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3 ways to manage smartphone use and improve quality of life

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As psy­chol­o­gist Chris Willard often says, our phones can be our great­est ene­my or great­est friend. While they can save us time and ener­gy, edu­cate and enter­tain us, and keep us safe in emer­gen­cies, they can also dis­tract us from the things we need in life to stay hap­py and healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing research aims at helping cancer patients in distress access most-likely-to-help self-care options, from Mindfulness training to Web-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cred­it: UCIrvine/flickr , CC BY-NC-ND

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Mind­ful­ness in can­cer treat­ment: time to stop and think (The Con­ver­sa­tion):

Breathe deeply and focus on the moment: mind­ful­ness now appears every­where as a tech­nique to improve well-being, includ­ing in health care.

Mind­ful­ness train­ing is often sug­gest­ed for can­cer patients to reduce high lev­els of anx­i­ety and dis­tress asso­ci­at­ed with diag­no­sis, treat­ment and antic­i­pa­tion of pos­si­ble dis­ease recur­rence. But two ques­tions per­sist: does mind­ful­ness work and, if so, for whom? Read the rest of this entry »

Just announced: Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 6th, 2017, featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank”

 

In order to fos­ter inno­v­a­tive bridges and prob­lem-solv­ing between sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers, tech­nol­o­gists and entre­pre­neurs, the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th) will host a Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test on Decem­ber 6th. Ear­ly-stage star­tups will sub­mit their ele­va­tor pitch and 1–2 page busi­ness plan, and up to 16 select­ed Final­ists will get to pitch their idea to the Judges and to all Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants in one of 4 cat­e­gories: Health­care, Work­place, Edu­ca­tion, and Qual­i­ty of Life. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Disruptions in brain connectivity may explain TBI-related cognitive deficits

Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

– Drs. Dan Kraw­czyk and Kih­wan Han review MRI scans. Cred­it: Cen­ter for Brain­Health, Randy Ander­son

Brain con­nec­tiv­i­ty dis­rup­tions may explain cog­ni­tive deficits in peo­ple with brain injury (UT-Dal­las release):

Cog­ni­tive impair­ment fol­low­ing a trau­mat­ic brain injury (TBI) is com­mon, often adverse­ly affect­ing qual­i­ty of life for those 1.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who expe­ri­ence a TBI each year. Researchers at Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive deficits continue long term in cancer survivors in domains important for social and executive functioning

elderly_senior_memory_loss_confusionCog­ni­tive Deficits Con­tin­ue Long Term in Can­cer Sur­vivors (Med­scape):

Although can­cer patients fre­quent­ly expe­ri­ence short-term cog­ni­tive deficits, lit­tle is known about how long these deficits last or whether they wors­en over time. Now, data from a large nation­al sam­ple sug­gest that cog­ni­tive deficits may per­sist long term. Read the rest of this entry »

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