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Study challenges the “seductive” amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)

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Vas­cu­lar Health at Age 36 Tied to Brain Health at 70 (Med­page Today):

A lon­gi­tu­di­nal study shed light on just how ear­ly peo­ple may want to start doing some­thing to reduce their demen­tia risk decades in the future.

Each 1% increase in Fram­ing­ham vas­cu­lar risk score at age 36 was asso­ci­at­ed with 9% high­er white mat­ter hyper­in­ten­si­ty vol­ume … (how­ev­er) Vas­cu­lar risk scores were not linked to beta-amy­loid sta­tus at any point. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroengineering meets neuroethics to address treatment-resistant depression

Dr. Maryam Shanechi. Cred­it: USC Viter­bi

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Is This the Future of Men­tal Health? (USC Viter­bi School of Engi­neer­ing):

Brain–machine inter­faces (BMIs) pro­vide a direct path­way to the brain to trans­late brain sig­nals into actions … Below, Shanechi (Note: Maryam Shanechi, PhD, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal and com­put­er engi­neer­ing) answers some ques­tions about her work and what the future might hold for our under­stand­ing and treat­ment of men­tal dis­or­ders.

What poten­tial does this hold for the future not just of men­tal health, but of under­stand­ing our brains as a whole?

Neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders are a major cause of dis­abil­i­ty world­wide with depres­sive dis­or­ders being the most dis­abling among them. About 30% of major depres­sion patients are treat­ment-resis­tant – that’s about 5 mil­lion peo­ple in the US alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds a key ingredient in mindfulness training: Acceptance (not acquiescence)

Life can be stress­ful. Whether it’s the stress that comes with hav­ing too much work to do in too lit­tle time, ful­fill­ing care­giv­ing oblig­a­tions, or deal­ing with a major ill­ness or set­back, some­times it can be hard to cope.

In response to stress, many peo­ple today are turn­ing to med­i­ta­tion or mind­ful­ness apps (myself includ­ed). But not all mind­ful­ness prac­tice is equal­ly effec­tive for com­bat­ing stress Read the rest of this entry »

11 de Noviembre en Madrid: Presentación oficial de El Cerebro Que Cura

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Nos com­place invi­tar­le al diál­o­go en torno al libro El cere­bro que cura con uno de sus autores Álvaro Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez y San­ti­a­go Satrústegui, pres­i­dente de Abante.

El libro, escrito por tres pio­neros españoles, resume décadas de inves­ti­gación cien­tí­fi­ca a niv­el mundi­al sobre cere­bro, mente y salud y detal­la cómo alin­ear nue­stros esti­los de vida y pau­tas de con­duc­ta para man­ten­er un cere­bro sano como fuente de salud y vital­i­dad. Read the rest of this entry »

November 15–16th in Palo Alto, CA: Transformative Technology Conference & Expo 2019

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When: Novem­ber 15–16th, 2019

Where: Elks Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA 94306

What: The Trans­for­ma­tive Tech­nol­o­gy Con­fer­ence is an inspir­ing con­fer­ence focused on tech for men­tal health, emo­tion­al well­be­ing, and human flour­ish­ing, at the inter­sec­tion of neu­ro­science, psy­chol­o­gy, tech, entre­pre­neur­ship, and inno­va­tion. It fea­tures expo­nen­tial tech­nolo­gies like AI, AR/VR/XR, net­works and sen­sors, biotech, neu­ro­feed­back, robot­ics and more to build tech to enable human well­be­ing at scale. Read the rest of this entry »

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