A Fresh Look at Solving Brain Diseases: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Failed strategies for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are prompting a broad rethink on how to tackle the growing prevalence of these costly brain health problems. At the BIO International meeting in San Diego last month there were parallel conversations on these two major brain health challenges – with speakers from the… Read More »

Novelty Creates Stronger Memories

How well you learn new information might depend in part on the type of environment you’re in. Fascinating research from the Duncan Lab at University of Toronto suggests that novelty as a strategy for learning could work as a more reliable and faster way to learn. Think of the “novelty” learning concept as a more… Read More »

Diet Soda, Your Health, and Your Brain

Diet soda drinkers take note: people who drink one or more diet sodas every day are at greater risk of stroke and dementia. More specifically, habitual diet soda drinkers have almost three times the risk of stroke or dementia compared to their diet soda-abstinent peers, according to a research study published in Stroke. Researchers relied… Read More »

What 23andMe’s Genetic Test Won’t Tell You About Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

In April 2017, 23andMe received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell a genetic health risk test directly to consumers. The resulting DNA test report contains interesting information on “wellness” traits, such as how quickly one will metabolize caffeine, predispositions to alcohol flush reaction, sleep movement, lactose intolerance, and more. The… Read More »

Collision Conference Recap: Robotics, AI, and VR for Health Care

The Collision conference, held last week in New Orleans, is a unique mashup of technology talks that offer wide ranging views on how emerging technologies are shaking up everything from the music and auto industries to health care, clean energy, and more. The conference also offered a showcase for promising startups, with what seems like… Read More »

Sleep Apnea and Memory Loss

  Sleep is a vital biological function for humans – we spend about 30% of our lives sleeping. Good sleep is important for memory consolidation (processing newly learned information). It’s also important for clearing out metabolic debris from the brain each day — including amyloid beta protein, one of the markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep… Read More »