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On Mental Health and the advent of Digital Phenotyping

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Build­ing the Ther­mome­ter for Men­tal Health (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Imag­ine that you vis­it your physi­cian com­plain­ing of a fever and, rather than tak­ing out a ther­mome­ter, they begin hov­er­ing their “edu­cat­ed hands” over you. Grad­u­al­ly, they press down against your arm to gain a full impres­sion of your skin’s tem­per­a­ture and the “deep­er seat­ed com­bus­tions.” Remov­ing their hand, they look close­ly at your appear­ance and pro­nounce their assess­ment: you do, in fact, have a fever. You might (jus­ti­fi­ably) be dubi­ous Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Large study highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions


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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e-newslet­ter, dis­cussing the lat­est inno­va­tions for brain health and men­tal health, and open­ing in this occa­sion with a fas­ci­nat­ing study track­ing 2,232 twins over 10+ years.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Wish­ing you a great month of Decem­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

 

PS: And, here’s a fun brain teaser…ready to stim­u­late those neu­rons in your tem­po­ral lobes?

Welcoming “Como Investir no Seu Cérebro?”

It is a plea­sure to announce the pub­li­ca­tion of the Por­tuguese edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, by Edições Sílabo, and with a beau­ti­ful pref­ace by Dr. Alexan­dre Cas­tro Cal­das, Direc­tor of the Health Sci­ences Insti­tute in Lis­bon!

If you speak Por­tuguese here’s a great book on brain health and brain fit­ness (lit­er­al­ly, the title means “How to invest in your brain,” same as in the Span­ish edi­tion).

SINOPSE (in Portuguese):

Todos sabe­mos que deve­mos inve­stir na nos­sa saúde, na nos­sa edu­cação, na nos­sa car­reira profis­sion­al, em planos de poupança. Mas poucos sabem porque e como inve­stir no nos­so mais impor­tante recur­so: o cére­bro.

Numa área tão apaixo­nante e nova como é a da ciên­cia do cére­bro, este livro é um guia estim­u­lante e práti­co, com valiosa infor­mação e con­sel­hos úteis para que o leitor pos­sa mel­ho­rar o rendi­men­to atu­al e futuro do seu cére­bro, enrique­cen­do deste modo a sua qual­i­dade de vida e saúde men­tal.

«(…) Este livro não é só mais um livro descreven­do as funções cere­brais, pelo con­trário ele revê com rig­or cien­tí­fi­co a lit­er­atu­ra atu­al, chaman­do a atenção para as fontes de infor­mação que são mais fidedig­nas — cuida­do com as notí­cias dos jor­nais! — e trazen­do as respostas dos próprios autores num diál­o­go sim­ples. Em tem­pos li algures que nos fal­ta­va um livro de instruções para cuidar­mos de nós próprios e do enorme val­or daqui­lo que pos­suí­mos em ter­mos de com­petên­cia men­tal. Aqui fica uma impor­tante con­tribuição para esse obje­ti­vo. (…) Leiam, então, este pre­cioso livro e pre­parem-se para os próx­i­mos capí­tu­los.»
— Alexan­dre Cas­tro Cal­das, Pro­fes­sor Cat­e­dráti­co de Neu­rolo­gia Uni­ver­si­dade Católi­ca de Lis­boa. Direc­tor do Insti­tu­to de Ciên­cias da Saúde.

 

To order the book:

Update: Only 5% of US children ages 8–11 follow guidelines recommended for brain development

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e-newslet­ter, dis­cussing the lat­est inno­va­tions for brain health and men­tal health, and open­ing in this occa­sion with an impor­tant wake-up call.

New research:

New tools:

 

Hap­py Hal­loween and have a great month of Novem­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Towards a new culture of Brain Health and Brain Fitness

Some addi­tion­al Con­fer­ence Bites from the stim­u­lat­ing con­ver­sa­tions at the Future of Health Sum­mit ear­li­er this week:

We real­ly believe the future is indi­vid­u­al­iza­tion & con­sumers will be empow­ered to make more choice.”
~ Sara Wajn­berg, Oscar Health

Every­one has a brain, and how can we help every­one under­stand the impor­tance of brain health? ‘Brain fit­ness’ is a metaphor that engages peo­ple at all lev­els.”
~ Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains Read the rest of this entry »

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