April 2017 - Discover and learn about brain functions, along with the latest news on brain plasticity and research!
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Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: April 19, 2017

I have some exciting news to share. Yesterday, the US Patent Office issued a comprehensive patent to Posit Science, the company we are proudly the Canadian partner of, for inventions utilizing brain training software to address depression, mood and anxiety disorders – believed to be the first patent of its kind. You can read about this exciting news here as well as take advantage of this therapeutic software to benefit you and your loved ones – try an exercise here.

Please help me share the news by forwarding this email today.

Thank you,
Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc.

DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.

Where does the brain store old memories?
Short-term memories and long-term memories are stored in different parts of the brain, something which becomes apparent when patients suffer from certain diseases, degenerative disorders or physical damage to the brain. However, while scientists have discovered the role our hippocampus plays in forming new and short-term memories, they have not yet fully mapped or explored where our memories from long-ago are stored. A new study has produced some interesting results on just where these older memories are kept in our brain. Learn about it here.

The new technology of sleep
Having a good night’s sleep is an essential part of good brain health. Yet, as we age and as the world changes, people are getting less and less sleep which affects not just our immune systems but our memory and mental health in negative ways. The benefits of forty-winks is now translating into a profitable market for those who can afford to switch off and rest properly with the help of new high-tech devices and other products. Read about this new status symbol and some of the inventions to help us sleep in the modern era here.

How everyday devices are hacking our brains
When most of us think about “brain hacking” we think of movies like The Matrix where computers are hooked directly to our brains and manipulate the physical brain to help us learn new skills or forget painful memories. It turns out that reality is slightly more subtle than the movies in that our technology is still manipulating how our brains operate by training us to feel rewarded for using our phones, tvs and computers. Find out how being constantly connected to a device and at the mercy of pop-up notices on your work calendar is hacking our brains to behave in a specific way here.


In This Issue

Where does the brain store old memories?
The new technology of sleep
How everyday devices are hacking our brains
Understanding brain structure and mental illness
Midlife heart disease linked to Alzheimer’s later
Our brain’s suspension system
The National Post - Science Proves Program Helps Cognitive Function
Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Blogs and Resources




Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Brain Training & Dementia

Healthy Aging

Traumatic Brain Injury


HIV-Related Cognitive Decline

Cognitive Impairment due to Heart Failure

Fall Risk and Mobility

Visual Disturbances and Impairment

Driving Impairment

Hearing and Cognitive Training

The IMPACT Study

The ACTIVE Study

The IHAMS Study

All Published Scientific Studies

Scientific Studies In-progress

Understanding brain structure and mental illness
When it comes to mental disorders, most of us are uncomfortable talking about them to the point where stigma and a lack of understanding causes us to remain silent and unknowing about their effects. For instance, did you know that half of patients who suffer from a mental disorder are likely to experience additional mental illnesses? A new study has discovered a common brain structure linked to multiple disorders and illnesses which will likely lead to new and more effective treatment options. Learn more here.

Midlife heart disease linked to Alzheimer’s later
Following a heart-healthy diet has the added benefit of also being a brain-healthy diet in most cases. It is never too late to change up your approach to healthy eating, and now there is even more incentive. A link between heart disease during midlife and brain plaques which cause Alzheimer’s has been identified. Read more about this study here and more about brain-healthy eating here.

Our brain’s suspension system
In the last few years our understanding, treatment and prevention of traumatic brain injuries, such as concussion, has increased. Particularly in light of the stories that continue to come out about aging professional athletes and their degenerating health. One key element that hasn’t been studied as closely as the effects (and effective treatment) is the actual systems in place that cushion our brains from impacting with our skulls in the first place. A new study is beginning to measure this suspension system and its effectiveness at different points in a person’s life. Read more about this undertaking here.

The National Post - Science Proves Program Helps Cognitive Function
Dementia is a global health crisis that needs to be tackled. With at least half a million Canadians suffering from dementia, and that total expected to jump by 66 percent in 14 years, scientists are looking for new ways to treat the condition. Click here for the news on dementia and here for the full coverage on Neurological Conditions..

Your Brain Holds the Key to Safer Driving!
Your brain is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment when you get behind the wheel of a car. As we age, our reaction times slow down and our field of vision decreases. This means our safety on the road is also reduced. By spending only 10 hours doing the engaging driving cognitive training program you can save your life and the lives of others on the road! Learn more, find out your CRASH RISK now and try an exercise.

ATTENTION Ottawa, Canada

The Healthy Brain and Body Show
We are participating in the Healthy Brain and Body Show on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017 at the EY Centre. The Show organizers are bringing together the best of health and wellness sectors and it’s free to attend. It is also in support of H.E.L.P, helping the military and first responders affected by PTSD. Check it out, we look forward to seeing you there.

Brain Fitness and Driving Cognitive Training Classes
For Spring 2017 class schedules, click here.

Heron Seniors Centre Walking Clubs. Physical activity is one of the main pillars of a healthy brain and body. Join the Heron Senior Centre's regular, Nordic and Urban pole walkers to boost your health. Call 247-4808x2 for information.

Greenboro Community Centre Thursday Social Drop-in
The Greenboro Thursday drop-in program offers a wide variety of activities from shuffleboard, ping pong, cards and board games to arts and crafts and beyond. Click here for more information.

Blogs and More Interesting Articles
Brain’s navigation more complex than previously thought
How a protein called ‘NFL’ could help the NFL with brain injuries
Your Breath Is Your Brain’s Remote Control, New Study Says
NIH researchers trace origin of blood-brain barrier ‘sentry cells’
Researchers identify new brain pathway that controls hand movements
Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming
How Plasticity-based Brain Training Works
10 Brain Exercises for Seniors
Description of BrainHQ Exercises
BrainHQ Exercise Tutorials
BrainHQ New User? Try the Daily Spark
BrainHQ in English: www.dynamicbrain.brainhq.com
BrainHQ in French: www.dynamicbrain-fr.brainhq.com
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