Brain supplements that claim to boost cognitive function are increasingly popular, growing from a $4 billion industry of about 4,000 unique products to a $40 billion industry with as many as 80,000 different products on the market. [Read more…] about Study: Over-the-counter “brain enhancement” supplements in the US found both to a) contain multiple unapproved drugs and b) lack some ingredients listed on the label
A new study out of Colorado State University has found that physical stress in one’s job may be associated with faster brain aging and poorer memory.
Aga Burzynska, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and her research team connected occupational survey responses with brain-imaging data from 99 cognitively normal older adults, age 60 to 79. They found that those who reported high levels of physical stress in their most recent job had smaller volumes in the hippocampus and performed poorer on memory tasks. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is critical for memory and is affected in both normal aging and in dementia.
I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will.
The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond [Read more…] about Four ways hiking promotes cognitive and emotional health
Time to wrap-up another stimulating month with SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time a range of promising news for everyone with a (human) brain 🙂
New tech for brain health:
- Neuroengineering meets neuroethics to address treatment-resistant depression
- Study: Hearing aids may help older adults delay dementia, depression, anxiety, and falls
- Four guidelines for smart use of smartphones
New brain and mind research:
- Reminder: A brain-friendly lifestyle is the best approach to delay cognitive decline and dementia
- Study challenges the “seductive” amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
- Study finds a key ingredient in mindfulness training: Acceptance (not acquiescence)
New thinking to shape education and healthcare:
- What are the ethics of discouraging much-needed innovation given potential privacy concerns?
- Help select the campaign sticker for Brain Awareness Week 2020
- SharpBrains y El Cerebro Que Cura se presentan en Madrid
- Growing concern and hope about astronauts’ cognitive health during spaceflight
Finally, a few riddles to tease your brain:
- Nine great riddles about Life and Death
- Seven sharp riddles to celebrate Thanksgiving in perfect harmony
Have a great Thanksgiving and December,
The SharpBrains Team
What Science Tells Us About Preventing Dementia (The Wall Street Journal):
“When it comes to battling dementia, the unfortunate news is this: Medications have proven ineffective at curing or stopping the disease and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. But that isn’t the end of the story. According to a recent wave of scientific studies, we have more control over our cognitive health than is commonly known. We just have to take certain steps—ideally, early and often—to live a healthier lifestyle.
In fact, according to a recent report commissioned by the Lancet, a medical journal, around 35% of dementia cases might be prevented if [Read more…] about Reminder: A brain-friendly lifestyle is the best approach to delay cognitive decline and dementia
“…startups increasingly recognize opportunities to cater to this aging population. Some are developing products to sell to individuals and their family members directly; others are coming up with ways to empower those who work directly with older Americans.
BrainCheck, a 20-person, Houston-based startup whose cognitive healthcare product aims to help physicians assess and track the mental health of their patients, is among the latter. Investors like what it has put together, too. Today, the startup is announcing $8 million in Series A funding co-led by S3 Ventures and Tensility Venture Partners. [Read more…] about BrainCheck raises $8 million to digitize cognitive/ neuropsychological assessments and better serve the aging population