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Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:28:15 +0000


DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:28:15 +0000

___ Nonsurgical Neural Interfaces Could Significantly Expand Use of Neurotechnology (DARPA News): “Over the past two decades, the international biomedical research community has demonstrated increasingly sophisticated ways to allow a person’s brain to communicate with a device, allowing breakthroughs aimed at improving quality of life, such as access to computers and the internet, and more […]

Reinventing Brain Medicine, Pharma adopts Digital Therapeutics: Evidence-based videogames, smartphone apps, and sensors

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:27:07 +0000

___ From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline (STAT): “The pitches always sounded promising: A new software app could track glucose levels for people with diabetes or soothe the brains of insomniacs. Most pharma executives would politely smile and nod, but then park their money somewhere else. Not anymore. Backed […]

Consistent use of ADHD medication may stun growth by 2 inches, large study finds

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:08:44 +0000

___ The Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA Study) is the largest ADHD treatment study ever conducted — nearly 600 7–9-year-old children with ADHD were randomly assigned to one of four interventions: 1) Carefully monitored medication treatment; 2) Intensive behavior therapy; 3) Medication Treatment combined with Behavior Therapy; or 4) Community Care (parents obtained whatever […]

The ultimate in transfer from brain training to real-world outcomes: Reducing the risk of at-fault accidents by almost 50%

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:12:42 +0000

___ Can you train your brain to drive longer into your golden years? (CTV News): “For the elderly, the loss of a driver’s licence could mean the end of independence and the beginning of a decline in health, with far-reaching consequences in their daily lives…New assistive driving technologies seem like an obvious solution in the […]

Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:24:36 +0000

___ When writing a song or a piece of prose, I often choose to let my mind wander, hoping the muse will strike. If it does, it not only moves my work along but feels great, too! That’s why I was troubled by studies that found an association between mind-wandering and problems like unhappiness and […]

Selection of articles and brain teasers to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:02:15 +0000

___ Please join us next week in celebrating Brain Awareness Week 2018  (March 12–18th), the annual global campaign organized by the Dana Foundation to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. You can attend some of the many activities worldwide (here’s the BAW’s International Calendar of events), and also enjoy and share some of our […]

The NIH starts spending $1.5 billion in new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) projects

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:17:41 +0000

___ NIH Starts to Spend $4.8 Billion in “Extra” Cures Drug Research Money (P&T Community): “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched 110 new brain research projects in the fiscal year ending last September (2017) with the first portion of the $1.5 billion over 10 years it will hopefully receive from the 21st Century Cures […]

Forget the Oscars — the Greater Goodies honor Ten Films that Highlight the Growth Mindset, Resilience, Purpose and more

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:45:28 +0000

___ Everyone’s talking about yesterday’s Academy Awards—and so we thought we’d give out our own version of the Oscars, the Greater Goodies. Whereas the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes achievements in acting, directing, editing, and so on, the Greater Good staff picked our winners for their ability to illustrate specific keys to human well-being, such […]

Let’s improve Brain Health Literacy during Brain Awareness Week 2018

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:19:19 +0000

___ Please join us in getting ready to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018 (March 12–18th), the annual global campaign organized by the Dana Foundation to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. To learn about activities in your area, please visit BAW’s International Calendar of events. And remember you don’t need to travel anywhere to […]

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

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:31:32 +0000

___ 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 […]