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To address the upcoming Alzheimer’s “epidemic”, let’s approach 2016 with these 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention

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As you probably know, we are in a health care crisis. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease continues to sky-rocket as people age and may reach crisis proportions.  A national goal has been set to prevent and cure Alzheimer’s by 2020 or no later than 2025, with a lion’s share of this money going into drug research, which, while ongoing, has thus far has been elusive.

This focus entirely on drugs may be changing however, as the Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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 »

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