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ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News):

“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. Read the rest of this entry »

On “ethical placebos,” Medicine, and Mind/ Body interactions: A book review

Cure_bookWhen I was 10 years old, I hated doing the dishes. In an attempt to talk my parents out of making me do this hated chore, I pretended to be ill by hanging my head, sighing, sniffling, and walking lethargically to my bedroom, all to no avail—I still had to do those dishes.

But, the next day, I woke up with the flu —a 104-degree fever and stomach pains to match. Boy, were my parents surprised! And, so was I. But, how many of us have had similar experiences, where our minds seemed to somehow impact our bodies in weird, unexplainable ways? How many of us have made doctors’ appointments only to watch our fevers drop or held our children close and stopped their coughing fits? Clearly, something is going on, isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

Registration is now closed @ Pervasive Neurotech Webinar, where the Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain

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Heads-up: Registration just closed for our webi­nar on how the Digital Revolution is meeting the Human Brain, building on the new report Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy: A Ground­break­ing Analy­sis of 10,000+ Patent Fil­ings Trans­form­ing Med­i­cine, Health, Enter­tain­ment and Busi­ness.

–> To learn more about the webinar and report, click HERE. Registered participants so far include innovators at IBM, Medtronic, Samsung, CNS Response, UCSF, Stanford, Intellectual Ventures, Neuroverse, Brain Resource, AARP, and more!

Internet-driven innovation drives new digital health market, social change

human-brain-as-a-central-processingBrain Health And Wellness Innovation Drives New Digital Health Market, Social Change (Young Upstarts):

“Technology has completely changed the practice of medicine, providing incredible imaging techniques and data that now play a key role in treating injuries and illnesses. Sophisticated tools give researchers amazing new insights that advance our understanding of human anatomy, including the brain. Standard treatments for virtually every serious injury and illness have been utterly transformed over the past 50 years due to technical advances. However, these advances have added greatly to the cost of research and treatment, and that’s particularly true when it comes to the brain… One solution to this challenge lies in technology that is already globally pervasive and relatively inexpensive to deploy: the Internet. Read article »

The future of biosensors and nanotechnology: A conversation with Sonia Contera

nanotechnologyImagine a future where diabetes is monitored and managed, not with finger prick blood tests and regular insulin injections, but with a small sensor implanted under the skin that monitors blood sugar levels, releases insulin as needed and communicates the details to a smart phone. Welcome to the subatomic world of nanotechnology. With developments in the field, it is a future that we could be living in not too far from now. As I heard during my recent conversation with Dr Sonia Contera, Co- Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Nanotechnology, biosensors are one of the most promising medical applications of nanotechnology, and likely to be one of the first to be realised. Read the rest of this entry »

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