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When was the last time you saw your brain? (That may change soon)

glass-brain-1200-990x556Fly­ing Through Inner Space (National Geographic):

It’s hard to truly see the brain. I don’t mean to sim­ply see a three-pound hunk of tis­sue. I mean to see it in a way that offers a deep feel for how it works. That’s not sur­pris­ing, given that the human brain is made up of over 80 bil­lion neu­rons, each branch­ing out Read the rest of this entry »

Combining Google Glass and mobile EEG headsets

PND-With-Glass-Front-1Per­sonal Neuro Seeks to Com­bine Google Glass with EEG (Medgadget):

What do you get when you mix Google Glass and EEG? That’s the ques­tion that the peo­ple at Ottawa-based Per­sonal Neuro (Devices) are on their way to answer­ing… Read the rest of this entry »

Is Autism Spectrum Disorder overdiagnosed?

Autism illustration1 in 68 Chil­dren Now Has a Diag­no­sis of Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der. Why? (The Atlantic):

The stag­ger­ing increase in cases of ASD should raise more sus­pi­cion in the med­ical com­mu­nity about its mis­di­ag­no­sis and over­diag­no­sis than it does. The sci­ence stacks up in favor of catch­ing and treat­ing ASD ear­lier because it leads to bet­ter outcomes…What gets lost in the debate is Read the rest of this entry »

Accelerating brain health research via online registries

InternetSan Francisco-based online ‘brain reg­istry’ seeks vol­un­teers to trans­form research (San Jose Mer­cury News):

By vol­un­teer­ing — repeat­edly over time — par­tic­i­pants join a pool of research sub­jects in the new Brain Health Reg­istry, opened Tues­day, for stud­ies on brain dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as depres­sion, post-traumatic stress dis­or­der and other neu­ro­log­i­cal ail­ments. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health paradigm shift: from one-time screenings to regular cognitive assessments

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptUSPSTF: No to Rou­tine Screen­ing for Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Medscape):

There is insuf­fi­cient evi­dence to rec­om­mend rou­tine screen­ing for cog­ni­tive decline in older adults in the pri­mary care set­ting, accord­ing to a new review by the US Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force (USPSTF)…The USPSTF review­ers looked at drug ther­apy and non­drug ther­apy options for cog­ni­tive impair­ment and found more evi­dence on both than at the 2003 review, but not enough evi­dence that they lead to bet­ter health outcomes.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the views of the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, Maria Car­rillo, PhD, vice pres­i­dent of med­ical and sci­en­tific rela­tions, explained that ”…no one should mis­con­strue this USPSTF guid­ance doc­u­ment to imply that there are no ben­e­fits to reg­u­lar cog­ni­tive eval­u­a­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Towards a new brain fitness culture: The mainstreaming of mindfulness meditation

mindfulnessThe main­stream­ing of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion (The Week):

Sci­en­tific research has shown that mind­ful­ness appears to make peo­ple both hap­pier and health­ier. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion can lower a person’s blood pres­sure and Read the rest of this entry »

Want to train your brain? Work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst (or similar)

Brain Firing NeuronsMen­tally stim­u­lat­ing jobs keep your mind sharp post-retirement (Tech Times):

If you want to stay sharp in your golden years, it’s best to get the hard yards in early — a new study has found that peo­ple with men­tally demand­ing jobs fare bet­ter in the years after retirement.…Mental acu­ity and mem­ory reten­tion was found to be higher in retirees who had spent their careers in men­tally stim­u­lat­ing roles, such as Read the rest of this entry »

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