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Update: Common anticholinergic meds seen to increase dementia risk

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Dear read­er,

It’s time for Sharp­Brains e‑newsletter dis­cussing the lat­est research and inno­va­tions to help pro­mote brain health, open­ing in this occa­sion with a large and wor­ry­ing study track­ing the long-term neur­al impact of com­mon­ly pre­scribed med­ica­tions.

New brain research:

New brain technology:

New brain thinking:

 

Last but not least, here is a fun brain teas­er for the week­end.  What do you see?

 

Have a great month of July,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Heads-up: You can now watch all Recordings (40+ Speakers, 12+ Hours) from the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

The 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (May 7–9th, 2019)  fea­tured over forty of the world’s top experts and inno­va­tors work­ing to improve brain health for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech. You can read some of the main high­lights here.

Addi­tion­al­ly the Sum­mit host­ed the sec­ond edi­tion of the Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test to high­light ways in which emerg­ing sci­en­tif­ic find­ings are being trans­lat­ed into prac­ti­cal and scal­able brain health assess­ments, ther­a­pies, plat­forms and solu­tions.

 

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B) Every­one else: You can pur­chase one-year online access to all record­ings for $95 using the but­ton below; Visa/ AmEx/ Mastercard/ Discover/ Pay­Pal are all accept­ed. Once the pay­ment goes through we will email you login cre­den­tials.

 

Hap­py Sum­mer and Hap­py Learn­ing!

– The Sum­mit Steer­ing Group

Study: Few wearable neurotechnologies have been directly tested by high-quality, peer-reviewed research

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Wear­able brain devices sold with ques­tion­able claims (Com­put­er World):

Wear­able ‘neu­rotech­nol­o­gy’ devices have in recent years hit the main­stream mar­ket; pitched to con­sumers as a way to improve mem­o­ry and atten­tion, boost brain fit­ness and con­trol games and objects with the pow­er of the mind.

An analy­sis of com­mer­cial­ly avail­able wear­able ‘neu­rode­vices’ pub­lished this week in jour­nal Neu­ron has cast doubt on whether their mak­ers can back up such claims. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Consumers spend significantly more on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps

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Peo­ple spent $1.9 bil­lion last year on apps to keep their brains sharp as they age — here’s what actu­al­ly works (Mar­ket­Watch):

With an aging pop­u­la­tion wor­ried about cog­ni­tive decline and demen­tia, such train­ing pro­grams have seen a burst in pop­u­lar­i­ty in recent years. Con­sumers spent an esti­mat­ed $1.9 bil­lion on dig­i­tal brain health and neu­rotech­nol­o­gy apps in 2018, a four­fold increase from $475 mil­lion in 2012, accord­ing to glob­al data from Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket-research firm.

But despite the ris­ing inter­est in cog­ni­tive train­ing, evi­dence of its ben­e­fits is still a mixed bag, experts say. Read the rest of this entry »

Six DARPA-funded research teams aim at revolutionizing noninvasive brain-machine interfaces

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DARPA Funds Ambi­tious Brain-Machine Inter­face Pro­gram (IEEE Spec­trum):

DARPA’s Next-Gen­er­a­tion Non­sur­gi­cal Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy (N3) pro­gram has award­ed fund­ing to six groups attempt­ing to build brain-machine inter­faces that match the per­for­mance of implant­ed elec­trodes but with no surgery what­so­ev­er. Read the rest of this entry »

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