New research suggests that people who develop high ‘cognitive reserve’ by the time they reach 69 years old may reduce their likelihood of memory and thinking decline, even with low childhood cognitive abilities. The study was published today in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [Read more…] about Study: Building cognitive reserve helps delay memory and thinking decline regardless of genetic or childhood markers
Lifespan Cognitive Reserve—A Secret to Coping With Neurodegenerative Pathology (JAMA Neurology editorial):
Given the limited success of therapeutic interventions for Alzheimer disease, there is increased interest in understanding whether modifiable factors can help cope with or postpone the appearance of brain pathology. It is estimated that about 35% of Alzheimer risk is modifiable. Epidemiologic studies have shown that lifetime exposures to higher education, higher occupational attainment, and cognitively stimulating activities are associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer dementia. Autopsy studies have shown interindividual differences in the amount of brain pathology people can tolerate before manifesting cognitive impairments, and autopsied brains of about one-third of individuals who are cognitively normal meet neuropathological criteria for Alzheimer disease. [Read more…] about Study: High Cognitive Reserve (CR) seen to significantly lower dementia risk even in the presence of high Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) neuropathology
“A proposed neurology clinic at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay aims to shortcut the “diagnostic odyssey” faced by many patients with baffling brain symptoms that do not meet the standard criteria for any specific condition.
Patients with ambiguous neurological symptoms, but no diagnosis, frequently [Read more…] about UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
Wearable EMG Found to Detect Seizures (Neurology Today):
“A new study demonstrates the feasibility of using a wearable electromyography device to detect tonic-clonic seizures…The Neurology paper was among the first to demonstrate its results prospectively, using a pre-specified cut-off for determining that a GTCS is occurring. And at nine seconds, its latency in doing so (from the time of onset as measured by an independent observer) is also among the fastest described so far, the study authors and independent experts noted… [Read more…] about Next in clinical practice: Automated real-time detection of seizures via wearable EMG devices
A Hardware Update for the Human Brain (The Wall Street Journal):
“The field that gave Emily her life back is known as neurotechnology, or simply neurotech—a marriage of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and the kind of hardware that goes into smartphones. Today, most neurotech companies are focused on medical applications, which [Read more…] about For invasive cognitive enhancement to work, firms will need to validate both the “neuro” and the “tech”
What role should community and caregivers play in brain health and mental health, and how can technology aid their efforts–for example in sharing relevant data with/ from doctors? How are we going to educate and empower everyone with essential knowledge and best practices?
- Chair: Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University
- Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, Director of the Center for Digital Aging at the Davis School of Gerontology
- Michael Meagher, President of Cogniciti
- Dr. Neal Cohen, clinical psychologist at The Synapse System
These presentations took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6–8th, 2016).