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Hacking The Brain

Hacking The Brain

Everyday, thousands of people in the US take some form of neurologically enhancing drugs. These drugs can range from Adderall to Provigil to Ritalin. We here at AllTreatment were curious about the effects of these drugs, and dove deep into the research to find out who is using these drugs and how it is affecting their brain. This eventually led us to create this infographic about hacking your brain. So please, take a look and learn something new today.


Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

This design has a very structured look to it that I think gives the information a sense of credibility. It does not look like the information is just thrown all around but strategically placed. I like that the title is at the very top grabbing the reader’s attention. I like the muted colors that are used instead of bright pastels. It gives the infographic a retro look. I think all of the images and graphs work perfectly to display the information in a unique and creative way.

Infographic Information: B+

I think it was great to see that the top paragraph had a lot of great information to get the reader interested and to setup the infographic. The title grabs the attention of the reader and the information underneath gives them a better sense of what the infographic is about. I think all of the statistics and facts are interesting and really serve a purpose of explaining how many different medicines affect our brains. I am sure many people will find this information interesting and possibly even helpful

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Early Childhood Development Infographic

Early Childhood Development Infographic

I know that as a child grows there are certain milestones that children should have to make sure they are developing correctly. This infographic breaks down the different milestones into months and years so you can see if your child is developing at a normal pace. I think this is a great infographic for parents or anyone who may be interested in an early childhood education program.


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Infographic Design: A+

I like the background color for this infographic with its plain neutral colors that make the other information standout. The different stages are broken into months and years and show which skills the child should have developed. There are not a lot of great images but the ones that are used work with the infographic. I appreciate the key that was used to break up the information in each stage into specific skills that they learn. The color coding symbols work great for that.

Infographic Information: A+

The information is detailed and has a lot of thought put into it. The first couple of sections break down why early childhood development is important and how it helps your child’s brain. The section for parents give parents a better understanding of what they can do to help their children develop properly. I think this is a great infographic with great information for parents and anyone else interested in early childhood education.

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Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic

Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic


This infographic, in a nutshell, tells you that it takes your whole life to become a doctor – but in a good way.  It shows the development of the brain, salaries of doctors compared to other professions, gender roles, stress, reward, and the top 20 countries by the number of doctors they have.  Along the left side, there is a timeline of ages, telling you at what age you complete certain stages you go through to become a doctor.  We’ll split the review and overview into the first sections we mentioned, and then explain the timeline.

Left Brain vs. Right Brain

The left brain helps a doctor make decisions, including suggestions for treatment, diagnoses, and problem solving, as well as remembering codes and drug information.  The left brain helps a doctor stay on schedule, understand medical charts and test results, and give patients advice about preventative healthcare, diet, and hygiene.

The right brain helps the doctor with bedside manner, allowing him or her to be personable and charismatic.  It also helps the doctor with coping skills, since he or she will deal with death, illness, and injuries.  The right brain equips the doctor with emergency handling skills, helps the doctor recognize human anatomy, deal with a chaotic working environment, and allows the doctor to feel empathy for his or her patient.

Salary vs. Jobs in the U.S.A.

This graph shows the salary and amount of jobs for certain professions in the year 2008.  In that year, there were 661,400 physicians and surgeons, with a median salary of $186,044.  Conversely, there were 1,700,000 professors with a median salary of $58,830.  Several other occupations are listed.

Gender Roles

Colon and Rectal surgery is a growing field for female doctors because surgeries can be scheduled in advance, allowing for flexible scheduling and a work/life balance.  In 2007, 31% of colon and rectal surgeons were females under the age of 35.  12% were females between the ages of 45 and 54, and 3% were females between the ages of 55-64, making females of any age 45% of colon and rectal surgeons.  Today, 40% of doctors are women, and it is estimated that within 8 years, female doctors will outnumber male doctors.


43% of physicians and surgeons work more than 50 hours per week.  17% of doctors leave medicine in the middle of their careers.  36% of surgeons feel they have no family time, yet 51% would want their children to follow in their footsteps, career-wise.  Must be the money.


Helping people can be the greatest reward.  High-paying job aside, doctors are able to help people in ways that other people can’t, by healing.  They can remove tumors, fix organs, and help people recover from grave injuries and illnesses.

Top 20 Countries by Number of Physicians

China has the most physicians at over 1.8 million.  The U.S. comes in next with 730,801 physicians.  The order then goes to India, then to Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Ukraine, Spain, U.K., Pakistan, Turkey, Argentina, Philippines, Poland, and Korea.

The Timeline

When you’re a child, you wean, and maybe start playing doctor.  Once you’re in school, you start dreaming of someday becoming a doctor.  You study biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English and you try to excel at all of the subjects.    While you’re in college, you take classes and study for the MCAT.  Then you go on to medical school, around age 23, and spend 4 years there “living off Top Ramen and wondering if it’s still worth it.”  At around 27 years old, you start your 3-8 of residency training and internships, and around age 35 you become a “real doctor.”


Design:  A

It’s clean, the colors are nice, and the typeface is easy to read.  The graphics are easy to understand, and it’s overall a very good-looking infographic.

Information:  A-

I would have liked to have seen more recent data than 2008, but it’s not always available.  I would have also liked some statistics regarding the “reward” section as it seems a little subjective.  Maybe a little graph that shows what a sample number of doctors rate as their favorite thing about their job, or something.

Source:  Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic by rn to msn

How MRI Scans Work – Infographic

How MRI Scans Work – Infographic

Visualisations-in-Medicine-MRI Hi-Res

This infographic is about MRI scans work.  It also contains some information about the history of MRIs.  Usually, we try to break our reviews into subheadings, but this is a sort of free-flowing piece, so I’m just going to to with it.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging – used to take high quality pictures of the insides of humans.  It was invented in 1977 by a guy named Raymond Damadian.  A photograph of an MRI shows a technician, a patient, the machine itself, and the motorized table that slides the patient into the MRI Scanning tube.  Ooh.  We can do headings after all.  Here we go:

The Inner Workings of an MRI

The MRI Scanning Tube consists of a radio frequency transmitter and receiver that sends and receives radio signals, a main magnetic coil that creates a uniform magnetic field, and x, y, and z magnetic coils that create varying magnetic fields.  These are pointed out on a diagram of the MRI.

A Step by Step Guide

Since the human body is 60-70% water, and water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen atoms have protons that spin naturally, the MRI works by creating a uniform magnetic field around the patient, causing his or her hydrogen protons to spin and align with the magnetic field.  The radio signal transmitter then sends out radio wave pulses of varying frequencies, and when the frequency matches the frequency of the spinning proton, the energy wave is absorbed by the proton, causing the proton to tilt out of alignment with the magnetic field.  The pulse ends, and the proton returns to the alignment of the magnetic field, and the leftover signal is picked up by the receiver.

The hydrogen protons in the human body emit different types of waves, depending on what and where they are.  The computer in the MRI can tell the difference between bone and blood, for example, and cancerous tissue emits a longer signal than non-cancerous tissue.  The computer matches up all the signals to the different parts of the body, and is able to detect when a signal is abnormal.  In a scan output, different colors mean there are differences in tissue type, and the MRI creates an image of the body using the location data and tissue type data.


MRIs are used to detect tumors, cysts, hemorrhages, torn ligaments, brain infections, and more.  Radio waves have less energy than X-rays, making them less harmful than X-rays or CT scans.


So far, nobody has proved that there can be any lasting health damage from an MRI.  In the past, before certain protocols were implemented, patients experienced  wounds related to unsecured metal objects in the room, or metal objects inside the patient, getting drawn into the magnetic field and causing injury.

Design:  C-

Not attractive, and somewhat hard to read at the top.

Information:  B+

Explains the MRI very well.

Source: Chronic Sinusitus Treatment by Acclarent UK


This is Your Brain on Prescription Drugs Infographic

This is Your Brain on Prescription Drugs Infographic

This is Your Brain on Drugs

Prescription drug abuse is a big problem in this country.  Or, so this infographic tells us.  Personally, I get hyper from Excedrin, sleepy from Tylenol, and have a high health insurance deductible, so I’m sort of out of the loop on this one, though I do have a friend who has a sister who has a boyfriend who has a cousin that is so whacked out on prescription meds that he thinks his pores are exploding all the time.  But I digress..

If you are prescribed any of the medicines on this list, odds are you are at risk for addiction, which is when you take the pills longer than you need to, or you take more than you’re supposed to.  Odds are you know somebody at work, school, church, or somewhere that has a problem with prescription medications.  This infographic splits the most commonly abused prescription drugs into three categories – CNS Depressants, Opiads, and Stimulants, and tells them what drugs fall into which category and also explains briefly what purpose the classification of drug has.  Then it states the fact that it is illegal to take prescription drugs prescribed to someone else, or to take your own prescription drugs in a way not explained by your doctor.  For instance, your doctor does not direct you to crush up your medicine and snort it.  That’s illegal.

The infographic also shares the disturbing statistic that the increase in drug combination deaths increased 3196% between 1983 and 2004.  More disturbing statistics shown are the percentages attached to prescription drug-related deaths and poisoning.

The graphic goes on to show a picture of the human brain, and highlights the sections of the brain damaged by prescription drugs.    If that’s not enough of a wake-up call, there are graphs underneath that show how many 8th graders, 10th graders, 12th graders, and college students abuse Vicodin, OxyContin, and Tranquilizers.  Those graphs aren’t very easy to read, and that section would have been more effective if labeled and if the graphs were formatted differently.

Overall, the use of the classic “This is your brain on drugs…any questions?” ad campaign is good, and the infographic is nicely organized and full of good information.  The lower half could be organized better, and the color choices are a little off-putting.  I might have gone for different colors.  Also, there is so much information that it is good that the designer or creator broke the sections apart – the section on cough syrup and acetaminophen seems random, even though it is totally in keeping with the topic.

The typefaces are not the least bit distracting, which I count as a check in the plus column.  The text is easy to read, and the differences in the typefaces does not seem great enough to disturb my eye or my reading flow.

Design:  B+

The flow of information could be organized and displayed a tad better – because all the information is important.

Information:  A

All helpful, yet disturbing, information about prescription drugs.

via:  SpinaBifidaInfo


U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

U.S. Hunger and Obesity Infographic

world hunger graphic

How are hunger, poverty, obesity, food insecurity and food stamps connected? That’s the question this complex infographic attempts to answer, and its creator leveraged data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDC, and the USDA to reach her conclusions.  Anne Mai Bertelsen, the creator of this graphic, is the leader of MAi Strategies and Principal at Causeshift.  She created this chart to send a strong message that America needs a Hunger Data Consortium.

Why?  Consider, argues Bertelsen, that our best data on U.S. hunger is over two years old.  And when you acknowledge that over 49 million Americans suffer from hunger (or  “food insecurity”), and over 17 million of those are children, you can understand why a consortium is needed.  Despite decades of government programs and outreach from private citizens, hunger has actually increased over the past 20 years, which is why President Obama called on every American to help in his quest to eradicate childhood hunger in America by the year 2015.

But that’s unlikely to happen at the current pace.  That’s because the data presently available is scattered, fragmented, and only available to professional researchers and policy makers, not the average Joe on the street.  How can we collectively solve the national hunger problem if the average U.S. citizen can’t even look at the (antiquated) data?

The above infographic doesn’t answer questions, and it’s not supposed to.  It simply can’t–not with data behind hunger missing and incomplete.  The graphic indicates that states with heightened levels of food insecurity also tend to have high rates of obesity.  It shows that 14 states have higher than the national average rate of both food insecurity and obesity.  Looking for a link between the two?  You won’t find it.  Not until a hunger consortium is brought about so that all interested parties can have access to data.   When they do, they’ll be able to perform a proper analysis, and as a nation, we’ll be closer to solving the national hunger and obesity crises.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

Oval shaped designs draw you in, and the artist did an adequate job of that.  The graphic catches your attention and fills you with an urge to make sense of it all.

Content: B-

I regretfully have to assign a B- to the content portion of my grading for one simple reason: this graphic makes your brain hurt (and perhaps it’s supposed to.)  At first glance, you can’t make heads or tails of it, and no infographic should be byzantine.  The point of an infographic is to make things simpler.  In the artist’s fairness, this is a complicated issue with no clear-cut answers to the questions presented by the graphic.  So maybe it isn’t simple for a reason:  there’s no simple solution to the obesity and hunger crises.

Infograhic provided by: Anne Mai Bertelsen and Causeshift.com

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

jackpot infographic

Being the proud owner of a iPhone 4 I understand the lure of mobile gaming all to well. This infographic does a solid job of presenting a wide range of information from number of companies developing mobile gaming applications to various characteristics of the mobile gamers. I was more than a little surprised to see that female mobile gamers outnumber the male mobile gamers. I guess us men need the big screen to fully pump up our testosterone to levels high enough to enjoy the gaming experience.

While the graphics are simple, using mostly muted colors and familiar geometric shapes, the vast amount of information almost dictates this type of minimalistic and ordered design. Graphics and words play well together, neither one dominating the other. The choice am modern font was a no-brainer and serves the design well. In fact, the entire infographic has the feel of being read on a mobile device. This is probably my perception and not the intent of the designer but it helps the piece feel more connected with its content.

And with this post, I begin my new rating scorecard.

Design: B-
Solid design, thoughtful use of colors, shapes and space.

Content: B-
Interesting, while not overwhelming.

source: http://jackpotcity.com/

Anti-pollution Infographic

Anti-pollution Infographic

Usually getting someone to do a double-take while looking at an infographic is the last thing you want. But, in the case you have no choice. Your initial thought is, “these are some weird fish.” But wait a moment and let your brain catch up to your eye and you will see the fish are really creatively crumpled pieces of garbage found in the Mediterranean sea, or any body of water, for that matter.

This was extremely well-executed and it is easy to see the writer and designer made something special out of garbage for this anti-pollution infographic, a nice green marketing piece. Don’t throw this one back, it is a keeper for sure. Remember to check your carbon footprint so you leave this planet the same way you found it. ;-)
Trash as Fish Infographic