Brain News You Can Use | May 2018

Brain News You Can Use – Our Top Picks That Caught Our Eye Recently:


CAST Makes It Easier to Use Tech to Improve Social Links | In it’s ongoing effort to help long-term care providersensure older adults have access to quality care and a sustained quality of life as they age, the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST) has released an updated version of its Social Connectedness and Engagement Technology Online Selection Tool and Product Matrix. (Source: McKnights LongTerm Care | Amy Novotney).

How Exercise Can Help You Recall Words | Call them tip-of-the-tongue moments: those times we can’t quite call up the name or word that we know we know. These frustrating lapses are thought to be caused by a brief disruption in the brain’s ability to access a word’s sounds. (Source: NY Times | Gretchen Reynolds).

How Income Affects the Brain | A new study links lower socioeconomic status to detrimental brain changes. (Source: The Atlantic | Olga Khazan).

Published Study Reports Neuroprotective Molecule Could Improve Memory and Cognition, Reduce Alzheimer’s Degradation A Purdue University  graduate and a Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana (NWI) startup have published a research study in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters that identifies a small molecule SERCA activator that may improve memory and cognition. (Source: Purdue EDU | Kelsey Henry).

Why Mindful Breathing Keeps Your Brain Healthy & Young | Yogis, non-yogis, long-term meditators, and short-term ‘dabblers’ alike will all agree that meditation improves focus. But, until now, no studies had shown how breathing influences attention in the brain. New research explores the neurophysiological effects of controlled breathing. (Source: Medical News Today | Amy Sandoiu).

World’s Oldest Person of the 19th Century, Dies in Japan at the Age of 117 | The signs of memory loss can be bewildering and scary: misplaced keys, a forgotten street name, that task you suddenly can’t remember. It’s no wonder that, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, sales of supplements touted as memory boosters nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015. (Source: USA Today | John Bacon).