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Think twice before taking Aderall for cognitive enhancement: It may actually impair working memory and other cognitive abilities

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ADHD drugs do not improve cog­ni­tion in healthy col­lege stu­dents (Sci­enceDai­ly):

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief across col­lege cam­pus­es, atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der (ADHD) med­ica­tions may fail to improve cog­ni­tion in healthy stu­dents and actu­al­ly can impair func­tion­ing, accord­ing to a study by researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rhode Island and Brown Uni­ver­si­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

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Many Amer­i­cans tak­ing com­mon meds that may cause depres­sion, study finds (CBS News):

More than one-third of U.S. adults are tak­ing pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions that may lead to depres­sion, new research finds. The study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, warns that depres­sion is a poten­tial side effect of more than 200 com­mon­ly pre­scribed med­ica­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For good and bad, TV ads promote higher prescribing volume of psychiatric medications

couple_watching_televisionHow Are Direct-to-Con­sumer-Adver­tise­ments Chang­ing Psy­chi­atric Drug Use? (The Dana Foun­da­tion):

Flip on your tele­vi­sion to a com­mer­cial sta­tion and you are like­ly to see ads for cars, snacks, and home appliances—and pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions. Some ads specif­i­cal­ly tar­get psy­chi­atric ill­ness­es Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Let’s transform brain health from “suffer-in-silence” to “let-me-take-control”

Summit Interviews

Time for our Sep­tem­ber 2014 e‑newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights  and inno­va­tions reports…including four thought-pro­vok­ing inter­views with Spon­sors of the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28–30th). Enjoy!

New per­spec­tives at the fron­tier of Brain, Health & Inno­va­tion:

New trends:

New stud­ies:

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessFinal­ly, you may want to try this brain teas­er to test your mul­ti-task­ing abil­i­ties…and, if you are inter­est­ed in all these top­ics for pro­fes­sion­al rea­sons, please con­sid­er join­ing us at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28–30th) — you can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tion­al code: sharp2014

Have a great month of Octo­ber!

Smart pills as cognitive enhancement? Let’s first monitor negative cognitive side-effects of common medications

Mem­o­ry Loss Could Be The Fault Of Your Meds, Not Your Age (Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness Times):

Mem­o­ry loss isn’t always an inevitable sign of get­ting old – in some cas­es, com­mon med­ica­tions that seniors take to treat insom­nia, anx­i­ety, or even aller­gies could be to blame…Tannenbaum and her col­leagues recent­ly inves­ti­gat­ed what kinds of med­ica­tion are most like­ly to affect both mem­o­ry and con­cen­tra­tion. In a meta-analy­sis of 162 exper­i­ments on var­i­ous drugs, Tan­nen­baum con­clud­ed that the recur­rent use of sev­er­al kinds of med­ica­tions can have impacts Read the rest of this entry »

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