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Minding the Aging Brain

Cog­ni­tive train­ing (the basis for what we call “brain fit­ness” these days) has a wide array of appli­ca­tions. The most recentneurons one, which is cap­tur­ing public’s imag­i­na­tion, monop­o­liz­ing media cov­er­age, and cre­at­ing cer­tain con­fu­sion, is Healthy Brain Aging. We are for­tu­nate to have Dr. Joshua Stein­er­man, one of our new Expert Con­trib­u­tors, offer today his great voice to this con­ver­sa­tion. Enjoy!

- Alvaro
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Mind­ing the Aging Brain

– By Joshua R. Stein­er­man, M.D.

Sci­en­tists, philoso­phers, artists, and experts from all fields of human endeav­or lament: it ain’t easy get­ting old­er. It? Do they refer to frailty and dis­abil­i­ty? To bod­i­ly dis­ease? To life at its essence?

It’s all in your head

The mind is not set in stone, but it is encased by bone. It’s real­ly all about the brain, the hyphen in the mind-body conun­drum. That squishy gray neu­ronal jun­gle is the inter­face between inter­nal life and envi­ron­men­tal sen­sa­tions and stim­u­la­tion. As expect­ed, the brain shows signs of aging just as a wrin­kled brow, a stooped pos­ture, or an arthrit­ic fin­ger might. The most com­mon brain changes observed in aging and in age-asso­ci­at­ed neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­ease include:

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Chemo Brain: cognitive effects of chemotherapy

Good NYT arti­cle today on how Chemother­a­py Fog Is No Longer Ignored as Illu­sion. Quotes:

  • Vir­tu­al­ly all can­cer sur­vivors who have had tox­ic treat­ments like chemother­a­py expe­ri­ence short-term mem­o­ry loss and dif­fi­cul­ty con­cen­trat­ing dur­ing and short­ly after­ward, experts say. But a vast major­i­ty improve. About 15 per­cent, or rough­ly 360,000 of the nation’s 2.4 mil­lion female breast can­cer sur­vivors, the group that has dom­i­nat­ed research on cog­ni­tive side effects, remain dis­tract­ed years lat­er, accord­ing to some experts. And nobody knows what dis­tin­guish­es this 15 per­cent.”
  • The cen­tral puz­zle of chemo brain is Read the rest of this entry »

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