P.A. Bennett

Are We Ready for the Future?

By P.A. Bennett

Produce

In a lot of ways, the world is moving way too fast for me. It’s the little things that make me take notice of this changing world. For example, on a recent trip to a big box store (you know, the biggie of the big box stores) I actually found myself voluntarily checking myself out and bagging my own items.

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

By P.A. Bennett

African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or misrepresented. South Carolina plays a major role in this more inclusive look at American history; because for many people of African descent in the United States today, Sullivan’s Island, S.C. is where their “American” history began.

Sleep and a Healthy Brain

By P.A. Bennett

Sleep brain connection

How often do you jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, wide awake, and ready to go? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably not often enough.  It happened to me this morning. I was shocked and amazed. Got me to wondering, what did I do right last night, so that I feel so good this morning? I obviously got a good night’s sleep, so how do I keep that up?

And if you’re concerned about your brain health, The Global Council on Brain Health says regular, quality sleep is of the utmost importance to a healthy brain as we age.  The council makes the following recommendations:

International Group Focuses on Brain Health

By P.A. Bennett

Brain health

Our conversation about what you can do to keep your brain healthy continues. In this next segment, we introduce you to The Global Council on Brain Health.  And Dr. Barbara Bendlin, Associate Professor-University of Wisconsin, talks with us about why dancing may be the ultimate exercise for staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s.

[PODCAST] Conversations About Brain Health

By P.A. Bennett

Brain Scans

This is the first in a series of conversations with researchers and scientists discussing best practices for staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My goal is to leave you with practical, everyday things you can do to help keep your brain healthier longer. In the coming weeks we’ll talk with experts about exercise, diet,and social and intellectual stimulation. There’s lots of research going on and if you want a healthy brain for a long, long time, be sure to listen to all upcoming conversations.

Exciting Discoveries for Brain Health

By P.A. Bennett

Brain Scans

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on what scientific research is telling us about preventing or staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s. This is an important topic, because while we may think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, Alzheimer’s may actually start many decades earlier; only to fully manifest in old age. Alzheimer’s has been described as a tsunami about to roll over us, if we don’t take action. Today close to five million people suffer with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to triple by 2050.

Chimera, Part II by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

3 scientists in a lab, one looking through a microscope

Last week I wrote about chimeras, part animal, part human organisms created by scientists. A news story on National Public Radio (NPR) brought it to my attention.  Seems the National Institutes of Health (the NIH) is ready to lift a ban on funding chimeric research.

Chimera: What, Why? by P.A. Bennett

By P.A. Bennett

Chimera

I’ve always thought I was pretty open-minded, but a story I heard recently on NPR had me yelling in the car, “Oh, no. That can’t happen.” It was a story about scientists wanting to commit something called chimera. What is chimera? The reporter on NPR described it as a gene editing technique in which human stem cells are put into animals.

P.A.'s Thoughts: Spring Projects

By P.A. Bennett

Sidewalk

In the old days, they talked about spring cleaning; washing everything from bed linen to baseboards. You don’t hear about people doing spring cleaning so much anymore, but spring projects, especially outside projects, are big. With the recent sunny, warmer days, my husband and I have been thinking a lot about spring projects.

The Many Hats of Edith Childs

By P.A. Bennett

Edith Childs in hat

Greenwood's Edith Childs is the lady who gave President Barack Obama his "Fired Up, Ready to Go" campaign chant. She's a big fan of the President and she has a great love for hats, too. In fact, she has a hat to match every outfit.

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