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How Big Data and Tech Innovation Can Transform Brain Health: From Parkinson's To Alzheimer's Disease
We are witnessing an explosion of new methods that make use of the Internet to inform brain health prevention, diagnoses and treatments on a wide scale. While brain health innovation still has a ways to go before reaching the level of development as physical fitness and cardiovascular health, hundreds of pioneers are pushing things forward at an ever quickening pace. What seems unconventional today may well look conventional very soon
on 26 Feb 2013
With Alzheimer's Disease Patients Likely to Triple, Can We Delay Memory and Cognitive Impairment?
Accord­ing to a new study, the pop­u­la­tion with Alzheimer's Dis­ease in the US will triple by 2050: from 4.7 mil­lions in 2010 to 13.8 mil­lions. This empha­sizes the need for more research to find pre­ven­tive mea­sures, and for more enlight­ened pub­lic health ini­tia­tives and indi­vid­ual lifestyles designed to decrease demen­tia risks and delay onset of symptoms.
on 26 Feb 2013
Investing In Our Most Precious Asset In 2013: Our Beautiful Brains and Minds
Open a weekend New York Times, and you'll find a whole section with detailed information and advice for individuals looking to invest wisely. What you will not find, however, is comparable information and advice for investing in your most important asset of all: your brain. It's all too easy to forget that your brain is there and that it needs to be invested in just as with anything else we want to continue reaping benefits from.
on 18 Jan 2013
10 Predictions On How Digital Technology Will Transform Brain Health and Cognitive Wellness In 2013
Compared to physical fitness, the fitness of the brain is often overlooked by both individuals and health systems, but it is easy to see positive and broad changes on how brain health is defined, monitored, maintained, and enhanced across the lifespan, and digital platforms are going to play a key role. Here are 10 pre­dic­tions on how digital technlogies will transform brain health in 2013.
on 15 Jan 2013
Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions
Here is a list of 40 com­mon brain fit­ness, brain health, brain train­ing ques­tions that will help you to be your own Brian Fitness Coach.
on 09 Apr 2012
Top Ten Quotes On Lifelong Brain Plasticity (Neuroplasticity) To Improve Memory And Brain Health
The topic is in the news every day. What does neuroplasticity mean, and how can I apply it to improve my brain health? Is it true that new neurons are born in the adult brain?
on 09 Dec 2011
Interview with Dr. Paul Nussbaum on Meditation, Breathing, etc for Lifelong Brain Health - Part 1
Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session yesterday on holistic brain health with clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of Save Your Brain. You can learn more about the full Brain Fitness Q&A Series Here.
on 25 Nov 2011
Why Mental Capital and Cognitive Enhancement Matter : FAQs On Improving Brain Health and More
Here is a full transcipt of an interesting interview and conversation by dozens of readers, in a fun Q&A on lifelong cognitive fitness, "mental capitalism", and many more. This full transcript is slightly edited for you to enjoy the conversation and understanding about brain fitness subject.
on 19 Nov 2011
Enhance Memory Fitness And Brain Performance With Gary Small: Q&A Session - Part 2
This is part 2 and final transcript of our engaging Q&A session on memory, memory techniques and brain-healthy lifestyles with Dr. Gary Small, Director of UCLA's Memory Clinic and Center on Aging, and author of The Memory Bible.
on 04 Nov 2011
Enhance Memory Fitness And Brain Performance With UCLA Neuroscientist Gary Small: Q&A Session
This is part1 series of transcript of our engaging Q&A session on memory, memory techniques and brain-healthy lifestyles with Dr. Gary Small, Director of UCLA's Memory Clinic and Center on Aging, and author of The Memory Bible.
on 03 Nov 2011
Top 10 Resources to Better Understand and Develop the Teenage Brain
Teenagers' brains are still in training. One important implication is that these years have a huge potential in terms of establishing brain healthy habits.
on 29 Oct 2011
New Options To Treat Attention Deficits (ADHD): Brain Training, Neurofeedback, Meditation, Exercise
on 28 Oct 2011
From "Use It or Lose It" to "Exercise It and Improve It": The Latest Science on Brain Training
You probably have read many times by now that a brain-healthy lifestyle requires a balanced nutrition, stress management, physical exercise and mental stimulation. Now, what exactly does "mental stimulation" mean? and, is all mental stimulation the same? is doing your first crossword puzzle the same as doing crossword puzzle number one million?
on 01 May 2010
How to Maintain Brain Fitness and Delay Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
on 23 Feb 2010
Why We Need Personal Brain Trainers - Dr. Michael Merzenich and Neuroplasticity
Ever thought you will one day have access to a "personal brain trainer" - and why you would ever want one? I recently had the fortune to interview Dr. Michael Merzenich, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research, and we discussed precisely that. You may have seen Dr. Merzenich in one of PBS TV Brain Fitness specials, or multiple media appearances. Now is our chance to interview him, and to learn the latest about brain fitness.
on 20 Dec 2009
Top 7 Brain Fitness and Neuroplasticity FAQs: Reinventing Use It or Lose It
Brain fitness and neuroplasticity are two words that appear everywhere in the media these days, and were nowhere to be found just a few years ago. What do they mean? How can they help me? Let me address the 7 most common questions people have on how to maintain and improve brain fitness, based on a recent survey. For example: Why is neuroplasticity so important for education and health?, Where do I start?, Does brain training work?
on 25 Oct 2009
Why is AAA Offering Brain Training to Older Drivers? Hint: To Improve Safety
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety just started recommending a new "brain training" program called DriveSharp, developed by Posit Science. In order to understand why, here we interview Peter Kissinger, CEO of the AAA Foundation. Mr. Kissinger says that he expects many insurance companies will start to offer "brain training" programs for free or at a deep discount to their members, especially older adults, to improve driver safety.
on 08 Sep 2009
Public Libraries: Community-Based Health Clubs for the Brain and Mind?
Public libraries moved beyond just offering books long ago, but only now are they actively promoting brain health in the community. If reshaped as Health Clubs of the Brain and the Mind, public libraries would provide a critical service to an aging population and become centers of information and destinations for brain fitness programs.
on 27 Aug 2009
Preparing Society for the Cognitive Age With New Brain Research, Education and Tools
Groundbreaking brain research has occurred over the last 20 years - without parallel growth of consumer awareness and professional development. Neuroscientist Torkel Klingberg is optimistic, "In the future we may be as aware of cognitive function as we now are obsessed with calories, diets, glycemic index and cardiovascular training". What are the obstacles slowing down progress, and how can we deal with them?
on 10 Aug 2009
Debunking 10 Brain Health and Brain Training Myths to Stay Sharp
How can you take care of your brain when every week brings a new barrage of articles and studies which seem to contradict each other? Do supplements improve memory? Do you need both physical and mental exercise? Which brain training approach, if any, is worth one's time and money? Once you understand the facts of brain health and training, instead of believing the myths, you will be able to make much better decisions on how to stay sharp.
on 21 Jun 2009
Goldman Environmental Prize: Improve the World, Improve Your Brain
My wife and I recently attended an inspiring Goldman Prize Award ceremony, where seven grassroots environmental change-makers were recognized for their impressive work and resiliency. We did hear too from Al Gore, Tracy Chapman, Robert Redford, and Richard Goldman. What does this have to do with one's brain? well, a recent study showed how volunteering can provide significant brain benefits. Improve the World, Improve your Brain!
on 23 Apr 2009
Distracted At Work? Meet Maggie Jackson's Book on Attention and the Workplace
Today we discuss some of the brain implications of "always on" workplaces and lifestyles via a fascinating interview with Maggie Jackson, an award-winning author and journalist. Her latest book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, describes the implications of our busy work and life environments and offers important reflections to help us thrive in them.
on 14 Mar 2009
Technology For Brain Health: an Upcoming Revolution in Cognitive Assessments and Training
In April 2008, Baycrest, a leading research institute focused on aging and brain function, received $10-million from the Ontario Government to create a groundbreaking Centre for Brain Fitness. We have Baycrest's CEO with us today, to explore why and how the XXI century may witness a revolution in Brain Health fueled by new technology.
on 25 Feb 2009
Brain Training: It Works (to Improve Mental Skills) and It Doesn't (to reduce Brain Age)
A new study shows how brain training works - and doesn't work. It depends on what you define as "it works". So, if you are considering buying some of these new programs, you do need to do a bit of homework. Here you have a 10-Question Program Evaluation Checklist to support your decision process.
on 17 Feb 2009
The Top 10 Brain Health Books of 2008: Ready for some Mental Exercise?
Here you have The 10 Most Popular Brain Fitness & Cognitive Health Books of 2008, based on book purchases by SharpBrains' readers during 2008. We hope you find them as stimulating as we did - ready to exercise your brain by selecting at least one to read?
on 14 Jan 2009
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