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
” … 19 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomized to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement. Participants were instructed to implement this information into their own lifestyles. The intervention group received the same online information, plus active components to assist with implementing this information into their lifestyles: dietitian sessions, an exercise physiologist session, and online brain training. [Read more…] about Study: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
Body weight has surprising, alarming impact on brain function (Science Daily):
As a person’s weight goes up, all regions of the brain go down in activity and blood flow, according to a new brain imaging study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease … scientists analyzed over 35,000 functional neuroimaging scans using single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) from more than 17,000 individuals to measure blood flow and brain activity. [Read more…] about Higher body mass index (BMI) linked to lower blood supply to the brain in large neuroimaging study
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
Getting kids outside and active could help with brain health: Participaction report (The Globe and Mail):
“The physical benefits of kids leading an active lifestyle, including better heart health and a decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, are well known. But a growing body of research suggests there are significant mental benefits as well, whether it’s lowering stress levels or helping to treat anxiety and depression. A new report released by Participaction on Tuesday draws attention to this link, [Read more…] about Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health
It’s remarkable how quickly things are changing, finally, in brain health and mental health — see for example what’s new with Interaxon, Akili, NeuraMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neuroscience, Mindstrong Health, Novartis, Pear Therapeutics, and lifelong neurogenesis, all in the last 6 months!
- Cognitive training, diet, exercise, and vascular management seen to improve cognition even in people with genetic predisposition for dementia (APOE e4)
- Brain imaging show that patients with Alzheimer’s disease can still remember and enjoy their favorite songs
- Physical exercise doesn’t slow down dementia once it appears, study shows
- Initial study finds promise and limitations in using virtual reality (VR) to treat ADHD
- tDCS coming to an Equinox gym near you: Good, Bad or Depends?
- Could technology help cure depression among older adults? (Short answer: Yes)
- Six tips for social-emotional learning (SEL) to transfer into real-world skills
- Large study to assess impact on early brain development of financial assistance to low-income mothers
- New book highlights continued brain development throughout adolescence, even into our 20s
- Presentation on Neuroscience, Education and Lifelong Learning (in Spanish)
Have a great month of June,
The SharpBrains Team