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To reduce heart disease and stroke risks, regulate stress and improve brain health

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How stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke (ScienceDaily):

“Heightened activity in the amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress — is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet that provides new insights into Read the rest of this entry »

The One New Year’s Resolution To Help You Keep All Your New Year’s Resolutions

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You enjoyed the shopping and holiday season. Great!

You carefully selected one or several New Year’s Resolutions. Excellent!

Now it’s time to shift gears from resolutions to plans and realities…and there’s one thing you may have overlooked.
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Exploring the latest in cognitive rehabilitation and brain health

During Expo Day selected Summit Partners and Sponsors showcased their latest initiatives and solutions.

  • Dr. Daniel Perez-Marcos, Senior Scientist at MindMaze, presented the MindMotion platform–a series of medical-grade virtual reality solutions for neurorehabilitation.
  • Alvaro Fernandez. SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief discussed The State of Brain Health Innovation.
  • Mark Watson, Co-Director of the Watson Centre for Brain Health, explored latest research and programs for cognitive rehabilitation.

These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th, 2016).

Personalize brain health and enhancement combining new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence

What kind of one-time or ongoing brain assessments can help pinpoint individual needs, and what role will intelligent assistants, human coaches and experts play in offering and supporting personalized care?

  • Chair: Nikhil Sriraman, IP Analyst at SharpBrains
  • Margaret Moore, Co-Founder of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital
  • Ruth Poliakine Baruchi, CEO of MyndYou
  • Ron Oberleitner, CEO of Behavior Imaging Solutions

These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th, 2016).

Ten Suggestions for Brain-friendly New Year’s Resolutions

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You are enjoying the shopping and holiday season. Great!

Now it’s time to start shifting gears and focus on the year ahead…

Let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all follow to maintain, and improve, our sharp brains. Perhaps they will inspire some New Year’s Resolutions to help make 2017 a year of Brain Health!

1. Thrive on Learning. The point of having a brain is to learn and to adapt to challenging new environments. Once new neurons appear in your brain, where they migrate and how long they survive depends on how you use them. “Use It or Lose It” does not mean “do crossword puzzle number 1,234,567.” It means, “challenge your brain, and often, with novel activities”… for example, here you have quite a collection of brain teasers and games for adults of every age.

2. Remember that the brain is part of the body. Things that exercise your body can also help sharpen your brain: physical exercise enhances neurogenesis, at any age!

3. Learn more about the “It” in “Use It or Lose It.” A basic understanding will serve you well to appreciate your brain’s beauty as a living and constantly-developing dense forest with billions of neurons and synapses.

4. Take care of your nutrition. Did you know that the brain only weighs 2% of body mass but consumesgood brain food over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients we intake? As a general rule, you don’t need expensive ultra-sophisticated nutritional supplements, just make sure you don’t stuff yourself with the “bad stuff.”

5. Practice positive, action-oriented thoughts until they become your default mindset and you look forward to creating something mindful and beautiful every new day. Too much stress and anxiety–induced by external events or by your own thoughts–can kill neurons and prevent the creation of new ones. physical exercise for brain health

6. We are, as far as we know, the only self-directed organisms in this planet. Aim high. Once you graduate from college, keep learning. Once you become too comfortable in one job, find a new one. The brain keeps developing ALWAYS, reflecting what you do with it.

7. Explore, travel. Adapting to new locations forces you to pay more attention to your environment. Make new decisions, use your brain.

8. Don’t Outsource Your Brain. Not to media personalities, not to politicians, not to your smart neighbour… Make your own decisions, and your own mistakes. That way, you are training your brain, not your neighbour’s.

9. Develop and maintain stimulating friendships. We are social animals, and need social interaction. Which, by the way, is why ‘Baby Einstein’ or all those educational apps have been shown not to be the panacea for children development.

10. Laugh. Often. Especially to cognitively complex humor, full of twists and surprises. 

SharpBrainsGuide_3DNow, remember that what counts is not reading this article–or any other– but practicing a bit every day until small steps snowball into unstoppable, internalized habits. Please revisit the suggestion above that really grabbed your attention, and make a New Year’s Resolution to try something new in 2017.

–> To learn more about what you can do, check out The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.

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