We need a different, two-pronged approach to address the Brain Health for Life challenge: instead of trying to treat diseases, we need to focus on promoting brain health, educate and empower the public to adopt lifelong healthy lifestyles in order to minimize the risk of developing psychiatric and neurological diseases. In parallel, we need to gain a deeper understanding of brain resilience and its mechanisms, to be able to design interventions to promote it and delay the onset of clinical manifestations of disease and the consequent disability. [Read more…] about Save the Date: Promoting Brain Health for Life, December 15–16th, online
Brain/ Mental Health
Many Americans worry about the political divide tearing our country apart. A large percentage are unwilling to engage with people who have opposing political views, and that’s creating more animosity.
This is especially worrying considering how many crises we’re facing that require cooperation, trust, and solutions a diverse citizenry can get behind. How can we find a way across our divide and come together for common cause? [Read more…] about On perception, cognitive bias and cultivating humility ahead of next week’s vote
2020 is the year I decided to cut back on empty brain calories. That’s right, I swore off the mindless junk from social media. Because we are all likely to conduct more and more doomscrolling as the election nears and 2020 continues its infamy, I urge you to stop ingesting digital junk, and start reading a book. [Read more…] about On cutting “empty brain calories” by reading a book instead of social media
Ideally, mental wellness should be considered part of a healthy daily routine, like exercise. But even exercise is difficult to turn into a regular habit. Peloton addressed physical fitness by combining smart stationary bikes with live classes and community features to create an engaging experience. Now a new startup, MindLabs, is taking a similar approach to mental wellness [Read more…] about What will the ‘Peloton for mental health’ look like five years from now? And, who will develop it?
FDA Designates First Virtual Reality Device for Chronic Pain (Pain News Network):
AppliedVR, a Los Angeles-based virtual reality company, has announced that its EaseVRx headset has received Breakthrough Device Designation from the Food and Drug Administration for treating fibromyalgia and chronic intractable low back pain. [Read more…] about The FDA clears AppliedVR headset to help treat fibromyalgia and chronic pain
Brain supplements that claim to boost cognitive function are increasingly popular, growing from a $4 billion industry of about 4,000 unique products to a $40 billion industry with as many as 80,000 different products on the market. [Read more…] about Study: Over-the-counter “brain enhancement” supplements in the US found both to a) contain multiple unapproved drugs and b) lack some ingredients listed on the label