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Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs

Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR):

“The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains? Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Parents’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children


Study shows no long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeeding (CNN):

“While the medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established, the long-term impact is much less so…a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Presentation delivered by Alvaro Fernandez at the Vancouver JCC, on November 3rd, hosted by Eaton Arrowsmith.

Description: Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age, named a Best Book by AARP, co-author Alvaro Fernandez will discuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offering a ground breaking new approach to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health and performance at any age, from children to younger and older adults.

To maintain lifelong mental acuity, avoid early retirement and repetitive jobs

retirement_roadThis is your brain on retirement — not nearly as sharp, studies are finding (The Washington Post):

“Retiring at 55 and spending the rest of your life relaxing on the front porch may sound appealing, but if you want your brain to keep working, it’s probably not a good idea. Mounting evidence shows that staying in the workforce into old age is good not only for our bank accounts, but also for our health and mental acuity Read the rest of this entry »

Update: 40% of ADHD diagnoses, 70% of treatment plans, fall short of AAP guidelines

ADHDTime for Sharp­Brains’ December e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wide range of insights on brain health and innovation, and a deep analysis of this new study that found large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Did you know, for example, that over 40% of diagnoses, and over 70% of the treatment plans, fall short of the guidelines established by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics?

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

Finally, we are proud to share that The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance is Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in Preventive Medicine (and the Spanish edition is #1 en Medicina).

Have a great 2015! Feliz 2015!

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