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Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Provide Medication-Free Symptom Relief for Neuropsychological Issues Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (press release):

“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

Growing evidence that brain health requires personalized, multi-pronged interventions



The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain (New York Times):

“A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition…

In general, the researchers found, most of the exercisers showed improvement in their thinking skills…but these gains were about the same whether people had exercised for 75 minutes a week or 225 minutes Read the rest of this entry »

Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language

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What happens in the brain when you learn a language? (The Guardian):

“Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of Read the rest of this entry »

Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish?

Portada_ComoInvertirEnSuCerebroTime for SharpBrains’ February e-Newsletter, this time featuring the global launch of our new book, in Spanish, Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida, available already as a soft-cover and e-book!

–> If you speak Spanish, please get a copy for yourself. También puede ver el video de la charla de presentación aquí (comienza en el minuto 5), y leer el artículo Esculpir el cerebro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.

–> If you don’t speak Spanish, please share this with someone who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been working quite hard over the last year to deliver a great adaptation of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness to “la lengua de Cervantes” — the jury is now out.

Some other news…

Brain Health Science & Practice:

Digital Brain Health Industry & technology:

Finally, please keep in mind that March 10-16th is 2014 Brain Awareness Week. Let’s all find a way to celebrate and invest in our most precious resource!


Being Bilingual Enhances Executive Functions and Brain

Bilingualism Associated With Brain Reorganization Involving Better Efficiency in Executive Functions, Research Finds (Science News)

“Findings are very important because they show an unknown aspect of bilingualism, which goes beyond linguistic advantages, and they also show bilinguals are more effective in responding to certain stimuli,” explains researcher Cesar Avila, who ensures the research shows that bilingualism does not only have effects on the brain at a linguistic level, but that it also works differently, emphasizing the importance of introducing languages at an early age because it generates cognitive benefits.

Journal Reference: G. Garbin, A. Sanjuan, C. Forn, J.C. Bustamante, A. Rodriguez-Pujadas, V. Belloch, M. Hernandez, A. Costa, C. Ávila. Bridging language and attention: Brain basis of the impact of bilingualism on cognitive control. NeuroImage, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.05.078

This study supports another one we commented on a few years ago on how Bilingual brains stay sharp longer:

“In short: learning and speaking a foreign language provides constant brain exercise to the frontal lobes, the area of the brain right behind your forehead that focuses our attention, helps us ignore distractions, and make decisions.”

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