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Brain implant could warn of the onset of dementia

Brain implant could warn of the onset of dementia | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new moisture-proof sensor has been developed, to monitor cerebral pressure that can lead to dementia. It was created by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT in St. Ingbert in Germany.

 

Scientists don’t know why cerebral pressure suddenly increases in certain people, but they do know that it disrupts blood circulation, leading to parts of the brain dying off as happens in a stroke. The condition is so common that it could be the cause of up to 10 percent of cases of dementia in Europe.

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Exercise may protect the aging brain, a study shows

Exercise may protect the aging brain, a study shows | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that physical activity may mitigate cognitive decline in older adults.

 

Men who were inactive displayed the greatest atrophy (brain shrinkage).

 

Contrary to common understanding, social and intellectual activity did not appear to affect shrinkage according to this study.

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Simple eye tracking test used to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s

Simple eye tracking test used to identify early signs of Alzheimer’s | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As researchers look for better ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages, one promising detection methodology to emerge is a simple eye tracking procedure developed by scientists at Lancaster University in conjunction with Royal Preston Hospital.

 

The results of such tests can help flag initial signs of memory impairment that are associated with the onset of the disease.

 

 

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Brainy beverage: study reveals how green tea boosts brain cell production to aid memory | KurzweilAI

Brainy beverage: study reveals how green tea boosts brain cell production to aid memory | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

EGCG can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and reach the functional parts of the brain. While EGCG is a known antioxidant, the team believes it could also have a beneficial effect against age-related degenerative diseases.

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The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI

The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth believes that he can live forever, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. But first he has to die.

 

“The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body,” he says.

 

He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin — before he dies of natural causes.

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Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells | KurzweilAI

Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat Type II diabetes, can help trigger the pathway used to instruct stem cells in the brain to become nerve cells researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found.

 

Brain stem cells and the neural cells they generate play a role in the repair of the injured or degenerating brain. This study suggests a novel therapeutic approach to treating people with brain injuries or potentially even neurodegenerative diseases.

 

“If you could take stem cells ..."

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Mind, body rest tied to concussion healing: study

Mind, body rest tied to concussion healing: study | Longevity science | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Taking a week off from nearly all mental and physical activity - including television, talking on the phone and visiting with friends - was linked with improved mental performance and fewer...
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Three coffees a day keeps dementia away, say researchers

Three coffees a day keeps dementia away, say researchers | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In a recent study, maintaining high blood levels of caffeine appeared to help adults over 65 ward off Alzheimer's disease. The study participants started with mild cognitive impairment, but none of the participants with higher blood levels developed Alzheimer's during the 2-4 year period.

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Thick and Dense = Cognitive Health

Thick and Dense = Cognitive Health | Longevity science | Scoop.it

An active cognitive lifestyle score (CLS) in men was associated with less cerebrovascular disease, and in women was associated with greater brain weight. In both men and women, a high score was associated with greater neuronal density and cortical thickness in the frontal lobe...

 

Protecting your brain: ‘use it or lose it’ | KurzweilAI

 

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New MRI technique may predict rate of progress and prion-like spread of dementias | KurzweilAI

New MRI technique may predict rate of progress and prion-like spread of dementias | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new technique for analyzing brain images may make it possible to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, using just one magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) image...

 

The technique also supports mounting evidence that dementias spread through the brain along specific neuronal pathways in the same manner as prion diseases."

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CultureLab: Will we ever understand how our brains work?

CultureLab: Will we ever understand how our brains work? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

When it comes to the human brain, many scientists believe that we are incapable of understanding how it works because we lack the tools and intelligence to measure its mind-blowing complexity.

 

Others are starting to question that notion, and to subtly redefine the task. In How to Create a Mind, futurist Ray Kurzweil has ridden into battle for the challengers.

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Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind to be published Nov. 13 | KurzweilAI

Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind to be published Nov. 13 | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil's next book --- How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed* --- will be published Nov. 13, Viking announced today.

 

In this new work, the bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain..

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Dietary Vitamin D Found to Delay the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease

High dietary intake of vitamin D has been associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease among older women, according to a new...
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Secrets of ‘SuperAger’ brains | KurzweilAI

Secrets of ‘SuperAger’ brains | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Memory performance on a word list, showing the SuperAgers performed significantly better than elderly controls.

 

Is loss of grey matter an automatic part of aging?

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Device to Improve Memory

Device to Improve Memory | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A study at North Carolina's Duke University has revealed that Stroboscopic training, the performance of physical activity while using eyewear that simulates a strobe-like experience, improves visual short-term memory for up to 24 hours.

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Easter Island drug improves learning and memory in mice of all ages

Easter Island drug improves learning and memory in mice of all ages | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Rapamycin, a bacterial product first discovered in a soil sample from Easter Island – also known as Rapa Nui, hence the name – is an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent rejection in organ transplants that has now been found to enhance learning and memory in young and old mice alike.

 

Researchers at the School of Medicine at The University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center San Antonio made the discovery while looking for a way to prevent the decline in cognitive skills that comes with age.

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Tiny new sensor could simplify brain wave research

Tiny new sensor could simplify brain wave research | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"Two years ago, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. developed a tiny magnetic sensor that could detect the human heartbeat without touching the subject's skin. Now, the same team has improved the sensitivity of the device tenfold, making it capable of measuring human brain activity and becoming almost as sensitive - but much cheaper and easier to operate - than the best magnetometers available today."

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Sugar Makes You Dumb

Sugar Makes You Dumb | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It’s pretty much that simple.

 

Sugar reduces plasticity in the brain and makes it harder to learn and remember. From children growing up with high levels of fructose, to college students with snacks and studies, to adults using sweetened convenient foods and trying to get ahead, everyone can be held back by sugar.

The good news is that omega-3 fats have been shown to help counteract the cognitive damage brought on by sugar.


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Multivitamin supplements boost brain function, say UK researchers

Multivitamin supplements boost brain function, say UK researchers | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Taking a multivitamin supplement daily can improve cognitive performance in both children and adults, say UK researchers.

 

A series of neurological studies evaluated multi-vitamin usage amongst men, women and children. The findings associated supplementation with improved cognitive effects and mood.

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How vitamin D may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s | KurzweilAI

How vitamin D may help clear amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer’s | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
UCLA researchers have identified the intracellular mechanisms regulated by vitamin D3 that may help the body clear the brain of amyloid beta, the main...
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