The powerful Alzheimer’s Disease lobby is fighting a multi-billion-dollar battle on two fronts. It is quietly trying to limit restrictions the Food and Drug Administration puts on the use of new drugs aimed at slowing the progression of the brain disease. And it is publicly pressing Medicare to pay for the widespread use of the monoclonal antibodies FDA already has conditionally approved as well as others in the pipeline. [Read more…] about Growing controversy over role of FDA and Medicare in promoting anti-amyloid drugs given limited benefit, high cost, severe side-effects
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring a range of research findings, resources, brain teasers and riddles to help translate emerging neuroscience into real-world applications and improve our collective brain & mental health.
- Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
- What’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity
- Will self-driving vehicles lead to a surge of brain training?
- How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improve reading speed and cognitive ability
- To boost your mental well-being, simply recall, right now, an act of kindness
- Machine-learning study finds EEG brain signatures that predict response to antidepressant treatments
- Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties
- Ambitious International Brain Initiative (IBI) launched to advance global neuroscience research
- Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD
- U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
- Meditation app Headspace raises $93 million to accelerate clinical validation and geographic expansion
- Digital mental health taking off in Europe
Fun brain teasers:
- Train your brain to think outside the box with these fun riddles
- Three illusions to test your perceptual and cognitive skills
- Math brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?
Have a great month of March,
The SharpBrains Team
The initial pilot, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework and to be completed by 2017, will start with leading European soccer academies including Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar and FC Freiburg, in collaboration with the Sports University in Cologne, Germany. [Read more…] about New $3m European-Israeli collaboration to build brain training system and enhance football (soccer) players’ game intelligence
Last November, talking with some Japanese colleagues at the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Aging Society, I discovered that it is common there to organize research-driven consortia/ learning labs among for-profit, non-profit and academic organizations interested in the development of “silver industries”, this is, where companies develop product and services specific to the needs of older adults.
I just discovered ‑having been invited to speak there, together with Prof. Shlomo Breznitz- that my native Spain counts with a similar innovative platform. You can see below (in Spanish) the details of my tak in Barcelona on June 22nd, and here you have how the Fundacion Edad y Vida describes itself:
- The Edad&Vida Foundation is a platform where all the different agents involved in contributing to the quality of life of elderly people converge. Edad&Vida is an open space to companies from different economic sectors, social agents and academic entities.
- Edad&Vida is the result of the effort of more than 40 leading companies that belong to different economic sectors. We can find [Read more…] about June 22nd talk @ Fundacion Edad y Vida (Barcelona) on Health in the XXI century