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Study: To fight dementia, fight depression and stress

depression mental health “Stud­ies have shown that peo­ple with symp­toms of depres­sion are more like­ly to devel­op demen­tia, but we haven’t known how the rela­tion­ship works,” said study author Robert S. Wil­son, PhD, with Rush Uni­ver­si­ty Med­ical Cen­ter in Chica­go. “Is the depres­sion a con­se­quence of the demen­tia? Do both prob­lems devel­op from the same under­ly­ing prob­lems in the brain? Or does the rela­tion­ship of depres­sion with demen­tia have noth­ing to do with demen­tia-relat­ed pathol­o­gy?”…

These find­ings are excit­ing because they sug­gest depres­sion tru­ly is a risk fac­tor for demen­tia, and Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing neuroplasticity to drive and repair brain development

Re-open­ing Win­dows: Manip­u­lat­ing Crit­i­cal Peri­ods for Brain Devel­op­ment (Cere­brum):

Whether we real­ize it or not, near­ly all of us have dreamed of enhanc­ing brain plas­tic­i­ty, or the brain’s capac­i­ty to change. This desire might become appar­ent when we vis­it a for­eign coun­try late in life and wish we could speak with the flu­en­cy of a native; when we hear an exquis­ite vio­lin per­for­mance and Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training (cognitive behavioural therapy) seen as most cost-effective treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome

Pac­ing ‘not cost-effec­tive’ for CFS (NHS Choic­es):

Brain train­ing is most cost-effec­tive treat­ment for chron­ic fatigue syn­drome,” BBC News reports, while pac­ing ther­a­pies (learn­ing to live with­in lim­its) “offer lit­tle val­ue”.

This news is based on research that aimed to deter­mine how cost-effec­tive four treat­ment options were for peo­ple with CFS. These were: Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup

As the pres­i­dent and med­ical direc­tor of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), it’s my job to stay on top of advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research. Recent­ly, a num­ber of arti­cles in the med­ical lit­er­a­ture have caught my atten­tion. They are focused on a par­tic­u­lar ques­tion that con­cerns most Baby Boomers like me: “Is mem­o­ry loss just a nor­mal part of aging?” Read the rest of this entry »

News: Neuroscience Applied to Learning, Mental Health, Healthy Aging

Here you have a round-up of recent news on how cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neu­ro­science find­ings are start­ing to inform edu­ca­tion and health across the lifes­pan:

Pedi­a­tri­cians issue a call to aid chil­dren fac­ing ‘tox­ic stress’ (LA Times)

Teach­ers as Brain-Chang­ers: Neu­ro­science and Learn­ing (EdWeek) Read the rest of this entry »

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