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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

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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

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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 »

New report by the Institute of Medicine on cognitive health promotion

Title: Cog­ni­tive Aging: Progress in Under­stand­ing and Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Action

Report brief (opens PDF)

Read full report online

Descrip­tion: Peo­ple for­get things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dis­missed as a minor incon­ve­nience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momen­tary anx­i­ety at 35, and a major source of per­son­al wor­ry at ages 55 or 60. For­get­ful­ness at old­er ages is often equat­ed with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming event on therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices

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Heads-up: The Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM), a branch of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, is putting togeth­er a for­ward-look­ing work­shop on Non-Inva­sive Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion of the Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem. March 2–3rd, 2015, in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Descrip­tion: Based on advances in biotech­nol­o­gy and neu­ro­science, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices are poised to gain clin­i­cal impor­tance in the com­ing years and to be of increas­ing inter­est to patients, health care providers and pay­ers, Read the rest of this entry »

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