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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

Last Build Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:10:16 +0000


Study: Parents’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:10:16 +0000

Study shows no long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeeding (CNN): “While the medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established, the long-term impact is much less so…a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and […]

The leading-edge in brain stimulation and neuromodulation: Key Neurotech Patent #36

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:06:04 +0000

Today we discuss a key brain stimulation patent by Brainlab AG. U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431: Method and device for stimulating the brain Assignee(s): Brainlab AG Inventor(s): Philip Tanner, Thomas Bauch Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation Issue Date: May 4, 2010 SharpBrains’ Take: One of the fundamental parameters that must be determined during brain stimulation treatment is […]

Elon Musk to pioneer new Inner Space Frontier via Neuralink “neural lace” technology

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:48:27 +0000

Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers (The Wall Street Journal): “Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines. The founder and chief executive of Tesla Inc. and Space […]

Flash back: Key patent for the personalized display of health information

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:55 +0000

Today we highlight a prescient digital health patent by Health Hero Network, now part of the Bosch Group (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,555,436: Personalized display of health information Assignee(s): Health Hero Network, Inc. Inventor(s): Stephen J. Brown Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring […]

Helping bridge neuroscience and education: 30+ experts debunk the theory of fixed, rigid “learning styles”

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:29:20 +0000

No evidence to back idea of learning styles (OpEd in The Guardian co-authored by 30+ neuroscientists and psychologists): “There is widespread interest among teachers in the use of neuroscientific research findings in educational practice. However, there are also misconceptions and myths that are supposedly based on sound neuroscience that are prevalent in our schools. We […]

Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:36:48 +0000

Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus […]

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:13:03 +0000

— Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. And here’s the rest […]

Study: Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:29:05 +0000

— Beginning in about 1990, substantial increases in the rates of ADHD diagnosis and medical treatment were found in several nationally representative samples of US physician office visits. For example, between 1995-96 and 2007-08, the number of office visits at which an ADHD diagnosis was made increased by over 400% in adults – from 3.1 […]

Monitoring physiological and health data via non-contact sensors: Key neurotechnology patent #33

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:35:15 +0000

Today we discuss a neurotech patent very relevant to non-contact neuromonitoring sensors (as an alternative to skin-contact electrodes), which may play an important role in measuring brain activity in the near future. U.S. Patent No. 7,485,095: Measurement and analysis of trends in physiological and/or health data Inventor(s): Vladimir Shusterman Technology Category: Hybrid Issue Date: February […]

Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:59:16 +0000

Today we highlight a key brain stimulation patent assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date) U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747: Systems and methods for enhancing or affecting neural stimulation efficiency and/or efficacy. Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Allen Wyler, […]