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Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s

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New brain mem­o­ry cells devel­op well into old age (Reuters):

Well into our 70s, we con­tin­ue to devel­op new cells in an area of the brain respon­si­ble for new mem­o­ries and explo­ration of new envi­ron­ments, sci­en­tists report.

These new brain cells sus­tain our abil­i­ties to make new mem­o­ries, learn, and cope with the envi­ron­ment, and they are impor­tant for Read the rest of this entry »

DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects

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Non­sur­gi­cal Neur­al Inter­faces Could Sig­nif­i­cant­ly Expand Use of Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (DARPA News):

Over the past two decades, the inter­na­tion­al bio­med­ical research com­mu­ni­ty has demon­strat­ed increas­ing­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed ways to allow a person’s brain to com­mu­ni­cate with a device, allow­ing break­throughs aimed at improv­ing qual­i­ty of life, such as access to com­put­ers and the inter­net, and more recent­ly con­trol of a pros­thet­ic limb.

The state of the art in brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions has employed inva­sive tech­niques that allow pre­cise, high-qual­i­ty con­nec­tions to spe­cif­ic neu­rons or groups of neu­rons. These tech­niques have helped patients with brain injury and oth­er ill­ness­es. How­ev­er, these tech­niques are not appro­pri­ate for able-bod­ied peo­ple. DARPA now seeks to achieve high lev­els of brain-sys­tem com­mu­ni­ca­tions with­out surgery, in its new pro­gram, Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non­sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3). Read the rest of this entry »

Great news: The New York Times acknowledges that (as clearly documented for 10+ years) Exercise and Brain Training are BOTH crucial for Lifelong Brain Fitness

Exer­cise May Enhance the Effects of Brain Train­ing (The New York Times):

..an inter­est­ing new study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science sug­gests that com­bin­ing intense exer­cise and brain train­ing might, over time, ampli­fy the ben­e­fits of both for the brain, even in peo­ple whose minds already are work­ing well…scientists at McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty in Hamil­ton, Ontario, began to won­der recent­ly whether brain train­ing and exer­cise train­ing might be com­ple­men­tary, with exer­cise prompt­ing the cre­ation of baby neu­rons that brain train­ing would then strengthen…the study’s find­ings sug­gest that exer­cis­ing both our bod­ies and minds may pro­vide the great­est boost to our mem­o­ries…” Read the rest of this entry »

Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39

neural stimulation system

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305

Today we high­light a 2010 patent by Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems address­ing a seri­ous con­cern dur­ing the use of elec­tro­mag­net­ic brain stim­u­la­tion methods–where unin­tend­ed stim­u­la­tion of neu­rons can cause seizures or migraine headaches.

U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neur­al stim­u­la­tion sys­tem and method respon­sive to col­lat­er­al neur­al activ­i­ty

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Brad­ford E. Glin­er
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: Novem­ber 9, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘305 patent address­es a phe­nom­e­non occur­ring dur­ing elec­tro­mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion treat­ments of neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions, where unin­tend­ed stim­u­la­tion of neu­rons can cause unde­sir­able or col­lat­er­al activ­i­ty such as seizures or migraine headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroplasticity as seen by one of its earliest scientist proponents: Neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal

– One of Ramón y Cajal’s icon­ic images, show­ing a Purk­in­je neu­ron with its tree­like struc­ture

A cou­ple of weeks ago The New York Times pub­lished an excel­lent arti­cle about the life and work of neu­ro­science Read the rest of this entry »

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