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Update: What do schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, have in common?

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain health insights.

New research

 

New think­ing

 

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Have a great month of March!

Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?

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Will 2015 be the year our smart­phones link up to our brains? (Pop­u­lar Science):

Thync bills itself first and fore­most as a neu­ro­science com­pany. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wear­able device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s elec­tri­cal state through tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS). The big idea: Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Fewer than 19% of ADHD treatment plans monitor treatment response according to guidelines

adhd-workingmemoryWhat did they find (at a recent study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Pedi­atrics, sur­vey­ing community-based ADHD diag­noses and treatments)?

  • For around 30 per­cent of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD, the evi­dence that DSM cri­te­ria were met was missing.
  • ADHD rat­ing scales were col­lected from par­ents and teach­ers for only 56 per­cent of youth with an ADHD diagnosis.

Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Taking health (and brain health) care “beyond the pill”

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How Device Mak­ers Can Take Health­care “Beyond the Pill” (Med­ical Device and Diag­nos­tic Industry):

One thing is clear: Pharma’s com­mit­ment to “beyond the pill” has never been so apparent.

Each and every pharma com­pany seems to have formed a divi­sion or a strate­gic team to explore new ser­vices around patient com­pli­ance, pop­u­la­tion health data and fur­ther­ing con­nec­tiv­ity for improv­ing patient man­age­ment… Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Combining EEG with augmented reality to reinvent brain-computer interactions

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DAQRI buys EEG tracker Melon to build out aug­mented real­ity hel­met (Mobi­Health News):

Melon, the EEG-tracking head­band com­pany that raised nearly triple its ini­tial goal in a 2013 crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, has been acquired by DAQRI, an enter­prise aug­mented real­ity com­pany founded in 2010, Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming event on therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices

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Heads-up: The Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM), a branch of the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences, is putting together a forward-looking work­shop on Non-Invasive Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion of the Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem. March 2-3rd, 2015, in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Descrip­tion: Based on advances in biotech­nol­ogy and neu­ro­science, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices are poised to gain clin­i­cal impor­tance in the com­ing years and to be of increas­ing inter­est to patients, health care providers and pay­ers, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Long-term meditation can help slow down aging-related brain volume decline

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Long-term med­i­ta­tion tied to less brain loss (Reuters):

Peo­ple who reported med­i­tat­ing for an aver­age of 20 years had higher brain vol­umes than the aver­age per­son, researchers report in Fron­tiers in Psychology.

Kurth and his col­leagues write that they can’t say med­i­ta­tion caused its prac­ti­tion­ers to lose less brain vol­ume, how­ever. Other habits of long-term med­i­ta­tors may also influ­ence brain volume…

Nearly 18 mil­lion adults and 1 mil­lion chil­dren prac­ticed med­i­ta­tion in the U.S. in 2012, Read the rest of this entry »

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May 2015 Online Course: How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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