolescent drinking on the electrical activity and excitability of the cortex. The study did a follow-up on 27 adolescents who had been heavy drinkers throughout their adolescence, as well as on 25 age-matched, gender-matched and education-matched controls with little or no alcohol use. The participants were 13 to 18 years old at the onset of the study.

At the age of 23-28, the participants' brain activity was analysed using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) combined with simultaneous electroencephalogram (EEG) recording. In TMS, magnetic pulses are directed at the head to activate cortical neuronal cells. These magnetic pulses pass the skull and other tissues, and they are safe and pain-free for the person undergoing TMS. The method allows for an analysis of how different regions of the cortex respond to electrical stimulation and what the functional connectivities between the different regions are. Indirectly, the method also makes it possible to analyse chemical transmission, i.e. mediator function. The effects of long-term alcohol use haven't been studied among adolescents this way before.

The cortical response to the TMS pulse was stronger among alcohol users. They demonstrated greater overall electrical activity in the cortex as well as greater activity associated with the gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA, neurotransmission system. There were also differences between the groups in how this activity spread into the different regions of the brain. Earlier research has shown that long-term, alcoholism-level use of alcohol alters the function of the GABA neurotransmission system. GABA is the most important neurotransmitter inhibiting brain and central nervous system function, and GABA is known to play a role in anxiety, depression and the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders.

The study found that alcohol use caused significant alterations in both electrical and chemical neurotransmission among the study participants, although none of them fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of a substance abuse disorder.

Source: ScienceDaily

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay.

American parents don't always agree when to keep their children home sick from school, a new poll reveals.

The poll included almost 1,500 parents nationwide. All had at least one child aged 6 to 18. The research found that 75 percent had kept their child home sick from school at least once in the past year. The main reasons for keeping a child home were concerns their illness would get worse or spread to classmates.

But the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health found that parents have differing views about how sick is too sick. Or the importance of sick day consequences, such as parents missing work or kids missing tests.

Parents of children aged 6 to 9 were more likely to say that health-related concerns were a very important factor in keeping children home from school. Among parents of high schoolers, 40 percent cited missing tests or falling behind in class work as a very important factor.

Symptoms also make a difference. Eighty percent of parents were not likely to send a child to school with diarrhea, while rates were lower for vomiting (58 percent) or a slight fever (49 percent). Parents were less likely to keep kids home for red watery eyes but no fever (16 percent), or a runny nose, dry cough and no fever (12 percent).

"Parents often have to make a judgment call about whether their child's sickness warrants staying home. We found that the major considerations were whether attending school could negatively impact a child's health or the health of classmates," said lead author and Mott poll co-director Dr. Gary Freed.

The poll also found that 11 percent of parents said not wanting to miss work was a very important factor in deciding whether to keep a child home from school. In addition, 18 percent said not being able to find someone to stay home with their sick child was very important.

Source: HealthDay