Push to get insurance to cover brain scans for dementia

Jan 28, 2013 by

Some advocates and doctors are pushing to get insurance to cover brain scans for people with dementia to help diagnose or rule out Alzheimer’s. PET scans detect plaque, which is the hallmark of the disease. Right now, PET imaging ranges from $1,000-$3,000....

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Neurologist comments on NFL player’s dementia

Jan 28, 2013 by

Another NFL player is dealing with dementia. Tom Dempsey, former kicker for the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles, the Rams, the Oilers and the Bills, is a rarity nowadays in terms of giving and taking hard hits. His neurologist was pretty shocked at how bad his brain damage was....

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Aging in brain linked to sleep-related memory decline

Jan 28, 2013 by

New research out of the University of California, Berkeley has found that aging in the brain is linked to sleep-related memory decline. That’s because the prefrontal cortex – which helps sustain quality sleep – loses volume as we get older. And quality sleep is needed for us to consolidating new memories....

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New research shows how brain adapts to injury

Jan 16, 2013 by

Research out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging shows how the brain adapts to injury. When one area loses functionality, other areas activate. As one researcher said, “[This] gives us indications of how individuals can train their brains to be prepared for easier recovery.”...

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Statistics on how digital platforms will change brain health

Jan 15, 2013 by

This article includes a lot of interesting statistics relating to predicting how digital platforms will change brain health in the future. For example: “More than one million amateur athletes will better manage possible concussions by taking cognitive baseline tests via a mobile device.”...

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Can a brain training headband sharpen your brain?

Jan 11, 2013 by

A new brain training headband is geared to help people control their thoughts and emotions by monitoring your brainwaves and sending them to your smartphone. The goal is to sharpen your brain, improve focus and decrease stress....

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