If you followed latest headlines surrounding the release of the National Alzheimer’s Plan, you’d probably conclude that the likely solution to maintain lifelong brain health is simple: simply wait until 2025 for a “magic bullet” to be discovered, to cure (or end or prevent) Alzheimer’s disease and aging associated cognitive decline. These kinds of beliefs, often reinforced by doctors and advertising, may explain the billions spent today by pharma companies on discovering new compounds, and by consumers on supplements like ginkgo biloba. But Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Whitehouse will discuss why and how we need to revamp Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Prevention and Care, at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012), building on this quote he gave to an ABC News story 2 days ago:
“The field of Alzheimer’s research is getting a little distorted. There’s a constant need to focus on magic bullets and single molecules,” Whitehouse told ABC News. “It really requires a public health focus. The most effective interventions are not going to be drugs.” Read the rest of this entry »
Let us share below a list of 40 common brain fitness, brain health, brain training questions that we will make sure to address during the upcoming online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The questions are sequenced by their approximate order of appearance in the syllabus. We look forward to an engaging, interactive and valuable experience! ***Please remember that course registration ends on Sunday, March 4th.***
Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions
- How can one define brain fitness
- What is link between stress, focus and memory
- Does “brain age” even exist
- How to enhance overall mental productivity, vs just IQ
- Is there some “ceiling” to my improvement or can I always try more things
- How brain functions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be paying attention to Read the rest of this entry »
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 »