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Mobile cognitive therapies gain traction as first-line mental health intervention

thoughtjournalMental health apps let you access therapy from your smartphone (New Scientist):

“Lie down anywhere that suits: the world is now your therapist’s couch. A wide range of apps now deliver mental-health care straight to your smartphone.

With PTSD Coach, users can discreetly screen themselves and learn more about the disorder. Moodnotes keeps track of Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: How to spur meaningful, targeted & safe adoption of emerging neurotechnologies

neuroelectrics_capA cap that treats depression? Check the science before getting excited (The Guardian):

“Yesterday, an article in the Entrepreneurs section of the Guardian purported to reveal a “cloth cap that could help treat depression”. This claim has caused some alarm in the neuroscience and mental health fields, so it’s important to look a little more closely at what the manufacturers are actually claiming. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: With exceptions, moderate coffee drinking may help protect against mild cognitive impairment

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Coffee habits linked to memory, brain health in seniors (CBS News):

“In the study, a team led by Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the coffee consumption of 1,445 Italians aged 65 to 84. The participants’ mental health was also tracked for a median of three-and-a-half years Read the rest of this entry »

Youth unemployment can lead to long-term cognitive and emotional scars

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Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects (British Politics & Policy):

“Being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later life in terms of subsequent lower pay, higher unemployment and reduced life chances according to much research…There is also evidence of greater mental health problems in their 40s or 50s Read the rest of this entry »

Will consumer-led transcranial direct current stimulation revolutionize or hurt mental health?

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Therapy Borne on Electrical Currents (The New York Times):

“…This is Thync, the latest in transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. The manufacturer says the device, to come out later this year, can alter the user’s mood in minutes via electric current Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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New thinking

 

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Have a great month of March!

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 »

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