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Challenge: How to spur meaningful, targeted & safe adoption of emerging neurotechnologies

neuroelectrics_capA cap that treats depres­sion? Check the sci­ence before get­ting excited (The Guardian):

Yes­ter­day, an arti­cle in the Entre­pre­neurs sec­tion of the Guardian pur­ported to reveal a “cloth cap that could help treat depres­sion”. This claim has caused some alarm in the neu­ro­science and men­tal health fields, so it’s impor­tant to look a lit­tle more closely at what the man­u­fac­tur­ers are actu­ally claim­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment



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 »

Youth unemployment can lead to long-term cognitive and emotional scars



Youth unem­ploy­ment pro­duces mul­ti­ple scar­ring effects (British Pol­i­tics & Policy):

Being unem­ployed when young leads to a higher like­li­hood of long-term ‘scar­ring’ in later life in terms of sub­se­quent lower pay, higher unem­ploy­ment and reduced life chances accord­ing to much research…There is also evi­dence of greater men­tal health prob­lems in their 40s or 50s Read the rest of this entry »

Will consumer-led transcranial direct current stimulation revolutionize or hurt mental health?



Ther­apy Borne on Elec­tri­cal Cur­rents (The New York Times):

…This is Thync, the lat­est in tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion, or tDCS. The man­u­fac­turer says the device, to come out later this year, can alter the user’s mood in min­utes via elec­tric cur­rent Read the rest of this entry »

Update: What do schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, have in common?


Time for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain health insights.

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Have a great month of March!

Upcoming event on therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices

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Heads-up: The Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM), a branch of the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences, is putting together a forward-looking work­shop on Non-Invasive Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion of the Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem. March 2-3rd, 2015, in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Descrip­tion: Based on advances in biotech­nol­ogy and neu­ro­science, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices are poised to gain clin­i­cal impor­tance in the com­ing years and to be of increas­ing inter­est to patients, health care providers and pay­ers, Read the rest of this entry »

Poll: 93% believe mental health system needs to change

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Satcher-Kennedy: How to fix the men­tal health sys­tem (USA Today):

…an over­whelm­ing major­ity (96%) of the pub­lic agrees that men­tal health con­di­tions, such as depres­sion, anx­i­ety and alco­hol or drug abuse are seri­ous pub­lic health prob­lems, accord­ing to a new poll by Pub­lic Opin­ion Strate­gies. Almost as many (93%) believe that the cur­rent way we are han­dling men­tal health needs to change…

Fifty-two years ago this week, Pres­i­dent John Kennedy Read the rest of this entry »

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