“A new study shows that having a high amount of beta amyloid or “plaques” in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease may cause steeper memory decline in mentally healthy older people than does having the APOE ?4 allele, also associated with the disease. “Our results show that plaques may be a more important factor in determining which people are [Read more…] about Beta amyloid build-up in the brain may increase risk of cognitive impairment more than having “Alzheimer’s gene”
Time for SharpBrains’ January 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple thought-provoking perspectives on how emerging neuroscience can and should make us rethink prevailing practices in education, healthy aging and preventive medicine.
- The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa
- When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory, by Dr. Tracy Alloway
- New Review of Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD — Current State of the Science, by Dr. David Rabiner
- The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom, by Alvaro Fernandez
- (How to contribute articles like these to SharpBrains.com)
- Brain function can start declining as early as age 45
- Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”
- Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid
- Cognitive Training & Brain Teasers Can Increase Openness Among Older Adults
- Cognitive Training in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Does Nintendo Brain Age work as a brain training game?
- Brain Injury Care: Treatment and Reimbursement Challenges
- The Ten Habits of a Sharp Brain
- Brain Teasers and Games, for Kids and Adults
- Upcoming Talk & Book Signing in Washington, DC
Have a great month of February.
Very significant findings reported today. Keeping brain sharp may ward off Alzheimer’s protein (Reuters):
“People who challenge their brains throughout their lifetimes — through reading, writing and playing games — are less likely to develop protein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s, researchers said on Monday.” [Read more…] about Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid
- An article on the role of neuroplasticity in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery.
- A new study that used a blood test able to detect beta amyloid 42 (the protein fragment that makes up Alzheimer’s plaque) and suggested that the association between amyloid and cognitive decline could be modified by cognitive reserve.
- An article on a new brain scan technology to detect Alzheimer’s pathology in the brain.
- An article reporting the answer of Don Tapscott to the question “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” [Read more…] about Interesting Recent Studies and Articles on Neuroplasticity, Cognitive Reserve, and Brain Fitness