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Study: For good and bad, TV ads promote higher prescribing volume of psychiatric medications

couple_watching_televisionHow Are Direct-to-Consumer-Advertisements Changing Psychiatric Drug Use? (The Dana Foundation):

“Flip on your television to a commercial station and you are likely to see ads for cars, snacks, and home appliances—and prescription medications. Some ads specifically target psychiatric illnesses Read the rest of this entry »

Public Brain Health vs. Private Brain Research Funds: How the NFL tried to influence NIH studies


How the NFL tried to manipulate a government study on football and brain injuries (Los Angeles Times):

“The National Institutes of Health seems to have discovered what communities across the land already know: The National Football League is an untrustworthy partner.

According to a report Read the rest of this entry »

BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”

bbcbraintrainingOnline brain training ‘helps older adults with everyday tasks’ (BBC):

“Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the volunteers were encouraged to play online brain training games for 10 minutes at a time, as often as they wished. The others – the control group – were asked to do simple internet searches Read the rest of this entry »

Report: 10 million people develop dementia every year

Alzheimer rates

Chart: Estimated prevalence of dementia for people over 60. [World Alzheimer Report 2015, ADI.]

World Alzheimer Report 2015: Revised Estimates Hint at Larger Epidemic (Alzforum):

“Alzheimer’s Disease International yesterday released its World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia. This seventh annual report from the federation of Alzheimer associations updates 2009 estimates of Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroimaging studies: In soccer, over one thousand “headers” per year can lead to brain injury and cognitive impairment



Study indicates there may be a heading threshold above which the risk for brain damage increases significantly: An Interview with Michael L. Lipton (Dana Foundation):

“Dr. Lipton pioneered the use of MRI technology to detect mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) from concussions. Such injuries, which may bring cognitive and behavioral impairment and even neurodegeneration later in life in some individuals, is increasingly seen as a major public health problem Read the rest of this entry »

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