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Report: 10 million people develop dementia every year

Alzheimer rates

Chart: Esti­mated preva­lence of demen­tia for peo­ple over 60. [World Alzheimer Report 2015, ADI.]

World Alzheimer Report 2015: Revised Esti­mates Hint at Larger Epi­demic (Alzforum):

Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Inter­na­tional yes­ter­day released its World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Demen­tia. This sev­enth annual report from the fed­er­a­tion of Alzheimer asso­ci­a­tions updates 2009 esti­mates of Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging studies: In soccer, over one thousand “headers” per year can lead to brain injury and cognitive impairment



Study indi­cates there may be a head­ing thresh­old above which the risk for brain dam­age increases sig­nif­i­cantly: An Inter­view with Michael L. Lip­ton (Dana Foundation):

Dr. Lip­ton pio­neered the use of MRI tech­nol­ogy to detect mild trau­matic brain injuries (mTBI) from con­cus­sions. Such injuries, which may bring cog­ni­tive and behav­ioral impair­ment and even neu­rode­gen­er­a­tion later in life in some indi­vid­u­als, is increas­ingly seen as a major pub­lic health prob­lem Read the rest of this entry »

New report by the Institute of Medicine on cognitive health promotion

Title: Cog­ni­tive Aging: Progress in Under­stand­ing and Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Action

Report brief (opens PDF)

Read full report online

Descrip­tion: Peo­ple for­get things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dis­missed as a minor incon­ve­nience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momen­tary anx­i­ety at 35, and a major source of per­sonal worry at ages 55 or 60. For­get­ful­ness at older ages is often equated with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

News: Launch of Brain Start-up Challenge on August 1st

brain_innovationDear Sharp­Brains community,

We have read Alvaro Fernandez’s pub­li­ca­tion regard­ing the BRAIN Ini­tia­tive in Ven­ture Beat and thought our first-of-a-kind Brain Start-up Chal­lenge would be of inter­est to many of you.

To pro­vide some back­ground, the National Insti­tutes of Health, Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, Cen­ter for Advanc­ing Inno­va­tion and the Her­itage Provider Net­work, have part­nered to cre­ate a “first of a kind” Brain Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge will fea­ture 20 rig­or­ously selected brain related inven­tions that have com­mer­cial via­bil­ity and are impor­tant to pub­lic health. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Autism Spectrum Disorder overdiagnosed?

Autism illustration1 in 68 Chil­dren Now Has a Diag­no­sis of Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der. Why? (The Atlantic):

The stag­ger­ing increase in cases of ASD should raise more sus­pi­cion in the med­ical com­mu­nity about its mis­di­ag­no­sis and over­diag­no­sis than it does. The sci­ence stacks up in favor of catch­ing and treat­ing ASD ear­lier because it leads to bet­ter outcomes…What gets lost in the debate is Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing brain fitness and mental well-being improves both public health and individual quality of life

 We’re hav­ing a good con­ver­sa­tion among Sharp­Brains Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants, prompted by the blog post Life­long brain well­ness and performance–not med­ical disease–drives grow­ing demand for dig­i­tal brain health solu­tions. In what is a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of the need to see both the for­est and the trees Read the rest of this entry »


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