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Update: Common anticholinergic meds seen to increase dementia risk

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Dear read­er,

It’s time for Sharp­Brains e-newslet­ter dis­cussing the lat­est research and inno­va­tions to help pro­mote brain health, open­ing in this occa­sion with a large and wor­ry­ing study track­ing the long-term neur­al impact of com­mon­ly pre­scribed med­ica­tions.

New brain research:

New brain technology:

New brain thinking:

 

Last but not least, here is a fun brain teas­er for the week­end.  What do you see?

 

Have a great month of July,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Wearable brain scanners to enable broader, easier, cheaper access to neuroimaging

Cred­it: Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham

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This Brain Scan­ner Is Way Small­er Than fMRI but Some­how 1,000% Creepi­er (Giz­mo­do):

It may look like some­thing befit­ting Halloween’s Michael Myers, but the device pic­tured above is actu­al­ly a break­through in neuroscience—a portable, wear­able brain scan­ner that can mon­i­tor neur­al activ­i­ty while a per­son is mov­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Next in clinical practice: Automated real-time detection of seizures via wearable EMG devices

(A) The wear­able device placed on the brachial biceps mus­cles. (B, C) The wear­able device, which is con­nect­ed to the self-adhe­sive patch, con­tain­ing the record­ing elec­trodes and the ground elec­trode. (D) Remote con­trol of the device. (Epilep­tic seizure Detec­tor Devel­oped by Ictal­Care). Cred­it: Neu­rol­o­gy.

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Wear­able EMG Found to Detect Seizures (Neu­rol­o­gy Today):

A new study demon­strates the fea­si­bil­i­ty of using a wear­able elec­tromyo­g­ra­phy device to detect ton­ic-clonic seizures…The Neu­rol­o­gy paper was among the first to demon­strate its results prospec­tive­ly, using a pre-spec­i­fied cut-off for deter­min­ing that a GTCS is occur­ring. And at nine sec­onds, its laten­cy in doing so (from the time of onset as mea­sured by an inde­pen­dent observ­er) is also among the fastest described so far, the study authors and inde­pen­dent experts not­ed… Read the rest of this entry »

Collecting neuro-response data via wearable electroencephalography (EEG) headsets to personalize the presentation of stimuli: Key neurotech patent by Nielsen

stimulus material

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251

Today we are shar­ing a 2013 patent by The Nielsen Com­pa­ny. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patents, from old­er to new­er by issue date, to help pre­view emerg­ing neu­rotech­nolo­gies and brain health solu­tions)

U.S. Patent No. 8,392,251: Loca­tion aware pre­sen­ta­tion of stim­u­lus mate­r­i­al

  • Assignee(s): The Nielsen Com­pa­ny
  • Inventor(s): Anan­tha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachan­dran Guru­moor­thy, Dev Rat­nakar
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: March 5, 2013

SharpBrains’ Take:

Issued by the same exam­in­er and con­cur­rent­ly with Nielsen’s ‘250 patent, the ‘251 patent great­ly com­ple­ments the Nielsen port­fo­lio, con­sid­er­ing neu­rore­sponse data to stim­u­lus mate­r­i­al based on user-pro­file and loca­tion infor­ma­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Please help us spread the word about neuroplasticity & brain health innovation

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies around the globe–now includ­ing Elon Musk’s Neu­ralink and even Facebook–are research­ing and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Where may it be head­ed?

To help you under­stand what’s going on, let me high­light five key facts that emerged from the recent Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit:

Fact 1. There are 7.5 bil­lion human brains out there, and every­one needs help
Fact 2. Life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty means all those brains can “sculpt” them­selves
Fact 3. Mobile, sens­ing, wear­able tech­nolo­gies, cou­pled with AI, pro­vide a new plat­form to har­ness that neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty for good
Fact 4. Entre­pre­neur­ship and invest­ments are fuel­ing accel­er­at­ed growth
Fact 5. Pro­fes­sion­als are step­ping up to help edu­cate con­sumers and patients

 

The future is already here — it’s just not very even­ly dis­trib­uted” — essay­ist William Gib­son.

 

Well, then why don’t we take on that dis­tri­b­u­tion chal­lenge and appro­pri­ate­ly spread the knowl­edge and the tools 🙂

Please read the arti­cle 5 Facts You Need To Know To Under­stand, Nav­i­gate And Enjoy The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Rev­o­lu­tion in your favorite com­mu­ni­ty, and please share the arti­cle with your friends and col­leagues!

 

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Kind regards,

The Sharp­Brains Team

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