Move Aside, Drugs: Non-invasive Brain Therapies

Recently, scientists at MIT tested a specially-designed nutritional drink to see whether it could improve cognitive function in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. (Here’s an article in CNN on the subject.) The drink includes three key nutrients: uridine, choline (part of the vitamin B family) and DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid). These are nutrients that…

Live Blogging the SharpBrains Summit – Day 2

11:05 am: This session has now concluded. That is the end of my blogging from the Sharp Brains summit. All the best, Peter. 11:04 am: Dr. Stern believes that improving executive functioning performance with training can increase cognitive reserve. Improving cognitive reserve may delay or reverse the effects of aging. 10:56 am: Now speaking is…

Live Blogging the SharpBrains Summit – Day 1

1:38 PM: That’s it for our live blog today- Peter Delahunt will start the live blogging tomorrow morning at 8 AM for Day 2 coverage.  We hope you enjoyed the live blog and that you’ll be back tomorrow! 1:35 PM: Elkhonon Goldberg is the Chief Scientific Advisor to SharpBrains. He begins by discussing the role…

Does Ginkgo Biloba Improve Memory?

Although there have been numerous small studies investigating the effects of Ginkgo Biloba on memory, they have generally have been small and followed participants for short periods of time. The results have been inconsistent and overall inconclusive. The GEM (Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory) study was set up to address these  inconsistent results. GEM is a…

Tinnitus, Music, and Brain Plasticity

Great news for tinnitus sufferers: today the New York Times reports that researchers in Germany have developed and tested a novel music therapy for ameliorating the symptoms of tinnitus, with promising results. The researchers’ work is based on behavioral training that aims to reorganize the auditory cortex- much as the Brain Fitness Program works.  Read…

Having Correctly Prescribed Glasses Improves Quality of Life

Studies have shown that nursing home residents in the United States and other industrialized countries have rates of vision problems that are 3 to 15 times higher than community-dwelling older adults. About one-third of these vision problems can be attributed to improperly prescribed glasses. Dr. Cynthia Owsley of the University of Alabama wondered if improving…

Posit Science Participating in the SharpBrains Summit in January

Posit Science is participating in the inaugural SharpBrains Summit next month. The conference is the first global and virtual conference devoted to Innovation and Technology for Lifelong Cognitive Health and Performance. On January 18th, I am speaking on a panel about applying brain plasticity to improve driving safety. On January 19th, Posit Science co-founder Dr.…