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first_imgQ. I’m getting married abroad – how do I get my wedding dress there in one piece? And should I change my name before the wedding?Tina, NottinghamA. First of all, congratulations on your upcoming nuptials Tina. On the issue of getting the dress abroad, the most stress-free way to get your dress to your wedding destination without it getting damaged or lost, is to carry it hand luggage. How straight-forward this is depends on which airline you are flying with. If it’s one of the airlines that enforce its hand luggage rules with an iron fist, like Ryanair or Flybe, you’ll have to pack the dress carefully into a bag or box of the requisite size – there are no exemptions when it comes to low cost airlines and baggage restrictions. My advice would be to pack it in acid-free tissue paper and use a case or box that is hard-sided, then find a good dry cleaner or laundry company that will press or steam it at the other end. Most hotels will be able to direct you towards one. On other airlines, you may be able to appeal to the crew, who will hang it in the business class wardrobe in its dress bag, particularly if it is summer time and there are fewer coats in the closet. That said, if it’s a voluminous dress, you’d be pushing your luck to get it in a wardrobe, so you’ll need to squeeze it into a bag or box and leave it there until you arrive. You could try calling ahead to “reserve” a space in the wardrobe, but don’t rely on the good nature of the crew – make sure it will fit into your hand luggage if needs be. There are various companies selling wedding dress travel boxes that cost from £29 on this website, www.emptybox.co.uk, or try www.dressinabox.co.uk, which lists its boxes by airline (do double check before you travel though, as baggage rules frequently change). Of course, you can improvise and make your own box – just make sure it is sturdy, as you will probably be requested to pack it into the overhead lockers. If you are worried about squeezing it into a hand luggage bag, you could get the dress couriered to your destination with a company like DHL or Fedex. If you go down this road, make sure the packaging is sturdy, waterproof, and marked fragile. Be sure to ship the dress well in advance and make sure a friend or hotel concierge is briefed to receive it at the other end. On the name change issue, as you are getting married abroad, you cannot change your name because a bride cannot travel home under her married name. The reason is that your current passport is cancelled to create the new one in your new name. The new passport is post-dated and will only be valid from the day of the marriage ceremony. Further to that, some countries will not issue visas for postdated passports. It’s best to travel back, or indeed go on honeymoon, with your current passport in your maiden name, then change it on your return. You’ll just need to fill out a standard application form and send off your marriage or civil partnership certificate to the IPS. Don’t forget that when you do change your passport name, any future travel must be booked in that name. If the passport and travel tickets don’t match, many airlines will not let you board the plane, and some countries won’t allow you to enter. Further to that – some visas in your old passport will become invalid when you change your name. And finally – double check what paperwork and visas are required for your wedding and honeymoon abroad. If you don’t have the right paperwork, it may mean the ceremony is not legal, or worse still, can’t take place at all.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email [email protected] and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTurkish Airlines cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceFlying Turkish Airlines and need to know what their hand luggage and checked baggage allowances are? Here’s your essential Turkish Airlines baggage guide, plus tips on how to pack smartly so you can avoid paying for excess baggage.What’s the best hand luggage bag?With more and more airlines charging for checked bags, it’s worth travelling light to save money. We’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags.Thomas Cook cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowanceWhether you’ve booked a Thomas Cook all inclusive holiday, or you’ve gone for the flight only option, you’ll probably want to know the same thing: what is Thomas Cook’s baggage allowance, and how can you check you’ve got it right before check in? Here are all of the facts on…last_img read more


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Rebooting memory with magnets

first_imgAfter administering a baseline memory test to the participants, the team began the brain stimulation sessions, focusing rapid-fire magnetic pulses on a fingertip-sized area toward the back of the skull for 20 minutes per day. The location of the stimulation differed slightly among individuals, based on brain scans showing their unique connections between the parietal cortex and hippocampus, Voss explains. After 5 days, the participants were given a 24-hour break from stimulation and asked to repeat the memory test. People who had received TMS improved their scores by roughly 20% to 25%, whereas controls who had not received the stimulation showed little to no improvement, Voss and his colleagues report online today in Science. Brain scans also showed increases in the amount of communication between the hippocampus and parietal cortex in subjects who received the stimulation. The more the two regions worked together, the better people performed on the memory test, Voss says.The study is “very cool” because it supports scientists’ growing understanding of the hippocampus as one vital node in a larger memory network spread throughout the brain, says Alvaro Pascual-Leone, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston who was not involved in the research. It also “elegantly shows” for the first time that stimulation on the surface of the skull can reach deep brain structures (such as the hippocampus) and increase communication and synchrony throughout the network, ultimately improving performance on a memory test, he says.Whether TMS will someday be a cure for memory deficits is “a reasonable question to ask, but it’s not answered yet,” Pascual-Leone says. Scientists will need to conduct many studies in people with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease to determine whether stimulation is effective for them—the disease might do so much damage that stimulation doesn’t work or even has deleterious effects, Pascual-Leone says.The fact that the TMS stimulation used in the study had such a targeted effect on memory networks makes Voss optimistic that the technology could counteract memory loss. In an upcoming trial, Voss and colleagues will study the electromagnetic stimulation’s effect on people with early-stage memory loss, he says.Studies like this one raise the ethical issue of whether it’s a good idea to use such technologies on healthy people to change a normal brain, Pascual-Leone notes. For one thing, it’s unclear how long the improved recall lasts, or if changes to the brain could be permanent. “How long does it take to go back?” he wonders. And although the prospect of memory enhancement may be enticing for those of us who are constantly losing our keys, it’s possible that boosting function in one cognitive skill will take away from another, he says. “The brain may be a zero-sum game in that sense.” Email Click to view the privacy policy. 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Names, dates, birthdays, and the locations of car keys fall through the cracks, losses that accelerate at an alarming pace with age and in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say.Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an increasingly popular therapy for psychiatric disorders that involves placing fist-sized coiled magnets on the scalp to stimulate different brain regions. Although researchers aren’t sure why or how it works, it does appear to benefit some patients. Last year, for example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved several TMS devices for treating migraines and depression. Studies have also shown that the technique can improve performance on different types of memory tests, but few researchers have investigated whether benefits persist after stimulation stops or looked at how stimulation affects the brain’s memory circuits, says Joel Voss, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.To begin answering those questions, Voss and colleagues recruited 16 healthy adults who were between the ages of 21 and 40. Using structural and functional MRI scanners, the researchers made detailed maps of the subjects’ brains, locating the hippocampus, a brain region key to memory, and its connections to another brain region called the parietal cortex. Functional MRI scans of brain activity show greater neuronal traffic between the two areas when people are performing memory-related tasks, and lesions between the areas can result in severe deficits in the ability to remember proper labels for things, such as matching names with faces, Voss says. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Countrylast_img read more