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LEAD IN DRINKING WATER POSES DANGER FOR CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN  READ MORE
POPULAR DIET MYTHS DEBUNKED
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BEEN HERE BEFORE: HOW THE BRAIN BUILDS PLACE MEMORIES
RESEARCHERS LINK COMPULSIVE FACEBOOK CHECKING TO LACK OF SLEEP 
'HOW MUCH DOES IT HURT?" - FOR PRESCHOOLERS, COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT CAN LIMIT ABILITY TO RATE PAIN
WELCOME TO THE LINK: FEBRUARY 2016!
Each month the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) provides information on hot topics, gives you the opportunity to Ask the Expert any questions you may have, and features articles written by ACAM members.This newsletter was created with YOU in mind - please provide us with any feedback you may have. What do you want more information on? What questions do you have? What products would you like to see featured specials on? Send them to marketing@acam.org today and we will have an expert ACAM member answer!
Flint, Michigan recently declared a "State of Emergency" in the wake of lead contaminated drinking water. As a result, we are once again faced with the age-old discussion regarding the health implications of lead accumulation. We know that protecting all people from lead exposure is extremely important to lifelong good health. Children, however, are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead because they absorb lead much more readily than adults. The current controversy over treatment revolves around three questions:
  1. Who should be considered at higher risk for harm and offered treatment?
  2. What treatments should be offered to individuals with elevated lead levels?
  3. At what blood lead level burden is it appropriate to start therapy?
Unfortunately, this tragedy goes far beyond Flint, Michigan. People worldwide continue to be exposed to potentially harmful levels of many toxic metals that can profoundly affect their health. They face potentially enduring, serious and complicated health issues.  Perhaps the major question, especially in children, is the level of lead in the blood to cause concern. READ MORE
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LOVE - A COMPLEX EMOTION
As we approach this Valentine's Day and think about romantic love, let us remember that love is one complex emotion. Love arises out of multiple structures and specific neurotransmitters for its origins. Love increases blood flow to the nucleus accumbens which in turn floods the caudate nucleus with dopamine, the reward neurotransmitter. The resulting feeling is one of need, urge, craving, want, and obsession, much like addiction to substances. In fact, in functional MRIs, love lights up the same areas of the brain that  cocaine does. Something as simple as receiving a text from someone you love affects the brain the same as cocaine. Researchers are now starting to state that love is showing up in the brain like addiction, not an emotion. Love can have highly positive effects however, increasing energy level, sharpening focus and cognitive performance as well as improving motor skills. What is it about love that makes us lose our perspective and sometimes even our rational balance? 
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