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Grand Rounds: Best of Health and Medical Blogging

Welcome to a new edition of Grand Rounds blog carnival, the weekly edition of what’s best in the health and medical blogosphere. This week, twenty four bloggers share data, insights, questions, reflections and more. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming: Grand Rounds Blog Carnival and Brain Fitness Q&A

Just a quick note to announce that next Tuesday, November 15th, SharpBrains.com will be hosting two great resources:

1- Grand Rounds Blog Carnival: the weekly collection of what’s best in the health and medical blogosphere (see great latest edition Here). If you want to contribute your own blog post, please do so via this Contact Us form.
2- Live Q&A Session with Alvaro Fernandez, coauthor of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (recently selected as one of the Best Books on Brain Fitness by AARP). Session will take place at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm Eastern Time, and will be moderated by Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs at AARP. To learn more click Here.

Please make sure to visit us Tuesday!

    Grand Rounds: 22 Health and Medicine Questions and Answers

    Welcome to Grand Rounds, the weekly col­lec­tion of best health and med­ical blog posts. This week we invite you to enjoy a broad range of insights, tips, and first-hand stories, presented as a Q&A conversation with bloggers willing to answer, below, a total of 22 good questions.

    On Health and Medicine

    1. What can one-word prescriptions deliver
    2. How does food processing change food´s nutritional value
    3. Can diet Increases Risk of ADHD
    4. Is alcoholism an illness
    5. What´s better: steady dete­ri­o­ra­tion over 10 years, or symp­tom-free life for 9 years fol­lowed by rapid dete­ri­o­ra­tion in year 10

    On Patient Life

    1. As we talk about wellness…what about developing self-compassion
    2. Can patients with chronic pain still live a full life
    3. What is the patient-doctor etiquette for using Facebook and Twitter
    4. Should patients in an ideal world contract directly with their doctors
    5. What are patient advocates focusing on these days

    On Health Care professionals Read the rest of this entry »

    Grand Rounds: Health/ medical blogging here next Tuesday

    We’re hosting here at SharpBrains the October 5th edition of Grand Rounds blog carnival, the weekly collection of best health/ medical blog posts. You can submit posts until end of Sunday: alvaro at sharpbrains dot com, indicating Grand Rounds in the subject line. And don’t forget to come back on Tuesday!

    Update: Live Well to 100 by Using Your Brain

    Here you have the November edition of our monthly newsletter covering 107px-gray1197thumbnailcognitive health and brain fitness topics. Please remember that you can subscribe to receive this Newsletter by email, using the box at the top of this page.

    Living Well to 100

    100 is the new 65: Why do some people live, and well, to 100? Researchers are trying to find out, reports Meera Lee Sethi at Greater Good Magazine. They are discovering that genetic factors may account for only 20 to 30 percent of a person’s lifespan, while environmental and behavioral factors can dictate the other 70 to 80 percent.

    Does coffee boost cognitive functions over time? Dr. Pascale Michelon weighs the evidence and reports good and bad news. The good news: long-term effects seem more positive than negative, so coffee leads to no clear harm. The bad news: there are no clear beneficial effects on general brain functions (implication for proponents of “smart pills”: don’t use coffee as the analogy).

    10 Innovations for the Aging Society: In the Thanksgiving’s spirit, we want to thank 10 pioneers for emerging innovations that may help millions of people alive today to keep our brains in top shape perhaps till we are 100 or more. Many of those pioneers will participate in the inaugural SharpBrains Summit.

    In Autopilot?

    Train your autopilot….and how to turn it off: Madeleine Van Hecke, Ph.D shares an excerpt from The Brain Advantage, in which she encourages maintaining mental “autopilot” when it’s working well, yet shifting to more conscious deliberations when needed.

    Scientia Pro Publica:  A good way to turn off autopilot is to enjoy some great science and nature blogging, courtesy of Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival. Additionally, you can enjoy reading some of the best neuroscience, psychology and medical blogging at the first ever combined Grand Rounds/ Encephalon edition.

    Games for Health

    Games for Health Research: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced more than $1.85 million in grants for research teams to study how digital games can improve players health. One of the grantees is UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley (who will be speaking at the SharpBrains Summit) to develop a driving game for cognitive fitness among younger and older adults.

    Smart industry-research collaboration: Lumos Labs and researchers Susanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl announce a collaboration to make the original Dual N-Back working memory training program available online and use it for ongoing research.

    News

    Marian C. Diamond to open SharpBrains Summit: Kicking off our January 2010 SharpBrains Summit is Marian C. Diamond, one of the pioneers of neuroplasticity research since the 1960s. She will introduce us to the human brain, its anatomy and function, and implications of  neuroplasticity for brain health and performance at any age.

    The SharpBrains Guide’s reviews and interviews: a collection of links to interviews and reviews of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.

    Network for Brain Fitness Innovation (members-only): Discussion on the future of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy; United BioSource acquires Cognitive Drug Research; innovative partnership between Navigenics and Posit Science; new research on brain impact of Tetris; how a drop in visual skills may precede Alzheimer’s Disease;  excellent report by the National Academies for the US Army available for free now.

    Brain Teaser

    Who will you believe, me or your own eyes? discover the 3 Winners of the 2009 Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest. Neuroscientists Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik, who help organize the contest, will give a fun demo on Magic and the Brain at SharpBrains Summit, to discuss the limits of human perception and cognition.

    Enjoy the final month of 2009!

    Grand Rounds: Brain and Cognition edition

    Encephalon (brain & mind blog carnival, edition ) finally meets Grand Rounds (health & medicine blog carnival).

    What a nice surprise. Hello. Nice to meet you!

    Note: Chronic Babe wins a complimentary copy of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness for basically inventing cognitive sleep therapy. Congrats!

    Life and Death

    MindHacks discusses an unexpected surge in brain activity when blood pressure drops to zero.

    In Sickness & In Health suffers a death in the family. Adam shem tov. A man of good name.

    BrainBlogger wonders, is religion a “natural” phenomenon?

    Mind and Empathy

    Behaviorism & Mental Health finds that everyone can have a mental illness – take a look at “Adjustment Disorder“.

    ACP Internist reinforces the importance of empathy. Novel Patient encourages patients to dream big, Florecendotcom highlights how patients themselves contribute to patient safety. The Hippocratic Oaf discusses the feelings of a medical student. Clinical Cases wonders what doctors  in training carry in their white coats.

    Advances in the History of Psychology examines an important early step in the journey to conceptualize cognition and emotion from a neural point of view.

    The Fitness Fixer empathizes with her feet.

    Brain

    How to Cope With Pain discusses a controversial treatment for severe pain.

    Neurophilosopher shows how vision (viewing one’s body) can modulate the senses of touch and pain. Fun experiments  included. Neurocritic takes things one step further, and takes us to the potential future of tattoo removal.

    Providentia announces a new NFL Concussion Committee. 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States alone each year.

    SharpBrains answers 15 common questions related to neuroplasticity.

    Medical Smartphones Read the rest of this entry »

    Grand Rounds: Call for Submissions

    Welcome to the new SharpBrains! – we have inaugurated this new theme and look & feel today, so if you find something that doesn’t work, please let us know.

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    I will be hosting Grand Rounds, the weekly collection of great health and medical blogging, on Tuesday, October 20th. Please send me your post at alvaro (at) sharpbrains (dot) com, indicating Grand Rounds in the title. Please do so before end of Sunday, October 18th, USA time.

    Optional theme will be, of course: Cognition and the Brain. Would you share your thoughts and experiences on how cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology should, will, or may, be used to improve health and healthcare? what opportunities you see for preventive and/ or clinical care to better deal with the assessment, maintenance, rehab, of cognitive and emotional functions, across the lifespan?

    Reward for the extra brain exercise? I will give away a complimentary copy of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, our recent book, to the blogger who (in my editorial judgement) offers the most insightful post.

    The theme is optional. Grand Rounds will include all other important topics you write about. Looking forward a stimulating edition!

    Learn more & Register today at early-bird rates

    2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health

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