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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Neuroimaging study: Unregulated stress can sabotage your self-control and your diet



Brain scans show how every­day stress can sab­o­tage your diet (CBS News):

As any­one who’s ever downed a pint of ice cream after a bad day at the office knows, the stresses of every­day life can sab­o­tage self-control when it comes to diet. But why? Read the rest of this entry »

The Federal Trade Commission challenges brain health claims by Procera AVH dietary supplement



Pro­cera AVH Mar­keters Can For­get About Claim­ing to Reverse Mem­ory Loss (National Law Review):

It turns out that there is not a magic pill capa­ble of revers­ing the effects of aging on the human brain, includ­ing mem­ory loss, or at least not one we can remem­ber right now. The FTC recently reminded the mar­keters of Pro­cera AVH, a dietary sup­ple­ment that allegedly com­bats mem­ory loss and cog­ni­tive decline, of their respon­si­bil­i­ties as Read the rest of this entry »

Meditation apps help spread the practice



Top Med­i­ta­tion Apps (BrainBlogger):

Med­i­ta­tion is not only a hip­pie trend any­more, with more and more peo­ple becom­ing inter­ested in it…For many, med­i­ta­tion remains a real chal­lenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment



Cof­fee habits linked to mem­ory, brain health in seniors (CBS News):

In the study, a team led by Dr. Vin­cenzo Sol­frizzi of the Uni­ver­sity of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the cof­fee con­sump­tion of 1,445 Ital­ians aged 65 to 84. The par­tic­i­pants’ men­tal health was also tracked for a median of three-and-a-half years Read the rest of this entry »

Cell phone use not seen to increase risk of brain tumors among adults



Cell phones and risk of brain tumors: What’s the real sci­ence? (CNN):

…In 2011, the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion clas­si­fied the kind of low-energy radi­a­tion that cell phones emit as “pos­si­bly car­cino­genic” because of a link between cell phone use and a type of malig­nant brain tumor called glioma and a benign brain tumor called acoustic neuroma…Although the WHO clas­si­fi­ca­tion sounds omi­nous, it Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap



Brain scans reveal how poverty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

Grow­ing up poor has long been linked to lower aca­d­e­mic test scores. And there’s now mount­ing evi­dence that it’s partly because kids can suf­fer real phys­i­cal con­se­quences from low fam­ily incomes, includ­ing brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Neuroscience 2.0 — Taking the brain lab to the people



Time for Sharp­Brains’ July e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and insights.

First of all, 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).

New tools:

New research:

More on Per­va­sive Neurotechnologies:

Finally, we are proud to wel­come “Fit­ness mózgu” — The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, now in Polish!

Have a great month of August