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Moderate coffee consumption may promote brain health — and it’s not because of caffeine

How Cof­fee May Pro­tect Brain Health: A New Study Sug­gests The Ben­e­fits Aren’t Just From Caf­feine (Forbes):

Cof­fee has been get­ting con­sid­er­able atten­tion for a grow­ing list of health ben­e­fits, with brain health high among them. While not with­out a few down­sides, stud­ies have shown impres­sive upsides of mod­er­ate cof­fee con­sump­tion, often linked to its high caf­feine con­tent. But a new lab study sug­gests that when it comes to brain health, cof­fee offers more than the stim­u­lat­ing effects of our favorite legal drug–in fact, decaf could be just as effec­tive Read the rest of this entry »

The state of intelligent wearable monitor systems and methods: Key neurotechnology patent #40

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058

Today we high­light a 2011 patent by Dart­mouth Col­lege, The Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Depart­ment Of Health And Human Ser­vices, aimed at fine-tun­ing treat­ment of Parkinson’s dis­ease, stroke and oth­er dis­eases affect­ing motor func­tion. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,981,058: Intel­li­gent wear­able mon­i­tor sys­tems and meth­ods

  • Assignee(s): The Trustrees of Dart­mouth Col­lege; The NIH, U.S. Dept. Of Health And Human Ser­vices Gov­ern­ment
  • Inventor(s): Metkin Akay
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: July 19, 2011

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘058 patent relates to wear­able sys­tems that allow for enhanced assess­ment of a patient’s phys­i­cal move­ment and there­by fine-tun­ing treat­ment of Parkinson’s dis­ease, stroke and oth­er dis­eases affect­ing motor func­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: From brain surgery towards non-invasive brain stimulation therapies

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BRAIN-STIMULATING HELMET MAY HELP PARKINSON’S PATIENTS (Pop­u­lar Sci­ence):

When Michelle Lane was inca­pac­i­tat­ed by Parkinson’s dis­ease, her best option was brain surgery. Elec­tri­cal leads were sur­gi­cal­ly implant­ed into her skull, and a pace­mak­er-like device installed to deliv­er elec­tri­cal sig­nals to the move­ment region of the brain.

Now Read the rest of this entry »

Focused ultrasound as emerging method of non-invasive neurotechnology

Brain_ultrasoundSound Waves Can Heal Brain Dis­or­ders (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

…Physi­cians are also con­sid­er­ing high-inten­si­ty focused ultra­sound as an alter­na­tive to brain surgery. Patients with move­ment dis­or­ders such as Parkinson’s dis­ease and dys­to­nia are increas­ing­ly being treat­ed with Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-train­ing games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

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