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The Federal Trade Commission vs Lumosity: What does it mean for the brain training market?

Despite all the noise around brain training, we must be careful not to confuse commerce with science. It is important to remember that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates marketing claims and communications in the United States, issues legal rulings against specific commercial behaviors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Maker Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Journal):

“Doctors don’t usually prescribe videogame play. But one company, which has just raised $30.5 million from venture-capital investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs Inc. is developing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuronetics ranked #8 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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Neuronetics received FDA clearance for NeuroStar TMS Therapy in 2008. NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation as a form of neuromodulation to treat depression in patients who have not responded adequately to other depression treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

AnthroTronix CEO Corinna Lathan to discuss 510(k) FDA clearance of its DANA neurocognitive test at 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Corinna_LathanHappy to share that Dr. Lathan, CEO of AnthroTronix, will discuss the brand-new 510(k) FDA clearance of their DANA neurocognitive test at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (October 28-30th), during the session Best prac­tices to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables.

Dr. Corinna Lathan leads Anthro­Tronix, a bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing prod­uct devel­op­ment com­pany and pio­neer in mobile plat­form tech­nol­ogy. Their DANA™ prod­uct is Read the rest of this entry »

Rethinking Alzheimer’s research, beyond amyloid deposition, via new funding models

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptHow a new approach to funding Alzheimer’s research could pay off (MIT News):

“More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the affliction that erodes memory and other mental capacities, but no drugs targeting the disease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 2003…Lo and three co-authors propose Read the rest of this entry »

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