Attention is being focused on a side effect of Biogen’s Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm (aducanumab). Even before its controversial approval on June 7, there were cases of amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA‑E), or cerebral edema, observed in the trials. [Read more…] about Amyloid-related imaging abnormalities (ARIA) found in approximately 40% of patients taking “Alzheimer’s drug” Aduhelm
Yes (in perhaps 8% of individuals). Can mindfulness and meditation be harmful? (Science Focus):
Meditation has escaped both the religious cells of monks and nuns and the labs of scientists. An increasing number of people are using meditation apps to deal with mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Although there is no clear estimate of how many people are practising meditation, last year one single app had close to 40 million downloads. [Read more…] about Debate: Can mindfulness and meditation be harmful?
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring 13 fascinating brain research findings, useful resources–and a brain teaser to test your attention skills.
#1. Good news of the month: Elders today are in significantly better shape–physically and cognitively–than three decades ago
#2. A distinction WITH a difference: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
#3. “Be mindful that with the rapid changes we are experiencing, our brains are going through accelerated learning. Our brains get tired just as our bodies would if we ran a marathon without training.” How COVID-related stress can disrupt your brain circuits and nine tips to prevent it
#6. Which is why we look forward to seeing 9,000+ students, plus their many teachers and administrators, further develop their unique brains and minds in years ahead: Helping shape the future of lifelong learning via SEK Education Group
#7. “… it would certainly be premature to suggest that moving to a high altitude state would improve a child’s ADHD symptoms. However, the findings highlight the value of keeping an open mind in efforts to understand the development of ADHD and the role natural environments may play in potentially alleviating it.” Study finds surprising correlation between states’ elevation and ADHD prevalence
#9. Time to start paying serious attention to the brain/ cognitive side effects of common medications. Anticholinergic drugs found to significantly increase risk of cognitive decline, especially among those with Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers or genetic predisposition
#10. Fascinating: “After a 14-day training period … visuospatial skills improved by 40%. This increase in visuospatial ability was shown to be directly responsible for a reduction in motion sickness by 51% in the simulator … and a 58% reduction in the on-road trial.” Study: Self-driving cars will increase motion sickness…unless we retrain our brains to improve visuospatial skills
#11. Behavioral health and neuroplasticity meet big pharma to hopefully address a huge need. Click Therapeutics and Boehringer Ingelheim partner to develop and market a digital therapeutic to treat schizophrenia
#12. Neuralink: Thumbs up or down?
#13. Brain teaser: Did you notice the numerical error as it happened? If not, feel free to go back and find it now 🙂
Wishing you a safe and healthy October,
Alvaro Fernandez and the SharpBrains Team
Neurotechnology offers new solutions to treating brain diseases (Dell Tech Culture):
“A new wave of medical technologies is changing the way we approach studying the brain and treating patients suffering from neurological diseases and mental illness.
For people suffering from Parkinson’s, epilepsy, OCD and severe depression, these technological advancements are [Read more…] about Next: Targeted neurotechnology to augment–perhaps even take over–neuropharmacology
The misuse and abuse of prescription medication is a growing concern. I remember speaking with colleagues 15–20 years ago as reports about the nonmedical use of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD (nonmedical use is defined as use by individuals without a prescription) were first appearing in the media. At the time, these were generally thought to be isolated incidents that were being over-dramatized in the press. [Read more…] about Misuse & Abuse of ADHD Meds among college students: Updated review of a growing concern