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Update: Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:00:54 +0000

___ Time for SharpBrains eNewsletter, bringing you the latest in in brain health and mental health research, tools and thinking. Also, a quick heads-up for those based in the UK: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez in London on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive (free; […]

Study combines MRI brain scans with statistics to better predict cognitive problems after stroke

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:13:35 +0000

___ New ‘brain health index’ can predict how well patients will do after stroke (ScienceDaily): “A new computer programme developed by scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow can assess whole brain deterioration and help predict cognitive function after stroke up to ten times more accurately than current methods. The new approach, published today […]

May 30th: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ Imperial College, London

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:28:44 +0000

___ Heads-up: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive. Description: As seen in patent and investment trends, research findings and consumer/patient behaviors, Mental Health and Brain Enhancement are rapidly evolving in transformational […]

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:54:51 +0000

Given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”: Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer […]

The more hours you sit per day, the smaller your medial temporal lobe (MTL) seems to become, brain scans show

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:09:52 +0000

Sitting is bad for your brain — not just your metabolism or heart (UCLA release): “UCLA researchers recruited 35 people ages 45 to 75 and asked about their physical activity levels and the average number of hours per day they spent sitting over the previous week. Each person had a high-resolution MRI scan, which provides […]

Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:25:51 +0000

___ mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits (mHealth Intelligence): “Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing their smartphone habits. A recent report […]

Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:39:01 +0000

___ New brain memory cells develop well into old age (Reuters): “Well into our 70s, we continue to develop new cells in an area of the brain responsible for new memories and exploration of new environments, scientists report. “These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, […]

Imagine…and Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: December 4–6th

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:17:07 +0000

Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it? Imagine a free “annual brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into personalized interventions to improve function and prevent/ delay/ treat […]

Meditation app Calm said to be raising $25M to become the “Nike of the mind”

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:01:02 +0000

___ This meditation app is now worth $250 million and has Trump-related stress to thank (CNBC): “Meditation start-up Calm was so successful during a chaotic and stressful 2017 that Apple recognized it as the app of the year. “Well done, Calm,” Apple said in December. Now the San Francisco-based company, which to date has only […]

Evidence review finds that computer-based cognitive training can significantly improve memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:07:41 +0000

___ Computer-Based Cognitive Training Improves Memory Domains in Multiple Sclerosis (Neurology Advisor): “Computer-based cognitive training may assist in improving memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a systematic review published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. A total of 9 studies reporting the use of computer-based cognitive training in patients with MS were […]