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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 »

Mental stimulation over genetics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)

Alzheimers DiseaseFeed­ing the Brain’s Curios­ity Helps Delay Alzheimer’s, Study Says (Bloomberg):

Peo­ple genet­i­cally prone to Alzheimer’s who went to col­lege, worked in com­plex fields and stayed engaged intel­lec­tu­ally held off the dis­ease almost a decade longer than oth­ers, a study found. Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease


Brain Train­ing Data­base: Trea­sure Trove for Pre­clin­i­cal Alzheimer’s Research? (Alzforum):

Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cog­ni­tive ability—may one day serve as cog­ni­tive diag­nos­tics to Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health paradigm shift: from one-time screenings to regular cognitive assessments

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptUSPSTF: No to Rou­tine Screen­ing for Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Medscape):

There is insuf­fi­cient evi­dence to rec­om­mend rou­tine screen­ing for cog­ni­tive decline in older adults in the pri­mary care set­ting, accord­ing to a new review by the US Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force (USPSTF)…The USPSTF review­ers looked at drug ther­apy and non­drug ther­apy options for cog­ni­tive impair­ment and found more evi­dence on both than at the 2003 review, but not enough evi­dence that they lead to bet­ter health outcomes.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the views of the Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion, Maria Car­rillo, PhD, vice pres­i­dent of med­ical and sci­en­tific rela­tions, explained that ”…no one should mis­con­strue this USPSTF guid­ance doc­u­ment to imply that there are no ben­e­fits to reg­u­lar cog­ni­tive eval­u­a­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training

braintechIsrael’s first inter­na­tional Brain­Tech con­fer­ence took place this week, on Octo­ber 14 and 15th. It was orga­nized by Israel Brain Tech­nolo­gies (IBT), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to posi­tion Israel as a global brain tech­nol­ogy and research cen­ter. The con­fer­ence included talks rep­re­sent­ing mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers in the neu­rotech­nol­ogy sec­tor world­wide – patients, clin­i­cians, aca­d­e­mic lead­ers, pub­lic offi­cials, entre­pre­neurs and indus­try exec­u­tives. An impor­tant ses­sion in the con­fer­ence was the Brain­Blitz — a round­table ses­sion where dif­fer­ent brain tech­nol­ogy top­ics were dis­cussed in smaller inter­est groups.

Our table, devoted to Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and Cog­ni­tive train­ing, Read the rest of this entry »

Good brainy stories at The New Yorker, The Economist, CNNMoney

worker-brainsSev­eral excel­lent arti­cles at The New Yorker, The Econ­o­mist and CNN­Money dis­cuss new health and indus­try oppor­tu­ni­ties around brain fit­ness, applied neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and dig­i­tal health, quot­ing Sharp­Brains’ CEO, pro­fes­sional mar­ket report and general-interest book. Enjoy!

5 ways to pro­tect your brain, and boost your career (CNNMoney):

Fer­nan­dez is co-author of a book called The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness that boils down the cur­rent explo­sion of new research in this area to spe­cific advice on what to do now to guard against Alzheimer’s and other forms of cog­ni­tive impair­ment later on…By a lucky coin­ci­dence, there’s plenty of over­lap between what’s good for your brain and what could turbo-charge your career. Con­sider these five tips…”

Cog­ni­tive train­ing may be a mon­eyspin­ner despite sci­en­tists’ doubts (The Economist):

(Most con­sumers) are not look­ing for a guar­an­teed way to avoid Alzheimer’s dis­ease; they just want to enhance or main­tain the per­for­mance of their brain “bet­ter than by doing the other kind of things they already do and that have far less evi­dence to sup­port [them], such as cross­word puz­zles, tak­ing vit­a­min sup­ple­ments, watch­ing edu­ca­tional TV shows, or sim­ply doing noth­ing,” he says.”

Men­tally fit — Work­outs at the brain gym (The New Yorker):

To every­one who has solved today’s cross­word puz­zle: Sorry, but that is no guar­an­tee that you will end up less nutty than the rest of us. Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, the C.E.O. of Sharp­Brains, a mar­ket research firm con­cerned with brain health, told me, “Once some­one has done hun­dreds or thou­sands of them, the mar­ginal ben­e­fit tends toward zero, because it becomes just another rou­tine, easy activity—probably a bit more stim­u­lat­ing and effort­ful than watch­ing TV, but not enough to bring ben­e­fits other than becom­ing a mas­ter at cross­word puzzles…Fernandez, of Sharp­Brains, told me, “If you find a game that addresses a rel­e­vant cog­ni­tive or emo­tional bot­tle­neck, you can make a dif­fer­ence in your qual­ity of life in ten to fif­teen hours of training.”

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