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Update: New brain science leads to new tools and to new thinking

We often view mem­ory, think­ing, emo­tions, as com­pletely sep­a­rate enti­ties, but they truly are part of the same process. So, if we want to improve brain health, we need to pay atten­tion to the “weak link” in that process. In today’s soci­ety, man­ag­ing stress and neg­a­tive emo­tions is often that weak link, as we dis­cuss dur­ing Octo­ber Q&A ses­sion with par­tic­i­pants in Sharp­Brains’ new e-course. Time now for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing new sci­ence, new resources and new thinking.

New sci­ence:

New tools:

New think­ing:

That’s it for now. Have a Happy Halloween!

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Beta amyloid build-up in the brain may increase risk of cognitive impairment more than having “Alzheimer’s gene”

Plaque Build-Up in Your Brain May Be More Harm­ful Than Hav­ing Alzheimer’s Gene (Sci­ence Daily):

A new study shows that hav­ing a high amount of beta amy­loid or “plaques” in the brain asso­ci­ated with Alzheimer’s dis­ease may cause steeper mem­ory decline in men­tally healthy older peo­ple than does hav­ing the APOE Ε4 allele, also asso­ci­ated with the dis­ease. “Our results show that plaques may be a more impor­tant fac­tor in deter­min­ing which peo­ple are Read the rest of this entry »

Update: The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Jan­u­ary 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing in this occa­sion mul­ti­ple thought-provoking per­spec­tives on how emerg­ing neu­ro­science can and should make us rethink pre­vail­ing prac­tices in edu­ca­tion, healthy aging and pre­ven­tive medicine.

 

Fea­tured Perspectives:

New Research: 

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Finally, you may want to read our answers to the many excel­lent ques­tions we received about the upcom­ing Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach in 2012. 80 indi­vid­u­als have reg­is­tered so far, rep­re­sent­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing diver­sity of back­grounds: health and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, edu­ca­tors, busi­ness exec­u­tives, traders, con­sul­tants, coaches, soft­ware engi­neers, ther­a­pists,  and more. Please remem­ber that early-bird rates end on Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 31st!

Have a great month of February.

Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid

Very sig­nif­i­cant find­ings reported today. Keep­ing brain sharp may ward off Alzheimer’s pro­tein (Reuters):

Peo­ple who chal­lenge their brains through­out their life­times — through read­ing, writ­ing and play­ing games — are less likely to develop pro­tein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s, researchers said on Mon­day.” Read the rest of this entry »

Interesting Recent Studies and Articles on Neuroplasticity, Cognitive Reserve, and Brain Fitness

Here are four stud­ies and arti­cles, pub­lished in Jan­u­ary, that report very inter­est­ing find­ings and offer inspir­ing ideas:

  • An arti­cle on the role of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity in Rep. Gabrielle Gif­fords’ recovery.
  • A new study that used a blood test able to detect beta amy­loid 42 (the pro­tein frag­ment that makes up Alzheimer’s plaque) and sug­gested that the asso­ci­a­tion between amy­loid and cog­ni­tive decline could be mod­i­fied by cog­ni­tive reserve.
  • An arti­cle on a new brain scan tech­nol­ogy to detect Alzheimer’s pathol­ogy in the brain.
  • An arti­cle report­ing the answer of Don Tap­scott to the ques­tion “What sci­en­tific con­cept would improve everybody’s cog­ni­tive toolkit?” Read the rest of this entry »

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