Using specific frequencies of flashing lights and sounds to stimulate the brain’s electrical activity, Cognito Therapeutics believes it can help treat Alzheimer’s disease by energizing neurons and reactivating the immune system.
Time for SharpBrains’ July e‑newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, emerging brain health practices and insights…and some fun teasers.
Let’s start with the key take-aways from a new and very insightful evidence review which found nine modifiable risk factors for dementia — accounting for 35% of all cases:
— Education by age 15 (during early life)
— Hypertension; Obesity; Hearing loss (in mid-life)
— Depression; Diabetes; Physical inactivity; Smoking; Low social contact (in later life)
- Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
- Study shows how practicing gratitude can help train your brain and improve mental health over time
- With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity
- “Our health starts and ends with brain health” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
- Four Ways to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age
- Call for nominations and applications @ Global Teacher Prize 2018
- Brain Health Challenge by MIT Solve (Submissions due August 1st)
- Reminder and Discount Code: BrainFutures 2017 to take place September 6–7th in Washington, DC
- 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017), featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank” of Judges shaping brain-related innovation in healthcare, education, the workplace, and general quality of life.
Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂
Have a great August!
The SharpBrains Team
The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):
“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” [Read more…] about Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
Had a good night’s sleep?
We hope you did, so you can fully enjoy all the fascinating articles and brain teasers in the new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter…including excellent advice on how to combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques, and a book giveaway.
- For a good night’s rest, combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques
- Book review: Grit is a tool in the toolbox, not the silver bullet
- To boost attention and other cognitive skills, learn AND continually practice a second language
- Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- How to properly “Use it or Lose it”: Kundalini Yoga vs. Crossword Puzzles
- Status quo is not enough: Common tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment lack both sensitivity and specificity
- Discouraging new findings about pediatric care for children with ADHD: Often, best-practice guidelines are not followed
- Busy schedules linked to better memory and cognition among middle-aged and older adults
- FDA clears use of online cognitive/ behavioral assessment to inform ADHD diagnosis
- Large multi-center study to test videogame-like digital therapy as (potentially) FDA-cleared ADHD treatment
- Brain training franchisor LearningRx settles FTC complaint about its marketing claims
- Survey finds significant promise for home-based, data-rich cognitive therapy among stroke survivors
Books and other educational resources:
- Goodreads giveaway: 20 copies of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
- Book discount to honor Mental Health Awareness Month/ Oferta de libro en honor del Mes de la Salud Mental
- Lecture Recording: 25 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Technology For Better Brain Health
- Online Course: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development
Finally, some fun Brain teasers:
- The Hermann grid optical illusion, explained
- Hard brain teaser to challenge your pattern recognition
Have a great month of June!
The SharpBrains Team
Over the last several years, cognitive training has received large amounts of public interest and support because reliably improving cognitive performance would have wide reaching applications in clinical populations, older adults, and the public at large. For example, cognitive training could [Read more…] about Study: For cognitive training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in brain regions that matter
A dreaded diagnosis, that dimmed and dooming dilemma. Feared, sometimes fought, too often forgotten. It is the grayest, ghastliest elephant in the room: dementia.
What is dementia? I, like many others who dedicate their professional efforts to its study and treatment, have no good answer. I believe we are lost in our lexicon, trying to define a brain state so vexing and elusive it drives us out of our minds.
I hope we can do better, and I am not alone. In a sensitive and forward-looking editorial entitled Dementia: A Word to be Forgotten, Drs. Trachtenberg and Trojanowski of the University of Pennsylvania argue that alternate terms are more appropriate for research, clinical, and everyday settings. From scientific and biological perspectives, dementia is unspecific and subjective. Within the walls of the physician’s office, delivering the diagnosis of dementia can erect unintended walls around patients and families; vulnerable individuals, assuming that the “cruel connotations in the lay language” actually apply to them, are unnecessarily isolated. [Read more…] about Brain Failure and Brain Fitness: A Farewell to Dementia?