April 5, 2013 |
IN THE 4th century B.C., Aristotle argued that what separates humans from animals is our unique ability to reason. Some 2,300 years later, our best thinkers can tell us relatively little about how that reasoning takes place — how the brain operates normally, or what's happening when it behaves irregularly. President Obama announced this week that he wants to change that. The president proposed a down payment of $100 million to begin mapping the brain. In a video conference this week, National Institutes of Health Director...
March 27, 2013 |
Rear Adm. John F. Kirby is the U.S. Navy's chief of information. This article is adapted from commencement remarks given at the Naval War College last month. In more than 10 years of war, we in the military have gone to great expense and trouble to listen to the concerns of foreign peoples and cultures. We have learned Dari and Arabic and Pashto. We have sat cross-legged in shura and tribal councils. And yet I worry that we do not pay our fellow Americans the same courtesy. It's time...
February 22, 2013
John K. Wilkerson, 91, who retired from the Navy Department in 1981 as an administrator of educational programs for civilian employees, died Jan. 26 at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg. He had complications from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a fall in 2011, said his wife, Sheila C. Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson worked for the Navy Department for about three decades. Earlier in his career, he taught English for several years in Roanoke. After his retirement, he did...
December 23, 2012 |
As the wars abroad wind down and defense spending shrinks, some contractors are turning their attention to the return of veterans and their health needs. Government-focused companies have already been shifting into health-related work, seeing an opportunity in the move to electronic records and the promise of technology to make care more efficient. Now, this strategic turn is intensifying as the fisca l cliff comes into view and the opportunities to translate government work into commercial business become...
September 26, 2012 |
Three people have been arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a man who was found severely injured last month in a residential area of Capitol Hill, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Wednesday night. Tommy T. Branch, 21, of Fort Washington, Michael Moore, 18, of Landover and a 17-year-old male were taken into custody Wednesday. Lanier said police think that they stole the cellphone of Capitol Hill resident Thomas C. Maslin early Aug. 18. "The news of tonight's arrests...
June 22, 2012
Thanks for the article " Taking the stigma out of seizures " in the June 19 Health and Science section. Like Commerce Secretary John Bryson and the article's author, Justin Moyer, I, too, have a seizure disorder. Mine is the result of a traumatic brain injury I suffered 19 years ago. I take Keppra and Trileptal twice a day and had my last seizure in 1995. I agree with Mr. Moyer that there is no reason to hide this condition. It is what it is. That is one thing I learned as I have continued to adapt to my condition.