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- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


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Volume #2   Issue #7

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jan 23, 2004

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you've had a great week. Some of you probably know that Chinese New Year is on Jan 22. Being a Chinese myself, there are quite a lot of things to prepare for the Lunar New Year celebration. And I'm still busy doing some last minute shopping....8-). So, I'll have to keep this short so that you can just jump right to the good stuff. I hope you have a fantastic week!

p/s: To all my Chinese subscribers, "Happy Chinese New Year & Gong Xi Fa Cai".

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Musical Training Aids Verbal Memory

According to a new study, children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than their counterparts without such training. Plus, the longer the training, the better the verbal memory..... Read more here

Music and the Brain

One cannot deny the power of music. High school students who study music have higher grade point averages that those who don't. These students also develop faster physically. Student listening skills are also improved through music education, click here to continue.



Music Blocks Mozart  Set
By Neurosmith
Average Customer Review - 4 Stars

Music Blocks Mozart Set is the Winner of 2001 Dr Toys Award. The objectives of this developmental toy are simple: to introduce babies to classical music, and to challenge them in identifying sounds and instruments. 

Before children can even identify the instruments represented by the blocks' symbols (woodwinds, violins, a xylophone, trumpets, human voices, and a percussion ensemble), they will be able to identify sounds and famous refrains by Mozart, such as "Night Music," which is included in this set. Music Blocks allows your child to 'compose' their own musical masterpieces simply by playing with the blocks. 


Jumbo Music Block
By Neurosmith
Average Customer Review - 4 Stars

Jumbo Music Block is big on fun and big on learning! Designed to help children learn shapes, colors, and dressing skills, this giant foam block features fun music, surprise pockets, and interactive activities. Each side plays two children's songs-- toe-tapping classics and jazzy new tunes entertain children while reinforcing shape learning and language skills. 

Each side of this huggable oversized block also features a colorful geometric shape and a secret surprise pocket. Zippers, snaps, and buttons develop fine motor skills and challenge children to uncover whimsical activities including a shiny peek-a-boo mirror, an ABC & 123 book, and a wiggly busy ball. Batteries sold separately. 


Sleep: Sleepless hours exact a huge toll
Washington Times Dec 31, 2003

"I suspect that many children do not use their full brain capacities to learn and absorb information because of their chronic sleep deprivation," said psychologist Avi Sadeh of Tel Aviv University in Israel. " I'm even more worried that the increasing rates of attention problems (ADHD -- hyperactivity), youth violence and other forms of lowered frustration tolerance are related to this growing tendency to shorten sleep."

Toxins Cited in Farmed Salmon
Washington Post Jan 09, 2004

Salmon, a rich source of omega-3 long chain fatty acids which is the primary building block of the brain and retina of the eye, is contaminated with toxic especially the farm-raised salmon.

Car fumes linked to child coughs
BBC News Dec 3, 2003

Research has found that young children living near a major road suffer more coughing attacks.


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