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Train your brain to eat healthy

Sticking to healthy eating would probably be a lot easier if the healthy options tasted as good as other unhealthy options. Ah, if only kale could taste like Nutella! (at least Nutella contains nuts which are good brain food). Well, new research says you might be able to train your brain to eventually eat the healthy foods you don’t like.

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A long childhood feeds the energy-hungry human brain 

Humans are late bloomers when compared with other primates. For example, they spend almost twice as long in childhood and adolescence as chimps, gibbons, or macaques do. Researchers claim to have found out why human children grow slowly and childhood lasts so long in a new study.

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Shaklee and CogniFit decided to team up, and provide MindWorks consumers with a revolutionary program that provides nutritional support and brain training software

Are you having problems concentrating or remembering things? Is your mind often racing? Do you often feel fatigued and unfocused? Well, we have the answer for you! Discover a new revolutionary product that is designed to nourish the brain: MindWorks. MindWorks is the latest advancement in brain science from Shaklee Corporation, which includes access to CogniFit’s personalized brain training program.

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Brain stimulation helps with stroke

Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. The disease affects the arteries leading to and within the brain which can affect memory, movement and the ability to communicate. Aside from the infusion, within three or four hours of the stroke, of a costly biological substance, no drugs have been shown to be effective in treating stroke. But a new study may presage a better way to boost stroke recovery by using a cutting-edge technology to directly stimulate movement-associated areas of the brains of mice that had suffered strokes.

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Newborn babies’ brains grow one percent a day

A baby’s brain is a mystery whose secrets scientists are beginning to unravel. The first study of its kind shows that newborn babies’ brains are about a third the size of an adult’s at birth, and grow at an average rate of 1% a day to reach just over half the size of an adult’s brain within three months.

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Eating baked or broiled fish once a week boost brain health

By now, most of us are aware that omega-3 fatty acid in fish offers numerous health benefits. But now, a new study suggest that eating baked or broiled fish once a week can make the brain healthier, regardless of how much omega-3 fatty acid it contains.

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Babies’ brains rehearse speech mechanics months before their first words

Baby sounds are cute and funny, but they also represent important developmental milestones in speech, motor, social and cognitive development. A new study shows that despite the lack of comprehension indicated by all that incoherent babbling, when infants of a certain age hear speech their brains kick into gear to try to figure out the mechanics of how to talk.

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Exercising the body and the mind may prevent Alzheimer’s

Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. However results from one of the largest randomized prevention trial to date suggest that seniors at risk for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

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Eye and smell tests may detect Alzheimer’s onset 

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive brain condition that damages and destroys brain cells. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One of the main issues is that current clinical diagnostic tests can only be detected in its late stages. However, 4 new studies suggest that eye and smell tests could be used for early detection of Alzheimer’s.

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99.6 percent of drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease fail

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and causes memory, thinking and behavior problems. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there is no current cure, though some symptoms are treatable. However, more than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer’s disease during the past decade have failed, according to a study.

Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health shared an alarming message in the July 3 issue of the journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy: We’re not doing enough to develop drugs to battle Alzheimer’s disease.

“We’re looking forward from 5.5 million victims [now] to around 14 million by 2050 if we don’t develop something. Yet we’re meeting this with a trickle of success in terms of drug development,” said lead author Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “The dramatic message is that Alzheimer’s disease drug development is in a disastrous state and we have to change this.”

Cummings and his team surveyed data from ClinicalTrials.gov, a government website that records clinical trials, aimed to examine historical trends to try to understand why efforts to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease so often have failed. Between 2002 and 2012, they found 99.6% of trials of drugs aimed at preventing, curing or improving the symptoms of Alzheimer’s had failed or been discontinued.

“This is a kind of shock; we really have to reconsider this because the failure rate is unacceptably high,” said Cummings. “We’re simply not meeting the challenge. We’re going to have to invest much more into the drug development process.”

The economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease is monitored by the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2014, the estimated cost to Americans for the care of those of Alzheimer’s will be $214 billion and an estimated $1.2 trillion in 2050.

“We are investing about $600 million per year in Alzheimer’s research and about $6 billion per year in cancer research… at the same time that Alzheimer’s is having a larger impact on the U.S. economy,” Cummings said. “That doesn’t mean we should be doing less cancer research; we should be doing more Alzheimer’s research.”

Going forward, scientists hope to shift their focus on testing alternative methods of treatment for Alzheimer’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a wide range of non-pharmacologic interventions have been proposed or studied. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews of published articles on non-pharmacologic therapies found that only cognitive stimulation had findings that suggested a beneficial effect. So stimulate your brain now using CogniFit personalized brain fitness program.

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CogniFit launched a dedicated brain fitness platform for schools 

At CogniFit we love getting feedback, we very much value your opinions and greatly appreciate your views. And we have been receiving a ton of feedback from educators, teachers, or professors who want to use the CogniFit personalized brain fitness program with their students. Well, we have heard you and we are very pleased to inform you that we have just launched a dedicated platform for you: CogniFit for Schools

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How fatherhood reshapes your brain

The joys of fatherhood. Becoming a father changes a man’s outlook. It focuses his attention. It typically encourages him to work harder and think more about the future. It tends to make him less selfish. Brain prepares pregnant women to bond with newborn child, what about future dads? While taking care of kids, a man’s brain shows the same patterns of cognitive and emotional engagement that are seen in mothers, a new study showed, suggesting that there could be a parenting brain network that is common to both sexes.

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