Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains e‑newsletter, annoucing the kick-off of BrainHealth Week and featuring some stimulating resources and teasers.
#1. BrainHealth Week (February 20–24th) starts today:
Explore many fun events including a daily text challenge, a talk with the always great Dr. Tom Insel, and more!
#2. Without Brain Health, you do not have Health
Important article given that “It typically takes twenty to forty years or more for scientific discoveries to meaningfully benefit human life. We cannot wait that long.” — Wise words!
#3. Sin Salud Cerebral, Usted no tiene Salud –same article, in Spanish, for extra mental stimulation and for sharing 🙂
“En los últimos diez años, los neurocientificos hemos descubierto mucho acerca de cómo funciona el cerebro, cómo mejorar la salud y el funcionamiento del cerebro y la mente a lo largo de la vida, y cómo esto contribuye a nuestra salud y bienestar en general. Únase a nosotros y asegúrese de que los mejores años de su cerebro están aún por venir, recordando que: Sin salud cerebral, usted no tiene salud.”
#4. Ballroom dancing can reduce aging-related brain atrophy in the hippocampus (and, more than treadmill walking!)
“(Dancing) generated significantly greater improvements than treadmill walking on one measure of executive function and on processing speed, which is the time it takes to respond to or process information. Compared with walking, dancing was also associated with reduced brain atrophy in the hippocampus – a brain region that is key to memory functioning and is particularly affected by Alzheimer’s disease … We think that social dancing may be more beneficial than walking because it is physically, socially and cognitively demanding – and therefore strengthens a wide network of brain regions.”
#5. Alto Neuroscience raises $60M (equity + credit) to help fix the “trial and error” approach to psychiatric medication
“To do so, Alto is pairing a trove of data on EEG activity, genetics, behavioral task measurements and other factors to see which of its drugs fits best with patients who have depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions. The company’s artificial intelligence platform homes in on three buckets: cognition, emotion and sleep.”
#6. Voice biomarker platform Sonde Health raises $19.25M to spread access to mental health monitoring and beyond
“GN Group will integrate Sonde’s Mental Fitness vocal biomarker into its hearing products. The company is already working with Sonde to develop an MCI vocal biomarker. Qualcomm, which has already integrated Sonde’s vocal biomarkers into its mobile device chipsets, has extended the relationship to include its wearable chipsets.”
#7. The European Society for Brain Stimulation opposes EU reclassification of TMS and tDCS, claiming a flawed safety assessment
“To put this into perspective, the likelihood of a seizure from rTMS (0.003%) is lower than that associated with the use of antidepressants and antipsychotics (0.1–1, 5%) … Moreover, when such seizures occur they do so mostly outside the clinician’s office, by contrast with rTMS (Perera et al., 2016). For low intensity tDCS, tACS, tRNS seizure risk is completely absent … As an organisation and representatives of NIBS clinicians and professionals from across Europe, we, the ESBS, therefore disagree with this EU decision and in particular with the factually incorrect justifications of that decision to reclassify TMS and TES as invasive technologies”
Finally, a couple of brain teasers to help you test your mental rotation cognitive skills:
#9. Brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
Have a great BrainHealth Week!