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Applying to MIT Solve? Here are 4 Ways, and 20 Resources, to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age

Insufficient brain healthcare is one of the most pervasive and multi-faceted problems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those living in dense cities to isolated farmlands, anyone can be affected by brain health problems. Yet, current solutions to this problem are limited. While some innovations have made significant strides towards improved brain health, there is a pressing need for stronger prioritization of cognitive healthcare and more proactive innovation towards preventative treatments.

Here’s what the new MIT Solve 2017 Global Challenge says about brain health:

“Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet…shifting the conversation from treating brain diseases to improving well-being may begin to dissolve the cultural stigma that makes it difficult for many to seek help.”

Continue reading the article Four Ways to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age, by SharpBrains’ Alvaro Fernandez, with guidelines and resources to:

  1. Prioritize scalable solutions for all
  2. Harness lifelong neuroplasticity
  3. Harness pervasive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI)
  4. Educate users and encourage human-centered innovation

Trend: With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity

When Are Doctors Too Old to Practice? (The Wall Street Journal):

“In February, Robert Brown received an email that left him troubled. The New Jersey hospital where the 71-year-old pediatrician was practicing informed him that doctors age 72 and older would have to take a test to assess their physical and mental health—or risk losing their privileges Read the rest of this entry »

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

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Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂

New research

New tools

New thinking

Upcoming Events

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great summer!

The SharpBrains Team

BrainFutures 2017: September 6-7th in Washington, DC

What: BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care. Keynote speakers include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Alvaro Fernandez, and more. CE credits are available.

Where: Gaylord National Resort (Washington, D.C.)

When: September 6-7, 2017  Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline and dementia? New comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine clarifies priorities for public health and for future research

Evidence Supporting Three Interventions That Might Slow Cognitive Decline and the Onset of Dementia Is Encouraging but Insufficient to Justify a Public Health Campaign Focused on Their Adoption (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine):

“Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additional research is needed to further understand and gain confidence in their effectiveness, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report Read the rest of this entry »

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