November Updates 
Brain Check
Cognitive training and diabetes recruitment
After a few delays, we were finally able to start recruitment and data collection for the cognitive training and diabetes study. This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is testing the Memory, Attention and Problem-Solving Skills for Diabetes (MAPSS-DM) intervention. 
Now, it's the week of Thanksgiving and we've reached our target of at least 10 participants in the first two weeks of recruitment. In fact, we have 13 people enrolled and 5 more waiting to be screened. Our research assistants are working hard to get everyone in and we hope to have at least 25 people completing baseline data collection by the end of the year. 
If you've read about the project, the first data collection visit seems like it's a lot! But most of it is done online via links to a secure survey so all your information stays private. The only in-person meeting is to set up the continuous glucose monitors. You can see more about data collection on our YouTube channel
We still need at least 50 more people to join the project, so if you know of anyone who may be interested --send them our way!

Brain Check Assessment tool 
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As part of the MAPSS-DM project we are using BrainCheck, an online platform for cognitive assessments. BrainCheck tracks changes in memory, attention, executive function and more, giving us real-time, actionable information about cognitive health. If you are a study participant, don't delete emails from Brain Check! The first email from them will have instructions to log in and complete the assessments. 
Remember: The PIN code you receive to log in is a one-time use code. This means once you enter in the information and start the test, if you cancel or close out of the test for some reason you will not be able to log back in with that same PIN code. Email us to have a new pin assigned to you. 

Odds and Ends
We're currently reading Karl Herrup's book How Not to Study a Disease: The Story of Alzheimer's and highly recommend it. Science magazine did a great review of it in October and we especially like this quote from Chapter 12: “…while it may seem low-tech to lower blood pressure or to prescribe a specific exercise regimen, these will probably turn out to be important components of any Alzheimer's disease therapeutic regimen.”
We wouldn't be science-ing correctly if we did it without a little coffee, no? A recent editorial in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition pointed out that while the stimulant effects of caffeine can be helpful, another benefit a is lowered risk of developing diabetes. But what if you are already diagnosed with diabetes? Studies are mixed, however the best way to decide how it affects you is to check your sugar after coffee or use a continuous glucose monitor
And finally, we will be out of the office from November 25th through the 28th. If you are a study participant and need to reach us, please do so through our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Have a wonderful holiday!
Thank you so much for being a part of everything we do!
The CuevasLab team