Privacy and Monitoring Your Brain

Facebook recently announced its intention to acquire CTRL-Labs, a neural interface startup developing a wristband that can control computers and other devices. The wristband works by decoding electrical signals travelling through muscles in the forearm. CTRL-Labs will now be part of Facebook’s Reality Labs group. The CTRL-Labs acquisition (between $500 Million – $1 Billion) kicks… Read More »

Rocking Promotes Restorative Sleep

Rocking yourself to sleep at night might be as good for you as it is for babies, based on recent research out of the University of Geneva. In the study, volunteers slept overnight on gently rocking beds. The volunteers were also hooked up to EEG monitors to record their brain-wave activity during the night. Sleep… Read More »

Technology for Caregivers

A new focus on technology for caregivers is generating a wide range of interesting tools and services for this long-neglected market. The inaugural HLTH conference in Las Vegas included several discussions on the aging-in-place trend, and how (for the most part) family caregivers will continue to shoulder the bulk of elder caregiving roles. A panel… Read More »

A Smarter Idea: Combining Mental & Physical Exercise

Walking for one hour a few times a week can increase the size of brain regions responsible for attention and memory. There’s also a strong correlation between high lifetime amounts of physical activity and better cognitive skills later in life. Giving New Brain Cells Something to Do It’s generally accepted that a limited number of… Read More »

Are Prevagen’s Memory Claims False?

The maker of Prevagen, a memory supplement, continues to be embroiled in legal controversy surrounding marketing claims that Prevegan can improve memory in older adults. Background The Federal Trade Commission and New York State Attorney General filed a complaint in 2017 against the maker of Prevagen, alleging false advertising that Prevagen improved memory and is… Read More »

How to Stop Caregiver Burnout

The demands of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia can be overwhelming. If this stress is left untreated, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind — eventually leading to burnout. Common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress include anxiety, depression, irritability, and trouble… Read More »