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Study: Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline



Long-term med­i­ta­tion tied to less brain loss (Reuters):

Peo­ple who reported med­i­tat­ing for an aver­age of 20 years had higher brain vol­umes than the aver­age per­son, researchers report in Fron­tiers in Psychology.

Kurth and his col­leagues write that they can’t say med­i­ta­tion caused its prac­ti­tion­ers to lose less brain vol­ume, how­ever. Other habits of long-term med­i­ta­tors may also influ­ence brain volume…

Nearly 18 mil­lion adults and 1 mil­lion chil­dren prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion in the U.S. in 2012, Read the rest of this entry »

The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources



How Unem­ploy­ment Impacts Your Per­son­al­ity (Entrepreneur):

Unem­ploy­ment is no cake­walk. It’s well doc­u­mented that an invol­un­tary job­less state can take a steep toll on one’s emo­tional and phys­i­cal health, and now new research illu­mi­nates a more sub­tle, if highly cor­ro­sive, con­se­quence the inabil­ity to find work can have on a per­son. In short, it appears that unem­ploy­ment has the power to change what we gen­er­ally con­sider rel­a­tively fixed – i.e., it can alter Read the rest of this entry »

Why retirement planning should include mental fitness



Are You Men­tally Fit Enough to Plan for Retire­ment? (Money):

In this era of “self-directed” retire­ment (no pen­sions, you make all the invest­ment choices) post­pon­ing mak­ing a real plan poses a par­tic­u­lar risk to future secu­rity. Not only are the logis­tics of plan­ning hard enough—when to col­lect Social Secu­rity, how to bud­get for expenses, what to do with savings—but the decline in cog­ni­tion that Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health startup Neumitra secures investment from Peter Thiel’s philanthropic fund

mobilementalhealthPeter Thiel’s phil­an­thropic fund invests in brain health startup Neu­mi­tra (Boston Busi­ness Journal):

Break­out Labs, a Sil­i­con Valley-based phil­an­thropic fund launched by Pay­Pal founder Peter Thiel, has made its first Boston invest­ment, in brain health startup Neumitra.

Neumitra’s tech­nol­ogy mea­sures the effects of stress on brain health per­for­mance in var­i­ous ways, from wear­able tech­nol­ogy to tablet and mobile soft­ware and algorithms…Though Break­out Labs did not dis­close the exact amount of the invest­ment, the grant-making orga­ni­za­tion typ­i­cally invests up to $350,000 in each startup…”

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5 Reasons Why Parents of Children with ADHD Need to Become Proactive, Well-Informed Advocates


Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from community-based pedi­a­tri­cians, so it is espe­cially impor­tant for that care to be con­sis­tent with best-practice guidelines.

Unfor­tu­nately, all too often it is not.

The guide­lines

Here is a brief sum­mary of some key ADHD guide­lines pub­lished by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics Read the rest of this entry »

Non-invasive neurotechnology reaches senior housing via ASHA-NeuroVigil innovative partnership



Senior Liv­ing Sees Huge Poten­tial in Res­i­dent Brain Data (Senior Hous­ing News):

The Amer­i­can Senior Hous­ing Asso­ci­a­tion (ASHA) has announced a new part­ner­ship that aims to use neu­ro­science to deter­mine whether senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties are ben­e­fit­ing their res­i­dents. As part of the ini­tia­tive, La Jolla, California-based Neu­roVigil will mon­i­tor Read the rest of this entry »

Q: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? A: A brain with similar gray-matter loss



Dif­fer­ent men­tal dis­or­ders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds (press release):

A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging stud­ies shows sim­i­lar gray-matter loss in the brains of peo­ple with diag­noses as dif­fer­ent as schiz­o­phre­nia, depres­sion and addiction…The find­ings call into ques­tion a long­stand­ing ten­dency to dis­tin­guish psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders chiefly by their symp­toms rather than their under­ly­ing brain pathol­ogy. Read the rest of this entry »

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