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Want To Have A Better Memory? Study Shows Sounds During Sleep Can Help

If you’re not willing to send electrical shocks through your brain – “mild” as they might be – to become smarter, here’s a much gentler option: play sounds while you sleep.

 

Researchers have found that “carefully timed” sounds, like the rise and fall of waves washing against the shore, can help people remember things that they learned the previous day.

 

 

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Treatment to prevent Alzheimer’s disease moves a step closer | KurzweilAI

A new drug designed to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease could enter clinical trials in a few years’  time, according to scientists.

Alzheimer’s disease begins when a protein called amyloid-β (Aβ) starts to clump together in senile plaques in the brain, damaging nerve cells and leading to memory loss and confusion.

 

 

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Christina Mediate's comment, February 24, 2013 5:56 PM
Being able to stop the formation of senile plaques makes this drug look promising. Those plaques are what cause the damage to the brain cells and start the initial memory loss. I'm anxious to see how it works on humans though. Right now it's only safe on the mice. But this is a very crucial step towards a possible new treatment or cure for the disease.
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Brain enhancements will play a major role in determining the future

Brain enhancements will play a major role in determining the future | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Many forward-thinking scientists are looking into solutions that would strengthen the brain by reinforcing its neurons with non-biological neurons made from carbon nanotubes.

 

These new artificial neurons would not only act as electrical bypass circuitry, giving patients a ‘fail-safe’ system should their brain become damaged, but would also enhance performance of healthy cells, providing ‘superhuman’ brain functions. Thoughts could be processed millions of times faster.

 

 

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Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer’s | KurzweilAI

Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer’s | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

New research in the FASEB Journal by NIH scientists suggests that a small molecule called TFP5 rescues plaques and tangles by blocking an overactive brain signal, thereby restoring memory in mice with Alzheimer’s — without obvious toxic side effects.

 

“We hope that clinical trial studies in AD patients yield an extended and a better quality of life, as observed in mice upon TFP5 treatment,” said Harish C. Pant, Ph.D., a senior researcher involved in the work from the Laboratory of Neurochemistry at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders at Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

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Omega-3 may delay metabolic malady and block mental declines: Study

Omega-3 may delay metabolic malady and block mental declines: Study | Longevity science | Scoop.it

There is a large body of evidence to suggest that omega-3s are beneficial for brain health and heart health. A new study evaluated omega-3 supplements and their effect on cognitive performance. The findings supported established health benefits of these supplements.

 

The researchers concluded that supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could postpone the onset of metabolic disorders and associated declines in cognitive functioning.

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Chemical brain preservation: how to live ‘forever’ — a personal view | KurzweilAI

Chemical brain preservation: how to live ‘forever’ — a personal view | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Neuroscientists today can preserve small volumes (<1mm⊃3;) of animal brain tissue immediately after death with incredible precision...

 

...chemical brain preservation may inexpensively preserve the organism’s memories and mental states after death. Chemically preserved brains can be stored at room temperature in cemeteries, contract storage, even private homes.

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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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Memory improves for older adults using computerized brain fitness program

Memory improves for older adults using computerized brain fitness program | Longevity science | Scoop.it

In a small study, researchers found that older adults who regularly used a brain fitness program played on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills.

 

 

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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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Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI

Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Azheimer’s disease | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A study at the University of Toronto on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific “memory” regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity.

 

Results of the study using deep brain stimulation, a therapy already used in some patients with Parkinson’s disease and depression, may offer hope for at least some with AD, an intractable disease with no cure.
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As We Begin to Share Ourselves with Machines

As We Begin to Share Ourselves with Machines | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As we develop software to help store our life experiences, we begin to share our consciousness with machines. Futurists, such as Ray Kurzweil, believe that one day we will be able to essentially upload ourselves into digital format.

 

This may indefinitely extend the time period we experience personal consciousness. If your personality is digital, is it 'you?' Will this constitute 'living forever?' And how about the implications for population management, if people fit on hard drives...

 

Read more abou a new prototype software called Lifebrowser, which uses artificial intelligence to help you revisit important events, photos, and e-mails from your own life...

 

 

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Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms Reversed in Mice (Scientific American)

Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms Reversed in Mice (Scientific American) | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"A cancer drug given to mice eliminates brain-damaging proteins, leading to improved cognition within days, but will it work in humans?"

 

This cancer drug, Bexarotene, has now been shown to increase levels of APoE. If ongoing study shows that it can increase levels of the E2 allele, that will be more promising for Alzheimer's treatment.

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Why exercise slows memory loss in Alzheimer’s

Why exercise slows memory loss in Alzheimer’s | Longevity science | Scoop.it
A stress hormone produced during moderate exercise may protect the brain from memory changes related to Alzheimer’s disease

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A research team, led by Marie-Christine Pardon in the School of Biomedical Sciences, discovered that the stress hormone CRF—or corticotrophin-releasing factor—may have a protective effect on the brain from the memory changes brought on by Alzheimer’s disease.
CRF is most associated with producing stress and is found in high levels in people experiencing some forms of anxiety and depressive diseases. Normal levels of CRF, however, are beneficial to the brain, keeping the mental faculties sharp and aiding the survival of nerve cells.
 

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Hearing loss may speed decline in cognitive abilities, a study shows

Hearing loss may speed decline in cognitive abilities, a study shows | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Those who were hearing-impaired were 24 percent more likely to have cognitive problems than were people with normal hearing. Also, cognitive abilities declined 32 to 41 percent more quickly in those with hearing impairment than in the others. People with hearing impairment developed problems with thinking and memory skills about three years sooner than the others did.

 

 

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Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era

Better Than The Borg: The Neurotech Era | Longevity science | Scoop.it

What if you could read my mind? What if I could beam what I’m seeing, hearing, and thinking, straight to you, and vice versa? What if an implant could store your memories, augment them, and make you smarter?

 

Long the stuff of science fiction, technology that can directly tap into, augment, and connect human brains is becoming science fact. And that means big changes for all of us.

 

 

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Sight, hearing, motion, memory-- we have made many advances in human hacking already. What's next?

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Johns Hopkins surgeons implant first brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s disease in US | KurzweilAI

Johns Hopkins surgeons implant first brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s disease in US | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the first such operation in the United States.

 

The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline.

 

 

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Are you elderly and having memory or concentration problems?

Are you elderly and having memory or concentration problems? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

They might be caused by common medications used to treat insomnia, anxiety, itching or allergies, according to Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Research Chair at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM, Montreal Geriatric University Institute) and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Montreal (UdeM).

 

Up to 90 percent of people over the age of 65 take at least one prescription medication. Eighteen percent of people in this age group complain of memory problems and are found to have mild cognitive deficits. Research suggests there may be a link between the two.

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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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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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Exercising the Mind as a Basis for Therapy

Exercising the Mind as a Basis for Therapy | Longevity science | Scoop.it

“Just as physical exercise is beneficial, so too is exercising the mind. This open access paper examines structured mental exercise as a basis for therapy that might do at least some good for neurodegenerative disease patients:”

 

If you're interested in a little cognitive calisthenics, here are some sites with brain training exercises

http://longevity.about.com/od/mentalfitness/tp/braintrain.htm

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Berries can keep your brain sharp

Berries can keep your brain sharp | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A new long term berry study found that just a couple of servings a week could delay memory decline...

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The Diet That Saves the Brain

The Diet That Saves the Brain | Longevity science | Scoop.it
The first study to specifically examine the effects of the Mediterranean diet found benefits to the brain.

 

Coming out in this month's issue of Archives of Neurology, a new study indicates that the eating pattern typically called the 'Mediterranean diet,' might help protect the small blood vessels in the brain. This could mean less stroke and less memory loss for people that eat within these guidelines, though the results are an association only and not considered hard proof. 

 

People who ate more monounsaturated fats (such as in olive oil) had the best brain scans.

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Neuroscientists boost memory using genetics, new memory-enhancing drug - Baylor College of Medicine

Neuroscientists boost memory using genetics, new memory-enhancing drug http://t.co/0gBCRdcd #memory #longevity #aging...
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