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Since more than 50% of people worldwide can’t access appropriate mental health treatments, let’s welcome (and test) mobile health apps

mobilehealthMental Health: There’s an App for That (Nature):

“Type ‘depression’ into the Apple App Store and a list of at least a hundred programs will pop up on the screen. There are apps that diagnose depression (Depression Test), track moods (Optimism) and help people to “think more positive” Read the rest of this entry »

Q: What do people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? A: A brain with similar gray-matter loss

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Different mental disorders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds (press release):

“A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging studies shows similar gray-matter loss in the brains of people with diagnoses as different as schizophrenia, depression and addiction…The findings call into question a longstanding tendency to distinguish psychiatric disorders chiefly by their symptoms rather than their underlying brain pathology. Read the rest of this entry »

Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

brain-femaleprofileG20 World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Initiative Partners with EU Human Brain Project (DD&D):

“According to the World Health Organization’s large-scale studies, about a third of the adult worldwide population suffer from a mental disorder such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. If also taken together with neurological disorders, such as dementia and stroke, these “disorders of the brain” account for Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For cognitive training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in brain regions that matter

connectomeOver the last several years, cognitive training has received large amounts of public interest and support because reliably improving cognitive performance would have wide reaching applications in clinical populations, older adults, and the public at large. For example, cognitive training could Read the rest of this entry »

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training

braintechIsrael’s first international BrainTech conference took place this week, on October 14 and 15th. It was organized by Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to position Israel as a global brain technology and research center. The conference included talks representing multiple stakeholders in the neurotechnology sector worldwide – patients, clinicians, academic leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs and industry executives. An important session in the conference was the BrainBlitz – a roundtable session where different brain technology topics were discussed in smaller interest groups.

Our table, devoted to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training, Read the rest of this entry »

Time to revamp psychiatry and mental health in light of modern neuroscience?

mentalhealthpuzzleTransforming Diagnosis (article by Thomas Insel, Director of the NIMH): “In a few weeks, the American Psychiatric Association will release its new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)…While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating Read the rest of this entry »

New market report analyzing the growing Digital Brain Health market 2012-2020

We are proud to release today what we believe is our best market intelligence report so far, tracking how fully automated applications designed to assess, monitor and/ or enhance cognition and brain functioning are transforming brain health, and health overall.

Here are a few examples of what we mean by Digital Brain Health, selected from among the 5 Market Leaders and 10 Companies to Watch in 2013/2014 identified through our comprehensive analysis.

  • A 30-minute online brain health assessment and personalized brain fitness program used by large companies like Nationwide Insurance and Accenture to improve employee’s productivity and mental wellness
  • An online cognitive training program offered by several large AAA chapters to members age 50+ to improve driving safety
  • A computerized cognitive behavioral therapy offered by the NHS in the UK as a first-line intervention for anxiety and depression
  • A fully digital headset and platform that measures basic brain states (such as level of attention) and is being used to help people meditate better and reduce ADHD symptoms
  • An iPad-based assessment that tracks cognitive performance over time to help detect concussions among football/ hockey players and military personnel Read the rest of this entry »

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