FYI: What You Need To Know

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is known for his beautiful and flawless musical compositions, with melodies that take you far away from your troubles. Now, historians have suggested that the genius composer might have had high-functioning autism. They say he displayed a number of social behaviours that would indicate this diagnosis, including being unable to keep his hands and feet still and, despite his career, a dislike of loud sounds.

A New Road Map
The latest annual report by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) has set a course for the future of those with neurodevelopmental disorders. The report covers a broad range of conditions, including intellectual disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and schizophrenia, and was produced following a year of consultation with people living with brain disorders, their families, caregivers and others. In the report, the OBI sets 10 key priorities that will guide research. These include researching the most effective treatments options/ plans for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders for both short and long-term benefits, and investigating the resources that are needed to more effectively address the health, social and emotional needs of the families or caregivers of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. The new OBI Neurodevelopmental Disorders Priority Setting Partnership will ensure researchers focus their work on the needs of those living with these disorders. A great outcome!
Source: Ontario Brain Institute

Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s contracture is a progressive hand condition that affects how much you can move or straighten your fingers. It is caused by an abnormal buildup of a substance called collagen, causing a rope-like cord to form in the palm. Over time, the cord can thicken and shorten, causing one or more fingers to gradually pull inward. This bending of the fingers is called “contracture.” The most commonly affected joints are the metacarpophalangeal joints (where the palm meets the fingers) and the proximal interphalangeal joints (the knuckles) in the ring and little fingers.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams has been in the news not for her game, but for her experiences with motherhood. Not only was the story of her baby’s birth intense and inspiring, but she has also given advice aboutanxiety and being your own advocate, even in nearly impossible situations. She credits her ability to remain calm to the high-pressure sport of tennis, which she says has taught her how to make quick, difficult, high-stakes decisions both on and off the court.


Send Flowers
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. We couldn’t agree more, and now scientific research has confirmed it! Researchers undertook a 10-month study that looked at participants’ behavioural and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are indeed healthy and natural mood moderators, with those receiving blooms showing an immediately excited
smile and an increase in happiness. The longer term effects of flowers include reducing depressive,
anxious and agitated feelings, while increasing life satisfaction, say the researchers. Finally, the flower delivery led to increased contact with family and friends.
Source: Society of American Florists

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