Daily Rounds: Aging Brains; Old Cheddar Cheese; Infected Organs For HIV Patients; Anorexic Orthodox Jews

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Multi-tasking: Age makes it difficult -"...the brains of older adults make it difficult to switch back to the first task, says Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at UCSF, co-author of the study. Older adults get more engaged in the new task and have more trouble “letting go” than younger adults." (Los Angeles Times)

Expired food given to Mass. prisons - The Boston Globe "The bulk of the old food went to state prisons in Bridgewater, the documents show. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction said yesterday that most of the food, including nearly 2,000 cases of cheddar cheese, was thrown out. Prisons rejected other out-of-date food and refused to pick up the items — including 481 cases of frozen chicken and six cases of frozen beef patties — from the warehouses, said Diane Wiffin, director of public affairs." (

Doctors: HIV-Infected Organs Should Be OK For People With HIV : Shots - Health Blog : NPR "Now some doctors from Johns Hopkins say that ending a ban on the use of donor organs from people infected with HIV could help. A lot.
By their estimate, about 500 HIV-positive people in need of replacement livers and kidneys could get them each year if a law dating back to 1984 didn't forbid their use." (

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders - "Rabbis say the problem is especially hard to treat because of the shame that has long surrounded mental illness among Orthodox Jews. “There is an amazing stigma attached to eating disorders — this is the real problem,” said Rabbi Saul Zucker, educational director for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, or O.U., the organization that issues the all-important kashrut stamp for food. “But hiding it is not going to make it go away. If we don’t confront it, it’s going to get worse.” (

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