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Question: Do genes determine the fate of our brains?

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Answer: No, not even close. Thanks to lifelong neuroplasticity, our lifestyles are as important as our genes–if not more–in how our brains grow and our minds evolve.

Keep reading 20 Must-Know Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Health over at The Creativity Post.

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (twenty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at baseline interview. Source: Study linked below.

 

 

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of fascinating brain studies and emerging thinking and tools for lifelong mental health and performance. Happy reading!

New research:

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Have a great month of May!

The SharpBrains Team

UK study: Dementia rates significantly lower than forecasted–especially for men–highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (conducted in the 90s) and CFAS II (just finished) by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study referenced below.

Drop in dementia rates suggests disease can be prevented, researchers say (The Guardian):

“In the UK, dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past 20 years, possibly down to lifestyle and education changes, highlighting benefits of preventative action…

A team from three British universities concluded that as a result the number of new cases of dementia is lower than had been predicted in the 1990s Read the rest of this entry »

NIH outlines global research agenda to tackle brain disorders–from cognitive impairments to depression and dementia

BrainDisordersLifespanHeads-up: There’s an excellent–and open-access– research supplement in Nature, result of an NIH-led effort to advance the global brain disorders research agenda.

Description: Infants are starved of oxygen during difficult births. Children’s cognitive function is permanently damaged due to malnutrition or exposure to infections or toxins. Adults suffer from Read the rest of this entry »

Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters

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A pair of thumb-sized structures deep in the center of the human brain are critical for our ability to learn and remember. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hippocampus – which means seahorse in Greek. These brain areas have the unique capacity to generate new neurons every day. In fact, recent human studies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »

To reach your cognitive potential across the whole lifespan, augment healthy lifestyle with brain training

BrainFitnessTrajectoryCan You Get Smarter? (The New York Times):

“A few years back, a joint study by BBC and Cambridge University neuroscientists put brain training to the test…There was, however a glimmer of hope for subjects age 60 and above…Unlike the younger participants, older subjects showed a significant improvement in verbal reasoning Read the rest of this entry »

Will Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit enhance physical & cognitive health? Probably – if people go

The annual wellness visit: An opportunity to improve revenue and patient care (PhysBizTech):

“Medicare recently introduced the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) to keep Medicare beneficiaries healthy, or help Medicare beneficiaries become healthier, by promoting positive health habits and a healthy lifestyle. Unlike Read the rest of this entry »

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