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Agenda and 20 Speakers unveiled @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7–9th)

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We are pleased to announce the pre­lim­i­nary Agen­da for the 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (May 7–9th), includ­ing the first 20 con­firmed Speak­ers. Please con­sid­er join­ing us — the more the mer­ri­er to explore emerg­ing best prac­tices and to Shape the future of Brain Health!

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Trend: Consumers increasingly taking care of their behavioral health via DIY tools like these

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8 con­sumer-friend­ly dig­i­tal tools to sup­port behav­ioral health (mobi­health news):

From vir­tu­al ther­a­py to mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion aids, there’s lit­tle short­age of dig­i­tal tools catch­ing investors’ eyes and break­ing into the crowd­ed behav­ioral health mar­ket. Although a num­ber of these ser­vices are posi­tion­ing their busi­ness to focus on pay­ers and employ­ers, many oth­ers are tak­ing their prod­ucts direct­ly to con­sumers via month­ly sub­scrip­tions, one-time retail pur­chas­es or out­right free down­loads.

Of course, hav­ing a wealth of options and vary­ing qual­i­ty of evi­dence can make select­ing the most effec­tive dig­i­tal tool quite a chal­lenge. Here, Mobi­Health­News has com­piled a selec­tion of eight such con­sumer-friend­ly behav­ioral health tools (Note: Basis, Calm, Sim­ple Habit, Woe­bot, Muse, Vida Health, Head­space, Able­To) that have recent­ly been mak­ing head­lines with new launch­es, fund­ing or major prod­uct updates.” Read the rest of this entry »

The FDA warns consumers not to use unapproved apps and devices to diagnose concussion

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FDA warns pub­lic not to use unap­proved or uncleared med­ical devices to help assess or diag­nose a con­cus­sion (news release):

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion is warn­ing the pub­lic not to use med­ical devices mar­ket­ed to con­sumers that claim to help assess, diag­nose or man­age head injury, includ­ing con­cus­sion, trau­mat­ic brain injury (TBI) or mild TBI. Read the rest of this entry »

El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller for the third week in Catalonia, Spain

From the offi­cial list in el Per­iódi­co for the week March 11–17th:

NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO

1-‘Cómo hac­er que te pasen cosas bue­nas’.  Mar­i­an Rojas.  Espasa.  Un lli­bre que vol aju­dar a mil­lo­rar les nos­tres vides.  200 pàgines.  12 set­mana.  19,90 euros.

2-‘Una his­to­ria de España’.  Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  Alfaguara. Pérez-Reverte ofer­eix la seva visió de la història d’Espanya.  256 pàgines.  1 set­mana.  18,90 euros.

3-‘Come comi­da real’. Car­los Ríos.  Paidós. Una guia per trans­for­mar la nos­tra salut men­jant salud­able­ment.  304 pàgines.  2 set­mana.  17 euros.

4-‘A mí no me callan’.  Pepe Rubianes.  Alrevés. Monòlegs, escrits i reflex­ions de l’actor Pepe Rubianes.  224 pàgines.  2 set­mana.  20 euros.

5-‘Dic­cionario de las cosas que no supe expli­carte’.  Ris­to Mejide.  Espasa. Ris­to Mejide expli­ca les seves emo­cions i exper­ièn­cies.  206 pàgines.  5 set­mana.  19,90 euros.

6-‘Sodoma. Poder y escán­da­lo en el Vat­i­cano’.  Frédéric Mar­tel.  Roca Edi­to­r­i­al. Una anàlisi dels escàn­dols i la decadèn­cia del Vat­icà.  604 pàgines.  1 set­mana.  20,90 euros.

7-El cere­bro que cura’. Álvaro Pas­cual-Leone, Álvaro Fer­nán­dez-Ibáñez y David Bartés-Faz.  Platafor­ma Edi­to­r­i­al.   Els ben­efi­cis d’una ment sana. 232 pàgines.  3 set­mana.  20 euros. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Going on a brain health vacation

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A Look at Lux­u­ry Resorts That Now Offer Brain Health Pro­grams (Next Avenue):

Like any self-dis­re­spect­ing woman, I’ve spent a life­time of mir­ror scruti­ny (and cash) on my thighs, hips, heart, back, post-baby bel­ly, even my eye­brows. For all this invest­ment, I’ve paid scant atten­tion to the one irre­place­able body part that keeps every­thing else run­ning: my brain.

Why not learn how to show it some love, then, in the nicest pos­si­ble way — by tak­ing it on a brain vaca­tion?

Gray mat­ter is the lat­est twist in the red-hot well­ness tourism cat­e­go­ry, which is grow­ing by 7.5% a year, accord­ing to the Glob­al Well­ness Insti­tute .… “It’s pos­si­ble to alter 70% of your genet­ic des­tiny by chang­ing non­genet­ic fac­tors, with the deci­sions you make. That’s the new field called epi­ge­net­ics,” says Dr. Richard Car­mona, the 17th U.S. Sur­geon Gen­er­al…

Although any­one can learn brain-health basics at home, doing so with pro­fes­sion­al sup­port while on vaca­tion costs, well, big vaca­tion bucks. 10-room Life­works runs $5,000 for four nights of all-inclu­sive meals and activ­i­ties. Canyon Ranch’s “Boost Your Brain” pro­gram costs $500, and that’s above its stan­dard tab of $1,099 per per­son per night — also all-inclu­sive.

Maybe it’s best to think of this as a brain invest­ment as well as a hol­i­day. What’s the price of a brain that works bet­ter, longer?”

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