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Identifying Cognitive Abilities To Serve As Intervention Targets For Treating Psychiatric Disorders Much of the research informing treatments to target functionally-linked cognitive problems has been designed with the prevailing understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression as distinct diagnostic entities. Recent developments, however, are bringing about a shift within the field through findings highlighting shared influences on cognitive impairment across disorders. Identifying Cognitive Abilities To Serve As Intervention Targets For Treating Psychiatric Disorders
Much of the research informing treatments to target functionally-linked cognitive problems has been designed with the prevailing understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression as distinct diagnostic entities. Recent developments, however, are bringing about a shift within the field through findings highlighting shared influences on cognitive impairment across disorders.  - sciencetrends.com

Study specifies the neuropsychological deficits of alcoholic abusers University of Valencia psychology and neuroscience team has defined the specific neuropsychological profile of men with several patterns of alcohol consumption and a history of violence against women in couple relationships ... results of the study have shown that abusers with excessive and continued alcohol consumption show a greater number of deficits in executive functions. They exhibit traits including greater mental rigidity, a deficit of planning, and capacity of greater inhibition, as well as a defic Study specifies the neuropsychological deficits of alcoholic abusers
University of Valencia psychology and neuroscience team has defined the specific neuropsychological profile of men with several patterns of alcohol consumption and a history of violence against women in couple relationships ... results of the study have shown that abusers with excessive and continued alcohol consumption show a greater number of deficits in executive functions. They exhibit traits including greater mental rigidity, a deficit of planning, and capacity of greater inhibition, as well as a defic - medicalxpress.com

Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds Adults both with and without Alzheimer's disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week ... The authors found that average cognitive functioning was higher in the summer and fall than the winter and spring, equivalent in cognitive effect to 4.8 years difference in age-related decline. Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds
Adults both with and without Alzheimer's disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week ... The authors found that average cognitive functioning was higher in the summer and fall than the winter and spring, equivalent in cognitive effect to 4.8 years difference in age-related decline. - medicalxpress.com

Cognitive training reduces depression, rebuilds injured brain structure and connectivity after traumatic brain injury New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows that certain cognitive training exercises can help reduce depression and improve brain health in individuals years after they have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Cognitive training reduces depression, rebuilds injured brain structure and connectivity after traumatic brain injury
New research from the Center for brainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows that certain cognitive training exercises can help reduce depression and improve brain health in individuals years after they have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). - sciencedaily.com

First neuropsychologist to the Democratic Republic of Congo Doctor Jean Ikanga who is also a Roman Catholic priest is returning home to Africa, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in a country of 67 million people, will be its first neuropsychologist ... Ikanga’s unique life is one of white doctor coats, and the collar – of titles of Doctor, and Father. Ikanga believes there is room for both. First neuropsychologist to the Democratic Republic of Congo
Doctor Jean Ikanga who is also a Roman Catholic priest is returning home to Africa, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in a country of 67 million people, will be its first neuropsychologist ... Ikanga’s unique life is one of white doctor coats, and the collar – of titles of Doctor, and Father. Ikanga believes there is room for both.  - 11alive.com

Dr Jamie Berry to speak at Cutting Edge New Zealand Dr Berry’s keynote address at Cutting Edge will address various methods by which cognition can be assessed within addiction services, from simple screening tools through to specialist neuropsychological assessment. His presentation will also review the nature of cognitive impairment and recovery, which may clarify some of the requirements of SACAT within addiction services. Dr Jamie Berry to speak at Cutting Edge New Zealand
Dr Berry’s keynote address at Cutting Edge will address various methods by which cognition can be assessed within addiction services, from simple screening tools through to specialist neuropsychological assessment. His presentation will also review the nature of cognitive impairment and recovery, which may clarify some of the requirements of SACAT within addiction services. - voxy.co.nz

Neuropsychological measures useful for detecting preclinical Alzheimer's disease “Having a baseline measure of cognition before noticing any kind of cognitive change or decline could be incredibly helpful because it's hard to diagnose early Alzheimer’s disease if you don’t have a frame of reference to compare to,” Han said in the release. “If people would consider getting a baseline evaluation by a qualified neuropsychologist at age 50 or 60, then it could be used as a way to track whether someone is experiencing a true decline in cognition in the future.” Neuropsychological measures useful for detecting preclinical Alzheimer's disease
“Having a baseline measure of cognition before noticing any kind of cognitive change or decline could be incredibly helpful because it's hard to diagnose early Alzheimer’s disease if you don’t have a frame of reference to compare to,” Han said in the release. “If people would consider getting a baseline evaluation by a qualified neuropsychologist at age 50 or 60, then it could be used as a way to track whether someone is experiencing a true decline in cognition in the future.” - healio.com

Have trouble remembering things at work? Here is what you can do Not being able to perform basic functions has a wide ranging effect on other psychological functions as well. Such changes stop us from being able to adapt and adjust to situations and function to our optimum level. Neuropsychological rehabilitation is concerned specifically with rehabilitation of these brain deficits. As per WHO, Neuropsychological rehabilitation implies the restoration of patients to the highest level of physical, psychological and social adaptation attainable. Have trouble remembering things at work? Here is what you can do
Not being able to perform basic functions has a wide ranging effect on other psychological functions as well. Such changes stop us from being able to adapt and adjust to situations and function to our optimum level. neuropsychological rehabilitation is concerned specifically with rehabilitation of these brain deficits. As per WHO, neuropsychological rehabilitation implies the restoration of patients to the highest level of physical, psychological and social adaptation attainable.  - indiatimes.com

How does diabetes affect the functioning of your brain Physicians have become very concerned that mild cognitive impairment from chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may lead to Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia or other disabling brain-related conditions later in life ... As the adult with diabetes becomes older, different neuropsychological cognitive abilities can become impaired. These can include problems with verbal learning, attention, memory and the processing of complex information. How does diabetes affect the functioning of your brain
Physicians have become very concerned that mild cognitive impairment from chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, may lead to Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia or other disabling brain-related conditions later in life ... As the adult with diabetes becomes older, different neuropsychological cognitive abilities can become impaired. These can include problems with verbal learning, attention, memory and the processing of complex information. - knoxnews.com

CBT Boosts Mood But What About Neuropsychological Functioning? Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become a popular psychological therapy for MDD, but little is known about its impact on neuropsychological functioning— team of researchers from New Zealand examined the impact of CBT and schema therapy on neuropsychological functioning in patients with MDD and found that despite significant improvement in mood, impairment in neuropsychological functioning persisted. CBT Boosts Mood But What About Neuropsychological Functioning?
cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has become a popular psychological therapy for MDD, but little is known about its impact on neuropsychological functioning— team of researchers from New Zealand examined the impact of CBT and schema therapy on neuropsychological functioning in patients with MDD and found that despite significant improvement in mood, impairment in neuropsychological functioning persisted. - psychiatrictimes.com

MS Pilot Study Data to Be Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting in London (July 6-8) The poster, "Non-Invasive, neuromodulation combined with intensive cognitive and physical rehabilitation induces neuroplastic changes in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)" will be presented ... Therapy combines the use of the device with physical therapy and is currently being evaluated in a multicenter clinical trial for the treatment of balance disorder for subjects with mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury. MS Pilot Study Data to Be Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting in London (July 6-8)
The poster, "Non-Invasive, neuromodulation combined with intensive cognitive and physical rehabilitation induces neuroplastic changes in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)" will be presented ... Therapy combines the use of the device with physical therapy and is currently being evaluated in a multicenter clinical trial for the treatment of balance disorder for subjects with mild to moderate Traumatic brain Injury. - marketwired.com

Complex 36-point therapeutic personalized program can help reverse memory loss in early AD patients Results from quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing show unprecedented improvements in ten patients with early Alzheimer's disease (AD) or its precursors following treatment with a programmatic and personalized therapy. Complex 36-point therapeutic personalized program can help reverse memory loss in early AD patients
Results from quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing show unprecedented improvements in ten patients with early Alzheimer's disease (AD) or its precursors following treatment with a programmatic and personalized therapy.  - news-medical.net

Study links busy schedule to better cognitive functions among adults The findings of a study done to see impacts of being busy on mental health claimed that busy adults have better brain functioning than less busy adults ... more busy participants had better cognition. They were better in many ways such as remembering past events. The results were similar with all busy people regardless of their age. Study links busy schedule to better cognitive functions among adults
The findings of a study done to see impacts of being busy on mental health claimed that busy adults have better brain functioning than less busy adults ... more busy participants had better cognition. They were better in many ways such as remembering past events. The results were similar with all busy people regardless of their age. - nhv.us

New Study Exposes the Neuropsychological Effects of Regular Ecstasy Use on the Brain Researchers found that, in the ecstasy users, 11 out of 14 brain regions showed serotonin transporter (SERT) reductions compared to the controls ... This reduction in serotonin transportation can have a strong impact on the individual’s regulation of appropriate emotional reactions to situations. New Study Exposes the Neuropsychological Effects of Regular Ecstasy Use on the Brain
Researchers found that, in the ecstasy users, 11 out of 14 brain regions showed serotonin transporter (SERT) reductions compared to the controls ... This reduction in serotonin transportation can have a strong impact on the individual’s regulation of appropriate emotional reactions to situations. - thescienceexplorer.com

Vitamin D deficiency linked to poorer neuropsychological function, but not Alzheimers A new study published recently in IOS Press Content Library suggests that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in neuropsychological functions, but not Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Vitamin D deficiency linked to poorer neuropsychological function, but not Alzheimers
A new study published recently in IOS Press Content Library suggests that vitamin D deficiency may play a role in neuropsychological functions, but not Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. - foodconsumer.org

Boost your baby's brain power: eat fish during pregnancy 
Consumption of seafood above the recommended limit of 340 grams per /week was associated with 10 grams per week increases in neuropsychological scores ... consumption of large fatty fish during pregnancy presents moderate child neuropsychological benefits, including improvements in cognitive functioning and some protection from autism spectrum disorders. Boost your baby's brain power: eat fish during pregnancy
Consumption of seafood above the recommended limit of 340 grams per /week was associated with 10 grams per week increases in neuropsychological scores ... consumption of large fatty fish during pregnancy presents moderate child neuropsychological benefits, including improvements in cognitive functioning and some protection from autism spectrum disorders. - examiner.com

Older adults who take more steps per day perform better on memory tasks A new study has found that older adults who take more steps either by walking or jogging perform better on memory tasks than those who are more sedentary...researchers found that older adults who took more steps per day had better memory performance. Older adults who take more steps per day perform better on memory tasks
A new study has found that older adults who take more steps either by walking or jogging perform better on memory tasks than those who are more sedentary...researchers found that older adults who took more steps per day had better memory performance. - news-medical.net

To be More Empathetic, Know Thyself - Developing sense of self may help individuals be more empathetic Empathy, or the ability to identify with others’ feelings, often is considered an important relational skill. Previously, researchers had hypothesized that in order for individuals to be empathetic, they needed to be selfless. However, University of Missouri researchers found just the opposite: individuals who were more self-aware had higher levels of empathy. To be More Empathetic, Know Thyself - Developing sense of self may help individuals be more empathetic
Empathy, or the ability to identify with others’ feelings, often is considered an important relational skill. Previously, researchers had hypothesized that in order for individuals to be empathetic, they needed to be selfless. However, University of Missouri researchers found just the opposite: individuals who were more self-aware had higher levels of empathy. - newsroomamerica.com

Mental Visual Imagery Strategy Can Improve Neuropsychological Functions in RRMS Patients A new study published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience revealed that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with relapsing-remitting forms of the disease can improve specific neuropsychological functions through a mental visual imagery strategy. Mental Visual Imagery Strategy Can Improve Neuropsychological Functions in RRMS Patients
A new study published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience revealed that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with relapsing-remitting forms of the disease can improve specific neuropsychological functions through a mental visual imagery strategy. - multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com

Three women hospitalised per week with traumatic brain injuries One of Australia's leading advocates for victims of brain injury says three women are hospitalised each week with brain injuries caused by family violence... Brain injuries commonly affect executive function such as planning, forethought memory, emotional control... There is really good rehabilitation for the most serious brain injury Three women hospitalised per week with traumatic brain injuries
One of Australia's leading advocates for victims of brain injury says three women are hospitalised each week with brain injuries caused by family violence... brain injuries commonly affect executive function such as planning, forethought memory, emotional control... There is really good rehabilitation for the most serious brain injury - abc.net.au

Mediterranean Diet with Olive Oil or Nuts Improves Cognitive Function At the end of the study, results revealed that subjects on both variations of the Mediterranean diet had improved cognitive function while those on the control diet showed a decline in cognitive function. Furthermore, the investigators found that the observed changes were consistent in all subjects irrespective of factors such as gender, age, energy consumption, and other variables. Mediterranean Diet with Olive Oil or Nuts Improves Cognitive Function
At the end of the study, results revealed that subjects on both variations of the Mediterranean diet had improved cognitive function while those on the control diet showed a decline in cognitive function. Furthermore, the investigators found that the observed changes were consistent in all subjects irrespective of factors such as gender, age, energy consumption, and other variables. - oliveoiltimes.com

Cambridgeshire brain rehabilitation centre work could be replicated - in Iran The workshop exercises covered general principles of neuropsychological rehabilitation; assessment; and strategies for managing attention, memory, executive, perceptual, behavioural and social communication problems. Cambridgeshire brain rehabilitation centre work could be replicated - in Iran
The workshop exercises covered general principles of neuropsychological rehabilitation; assessment; and strategies for managing attention, memory, executive, perceptual, behavioural and social communication problems. - cambridge-news.co.uk

Topiramate – Linked to cognitive side effects in patients with intellectual disability A new study has indicated that the antiepileptic drug (AED) topiramate could have some negative cognitive side effects for epilepsy patients who are affected by intellectual disabilities (ID) ... It was shown that use of the AED was associated with reduced cognitive speed, verbal memory, verbal fluency and flexibility compared to examinations without topiramate. Topiramate – Linked to cognitive side effects in patients with intellectual disability
A new study has indicated that the antiepileptic drug (AED) topiramate could have some negative cognitive side effects for epilepsy patients who are affected by intellectual disabilities (ID) ... It was shown that use of the AED was associated with reduced cognitive speed, verbal memory, verbal fluency and flexibility compared to examinations without topiramate. - epilepsyresearch.org.uk

Neuropsychological Assessment Helpful in Monitoring the Course of Alzheimer’s disease Results showed that patients who were diagnosed at baseline with a mild form of Alzheimer’s and whose treatment begun in the early phase of the disease had a slower decline in their functioning of activities of daily living and less frequent presence of behavioral problems. Neuropsychological Assessment Helpful in Monitoring the Course of Alzheimer’s disease
Results showed that patients who were diagnosed at baseline with a mild form of Alzheimer’s and whose treatment begun in the early phase of the disease had a slower decline in their functioning of activities of daily living and less frequent presence of behavioral problems.  - alzheimersnewstoday.com

A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community Consumers are told that playing brain games will make them smarter, more alert, and able to learn faster and better. In other words, the promise is that if you adhere to a prescribed regimen of cognitive exercise, you will reduce cognitive slowing and forgetfulness, and will fundamentally improve your mind and brain ... the most pernicious claim, devoid of any scientifically credible evidence, is that brain games prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. A Consensus on the Brain Training Industry from the Scientific Community
Consumers are told that playing brain games will make them smarter, more alert, and able to learn faster and better. In other words, the promise is that if you adhere to a prescribed regimen of cognitive exercise, you will reduce cognitive slowing and forgetfulness, and will fundamentally improve your mind and brain ... the most pernicious claim, devoid of any scientifically credible evidence, is that brain games prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. - stanford.edu

Neuropsychologist Works to Improve Cultural Sensitivity in Cognition Testing The signs of dementia are the same in any language. And symptoms of traumatic brain injury are similar regardless of socioeconomic status or place of birth. But the tools neuropsychologists use to assess and measure cognitive ability are not necessarily standardized from one country to another – or even from one neighborhood to another nearby. Neuropsychologist Works to Improve Cultural Sensitivity in Cognition Testing
The signs of dementia are the same in any language. And symptoms of traumatic brain injury are similar regardless of socioeconomic status or place of birth. But the tools neuropsychologists use to assess and measure cognitive ability are not necessarily standardized from one country to another – or even from one neighborhood to another nearby.  - newswise.com

What does neuropsychological testing involve? There is no single test that can diagnose Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a doctor cannot make the diagnosis with absolute confidence without studying the brain under the microscope, which is rarely done except in an autopsy ... Neuropsych testing cannot, alone, definitively diagnose Alzheimer's disease. However, the testing results, along with the medical history, brain-imaging studies and other evidence, can give the doctor pretty strong evidence for or against Alzheimer's. What does neuropsychological testing involve?
There is no single test that can diagnose Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a doctor cannot make the diagnosis with absolute confidence without studying the brain under the microscope, which is rarely done except in an autopsy ... Neuropsych testing cannot, alone, definitively diagnose Alzheimer's disease. However, the testing results, along with the medical history, brain-imaging studies and other evidence, can give the doctor pretty strong evidence for or against Alzheimer's. - times-standard-com

Improving Children's Working Memory: Neuropsychologist Dr. Stacey Spencer with Morris Psychological Group Offers Tips for Parents There are many reasons that children struggle in the classroom. Their ability to learn is affected by a wide range of emotional and cognitive factors and parents also struggle as they seek to help their children succeed. Some of these children may need help improving their working memory. "Working memory is like a mental workspace," Improving Children's Working Memory: Neuropsychologist Dr. Stacey Spencer with Morris Psychological Group Offers Tips for Parents
There are many reasons that children struggle in the classroom. Their ability to learn is affected by a wide range of emotional and cognitive factors and parents also struggle as they seek to help their children succeed. Some of these children may need help improving their working memory. "Working memory is like a mental workspace,"  - digitaljournal.com

Dementia expected to increase among Australia's ageing prison population Australia's prison population is ageing at a dramatic rate and the number of prisoners developing dementia is expected to soar in coming years ... several recommendations, including that assessment for cognitive impairment be included in health checks for prisoners over 50 ... prisoners should be released if they need that sort of care ... Alzheimer's Australia
Dementia expected to increase among Australia's ageing prison population
Australia's prison population is ageing at a dramatic rate and the number of prisoners developing dementia is expected to soar in coming years ... several recommendations, including that assessment for cognitive impairment be included in health checks for prisoners over 50 ... prisoners should be released if they need that sort of care ... Alzheimer's Australia  - abc.net.au

Alzheimer's Australia partners with RACV to curb risk to road safety posed by dementia Alzheimer's Australia is teaming up with one of the country's biggest motoring groups to try to reduce the dangers that dementia poses to road safety ... It's really hitting plague proportions here in many ways. We've got 330,000 people in Australia today [living with dementia], but by 2050 it's estimated we'll have about 900,000 people living with dementia ... Alzheimer's Australia partners with RACV to curb risk to road safety posed by dementia
Alzheimer's Australia is teaming up with one of the country's biggest motoring groups to try to reduce the dangers that dementia poses to road safety ... It's really hitting plague proportions here in many ways. We've got 330,000 people in Australia today [living with dementia], but by 2050 it's estimated we'll have about 900,000 people living with dementia ... - abc.net.au

Fairfield Lego club Inside the Brick helps children with autism to build bridges Deakin had little clue about autism and autism disorders such as Asperger syndrome when he began renting space at the Abbotsford Convent in 2011 to start running Lego clubs ... "the appeal of Lego for kids with autism probably centres on their strength in spatial skills - they're often great at puzzles and block design - and their particular style of information processing." Fairfield Lego club Inside the Brick helps children with autism to build bridges
Deakin had little clue about autism and autism disorders such as Asperger syndrome when he began renting space at the Abbotsford Convent in 2011 to start running Lego clubs ... "the appeal of Lego for kids with autism probably centres on their strength in spatial skills - they're often great at puzzles and block design - and their particular style of information processing." - smh.com.au

Neuropsychological assessment more efficient than MRI for tracking disease progression in memory clinic patients According to new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Investigators at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, have shown that progression of disease in memory clinic patients can be tracked efficiently with 45 minutes of neuropsychological testing. MRI measures of brain atrophy were shown to be less reliable to pick up changes in the same patients. Neuropsychological assessment more efficient than MRI for tracking disease progression in memory clinic patients
According to new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Investigators at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, have shown that progression of disease in memory clinic patients can be tracked efficiently with 45 minutes of neuropsychological testing. MRI measures of brain atrophy were shown to be less reliable to pick up changes in the same patients.  - healthcanal.com

Caffeine Boosts Long-Term Memory in Humans New research from Johns Hopkins University has concluded that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans,... We also know that caffeine is associated with healthy longevity and may have some protective effects from cognitive decline like Alzheimer's disease ... Caffeine Boosts Long-Term Memory in Humans
New research from Johns Hopkins University has concluded that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans,... We also know that caffeine is associated with healthy longevity and may have some protective effects from cognitive decline like Alzheimer's disease ... - natureworldnews.com

Childhood cancers 'age patients by 30 years' ADULTS who survived childhood cancer are facing a new health challenge: premature ageing. As more survivors reach their 30s and 40s, researchers are noticing health problems more common to much older people, such as frailty and serious memory impairment. Childhood cancers 'age patients by 30 years'
ADULTS who survived childhood cancer are facing a new health challenge: premature ageing. As more survivors reach their 30s and 40s, researchers are noticing health problems more common to much older people, such as frailty and serious memory impairment. - theaustralian.com.au

Researchers use popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories.
As a potential tool for helping patients regain their memories, Baird and Samson conclude that: "Music was more efficient at evoking autobiographical memories than verbal prompts of the Autobiographical Memory Interview (AMI) across each life period, with a higher percentage of MEAMs for each life period compared with AMI scores." Researchers use popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories
In the first study of its kind, two researchers have used popular music to help severely brain-injured patients recall personal memories. As a potential tool for helping patients regain their memories, Baird and Samson conclude that: "Music was more efficient at evoking autobiographical memories than verbal prompts of the Autobiographical Memory Interview (AMI) across each life period, with a higher percentage of MEAMs for each life period compared with AMI scores." - news-medical.net

Taking pictures to remember may help you forget Taking a picture to help you remember something might end up having the opposite effect, according to new research.
A study released this week showed that people who took photographs of items during a museum tour were less likely to remember details than those who merely looked at the objects.
Taking pictures to remember may help you forget
Taking a picture to help you remember something might end up having the opposite effect, according to new research. A study released this week showed that people who took photographs of items during a museum tour were less likely to remember details than those who merely looked at the objects.  - abc.net.au

Combining neuroimaging and neuropsychology improves detection of Alzheimer's disease By combining brain imaging analysis with a neuropsychological assessment, Sylvie Belleville achieved remarkable sensitivity (targeting the people who will develop the disease) and specificity (eliminating false positives, that is those who would remain stable). The level of accuracy of this classification system is the major breakthrough of the study... Combining neuroimaging and neuropsychology improves detection of Alzheimer's disease
By combining brain imaging analysis with a neuropsychological assessment, Sylvie Belleville achieved remarkable sensitivity (targeting the people who will develop the disease) and specificity (eliminating false positives, that is those who would remain stable). The level of accuracy of this classification system is the major breakthrough of the study... - news-medical.net

SUBNETS aims for systems-based neurotechnology and understanding for the treatment of neuropsychological illnesses DARPA created the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program to pursue advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology that could lead to new clinical understanding of how neuropsychological illnesses manifest in the brain and to advanced therapies to reduce the burden and severity of illness in afflicted troops and veterans. SUBNETS aims for systems-based neurotechnology and understanding for the treatment of neuropsychological illnesses
DARPA created the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program to pursue advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology that could lead to new clinical understanding of how neuropsychological illnesses manifest in the brain and to advanced therapies to reduce the burden and severity of illness in afflicted troops and veterans.  - medicalxpress.com

Insights to identifying early-onset dementia Two new studies offer insights into what early-life factors may set the disease in motion, and how Alzheimer’s might readily be detected in its earliest stages...Tracking 488,484 men from their first military physical for an average of 37 years, they found that those with high systolic blood pressure, low cognitive function and short stature in late adolescence were significantly more likely to develop early-onset dementia. Insights to identifying early-onset dementia
Two new studies offer insights into what early-life factors may set the disease in motion, and how Alzheimer’s might readily be detected in its earliest stages...Tracking 488,484 men from their first military physical for an average of 37 years, they found that those with high systolic blood pressure, low cognitive function and short stature in late adolescence were significantly more likely to develop early-onset dementia. - gulf-times.com

The neuropsychological effects of dance on people with Parkinson's disease A 12-week dance program to study the physical and neuropsychological effects of dance on people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It will study how dance is able to seemingly bypass the neurodegeneration occurring in the PD brain and facilitate improvement in movement for those with PD. The neuropsychological effects of dance on people with Parkinson's disease
A 12-week dance program to study the physical and neuropsychological effects of dance on people with Parkinson's disease (PD). It will study how dance is able to seemingly bypass the neurodegeneration occurring in the PD brain and facilitate improvement in movement for those with PD.  - newswire.ca

Cranial radiotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia linked to impaired neurocognition Reduced white matter and impaired neuropsychological function were seen 20-30 years later in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma survivors who received cranial radiotherapy ... Further, indications of accelerated aging seen in survivors given cranial radiotherapy may support screening for early-onset dementia Cranial radiotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia linked to impaired neurocognition
Reduced white matter and impaired neuropsychological function were seen 20-30 years later in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma survivors who received cranial radiotherapy ... Further, indications of accelerated aging seen in survivors given cranial radiotherapy may support screening for early-onset dementia - clinicalpsychiatrynews.com

Vegetarians need extra vitamin B12 The alarming increase in vitamin B12 deficiency among Indians and its health implications-notably anaemia and cognitive decline-has now become a subject of research ... Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. It plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and the formation of blood. Vegetarians need extra vitamin B12
The alarming increase in vitamin B12 deficiency among Indians and its health implications-notably anaemia and cognitive decline-has now become a subject of research ... Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. It plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and the formation of blood. - indiatimes.com

Making sense of stress and its effect on your health Many of us have felt the damage stress can cause; but connecting the dots between chronic stress and disease is more difficult than you'd think ... when an event or situation – otherwise called a stressor – lasts for months or even years, chronic stress is the result. Caring for a loved one with cancer, being under financial pressure, or not having significant social contact with others can all lead to chronic psychological stress. Making sense of stress and its effect on your health
Many of us have felt the damage stress can cause; but connecting the dots between chronic stress and disease is more difficult than you'd think ... when an event or situation – otherwise called a stressor – lasts for months or even years, chronic stress is the result. Caring for a loved one with cancer, being under financial pressure, or not having significant social contact with others can all lead to chronic psychological stress. - abc.net.au

Study: Stop Seizure Meds in Post-Lobectomy Patients Patients who had a temporal lobe resection and were seizure-free had better outcomes if they did not receive antiepileptic drugs, researchers reported here ... The long-term intake of antiepileptic drugs may have significant influence on neuropsychological performance and early discontinuation should be considered Study: Stop Seizure Meds in Post-Lobectomy Patients
Patients who had a temporal lobe resection and were seizure-free had better outcomes if they did not receive antiepileptic drugs, researchers reported here ... The long-term intake of antiepileptic drugs may have significant influence on neuropsychological performance and early discontinuation should be considered - medpagetoday.com

Mild HIV-related cognitive impairments may be overlooked Milder forms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, or HANDs, may be overlooked by modern screening tools, according to the results of a recent literature review ... With the prevalence of milder forms of HAND increasing, and limited resources available for formal neuropsychological examinations, there is a critical need to be able to screen and identify people with HAND Mild HIV-related cognitive impairments may be overlooked
Milder forms of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, or HANDs, may be overlooked by modern screening tools, according to the results of a recent literature review ... With the prevalence of milder forms of HAND increasing, and limited resources available for formal neuropsychological examinations, there is a critical need to be able to screen and identify people with HAND - healio.com

Booze doesn't cause depression There is no truth to the long-held belief that alcohol causes depression, clinical neuroscientists from The University of Western Australia have concluded ... We know that alcohol when consumed in excess does create a lot of health problems - but what we now know is that one of those problems is not depression. Booze doesn't cause depression
There is no truth to the long-held belief that alcohol causes depression, clinical neuroscientists from The University of Western Australia have concluded ... We know that alcohol when consumed in excess does create a lot of health problems - but what we now know is that one of those problems is not depression. - sciencealert.com.au

Cognitive decline linked to brain atrophy New research has shown that cognitive decline in people with type 2 diabetes is likely due to brain atrophy, or shrinkage, that resembles patterns seen in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease ... By 2031 it is estimated that around 3.3 million Australians will have diabetes. The burden of dementia in the population will be greatly increased if a significant number of these individuals experience cognitive decline. Cognitive decline linked to brain atrophy
New research has shown that cognitive decline in people with type 2 diabetes is likely due to brain atrophy, or shrinkage, that resembles patterns seen in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease ... By 2031 it is estimated that around 3.3 million Australians will have diabetes. The burden of dementia in the population will be greatly increased if a significant number of these individuals experience cognitive decline. - sciencealert.com.au

Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills' Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests. People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds. The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading.
Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills'
Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests. People who performed better on rhythmic tests also showed enhanced neural responses to speech sounds. The researchers suggest that practising music could improve other skills, particularly reading.  - bbc.co.uk

Poverty strains cognitive abilities, opening door for bad decision-making, new study finds Poverty consumes so much mental energy that people struggling to make ends meet often have little brainpower left for anything else, leaving them more susceptible to bad decisions that can perpetuate their situation, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Poverty strains cognitive abilities, opening door for bad decision-making, new study finds
Poverty consumes so much mental energy that people struggling to make ends meet often have little brainpower left for anything else, leaving them more susceptible to bad decisions that can perpetuate their situation, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. - washingtonpost.com

Still no evidence for causes of Alzheimer's disease by playing football, despite NFL settlement Despite the NFL's $765 million settlement with retired players, there still is no credible scientific evidence that playing football causes Alzheimer's disease or other neurological disorders, according to Loyola University Medical Center clinical neuropsychologist Christopher Randolph, PhD, who has published multiple studies on the topic. Still no evidence for causes of Alzheimer's disease by playing football, despite NFL settlement
Despite the NFL's $765 million settlement with retired players, there still is no credible scientific evidence that playing football causes Alzheimer's disease or other neurological disorders, according to Loyola University Medical Center clinical neuropsychologist Christopher Randolph, PhD, who has published multiple studies on the topic. - medical.net

New study focuses on brain's first 24 hours after head injury Many concussion studies have focused on the long-term effects of brain injuries. However, few have examined the very short-term effects. Researchers found that in the first 13 hours after a concussion, there are decreases in activity in certain regions of the right hemisphere of the brain. However, seven weeks after a concussion, there is more activity in these brain regions than in people who didn't experience a concussion in the first place. New study focuses on brain's first 24 hours after head injury
Many concussion studies have focused on the long-term effects of brain injuries. However, few have examined the very short-term effects. Researchers found that in the first 13 hours after a concussion, there are decreases in activity in certain regions of the right hemisphere of the brain. However, seven weeks after a concussion, there is more activity in these brain regions than in people who didn't experience a concussion in the first place. - nfl.com

Famous faces to help spot early dementia Famous faces such as Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana and Albert Einstein could be used in a test to diagnose a form of dementia that can hit people as young as 40, say researchers ... People who scored low on naming had brain damage in the left temporal lobe of the brain, says Gefen, whereas those who scored low on recognition had damage in both sides of the temporal lobe ... Famous faces to help spot early dementia
Famous faces such as Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana and Albert Einstein could be used in a test to diagnose a form of dementia that can hit people as young as 40, say researchers ... People who scored low on naming had brain damage in the left temporal lobe of the brain, says Gefen, whereas those who scored low on recognition had damage in both sides of the temporal lobe ... - abc.net.au

Study sheds light on prediction of early psychosis The study showed that to monitor the cause of schizophrenia, attention should be given to the earlier stages of psychosis, an expert said symptomatological and neuropsychological hints can be used to predict psychosis Study sheds light on prediction of early psychosis
The study showed that to monitor the cause of schizophrenia, attention should be given to the earlier stages of psychosis, an expert said symptomatological and neuropsychological hints can be used to predict psychosis - taipeitimes.com

 Neuropsychological functioning in inpatients with major depression or schizophrenia Studies that compare neuropsychological functioning in inpatients with mood disorder or schizophrenia come to heterogeneous results. This study aims at investigating the question whether there are different neuropsychological test profiles in stabilised post-acute inpatients with affective disorders or schizophrenia. We were interested in evaluating impairment in specific areas of cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia or depression.
Neuropsychological functioning in inpatients with major depression or schizophrenia
Studies that compare neuropsychological functioning in inpatients with mood disorder or schizophrenia come to heterogeneous results. This study aims at investigating the question whether there are different neuropsychological test profiles in stabilised post-acute inpatients with affective disorders or schizophrenia. We were interested in evaluating impairment in specific areas of cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia or depression.  - 7thspace.com

What to expect during alzheimer's disease testing and diagnosis Short of examining brain tissue at autopsy, presently no single test can definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, a knowledgeable physician can clinically diagnose the disease with an accuracy of up to 90% by methodically ruling out other illnesses with similar symptoms.
The work-up basically includes three levels of assessment, ranging through patient history, physical and neurological examination, laboratory and neuropsychological tests, and brain imaging. What to expect during alzheimer's disease testing and diagnosis
Short of examining brain tissue at autopsy, presently no single test can definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, a knowledgeable physician can clinically diagnose the disease with an accuracy of up to 90% by methodically ruling out other illnesses with similar symptoms. The work-up basically includes three levels of assessment, ranging through patient history, physical and neurological examination, laboratory and neuropsychological tests, and brain imaging. - tele-management.ca

New tests can predict dementia up to 10 years in advance Two neuropsychological tests have been shown to accurately predict dementia of all causes, in patients up to 10 years in advance of its diagnosis, says a new study. New tests can predict dementia up to 10 years in advance
Two neuropsychological tests have been shown to accurately predict dementia of all causes, in patients up to 10 years in advance of its diagnosis, says a new study. - theglobeandmail.com

Differentiating between memory loss and dementia If an individual is experiencing memory loss, it is important for them to discuss it with their doctor, as they may be a candidate for a neuropsychological assessment. During a neuropsychological assessment aimed at distinguishing between normal memory loss due to aging and developing dementia, a neuropsychologist first has an in-depth interview with the patient, covering everything from their medical history to their education level. Differentiating between memory loss and dementia
If an individual is experiencing memory loss, it is important for them to discuss it with their doctor, as they may be a candidate for a neuropsychological assessment. During a neuropsychological assessment aimed at distinguishing between normal memory loss due to aging and developing dementia, a neuropsychologist first has an in-depth interview with the patient, covering everything from their medical history to their education level. - myfox8.com

New study reveals high rates of Indigenous dementia A ground-breaking study has found Aboriginal Australians are three times more likely to suffer dementia than non-Indigenous Australians. Researchers say risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, and it is thought the damage to the brain occurs as far back as childhood ... New study reveals high rates of Indigenous dementia
A ground-breaking study has found Aboriginal Australians are three times more likely to suffer dementia than non-Indigenous Australians. Researchers say risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and diabetes, and it is thought the damage to the brain occurs as far back as childhood ... - abc.net.au

Sexuality Greatly Affected by a Traumatic Brain Injury Neuropsychological and Psychological Effects Cause Loss of Identity.

More than three million Americans are living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, a condition associated with physical, cognitive and emotional problems that can affect sexual and marital stability, identity and self-esteem Sexuality Greatly Affected by a Traumatic Brain Injury
neuropsychological and Psychological Effects Cause Loss of Identity. More than three million Americans are living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, a condition associated with physical, cognitive and emotional problems that can affect sexual and marital stability, identity and self-esteem - scienceworldreport.com

Probable amnestic MCI people are in the highest risk of conversion to dementia People with probable amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have the most and closest risk of conversion to dementia, mainly Alzheimer’s disease (AD). That is, amnestic MCI subjects without any comorbidity that could explain their cognitive deficits have 8.5 times more risk to convert to dementia ... Probable amnestic MCI people are in the highest risk of conversion to dementia
People with probable amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have the most and closest risk of conversion to dementia, mainly Alzheimer’s disease (AD). That is, amnestic MCI subjects without any comorbidity that could explain their cognitive deficits have 8.5 times more risk to convert to dementia ... - healthcanal.com

Using Facebook Improves Cognitive Function Among Older Adults, Study  According to a study involving older adults aged 68 to 91 years, using Facebook might give them a mental boost. The results were shown to an International Neuropsychological Society meeting held in Hawaii. Using Facebook Improves Cognitive Function Among Older Adults, Study
According to a study involving older adults aged 68 to 91 years, using Facebook might give them a mental boost. The results were shown to an International neuropsychological Society meeting held in Hawaii. - socialbarrel.com

Successful and Schizophrenic THIRTY years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness ... Successful and Schizophrenic
THIRTY years ago, I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia. My prognosis was “grave”: I would never live independently, hold a job, find a loving partner, get married. My home would be a board-and-care facility, my days spent watching TV in a day room with other people debilitated by mental illness ... - nytimes.com

The Autism Advantage He was a happy, curious boy, and as he grew, he amazed them with his quirky and astonishing abilities ... To his father, Lars seemed less defined by deficits than by his unusual skills ... For years, scientists underestimated the intelligence of autistic people, an error now being rectified ... the consultants are far more devoted to accuracy than neurotypical workers ... The Autism Advantage
He was a happy, curious boy, and as he grew, he amazed them with his quirky and astonishing abilities ... To his father, Lars seemed less defined by deficits than by his unusual skills ... For years, scientists underestimated the intelligence of autistic people, an error now being rectified ... the consultants are far more devoted to accuracy than neurotypical workers ... - nytimes.com

Dope may not produce dopes SOCIOECONOMIC status rather than marijuana could explain declining teenage IQs, according to a Norwegian review of a New Zealand study. It found that the damage was most pronounced among adolescents, and that giving up cannabis didn’t fully restore their neuropsychological functioning. Dope may not produce dopes
SOCIOECONOMIC status rather than marijuana could explain declining teenage IQs, according to a Norwegian review of a New Zealand study. It found that the damage was most pronounced among adolescents, and that giving up cannabis didn’t fully restore their neuropsychological functioning. - theaustralian.com.au

Naming Objects Quickly and Correctly Gets Harder from One's 50s New research published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society shows that our ability to spontaneously and accurately name common objects starts to decline when we hit our 50s and accelerates throughout our 60s and 70s. Naming Objects Quickly and Correctly Gets Harder from One's 50s
New research published in the Journal of the International neuropsychological Society shows that our ability to spontaneously and accurately name common objects starts to decline when we hit our 50s and accelerates throughout our 60s and 70s. - sfgate.com

Best Practice Autism: College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) The recognition of more capable individuals with autistic disorder has shifted our conceptualization toward a dimensional perspective of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Surveys focusing on a broader definition of ASD (or broad phenotype), of which autism is a single form, have reported progressively rising annual incidence and prevalence estimates markedly higher than in early studies ... Best Practice Autism: College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
The recognition of more capable individuals with autistic disorder has shifted our conceptualization toward a dimensional perspective of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Surveys focusing on a broader definition of ASD (or broad phenotype), of which autism is a single form, have reported progressively rising annual incidence and prevalence estimates markedly higher than in early studies ... - bestpracticeautism.blogspot.com.au

Post-operative memory loss is a proven fact A recent study (Journal of Behavior Medicine, 2012, 35, 557-568) provided memory training to patients recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery. They assessed cognition by neuropsychological evaluation one week, one month, three months and four months after surgery. About 65 percent of patients displayed memory deficits one month after surgery and 41 percent continued to have deficits after four weeks. Post-operative memory loss is a proven fact
A recent study (Journal of Behavior Medicine, 2012, 35, 557-568) provided memory training to patients recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery. They assessed cognition by neuropsychological evaluation one week, one month, three months and four months after surgery. About 65 percent of patients displayed memory deficits one month after surgery and 41 percent continued to have deficits after four weeks. - naplesnews.com

Dementia Spending: Missing early diagnosis and treatment planning While everyone knows a little of the terrible impacts of dementia, apparently few people, particularly government funding providers are aware of the important role neuropsychologists can play in early diagnosis and treatment planning, writes national Chair, of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, Dr Fiona Bardenhagen. Dementia Spending: Missing early diagnosis and treatment planning
While everyone knows a little of the terrible impacts of dementia, apparently few people, particularly government funding providers are aware of the important role neuropsychologists can play in early diagnosis and treatment planning, writes national Chair, of the APS College of Clinical neuropsychologists, Dr Fiona Bardenhagen. - hospitalandagedcare.com.au

Concordia University study zeroes in on early signs of Alzheimer’s Prevention may really be the cure when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, and a study from Concordia University has identified a new way of detecting the disease early — and potentially helping to fight Alzheimer’s before its onset. Concordia University study zeroes in on early signs of Alzheimer’s
Prevention may really be the cure when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, and a study from Concordia University has identified a new way of detecting the disease early — and potentially helping to fight Alzheimer’s before its onset. - montrealgazette.com

Mild cognitive decline in nearly half lacunar stroke patients Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is present in nearly half of patients with lacunar stroke, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Annals of Neurology... Using published norms, raw scores were converted to z scores. Participants underwent neuropsychological testing at baseline ... Mild cognitive decline in nearly half lacunar stroke patients
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is present in nearly half of patients with lacunar stroke, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Annals of Neurology... Using published norms, raw scores were converted to z scores. Participants underwent neuropsychological testing at baseline ... - medicalxpress.com

Neuropsychological Data Endorse Preclinical Alzheimer's The first evidence of emerging Alzheimer’s disease surfaces at least 1 decade before the onset of the disorder, based on new neuropsychological data reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012. Neuropsychological Data Endorse Preclinical Alzheimer's
The first evidence of emerging Alzheimer’s disease surfaces at least 1 decade before the onset of the disorder, based on new neuropsychological data reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012. - clinicalpsychiatrynews.com

Rapids feeling effects of head hits as concussions get more MLS scrutiny All major professional sports leagues are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term damage that can occur for a concussed athlete ... Every MLS club has a designated Team Consulting Neuropsychologist, one of whom will conduct the post-concussion evaluation when an injured player is symptom-free ... Rapids feeling effects of head hits as concussions get more MLS scrutiny
All major professional sports leagues are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term damage that can occur for a concussed athlete ... Every MLS club has a designated Team Consulting neuropsychologist, one of whom will conduct the post-concussion evaluation when an injured player is symptom-free ... - denverpost.com

Brain rapidly rewires to help us use tools A new Japanese study has shown how quickly and effectively the brain can train itself to treat objects like tools as an extension of our hand. This study shows that it only takes a relatively short period of time for the brain to rewire itself to do this ... Brain rapidly rewires to help us use tools
A new Japanese study has shown how quickly and effectively the brain can train itself to treat objects like tools as an extension of our hand. This study shows that it only takes a relatively short period of time for the brain to rewire itself to do this ... - abc.net.au

Study finds psychopaths have brain abnormalities Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains ... While cognitive and behavioural treatments may benefit people with anti-social personality disorders, the same approach may not work for psychopaths with brain damage ... Study finds psychopaths have brain abnormalities
Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains ... While cognitive and behavioural treatments may benefit people with anti-social personality disorders, the same approach may not work for psychopaths with brain damage ... - abc.net.au

Anxious brains have child-like circuits A study of how emotional circuitry develops in the brain suggests that anxiety in adults can result from specific parts of the amygdala remaining like those of a child. Anxious brains have child-like circuits
A study of how emotional circuitry develops in the brain suggests that anxiety in adults can result from specific parts of the amygdala remaining like those of a child. - abc.net.au

Brain scans lead to misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease This is the first study to my knowledge to present objective evidence suggesting caution about the use of brain scans to make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The unique thing about this study was that the scans were done on community dwelling participants (mean age of about 64). Studies used to make the case for the accuracy of scans have so far only used highly selected participants — a sampling bias that distorts results. Brain scans lead to misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
This is the first study to my knowledge to present objective evidence suggesting caution about the use of brain scans to make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The unique thing about this study was that the scans were done on community dwelling participants (mean age of about 64). Studies used to make the case for the accuracy of scans have so far only used highly selected participants — a sampling bias that distorts results. - naplesnews.com

Take Steps to Find Out Cause of Memory Lapses Some memory problems are par for the course, especially with aging. But how can you tell whether your memory lapses, or a relative's, are normal "senior moments" or something more serious? A good first step ... neuropsychological evaluation ...
Take Steps to Find Out Cause of Memory Lapses
Some memory problems are par for the course, especially with aging. But how can you tell whether your memory lapses, or a relative's, are normal "senior moments" or something more serious? A good first step ... neuropsychological evaluation ...  - firstcoastnews.com

Neuropsychological Impairment Detected Early in Course of HIV Almost half of patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection appeared to have impaired neuropsychological functioning, according to the findings of a prospective longitudinal study involving 70 men. Initiation of antiretroviral therapy halted this decline but did not reverse it. Neuropsychological Impairment Detected Early in Course of HIV
Almost half of patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection appeared to have impaired neuropsychological functioning, according to the findings of a prospective longitudinal study involving 70 men. Initiation of antiretroviral therapy halted this decline but did not reverse it. - clinicalpsychiatrynews.com

Is it Alzheimer's or depression? While depression can be treated and often cured, Alzheimer's can only be managed. An early diagnosis means early treatment. Neuropsychological evaluations can help determine if it’s dementia or depression. Is it Alzheimer's or depression?
While depression can be treated and often cured, Alzheimer's can only be managed. An early diagnosis means early treatment. neuropsychological evaluations can help determine if it’s dementia or depression. - ynn.com

Cognitive Rehabilitation Improves Brain Performance These results prompt the use of specific computer-based rehabilitation programs to treat deficits in selected neuropsychological domains in patients with relapsing-remitting MS.
Cognitive impairment affects a large proportion of patients with MS in the areas of attention, information processing, executive functions, memory and visual-spatial abilities. Cognitive Rehabilitation Improves Brain Performance
These results prompt the use of specific computer-based rehabilitation programs to treat deficits in selected neuropsychological domains in patients with relapsing-remitting MS. cognitive impairment affects a large proportion of patients with MS in the areas of attention, information processing, executive functions, memory and visual-spatial abilities. - biomedme.com

Smartphone training helps people with memory impairment regain independence The strongest evidence yet that a smartphone training program, theory-driven and specifically designed for individuals with memory impairment, can result in "robust" improvements in day-to-day functioning, and boost independence and confidence levels. Smartphone training helps people with memory impairment regain independence
The strongest evidence yet that a smartphone training program, theory-driven and specifically designed for individuals with memory impairment, can result in "robust" improvements in day-to-day functioning, and boost independence and confidence levels. - medicalxpress.com

New ifocus Computer Game Proven To Improve Kids' Mental Function and Attention Span According to Dr. Amen, "ifocus was developed in a thoughtful way to actually enhance brain development, and we have clinical evidence to prove that it does exactly that. We conducted a very sophisticated neuropsychological assessment of a large group of children before and after they played the game, and analyzed their attention and impulse control. New ifocus Computer Game Proven To Improve Kids' Mental Function and Attention Span
According to Dr. Amen, "ifocus was developed in a thoughtful way to actually enhance brain development, and we have clinical evidence to prove that it does exactly that. We conducted a very sophisticated neuropsychological assessment of a large group of children before and after they played the game, and analyzed their attention and impulse control. - marketwatch.com

Faking ADHD Gets You Into Harvard A growing number of students are gaming the system by getting themselves branded as hyperactive. The result? Better test scores, better schools. Yet a growing number of parents want their kids labeled as having the disorder. All so that they can ace their tests and gain entry into the ivory towers of the country’s best high schools and universities. Faking ADHD Gets You Into Harvard
A growing number of students are gaming the system by getting themselves branded as hyperactive. The result? Better test scores, better schools. Yet a growing number of parents want their kids labeled as having the disorder. All so that they can ace their tests and gain entry into the ivory towers of the country’s best high schools and universities. - thedailybeast.com

Training Your Brain to Maintain New Year’s Resolutions Hold a heavy object in your arms for a few minutes and you will notice that your muscles will begin to feel fatigued. You will drop the object on the floor because your muscles are overworked. Lifting something else will only be possible after your muscles receive some rest. The same is true for willpower, a limited mental resource that gives out after being exerted for too long. Training Your Brain to Maintain New Year’s Resolutions
Hold a heavy object in your arms for a few minutes and you will notice that your muscles will begin to feel fatigued. You will drop the object on the floor because your muscles are overworked. Lifting something else will only be possible after your muscles receive some rest. The same is true for willpower, a limited mental resource that gives out after being exerted for too long. - indiawest.com

Fight for compo over lightning A Bunbury man is fighting for workers compensation over claims he was struck by lightning when made to work in a Wheatbelt storm.

Matthew Khan says the traumatic incident has left him feeling suicidal. Fight for compo over lightning
A Bunbury man is fighting for workers compensation over claims he was struck by lightning when made to work in a Wheatbelt storm. Matthew Khan says the traumatic incident has left him feeling suicidal. - news.yahoo.com

Spotting Dyslexia Before a Child Starts School Brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker 
Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school, the researchers say. Spotting Dyslexia Before a Child Starts School
brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children's Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia responds to early intervention, diagnosing children at risk before or during kindergarten could head off difficulties and frustration in school, the researchers say. - marketwatch.com

Worker looks for compensation after lightning strike A Bunbury man is fighting for workers compensation after claiming he was struck by lightning while working for mining contractor NRW Holdings.

Matthew Kahn said he was working as a traffic controller during a storm on the $500 million Mid West Rail venture in WA when he was struck by lightning.
Worker looks for compensation after lightning strike
A Bunbury man is fighting for workers compensation after claiming he was struck by lightning while working for mining contractor NRW Holdings. Matthew Kahn said he was working as a traffic controller during a storm on the $500 million Mid West Rail venture in WA when he was struck by lightning.  - miningaustralia.com.au

Keeping brain active may help prevent Alzheimer's disease Those who engage in brain activities like reading, writing and playing games throughout life have lower levels of harmful protein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer's, a new study has revealed. 
 
The recent development of the radiopharmaceutical carbon 11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B ([ 11 C]PiB) has made it possible to image fibrillar (fiber) forms of the Amyloid beta protein, which is the major part of the amyloid plaque in Alzheimer disease.
Keeping brain active may help prevent Alzheimer's disease
Those who engage in brain activities like reading, writing and playing games throughout life have lower levels of harmful protein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer's, a new study has revealed. The recent development of the radiopharmaceutical carbon 11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B ([ 11 C]PiB) has made it possible to image fibrillar (fiber) forms of the Amyloid beta protein, which is the major part of the amyloid plaque in Alzheimer disease.  - newstrackindia.com

Brain power: "Exergames" heighten health benefits for seniors Seniors who exercise using the features of interactive video games experience greater cognitive health benefits than those who rely on traditional exercise alone, a new study finds.

This news could make exercise more appealing to older adults and help stave off conditions such as dementia, one of the most debilitating effects of aging. Brain power: "Exergames" heighten health benefits for seniors
Seniors who exercise using the features of interactive video games experience greater cognitive health benefits than those who rely on traditional exercise alone, a new study finds. This news could make exercise more appealing to older adults and help stave off conditions such as dementia, one of the most debilitating effects of aging. - union.edu

Is Cognitive Impairment a Feature of Schizophrenia? The majority of clients diagnosed with schizophrenia have an IQ that resides below the normal range, or declines below the normal range as the disorder progresses. If it were truly possible to have schizophrenia with no cognitive impairment, then this would have important implications for current etiological and neuropsychological models of schizophrenia. Is Cognitive Impairment a Feature of Schizophrenia?
The majority of clients diagnosed with schizophrenia have an IQ that resides below the normal range, or declines below the normal range as the disorder progresses. If it were truly possible to have schizophrenia with no cognitive impairment, then this would have important implications for current etiological and neuropsychological models of schizophrenia. - goodtherapy.org

Gestational diabetes and low socioeconomic status raise risk of ADHD in children In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six year olds. Gestational diabetes and low socioeconomic status raise risk of ADHD in children
In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status (SES) and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in six year olds. - eurekalert.org

Holidays: Fixing the 'caveman' brain To take a fresh approach, neuropsychologist and author Rick Hanson offered his thoughts in an email interview with The Daily Journal. Touring in Japan this week, Hanson provided answers that also appear in his latest book, "Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain, One Simple Practice at a Time." Holidays: Fixing the 'caveman' brain
To take a fresh approach, neuropsychologist and author Rick Hanson offered his thoughts in an email interview with The Daily Journal. Touring in Japan this week, Hanson provided answers that also appear in his latest book, "Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha brain, One Simple Practice at a Time."  - daily-journal.com

Kessler Foundation reports benefits of behavioral technique for cognitive rehabilitation in MS John DeLuca, PhD, Vice President for Research at Kessler Foundation presented findings on the use of a behavioral technique for cognitive rehabilitation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Lead investigator was Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Laboratory at Kessler Foundation. Kessler Foundation reports benefits of behavioral technique for cognitive rehabilitation in MS
John DeLuca, PhD, Vice President for Research at Kessler Foundation presented findings on the use of a behavioral technique for cognitive rehabilitation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Lead investigator was Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of the neuropsychology & Neuroscience Laboratory at Kessler Foundation. - sciencecodex.com

FOCUSfactor® Improves Cognition BOSTON—A new clinical study presented at The Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting found adults who took FOCUSfactor® — a nutritional supplement formulated with a patent-pending blend of brain supporting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients—improved their memory, concentration and focus. FOCUSfactor® Improves Cognition
BOSTON—A new clinical study presented at The Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting found adults who took FOCUSfactor® — a nutritional supplement formulated with a patent-pending blend of brain supporting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients—improved their memory, concentration and focus. - naturalproductsmarketplace.com

Superior abilities are not seen in all individuals, but are found at group level Has the scientific community ignored the autistics despite knowing their many strengths?

Most scientific studies have put the emphasis on social impairment in autism and consider their strengths with a kind of curiosity which is both poorly relevant at the scientific level and has no adaptive value.
Superior abilities are not seen in all individuals, but are found at group level
Has the scientific community ignored the autistics despite knowing their many strengths? Most scientific studies have put the emphasis on social impairment in autism and consider their strengths with a kind of curiosity which is both poorly relevant at the scientific level and has no adaptive value.  - thehindu.com

Brain damage makes some blind to the left The patient demanded to know whose left arm was lying in the hospital bed with him. "He would pick it up and throw it out of bed. The arm would come back and hit him in the chest," recalls Dr. Kenneth Heilman, an American Academy of Neurology fellow. Here's the kicker: It was his own arm. Brain damage makes some blind to the left
The patient demanded to know whose left arm was lying in the hospital bed with him. "He would pick it up and throw it out of bed. The arm would come back and hit him in the chest," recalls Dr. Kenneth Heilman, an American Academy of Neurology fellow. Here's the kicker: It was his own arm. - msn.com

Music may protect against effects of Alzheimer's Children who learn to play a musical instrument and keep playing for many years will enjoy a better brain when they age. Not only will they retain cognitive skills that others may loose, they may enjoy special protections against some effects of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study conducted by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, PhD., a clinical neuropsychologist in Emory University's Department of Neurology. Music may protect against effects of Alzheimer's
Children who learn to play a musical instrument and keep playing for many years will enjoy a better brain when they age. Not only will they retain cognitive skills that others may loose, they may enjoy special protections against some effects of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study conducted by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, PhD., a clinical neuropsychologist in Emory University's Department of Neurology. - 11alive.com

Dementia and Alzheimer's: What's the difference? “Dementia is the book and Alzheimer’s is the largest chapter in the book,” says Peg McEwen, psychiatric nurse practitioner with ThedaCare Behavioral Health in Menasha. Dementia, which is caused by changes in the brain, is a broad term for memory loss. But it isn’t a specific disease. Instead it describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia and Alzheimer's: What's the difference?
dementia is the book and Alzheimer’s is the largest chapter in the book,” says Peg McEwen, psychiatric nurse practitioner with ThedaCare Behavioral Health in Menasha. dementia, which is caused by changes in the brain, is a broad term for memory loss. But it isn’t a specific disease. Instead it describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. - postcrescent.com

Brain disorders cost Europe 800 billion euros a year: study The cost of brain disorders in Europe soared to 798 billion euros last year, double the figure for 2005 and equating to 1,550 euros per capita, says a new report.

 Because of the ageing population, degenerative disorders such as dementia, Parkinson's and stroke are particularly destined to become more common, but anxiety and mood disorders are also very prevalent in older populations ... Brain disorders cost Europe 800 billion euros a year: study
The cost of brain disorders in Europe soared to 798 billion euros last year, double the figure for 2005 and equating to 1,550 euros per capita, says a new report. Because of the ageing population, degenerative disorders such as dementia, Parkinson's and stroke are particularly destined to become more common, but anxiety and mood disorders are also very prevalent in older populations ... - pharmatimes.com

Mental illness may be a blessing for successful leaders In A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness (Penguin), the Tufts academic psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School lecturer, offers a collection of case studies of revered political and business leaders from the past century and a half. Their accomplishments, writings and speeches could together form a decent syllabus for a course in leadership and crisis management. Mental illness may be a blessing for successful leaders
In A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness (Penguin), the Tufts academic psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School lecturer, offers a collection of case studies of revered political and business leaders from the past century and a half. Their accomplishments, writings and speeches could together form a decent syllabus for a course in leadership and crisis management. - canadianbusiness.com

Australia - Diet linked to teen mental health problems EATING loads of fruit and vegetables might not sound appealing to many teenagers but it could help protect them from mental health problems.
A study of 3000 adolescents has found that those who had poor diets filled with junk and processed foods were more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Australia - Diet linked to teen mental health problems
EATING loads of fruit and vegetables might not sound appealing to many teenagers but it could help protect them from mental health problems. A study of 3000 adolescents has found that those who had poor diets filled with junk and processed foods were more likely to suffer mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. - news.com.au

Australia - Online stress management courses open for business Older people can apply now to take part in Australia’s first online courses designed specifically to help people aged 60 years and over with stress, anxiety and depression, in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

Applications are open now for the two trial courses, which start at the end of September, and have the capacity to help around 200 older Australians. Australia - Online stress management courses open for business
Older people can apply now to take part in Australia’s first online courses designed specifically to help people aged 60 years and over with stress, anxiety and depression, in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. Applications are open now for the two trial courses, which start at the end of September, and have the capacity to help around 200 older Australians.  - australianageingagenda.com.au

More than a third of EU population suffer mental health problems Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 per cent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

"Mental disorders have become Europe's largest health challenge of the 21st century," the study's authors said.
More than a third of EU population suffer mental health problems
Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 per cent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study. "Mental disorders have become Europe's largest health challenge of the 21st century," the study's authors said.  - telegraph.co.uk

Australia - Alzheimer's tracking device gives peace of mind Alzheimer's Australia Vic is launching a GPS device for people with dementia to give families peace of mind and those with the illness greater independence.

The Safe2Walk locater can be worn by people with dementia on a lanyard around the neck or clipped onto a belt.

Families can then log-on to the connected website and see where the person is.
Australia - Alzheimer's tracking device gives peace of mind
Alzheimer's Australia Vic is launching a GPS device for people with dementia to give families peace of mind and those with the illness greater independence. The Safe2Walk locater can be worn by people with dementia on a lanyard around the neck or clipped onto a belt. Families can then log-on to the connected website and see where the person is.  - abc.net.au

Australia - Fines for mentally ill, homeless double PENALTIES by Centrelink against the mentally ill or homeless have more than doubled, according to data released by the Gillard government.

New figures reveal a staggering 2541 people lost a day of their dole from July to December last year ...

Of these, 833 were identified as having a mental illness and 310 were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Australia - Fines for mentally ill, homeless double
PENALTIES by Centrelink against the mentally ill or homeless have more than doubled, according to data released by the Gillard government. New figures reveal a staggering 2541 people lost a day of their dole from July to December last year ... Of these, 833 were identified as having a mental illness and 310 were homeless or at risk of homelessness. - theaustralian.com.au

Alzheimer's Tests: Pros and Cons of the 6 Main Options First, the bad news: No single test can tell with certainty if someone has Alzheimer's disease. If that surprises you, you're not alone. Get the facts about Alzheimer's testing. Alzheimer's Tests: Pros and Cons of the 6 Main Options
First, the bad news: No single test can tell with certainty if someone has Alzheimer's disease. If that surprises you, you're not alone. Get the facts about Alzheimer's testing. - caring.com

Neurology: MR links midlife vascular risk factors and brain aging Image source: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
MRI exams of midlife adults revealed that hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity were linked with accelerated vascular brain injury and global and hippocampal atrophy, according to a study published online Aug. 2 in Neurology. The study found the risk factors were associated with a decline in executive function a decade later. Neurology: MR links midlife vascular risk factors and brain aging
Image source: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center MRI exams of midlife adults revealed that hypertension, diabetes, smoking and obesity were linked with accelerated vascular brain injury and global and hippocampal atrophy, according to a study published online Aug. 2 in Neurology. The study found the risk factors were associated with a decline in executive function a decade later. - healthimaging.com

How damage to hippocampus hinders memory but not acquisition of knowledge Washington, Aug 12 (ANI): In a case study, clinical neuropsychologists have been able to determine how damage to hippocampus very early in life hinders recollection of specific events but spares acquisition of general knowledge.
 
Memory is not a single process but is made up of several sub-processes relying on different areas of the brain. How damage to hippocampus hinders memory but not acquisition of knowledge
Washington, Aug 12 (ANI): In a case study, clinical neuropsychologists have been able to determine how damage to hippocampus very early in life hinders recollection of specific events but spares acquisition of general knowledge. Memory is not a single process but is made up of several sub-processes relying on different areas of the brain. - newstrackindia.com

Australia - Therapy shines new light on brain trauma and fatigue SITTING in front of a light box for 45 minutes a day is a promising treatment to reduce fatigue for patients with traumatic brain injuries, Melbourne researchers have shown. 
Monash University neuropsychologist Jennie Ponsford said she was initially sceptical about its potential to treat patients with traumatic brain injuries ... Australia - Therapy shines new light on brain trauma and fatigue
SITTING in front of a light box for 45 minutes a day is a promising treatment to reduce fatigue for patients with traumatic brain injuries, Melbourne researchers have shown. Monash University neuropsychologist Jennie Ponsford said she was initially sceptical about its potential to treat patients with traumatic brain injuries ... - theage.com.au

4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities Noah Rahman has moderate Cerebral Palsy affecting his communication, cognition and upper and lower body movement. When he turned two, his language, cognitive abilitity and fine motor skills were diagnosed by a developmental specialist as being at least 12 months behind. Then Noah got an iPad. 4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities
Noah Rahman has moderate Cerebral Palsy affecting his communication, cognition and upper and lower body movement. When he turned two, his language, cognitive abilitity and fine motor skills were diagnosed by a developmental specialist as being at least 12 months behind. Then Noah got an iPad. - mashable.com

New EVMS program aims to help young adults with autism The study is part of the medical school's new Autism Spectrum Disorders Program for Older Adolescents and Young Adults. Autism, which affects one in 110 children and one in 70 boys, is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., according to Autism Speaks. New EVMS program aims to help young adults with autism
The study is part of the medical school's new Autism Spectrum Disorders Program for Older Adolescents and Young Adults. Autism, which affects one in 110 children and one in 70 boys, is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., according to Autism Speaks.  - dailypress.com

Exercise Has Numerous Beneficial Effects on Brain Health and Cognition It’s no secret that exercise has numerous beneficial effects on the body. However, a bevy of recent research suggests that these positive effects also extend to the brain, influencing cognition. For example, physical inactivity is associated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise programs appear to improve memory, attention, and decision-making. Exercise Has Numerous Beneficial Effects on Brain Health and Cognition
It’s no secret that exercise has numerous beneficial effects on the body. However, a bevy of recent research suggests that these positive effects also extend to the brain, influencing cognition. For example, physical inactivity is associated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise programs appear to improve memory, attention, and decision-making. - newswise.com

Dagga bad for your brain Under-15 marijuana smokers were show to underperform in mental tests and other neuropsychological tasks. The study supports previous findings that the substance damages the developing brain when used from a young age. Dagga bad for your brain
Under-15 marijuana smokers were show to underperform in mental tests and other neuropsychological tasks. The study supports previous findings that the substance damages the developing brain when used from a young age. - health.iafrica.com

Australia - Four Corners - 24/05/2011: Concussion Rules 10.1.2 Subject to sub-clause 10.3 below, the three-week period may be reduced only if the Player is symptom free and declared fit to play after appropriate assessment by a properly qualified and recognised neurological specialist. Such declaration must be recorded in a written report prepared by the properly qualified and recognised neurological specialist who carried out the assessment of the Player. Australia - Four Corners - 24/05/2011: Concussion Rules
10.1.2 Subject to sub-clause 10.3 below, the three-week period may be reduced only if the Player is symptom free and declared fit to play after appropriate assessment by a properly qualified and recognised neurological specialist. Such declaration must be recorded in a written report prepared by the properly qualified and recognised neurological specialist who carried out the assessment of the Player. - abc.net.au

US FDA grants orphan drug status for Mithridion's MCD-386CR to treat progressive supranuclear palsy PSP is a progressive brain disease in which neurons degenerate in regions of the brain vital for eye movements, balance, walking, speech, and cognition. Cognitive impairment typically involves slowed thinking, and difficulties with reasoning, planning, and shifting between tasks, caused by dysfunction of the brain's executive functions. This has been called “dysexecutive syndrome.” US FDA grants orphan drug status for Mithridion's MCD-386CR to treat progressive supranuclear palsy
PSP is a progressive brain disease in which neurons degenerate in regions of the brain vital for eye movements, balance, walking, speech, and cognition. cognitive impairment typically involves slowed thinking, and difficulties with reasoning, planning, and shifting between tasks, caused by dysfunction of the brain's executive functions. This has been called “dysexecutive syndrome.” - pharmabiz.com

Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles. Higher Levels of Social Activity Decrease the Risk of Cognitive Decline
If you want to keep your brain healthy, it turns out that visiting friends, attending parties, and even going to church might be just as good for you as crossword puzzles. - healthnewsdigest.com

Brain gain: To keep mind sharp,meet friends, attend parties An easy way to keep your brain healthy and sharp is to meet friends, attend parties or just play bingo! Frequent social activities may help prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age, says a research conducted by the Rush University Medical Centre. Brain gain: To keep mind sharp,meet friends, attend parties
An easy way to keep your brain healthy and sharp is to meet friends, attend parties or just play bingo! Frequent social activities may help prevent or delay cognitive decline in old age, says a research conducted by the Rush University Medical Centre. - indiatimes.com

The Long Term Effects of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury generally caused by a blow to, or the rapid back and forth movement of, the head. While a concussion itself is cause for concern, a concussions' long lasting effects have many medical professionals alarmed. The Long Term Effects of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury generally caused by a blow to, or the rapid back and forth movement of, the head. While a concussion itself is cause for concern, a concussions' long lasting effects have many medical professionals alarmed. - einnews.com

Childhood Music Lessons Keep Aging Brain in Tune Learning how to play an instrument as a child can boost cognition later in life, even if you don't continue playing as an adult; the results match those from other studies of challenging tasks, including findings that learning a second language protects against dementia. Childhood Music Lessons Keep Aging Brain in Tune
Learning how to play an instrument as a child can boost cognition later in life, even if you don't continue playing as an adult; the results match those from other studies of challenging tasks, including findings that learning a second language protects against dementia. - livescience.com

Study links heart disease risk factors to some cognitive decline Older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists. Study links heart disease risk factors to some cognitive decline
Older adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists. - eurekalert.org

Neuropsychology improves lives of acquired brain injury patients Acquired brain injury patients who undergo neuropsychological rehabilitation show improved cognitive, emotional and behavioural states when compared to those who have not undergone the treatment. Neuropsychology improves lives of acquired brain injury patients
Acquired brain injury patients who undergo neuropsychological rehabilitation show improved cognitive, emotional and behavioural states when compared to those who have not undergone the treatment. - seriousinjurylaw.co.uk

Dementia Alzheimer’s Warning Sign -  Money Problems - Vanishing Mind. An early sign of dementia is an inability to understand money, leaving financial advisers and lawyers in a bind. Dementia
Alzheimer’s Warning Sign - Money Problems - Vanishing Mind. An early sign of dementia is an inability to understand money, leaving financial advisers and lawyers in a bind. - nytimes.com

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