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Explore the Future of Public Health & Brain Health with David Bartrés-Faz, PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative

We’re happy to announce that David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the new Barcelona Brain Health Initiative, will be speaking at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

The Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI) is a new research project promoted by the Institut Guttmann, with the support from members of Harvard Catalyst and Harvard Medical School, already recruiting over 3,000 healthy volunteers (without medical diagnosis of neurological disease or psychiatric condition) between 40 and 65 years old. During the next few years Read the rest of this entry »

Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors

The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):

“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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 »

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