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Medicare updates reimbursement criteria for “maintenance” therapy services

ReimbursementA Quiet “Sea Change” in Medicare (The New York Times):

“In January, Medicare officials updated the agency’s policy manual –the rule book for everything Medicare does– to erase any notion that improvement Read the rest of this entry »

Combining non-invasive brain stimulation with cognitive training to treat Alzheimer’s Disease

Israeli medical device offers new Alzheimer’s treatment (Reuters):

“According to Alvaro Pascual-Leone, director of the hospital’s Berenson-Allen Centre for Non-invasive Brain Stimulation, brain stimulation – or transcranial magnetic stimulation – involves a very low current applied to a specific part of the brain and Read the rest of this entry »

NFL donates $30 million to improve concussion & brain injury care

NFL donates $30 million to National Institutes of Health (press release):

“The National Football League will provide $30 million in funding for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today Read the rest of this entry »

Gait Changes as Indicator of Cognitive Health Decline

Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait (The New York Times):
“The way people walk appears to speak volumes about the way they think, so much so that changes in an older person’s gait appear to be an early indicator of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease…Five studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month provide striking evidence that when a person’s walk gets slower or becomes more variable or less controlled, his cognitive function is also suffering…Asking people to simultaneously Read the rest of this entry »

Update: From Anti-Alzheimer’s “Magic Bullets” to True Brain Health

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ May 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing in this occasion an OpEd by Dr. Peter Whitehouse and Alvaro Fernandez on the urgency to shift attention and resources From Anti-Alzheimer’s “Magic Bullets” to True Brain Health. Please read, add your two cents, and share!

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From Anti-Alzheimer’s “Magic Bullets” to True Brain Health

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. Peter Whitehouse on Revamping Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Prevention and Care

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 »

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