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Public Brain Health vs. Private Brain Research Funds: How the NFL tried to influence NIH studies


How the NFL tried to manipulate a government study on football and brain injuries (Los Angeles Times):

“The National Institutes of Health seems to have discovered what communities across the land already know: The National Football League is an untrustworthy partner.

According to a report Read the rest of this entry »

BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”

bbcbraintrainingOnline brain training ‘helps older adults with everyday tasks’ (BBC):

“Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the volunteers were encouraged to play online brain training games for 10 minutes at a time, as often as they wished. The others – the control group – were asked to do simple internet searches Read the rest of this entry »

Report: 10 million people develop dementia every year

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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 »

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