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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 ?4 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: 

Resources:

 

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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