By: Alvaro Fernandez
Time for SharpBrains’ February 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple and complementary perspectives on how to harness neuroplasticity: with enthusiasm, BOTH physical AND cognitive exercise, and (once tools become better standardized and widely available) brain-based personalized medicine.
- The State of Personalized Medicine: The Role of Biomarkers
- Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry: from DSM to brain-based RDoC, iSPOT-D and biomarkers
- Working with Healthcare Stakeholders towards Brain-Based Personalized Medicine
What’s New and Meaningful:
Finally, let us mention that Brain Awareness Week is approaching (March 12-18th, 2012), and that you can now add comments to SharpBrains articles via Facebook (see below). Looking forward to a great month of March!
By: Dr. Evian Gordon
(Editor’s Note: this is Part 3 of the new 3-part series written by Dr. Evian Gordon drawing from his participation at the Personalized Medicine World Congress on January, 23, 2012 at Stanford University.)
Working with Health Care Industry Stakeholders: Clinicians, Pharma/Biotech, Payers, PBMs, Lawyers, Medicare, FDA
Clinicians seek clear validated “rules of thumb” that can be easily implemented and fit into their workflow and reimbursement regime. Many are exploring “Clinical Decision Support (CDS)” tools on the web and solutions linked to “Electronic Health Records” (EHR’s). CDC and EHR’s are seeding the ground for clinicians to adopt robust Biomarkers that are shown to be unambiguously clinically relevant.
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Brain function can start declining ‘as early as age 45′ (BBC Health):
“The brain’s ability to function can start to deteriorate as early as 45, suggests a study in the British Medical Journal. University College London researchers found a 3.6% decline in mental reasoning in women and men aged 45–49. They assessed the memory, vocabulary and comprehension skills of 7,000 men and women aged 45 to 70 over 10 years.
The Alzheimer’s Society said research was needed into how changes in the brain could help dementia diagnoses. Read the rest of this entry »
Here you have a round-up of recent news on how cognitive and affective neuroscience findings are starting to inform education and health across the lifespan:
Pediatricians issue a call to aid children facing ‘toxic stress’ (LA Times)
Teachers as Brain-Changers: Neuroscience and Learning (EdWeek) Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
AARP recently released a list of Top 5 Best Books for Brain Fitness. SharpBrains.com is honored to have published one of those Top 5 books and to present this Live Q&A Series for you to ask questions to the authors of 3 of those best books on brain fitness. Participants will submit written questions, moderators will select the most important and relevant questions, and book authors will write their answers for everyone to read.
- November 1st, 2011, 2-3pm ET: Dr. Gary Small, author of The Memory Bible
- November 15th, 2011, 2-3pm ET: Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
- November 22nd, 2011, 2-3pm ET: Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of Save Your Brain
- (in Spanish) November 29th, 2011, 2-3pm ET: Alvaro Fernandez, co-autor de The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Music can soothe and trigger memories. It is as such that music is most often used with Alzheimer’s patients. A new study suggests that music may also be used as a booster for learning new things, an ability very impaired in those with Alzheimer’s.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s and matched controls were presented with unfamiliar songs lyrics: half of the lyrics were sung and half were merely spoken. Participants were then presented with the lyrics they had heard as well as with new ones, and asked whether they recognized any lyrics.
Alzheimer’s patients’ memory was much better for sung lyrics than for spoken ones. There was no difference between the two types of lyrics for the healthy older adults.
Why do people with Alzheimer’s seem to benefit from musical stimuli? Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
We are honored to announce the following Sponsors and Partners of the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (March 30th — April 1st, 2011). And we are looking for more, so please contact us if interested! Read the rest of this entry »