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Good News For Aging Brains

September 7, 2021

New research from Georgetown University Medical Center, published August 19, 2021, in Nature Human Behavior, show that two key brain functions, which allow us to attend to new information and to focus on what’s important in a given situation, can in fact improve in older individuals. These functions underlie critical aspects of cognition such as memory, decision making, and self-control, and even navigation, math, language and reading.


“These results are amazing, and have important consequences for how we should view aging,” says the study’s senior investigator, Michael T. Ullman, PhD, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of Georgetown’s Brain and Language Lab.


They studied the brain networks responsible for alertingorienting and executive inhibition. Each has different characteristics and relies on different brain areas and different neurochemicals and genes. Therefore, Ullman and Veríssimo reasoned, the networks may also show different aging patterns.


Alerting is characterized by a state of enhanced vigilance and preparedness in order to respond to incoming information. Orienting involves shifting brain resources to a particular location in space. The executive network inhibits distracting or conflicting information, allowing us to focus on what’s important.


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The 15 City Scents of Le Labo

September 6, 2021

Le Labo’s 15 exclusive scents honoring 15 cities are only available in the cities they were created for… But once a year, all scents are available in all of their labs. 


Founded in 2006, this New York-based luxury fragrance company opened last year in Georgetown. This year they are featuring a new city: Berlin.


Available in full sizes only during the month of September. 


Le Labo is located at 3005 M Street. 

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Labor Day Brunch at Brasserie Liberté

August 18, 2021

Labor Day brunch at Brasserie Liberté is the perfect way to savor summer! Brunch is available on Labor Day from 10:00 am to 3:45 pm with dinner service to follow. 


Brunch favorites such as the “Beef Bourguignon Skillet” with Home Fries, Beef Bourguignon, Bacon Lardons, Fried Egg, and Mornay; Croque Monsieur” with Marinated Ham, Gruyère, Mornay, Pain de Mie, and Petite Salad; Tuna Niçoise” with Asparagus, Haricots Verts, Boquerones, Potatoes, Olives, Tomatoes, Eggs, and Banyuls-Muscatel Vinaigrette (GF); “Avocado Toast” with Sundried-Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions, Frisée, Poached Eggs, Thick-Cut Sourdough, and Home Fries (V); and more.


The brasserie’s signature “Mimosa Kits” with a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices for $35 are available. To make a reservation or view the full menu, please visit libertedc.com. 


Brasserie Liberté is located at 3251 Prospect Street NW in Georgetown.

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