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Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis


Decreased Activ­ity Lev­els in MS Patients Linked To Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis News):

A new study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Occu­pa­tional Ther­apy assessed the cog­ni­tive fac­tors affected in mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis patients con­cern­ing their activ­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in every­day life Read the rest of this entry »

Study: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment



Cof­fee habits linked to mem­ory, brain health in seniors (CBS News):

In the study, a team led by Dr. Vin­cenzo Sol­frizzi of the Uni­ver­sity of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the cof­fee con­sump­tion of 1,445 Ital­ians aged 65 to 84. The par­tic­i­pants’ men­tal health was also tracked for a median of three-and-a-half years Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists issue a call to action for TBI patients to benefit from latest neuroscience findings

Brain Trauma

Credit: Julie McMahon


Brain-injured patients need ther­a­pies based on cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science (U. Illi­nois press release):

Patients with trau­matic brain injuries are not ben­e­fit­ing from recent advances in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science research — and they should be, sci­en­tists report in a spe­cial issue of Cur­rent Opin­ion in Behav­ioral Sci­ences. Read the rest of this entry »

Can better cognitive testing platforms accelerate pharma’s Alzheimer’s research and development efforts?


Alzheimer’s cure behind the boom in brain sci­ence (Finan­cial Review):

Bio­gen is one of many mem­bers of big pharma seek­ing the block­buster drug which will inevitably be worth mul­ti­ple bil­lions of dol­lars. Big pharma in the US spends about $US5 bil­lion a year on Alzheimer’s research and development.

Expo­nen­tial growth in the dis­ease over the past decade has not been accom­pa­nied by the devel­op­ment of approved drugs. In fact, Read the rest of this entry »

Next: FDA-cleared mobile brain monitoring tools to detect cognitive impairment



FDA Has Cleared New Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing Tests (Alzforum):

The Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion recently cleared, mean­ing it deemed safe, two tests that may help doc­tors screen for cog­ni­tive decline. One is the so-called Cog­ni­sion sys­tem from Neu­ronetrix, a com­pany based in Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Harnessing a virtual reality brain training game to diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

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Vir­tual real­ity brain train­ing game can detect mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment, a con­di­tion that often pre­dates Alzheimer’s dis­ease (press release):

Geek researchers demon­strated the poten­tial of a vir­tual super­mar­ket cog­ni­tive train­ing game as a screen­ing tool for patients with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment (MCI) among a sam­ple of older adults…

In an arti­cle pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease, the researchers Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus


Hard Evi­dence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exer­cis­ing The Body And The Mind (Forbes):

Alzheimer’s dis­ease is one of the most feared diag­noses among patients…once the dis­ease has been diag­nosed, there is noth­ing mod­ern med­i­cine can do to stop it.

But it can be slowed, and a new study pre­sented Read the rest of this entry »

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