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Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Provide Medication-Free Symptom Relief for Neuropsychological Issues Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (press release):

“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis

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Decreased Activity Levels in MS Patients Linked To Cognitive Impairment (Multiple Sclerosis News):

“A new study published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy assessed the cognitive factors affected in multiple sclerosis patients concerning their activity and participation in everyday life Read the rest of this entry »

Medicare updates reimbursement criteria for “maintenance” therapy services

ReimbursementA Quiet “Sea Change” in Medicare (The New York Times):

“In January, Medicare officials updated the agency’s policy manual –the rule book for everything Medicare does– to erase any notion that improvement Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming Webinar: The Digital Brain Health & Training Market in 2014

Webinar digital brain health & trainingWhen: Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Join this upcoming webinar, to be held during Brain Awareness Week 2014, to discuss the latest market data and news in the digital brain health and brain training space, including Rosetta Stone’s acquisition of Vivity Labs (developer of Fit Brains mobile cognitive games), Bayer’s global partnership with CogniFit Read the rest of this entry »

10 Predictions on How Digital Platforms will Transform Brain Health in 2013

Just a quick note: we’ll host a webinar on January 30th to discuss key market predictions based on “The Digital Brain Health Market 2012-2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning”, our new market report.

Here are 10 predictions, many of which will likely be realized before the end of 2013: Read the rest of this entry »

Medicare to update reimbursement criteria for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s disease

What Medicare Will Cover Even if You’re Not Likely to Get Better (The New York Times):

“Should the federal government cover the costs of many kinds of treatments for patients who aren’t going to get any better? It didn’t, for many years. But after the settlement of a landmark class-action this week, Medicare will soon Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Cognitive Reserve May Help Delay Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

Intellectual Enrichment Helped Preserve Memory and Learning in Multiple Sclerosis Patients, Study Says (WebMD)

  • f-300x225“A small study of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients shows that maintaining an intellectually active lifestyle can help preserve learning and memory, even among patients with a high degree of brain damage.”
  • “Although there’s no indication that being mentally engaged protects against brain damage itself, the findings do suggest that an active mind may be better equipped to retain its functions even in the event of brain damage.”
  • “The findings suggest that enriching activities may build a person’s ‘cognitive reserve,’ which can be thought of as a buffer against disease-related memory impairment,” says study author James Sumowski, PhD. “Differences in cognitive reserve among persons with MS may explain why some persons suffer memory problems early in the disease, while others do not develop memory problems until much later, if at all.”

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