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Facts and misconceptions about dementia

Source: http://womensbrainhealth.org/helpful-thinking/facts-and-misconceptions-about-dementia

by Dr. Offra Gerstein for Santa Cruz Sentinel: Any medical affliction that may lead to incapacitation or death creates deep fear in humans. Researchers rush to study the causes of an ailment to expeditiously find treatments or cures. Meanwhile, helpless……

Source: http://womensbrainhealth.org/helpful-thinking/facts-and-misconceptions-about-dementia

by Dr. Offra Gerstein for Santa Cruz Sentinel: Any medical affliction that may lead to incapacitation or death creates deep fear in humans. Researchers rush to study the causes of an ailment to expeditiously find treatments or cures. Meanwhile, helpless……

The next generation: what will it take to keep them in research?

Source: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2014/08/next-generation-what-will-it-take-keep-them-research

Earlier this month, I spent a week with NIA’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research). These early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come to Bethesda from all over the country. They learn about the best of our science—aging biology, behavioral and social research, neuroscience, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and health disparities. Perhaps even more importantly, they learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections. It’s something that the NIA has been doing for decades: bringing bright, promising scientists to residential programs to grow their skills and encourage them to stay the course. What an honor it was to meet this year’s class. And what fun!…

Source: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2014/08/next-generation-what-will-it-take-keep-them-research

Earlier this month, I spent a week with NIA’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research). These early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come to Bethesda from all over the country. They learn about the best of our science—aging biology, behavioral and social research, neuroscience, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and health disparities. Perhaps even more importantly, they learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections. It’s something that the NIA has been doing for decades: bringing bright, promising scientists to residential programs to grow their skills and encourage them to stay the course. What an honor it was to meet this year’s class. And what fun!…

“It was like the light in him had gone out”: Wife of Navy SEAL diagnosed with brain disease watches him unravel

Source: http://www.brainhealtheducation.org/it-was-like-the-light-in-him-had-gone-out-wife-of-navy-seal-diagnosed-with-brain-disease-watches-him-unravel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=it-was-like-the-light-in-him-had-gone-out-wife-of-navy-seal-diagnosed-with-brain-disease-watches-him-unravel

THE EARLIEST SIGNS that retired Navy SEAL Dave Collins was changing were subtle enough that his wife, Jennifer, brushed them off as normal consequences of getting older. Then came the irritability and, as his temper shortened, forgetfulness. By 2012, it was bigger things. Other cognitive problems began to show. His temper was getting worse. For all of the experts

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Source: http://www.brainhealtheducation.org/it-was-like-the-light-in-him-had-gone-out-wife-of-navy-seal-diagnosed-with-brain-disease-watches-him-unravel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=it-was-like-the-light-in-him-had-gone-out-wife-of-navy-seal-diagnosed-with-brain-disease-watches-him-unravel

THE EARLIEST SIGNS that retired Navy SEAL Dave Collins was changing were subtle enough that his wife, Jennifer, brushed them off as normal consequences of getting older. Then came the irritability and, as his temper shortened, forgetfulness. By 2012, it was bigger things. Other cognitive problems began to show. His temper was getting worse. For all of the experts

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Study: Wisdom requires both higher heart rate variability and adopting a third-person perspective

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/01/study-wisdom-requires-both-higher-heart-rate-variability-and-adopting-a-third-person-perspective/

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Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats, which is a measure of heart health—is associated with better cognitive and emotional functioning. For example, higher HRV has been linked to better working memory and attention, higher levels of empathy and social functioning, and better emotional self-control. Could heart rate variability be linked to better moral judgments, as well?

Researcher Igor Grossmann from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and his colleague…

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/01/study-wisdom-requires-both-higher-heart-rate-variability-and-adopting-a-third-person-perspective/

wise reasoning——-

Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats, which is a measure of heart health—is associated with better cognitive and emotional functioning. For example, higher HRV has been linked to better working memory and attention, higher levels of empathy and social functioning, and better emotional self-control. Could heart rate variability be linked to better moral judgments, as well?

Researcher Igor Grossmann from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and his colleague…

Dietary Intervention in Cognitive Aging

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/clinical-trials/dietary-intervention-cognitive-aging


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Purpose: To test two dietary interventions in overweight, middle-aged individuals with subjective memory complaints.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/clinical-trials/dietary-intervention-cognitive-aging


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Purpose: To test two dietary interventions in overweight, middle-aged individuals with subjective memory complaints.

Making the President Disappear – The Inattentional Barack Obama Blindness Illusion

Source: http://brainblogger.com/2016/06/04/making-the-president-disappear-the-inattentional-barack-obama-blindness-illusion/

A new research study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience demonstrates the phenomenal power of our expectations in shaping our perception of reality. So powerful in fact they can even make the face of one of the most famous men on Earth, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, seemingly disappear.

Have you ever expected your keys to be in the bowl, found that they are not, and then, convinced they must be utterly lost? You frustratedly search high and low only to find they were super easy to find — they were right in front of your face the whole time! It feels VERY weird, you are SURE you looked in that exact spot, multiple times even.

Well, it may be that they really did disappear — from your perceived vision anyway. These everyday blips in our reality may be linked with an expectation-based consciousness warping phenomenon …

Source: http://brainblogger.com/2016/06/04/making-the-president-disappear-the-inattentional-barack-obama-blindness-illusion/

A new research study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience demonstrates the phenomenal power of our expectations in shaping our perception of reality. So powerful in fact they can even make the face of one of the most famous men on Earth, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, seemingly disappear.

Have you ever expected your keys to be in the bowl, found that they are not, and then, convinced they must be utterly lost? You frustratedly search high and low only to find they were super easy to find — they were right in front of your face the whole time! It feels VERY weird, you are SURE you looked in that exact spot, multiple times even.

Well, it may be that they really did disappear — from your perceived vision anyway. These everyday blips in our reality may be linked with an expectation-based consciousness warping phenomenon …

Study: Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to cognitive decline and dementia

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/02/study-leaky-blood-brain-barrier-linked-to-cognitive-decline-and-dementia/

sn-bloodbrainLeaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer’s disease (Science Daily):

“Researchers using contrast-enhanced MRI have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of people with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The results suggest that increased BBB permeability may represent a key mechanism in the early stages of the disease.

The BBB, a collection of cells and subcellular structures in the cerebrovascular wall that separates the circulating blood from the brain, is essential to keep brain tissue in healthy condition. It regulates the delivery of important nutrients and blocks neurotoxin…

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/02/study-leaky-blood-brain-barrier-linked-to-cognitive-decline-and-dementia/

sn-bloodbrainLeaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer’s disease (Science Daily):

“Researchers using contrast-enhanced MRI have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of people with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The results suggest that increased BBB permeability may represent a key mechanism in the early stages of the disease.

The BBB, a collection of cells and subcellular structures in the cerebrovascular wall that separates the circulating blood from the brain, is essential to keep brain tissue in healthy condition. It regulates the delivery of important nutrients and blocks neurotoxin…

Three neuroscientists win $1 million Kavli Prize for discovering brain’s plasticity

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/03/three-neuroscientists-win-1-million-kavli-prize-for-discovering-brains-plasticity/

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Three neuroscientists win $1m award for discovering brain’s plasticity (STAT):

“Three neuroscientists whose research overturned decades-old notions about how and whether the brain can change in response to experience have won a $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Thursday.

In an event live-streamed from Oslo to the World Science Festival in New York City, academy president Dr. Ole Sejersted said that Michael Merzenich of the University of California, San Francisco, Carla Shatz of Stanford University, and Eve Marder of Brandeis University were being ho…

Source: http://sharpbrains.com/blog/2016/06/03/three-neuroscientists-win-1-million-kavli-prize-for-discovering-brains-plasticity/

neuroplasticity-——-

Three neuroscientists win $1m award for discovering brain’s plasticity (STAT):

“Three neuroscientists whose research overturned decades-old notions about how and whether the brain can change in response to experience have won a $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Thursday.

In an event live-streamed from Oslo to the World Science Festival in New York City, academy president Dr. Ole Sejersted said that Michael Merzenich of the University of California, San Francisco, Carla Shatz of Stanford University, and Eve Marder of Brandeis University were being ho…

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