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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 »

Dr. Peter Whitehouse on Revamping Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Prevention and Care

Dr. White­house will dis­cuss why and how we need to revamp Alzheimer’s Diag­no­sis, Pre­ven­tion and Care, at the upcom­ing 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (June 7-14th, 2012), build­ing on this quote he gave to an ABC News story 2 days ago:

The field of Alzheimer’s research is get­ting a lit­tle dis­torted. There’s a con­stant need to focus on magic bul­lets and sin­gle mol­e­cules,” White­house told ABC News. “It really requires a pub­lic health focus. The most effec­tive inter­ven­tions are not going to be drugs.”  Read the rest of this entry »

New WHO Report: Global dementia cases expected to exceed 115 million by 2050

Descrip­tion: “The report “Demen­tia: a pub­lic health pri­or­ity” has been jointly devel­oped by WHO and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease Inter­na­tional. The pur­pose of this report is to raise aware­ness of demen­tia as a pub­lic health pri­or­ity, to artic­u­late a pub­lic health approach and to advo­cate for action at inter­na­tional and national levels.

Demen­tia is a syn­drome that affects mem­ory, think­ing, behav­iour and abil­ity to per­form every­day activ­i­ties. The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing with demen­tia world­wide is cur­rently esti­mated at Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Paul Nussbaum on Meditation, Neuropsychology and Thanksgiving

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion yes­ter­day on holis­tic brain health with clin­i­cal neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Dr. Paul Nuss­baum, author of Save Your Brain. You can learn more about the full Brain Fit­ness Q&A Series Here.

Per­haps one of the best exchanges was: Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Survey and Research Study on Awareness, Testing and Prevention

Very inter­est­ing new data rein­forc­ing two main themes we have been ana­lyz­ing for a while:
1) We bet­ter start pay­ing seri­ous atten­tion (and R&D dol­lars) to lifestyle-based and non-invasive cog­ni­tive and emo­tional health inter­ven­tions, which are mostly ignored in favor of inva­sive, drug-based options
2) Inter­ven­tions will need to be per­son­al­ized. The study below ana­lyzes data at the coun­try level, but the same logic applies to the indi­vid­ual level

Many fear Alzheimer’s, want to be tested: sur­vey (Reuters):

- “The tele­phone sur­vey of 2,678 adults aged 18 and older in the United States, France, Ger­many, Spain and Poland was con­ducted by researchers at the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health and Read the rest of this entry »

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