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Announcement: New online course to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development


Dear col­leagues and friends,

​We are pleased to announce an excit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between Sharp­Brains and the Atten­tion Research Update to offer a new online course in May 2015, designed to equip par­tic­i­pants with the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to nav­i­gate and pri­or­i­tize ADHD treatments–both con­ven­tional and complementary–to max­i­mize healthy brain devel­op­ment for chil­dren with ADHD.

Course descrip­tion: Every par­ent whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD should learn how to sys­tem­at­i­cally nav­i­gate and mon­i­tor the range of poten­tial ADHD treat­ments based on the lat­est sci­en­tific evi­dence. This course will pro­vide the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, frame­works and toolk­its to make well-informed deci­sions, in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sional advice, about med­ica­tion, behav­ioral ther­apy, exer­cise, neu­ro­feed­back, work­ing mem­ory train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, diet and supplements.

Who this is for: This new course can be a valu­able resource for par­ents whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD and also for pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing to stay updated.

Dr. David RabinerThe Fac­ulty:

  • Dr. David Rabiner, founder of the Atten­tion Research Update, is an Asso­ciate Dean and a Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy and Neu­ro­science at Duke University.
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum, is the co-author of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (2013).

–> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, please visit the course page:

How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

Friends of Sharp­Brains can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2015

Wish­ing you and yours an excel­lent 2015,

- The Sharp­Brains Team

For college students, mental health screening kiosks offer ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’

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A ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’ — Men­tal Health Screen­ing Kiosks at Drexel (Drexel Now):

Dur­ing their time in col­lege, most stu­dents learn the impor­tance of look­ing out for their own health.

How­ever, some miss the con­nec­tion that their men­tal well-being is just as impor­tant as keep­ing a reg­u­lar exer­cise reg­i­men or eat­ing the right diet Read the rest of this entry »

Therapy or antidepressants? Coming soon: Brain activity “fingerprints” to personalize depression treatments

mental health.

To Treat Depres­sion, Drugs or Ther­apy? (The New York Times):

Until recently, many experts thought that your clin­i­cian could lit­er­ally pick any anti­de­pres­sant or type of psy­chother­apy at ran­dom because, with a few clin­i­cal excep­tions, there was lit­tle evi­dence to favor one treat­ment over another for a given patient Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Dealing with opportunities and challenges from mood-altering consumer wearables


CES: what would blow your mind — brain-zapping head­set or smart ket­tle? (Finan­cial Times):

A three-year-old start-up called Thync wanted to strap a pro­to­type of its brain-zapping head­set to my tem­ples, with the inten­tion of alter­ing my mood. As wear­able devices go, it sounded a refresh­ing change from Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Can self-monitoring help promote academic success, and reduce ADHD symptoms, in college students with ADHD


Col­lege stu­dents with ADHD are more likely to drop out than other stu­dents, have lower grade point aver­ages, and endorse more aca­d­e­mic dif­fi­cul­ties over­all.  Approx­i­mately 25% of col­lege stu­dents with ADHD receive aca­d­e­mic accom­mo­da­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Expanding the brain health toolkit with mobile neurobehavioral tests — aka a “brain thermometer”?

thermometersArmy touts ‘brain ther­mome­ter’ as front-line tool (Army Times):

Army medics will soon use what’s been dubbed a “brain ther­mome­ter”: a mobile phone appli­ca­tion that can, within min­utes, pro­vide health pro­fes­sion­als data to help diag­nose and mea­sure a soldier’s injuries…

The Defense Auto­mated Neu­robe­hav­ioral Assess­ment, pro­duced by Anthro­Tronix, includes Read the rest of this entry »

In the New Year, toss a coin or trust Dr. Oz for medical advice?


Half of Dr. Oz’s med­ical advice is base­less or wrong, study says (Wash­ing­ton Post):

…And now, his work has come under even greater scrutiny in the British Med­ical Jour­nal, which on Wednes­day pub­lished a study ana­lyz­ing Oz’s claims along with those made on another med­ical talk show. What they found wasn’t reas­sur­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2015 Online Course: How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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