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Study: Brain imaging not accurate or sensitive enough (yet) to detect Alzheimer’s disease in primary care settings

dementia_pet_imagingAccu­racy of demen­tia brain imag­ing must improve (Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia release):

A report pub­lished today in The Lancet Neu­rol­ogy eval­u­ates for the first time how well dif­fer­ent types of brain imag­ing tests work to detect Alzheimer’s and pre­dict how the dis­ease will progress.

The results show that the accu­racy of brain imag­ing must be improved before it can be rolled out Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: How to spur meaningful, targeted & safe adoption of emerging neurotechnologies

neuroelectrics_capA cap that treats depres­sion? Check the sci­ence before get­ting excited (The Guardian):

Yes­ter­day, an arti­cle in the Entre­pre­neurs sec­tion of the Guardian pur­ported to reveal a “cloth cap that could help treat depres­sion”. This claim has caused some alarm in the neu­ro­science and men­tal health fields, so it’s impor­tant to look a lit­tle more closely at what the man­u­fac­tur­ers are actu­ally claim­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Revolutions in neurotechnology will soon influence every aspect of human life

Trends in Neurotechnology August 2015Cen­ter for Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Stud­ies Announces Release of Trends in Neu­rotech­nol­ogy August 2015 (Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­icy Studies):

Rev­o­lu­tions in neu­rotech­nol­ogy will soon influ­ence every aspect of human life. Neu­rotech­nol­ogy can be used to fur­ther under­stand the nat­ural processes of the brain, study and treat neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders and injuries, and enhance neural capa­bil­i­ties, result­ing in increased human intel­li­gence and effi­ciency. Out­side of the realm of health, it can be used in social con­texts to improve over­all qual­ity of life.”

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Report: 10 million people develop dementia every year

Alzheimer rates

Chart: Esti­mated preva­lence of demen­tia for peo­ple over 60. [World Alzheimer Report 2015, ADI.]

World Alzheimer Report 2015: Revised Esti­mates Hint at Larger Epi­demic (Alzforum):

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Inter­na­tional yes­ter­day released its World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Demen­tia. This sev­enth annual report from the fed­er­a­tion of Alzheimer asso­ci­a­tions updates 2009 esti­mates of Read the rest of this entry »

August e-newsletter: Inside Out, Coffee, Stress, Poverty, Exercise, Brain Training, and more SharpBrains News

Inside-Out.

Time for Sharp­Brains’ August e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and stud­ies, and fea­tur­ing Four “Inside Out” insights to dis­cuss and improve our kids’ emo­tional lives (and our own).

New stud­ies:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, a reminder to Save the Date for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th), where lead­ing experts will dis­cuss Mon­i­tor­ing Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era.

To reg­is­ter with 10% dis­count, use this code: sharp2015.

Have a great month of September.

Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis

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Decreased Activ­ity Lev­els in MS Patients Linked To Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis News):

A new study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Occu­pa­tional Ther­apy assessed the cog­ni­tive fac­tors affected in mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis patients con­cern­ing their activ­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in every­day life Read the rest of this entry »

Four “Inside Out” insights to discuss and improve our kids’ emotional lives (and our own)

Inside-Out.

Since its release in June, Inside Out has been applauded by crit­ics, adored by audi­ences, and has become the likely front-runner for the Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Feature.

But per­haps its great­est achieve­ment has been this: It has moved view­ers young and old to take a look inside their own minds. Read the rest of this entry »