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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 4, 2011 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Lo stress fa male non solo alia psiche ma lascia anche dei segni fisici profondi, soprattutto nei bambini. Alcuni scienziati dello Stanford University Medical Center hanno scoperto che alti livelli di stress, come per esempio in chi soffre di disturbo post traumatico da stress, lasciano delle vere e proprie 'cicatrici' nel cervello, danneggiando e restringendo l'area dell'ippocampo coinvolto nella memo- ria e nelle emozioni e rendendo cosi i piccoli meno capaci di gestire ansia e difficolta. A renderlo note  uno studio pubblicato sulla rivista "Pediatrics". Nei bambini esaminati durante la Tlcerca sono stati riscontrate quantit piO alte nel sangue dell'ormone dello stress, il 'cortisolo' Secondo i ricercatori gli alti livelli di cortisolo danneggiano l'ippocampo che, a sua volta, aumenta l'ansia. I1 danno che ne deriva pu6 prolungare i sintomi dello stress e interferire con la terapia dpts {disturbo post traumatico da stress). Un gruppo di ragazzi Studiati per avere manifestato stress vari non riuscivano a gestire informazioni e nel metterle insieme. specialmente se il danno alia memoria, a causa dello stress, stato molto serio. Naturalmente non tutti i soggetti studiati erano in grado di rispondere alreffetto dello stress in maniera simile. II loro responso era flessibile. Ulteriori studi cercheranno di spiegare se l'ippocampo pifl piccolo sia un segnale che predispone al disturbo post traumatico da stress, o se invece ne  la conseguenza. Uno studio condotto sui veterani di guerra sembrerebbe suggerire che sia l'ippocampo danneggiato a predisporre all'insorgere di questo disturbo, o viceversa. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Stress is bad to the psyche but also leaves its mark, physical and deep, on the little children mainly. Some scientists of Stanford University Medical Center have discovered that high levels of stress, as on those who are affected by traumatic stress disorder, leave real 'scars' on the brains by damaging and shrinking the section of the hippocampus involved in emotions and memory, and caus- ing to the least able the inability to manage anxiety and difficulties. The study became public after its publication on the magazine "Pediatrics'. On the children examined during the research study they found very high quantities of 'Cortisol' in the blood of this stress hormone. The re- searchers believe that high levels of Cortisol cause dam- age to the hippocampus, which at same time, increases anxiety. The result is the damage that may prolong the stress symptoms and interfere with the PTSD (post trau- matic stress disorder). A gro, up of children studied after manifesting diverse kinds of stress were unable to make sense of the 'information' and put them together, particu- larly if the damage, to the memory, because of the stress, was very serious. Of course, not all those studied responded in a uniform manner to the effect of the stress. Their response was flexible. Further studies .will try to explain if the smallest hippocampus is a sign that predisposes to the post-traumatic stress disorder, or the consequence. A study conducted on war veterans would seem to suggest that it mar be a damaged hippocampus to make possible the insurgence of such symptoms, and not vice-versa. Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year.  On- ear Oift Subscription _ We'll send the recipient an I"\\;- .I.ST[B -'' announcement of your gift. Their subscription will I . =72]:Z7 I begin with the current issue ..:..-z,z.=.-=a.-z and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani THOSE "CHARLIE ON THE MBTA" DAYS Recently while passing through the Mattapan Square area, I noticed those old orange-colored vintage streetcars that run on the so-called high speed Ashmont-Mattapan line. It brought back memories of when you take those old streetcars all the way form Mattapan to North Station with one change over at Egleston Square Station. In fact, all over the city there were tracks lining many streets before buses moved street cars into retirement. Of course back then the fares were a nickel and you even got a transfer to the next streetcar. My Uncle Nealy was a street car conductor and usually did either the Charlestown or Chelsea routes. Streetcars over there stopped just around the time I was coming into the world. I know time has flown when I remember those street cars over at Andrew Station, THANK YOU MARIO'S RiSTORANTE Father Wayne recently sent out a big thank you to Ursula from Mario's Ristor- ante for a successful fund- raiser held at her place on Sunday, January 16. Sacred Heart raised $2,000 for the parish. BOSTON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT Francesca DiBerledett0 of Revere, announced that a celebration in honor of the Centenary of Women across the world in honor of An a Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi will be held at Spinelli's in Day Square on Sunday, March 6 at 1 pm. For more information on this event, please contact Francesca at 617-820-8885. READ ALL ABOUT DEVELOPER DON CHIOFARO Boston Magazine this past November did a great piece on Boston's most known and sometimes irreverent devel- oper Don Chiofaro. It is a very good read on. The guy loves Boston and he loves his work. Check out the piece. MICHELE IS BACK! Michele McPhee is back on the radio dial over at WRKO 680 AM. Her new show is on weekdays from I pm until the Howie Carr Show, which follows at 3pm. Her old station seems bor- ing to me in the evenings without her opines and great radio personality. I still lis- ten to Jay Severin on the drive home from work but at 6pm, I start surfing my ra- dio dial which is something I never did before. Michele is the voice of real and disseminates them quite well. She's also got good common sense to go with a good sense of humor. She's street smart and al- ways on target. Welcome back to the airwaves. EASTIE NEEDED THAT WONDERLAND The Winter Wonderland Party at Sacred Heart parish in East Boston was a huge success. To date, it has been quite a winter of both snow and frigid cold. As I write this. the temp is minus 1, which is cold as cold can be. People loved East Coast Acapella. I can't wait for this year's Gaelic Garlic St. Patrick's Day Party. Last year's was, great. I wore my green derby and celebrated my Harrington side. Father Wayne is well with all these celebrations that carry us throughout the year. FATHER PAT HEALEY UP THE SOLDIERS HOME My favorite spot to start off my work day is over in Day Square, East Boston at the Elite. Joe Young always takes a bundle of Post- Gazettes over to the home. Patients there, I am told love reading the paper from front to back. Father Healey has an interesting story to tell and soon I'll be stopping by to chat with him and the place. Stay tuned. LOCAL TALENT IS OUT THERE I was down at L.A. Roberts on Route I in Nortli  Atflebor0 to hear a local band out of Boston named Richie "Rich" & 24 Karat Funk Band. I caught their act late in the evening but the crowd seemed to be into them. They played my kind of mu- sic, a gOO d .mix of both old'and' new music Was to be heard. The band will be at Polcari's in saugus on February 12.' Check them out and let me know what you think. HAIR APPARENT TO R.D. SAHL AT NECN? The Boston Herald's media column by Jessica Heslam (January 20) was great. Ap- parently, the new prime time anchorman over at New England Cable News once, I guess recently, did one of those infomercials, this one touting a hair re- placement laser comb for men. John Daley is now the replacement for R.D. Sahl and that comb add is history. Seriously, how can one de- finitively deliver the news well selling combs to guys going bald? Can't you hear it now? "Crash on Route 93 leaves one dead and seven injured as tractor trailer hit by car. Life by the way is better with a good head of hair." Finally, now that R.D. Sahl is off his anchor desk, will he ever tell us what R.D. stands for? SULPRIZIO OUT MADARO IN State Rep. Carlo Basile is losing his chief legislative aide Michael Sulprizio who will be leaving the State House office and will be re- placed by Adrian Madaro who is a senior at Tufts Univer- sity and a Boston Latin School graduate. Basile said he will miss Sulprizio as he goes on to bigger and better things and believes Madaro will be a great addition to his State House office. OUT  SULPRIZIO IN Fran Riley recently left the Harborside Community Center retiring last year after years of service at Harborside's program. Mike Sulprizio has been named as the Center's new director. Sulprizio has enjoyed his time working for Rep. Basile and he will be a great direc- tor at the Harborside Com- munity Center too. REMEMBERING ROSETTA PAGLIUCA' Rosetta Pagliuca passed away back on October 19, 2009 and is still remem- bered by family and friends who still miss her so much. This past January 13 would have been her 61 "t birthday. , When people die what seems i much too soon we are left to remember them when we still really want them with us. As long as folks remem- ber the dead, they remain in our hearts always. She was a special person who left this world too soon. FUNDRAISER HELD AT WARREN TAVERN A successful fundraiser was recently held at the Warren Tavern for the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club Swim Team to help de- fray costs for the team, which will be competing in the National Invitational Tournament. 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