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Trend: With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity

When Are Doctors Too Old to Practice? (The Wall Street Journal):

“In February, Robert Brown received an email that left him troubled. The New Jersey hospital where the 71-year-old pediatrician was practicing informed him that doctors age 72 and older would have to take a test to assess their physical and mental health—or risk losing their privileges Read the rest of this entry »

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

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Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂

New research

New tools

New thinking

Upcoming Events

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great summer!

The SharpBrains Team

Cognitive Training or Gingko Biloba to prevent cognitive decline and dementia? New comprehensive report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine clarifies priorities for public health and for future research

Evidence Supporting Three Interventions That Might Slow Cognitive Decline and the Onset of Dementia Is Encouraging but Insufficient to Justify a Public Health Campaign Focused on Their Adoption (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine):

“Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Additional research is needed to further understand and gain confidence in their effectiveness, said the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia

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Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal):

“Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain stimulation can work–if properly timed

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It’s All In The Timing (NPR):

“People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses of electricity — if they’re properly timed Read the rest of this entry »

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