Brain Health And Wellness Innovation Drives New Digital Health Market, Social Change (Young Upstarts):
“Technology has completely changed the practice of medicine, providing incredible imaging techniques and data that now play a key role in treating injuries and illnesses. Sophisticated tools give researchers amazing new insights that advance our understanding of human anatomy, including the brain. Standard treatments for virtually every serious injury and illness have been utterly transformed over the past 50 years due to technical advances. However, these advances have added greatly to the cost of research and treatment, and that’s particularly true when it comes to the brain… One solution to this challenge lies in technology that is already globally pervasive and relatively inexpensive to deploy: the Internet. Read article »
By: David Coleiro
Imagine a future where diabetes is monitored and managed, not with finger prick blood tests and regular insulin injections, but with a small sensor implanted under the skin that monitors blood sugar levels, releases insulin as needed and communicates the details to a smart phone. Welcome to the subatomic world of nanotechnology. With developments in the field, it is a future that we could be living in not too far from now. As I heard during my recent conversation with Dr Sonia Contera, Co– Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology, biosensors are one of the most promising medical applications of nanotechnology, and likely to be one of the first to be realised. Read the rest of this entry »
Study offers more proof for the power of placebo, say UCLA researchers (UCLA press release):
– “While the relationship between prior treatment and the brain’s response to subsequent treatment is unknown, a new study by UCLA researchers suggests that how the brain responds to antidepressant medication may be influenced by its remembering of past antidepressant exposure.” Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ January 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple thought-provoking perspectives on how emerging neuroscience can and should make us rethink prevailing practices in education, healthy aging and preventive medicine.
Finally, you may want to read our answers to the many excellent questions we received about the upcoming Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012
. 80 individuals have registered so far, representing a fascinating diversity of backgrounds: health and medical professionals, educators, business executives, traders, consultants, coaches, software engineers, therapists, and more. Please remember that early-bird rates end on Tuesday, January 31st!
Have a great month of February.
By: Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa @ Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation
As the president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), it’s my job to stay on top of advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Recently, a number of articles in the medical literature have caught my attention. They are focused on a particular question that concerns most Baby Boomers like me: “Is memory loss just a normal part of aging?” Read the rest of this entry »
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Time for our monthly eNewsletter tracking recent news and developments on how the neuroscience of cognition and emotions can inform education and health across the lifespan. Let us try to be as concise as possible, so you can spend as much time as possible connecting with your Loved Ones instead of with the World Wide Web.
Wishing you a wonderful end of 2011 and a happy and successful 2012!
PS: thirty-nine people have registered since this past Tuesday to participate in the upcoming Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012. Please remember we will only be able to accomodate the first two hundred registrants, so please take a look soon to see if you are interested in joining!
The Power of Nothing: Could studying the placebo effect change the way we think about medicine? (The New Yorker):
“For years, Ted Kaptchuk performed acupuncture at a tiny clinic in Cambridge, a few miles from his current office, at the Harvard Medical School. He opened for business in 1976, having just returned from Asia, where he had spent four years honing his craft. Not long after he arrived in Boston, he treated an Armenian woman for chronic bronchitis. A few weeks later, the woman returned with her husband and told Kaptchuk that he had “cured” her.” Read the rest of this entry »