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FDA clears use of online cognitive/ behavioral assessment to inform ADHD diagnosis


— Previous test (QbTest), which required use of two peripheral devices, a small button and a camera.

Qbtech receives FDA clearance for online test that assesses ADHD (MobiHealth News):

“Sweden-based Qbtech has received an FDA 510(k) clearance for an online tool, called QbCheck, that offers clinical decision-making support for diagnosing and treating children with ADHD Read the rest of this entry »

For a good night’s rest, combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques


Most SharpBrains readers understand the benefits of stress regulation, and also the benefits of sleep. Recommendations for sleep hygiene are well publicized. They include avoiding alcohol and stimulants like caffeine; sticking to regular bed and wake times (even if you don’t get enough sleep); exposing Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MS-around-the-world-prevalence (800x506)


At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Provide Medication-Free Symptom Relief for Neuropsychological Issues Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (press release):

“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

To boost attention and other cognitive skills, learn AND continually practice a second language

language learningStudy: Short-term language learning boosts cognitive agility (UPI):

“Studies have shown learning a second language can improve a variety of cognitive functions…Scottish researchers found that students demonstrated improved attention abilities after just a week of language learning Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (twenty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at baseline interview. Source: Study linked below.



Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of fascinating brain studies and emerging thinking and tools for lifelong mental health and performance. Happy reading!

New research:

New thinking:

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Have a great month of May!

The SharpBrains Team

New Nevada regulation requires professional fighters to undergo regular computerized cognitive testing

brain_craniumNevada officials to require brain health testing for fighters (Las Vegas Review-Journal):

“The Nevada Athletic Commission will require all licensed fighters in the Silver State, including professional boxers and mixed martial athletes, to undergo regular brain health testing, officials announced Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Read the rest of this entry »

Slidedeck: 25 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Technology For Better Brain Health

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