By: Alvaro Fernandez
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 »
Citicoline does not improve functional, cognitive status in patients with traumatic brain injury (Outcome Magazine):
“Although approved for use for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nearly 60 countries, use of citicoline in a randomized trial that included more than 1,200 participants with TBI did not result in improvement in functional and cognitive status, according to a study appearing in the November 21 issue of JAMA.
“Despite considerable advances in emergency and critical care management of TBI as well as decades of research on potential agents for neuroprotection or enhanced recovery, no effective pharmacotherapy has yet been identified Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Our colleague Kate Sullivan, who led a superb SharpBrains Virtual Summit workshop on How to Set Up a Brain Fitness Center to Enhance Cognitive Retraining and Rehabilitation, based on her experience at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, just alerted us of a new study prepared by her team: Outcomes from a Pilot Study using Computer-Based Rehabilitative Tools in a Military Population (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics). Read the rest of this entry »
Giffords May Get Better Brain-Injury Care Than Most of Her Constituents (ProPublica):
“Despite the need for more research, Giffords’ story shows the potential of the treatments now available. But according to Susan Connors, the president of the Brain Injury Association of America, what treatment you receive depends heavily on your state, insurance plan (or lack of one), hospital and the people advocating for you.” Read the rest of this entry »
Testing Program Fails Soldiers, Leaving Brain Injuries Undetected (ProPublica):
“In 2007, with roadside bombs exploding across Iraq, Congress moved to improve care for soldiers who had suffered one of the war’s signature wounds, traumatic brain injury.
Lawmakers passed a measure requiring the military to test soldiers’ brain function before they deployed and again when they returned. The test was supposed to ensure that soldiers received proper treatment.
Instead, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found, the testing program has failed to deliver on its promise, offering soldiers the appearance of help, but not the reality. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Here are four studies and articles, published in January, that report very interesting findings and offer inspiring ideas:
- An article on the role of neuroplasticity in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery.
- A new study that used a blood test able to detect beta amyloid 42 (the protein fragment that makes up Alzheimer’s plaque) and suggested that the association between amyloid and cognitive decline could be modified by cognitive reserve.
- An article on a new brain scan technology to detect Alzheimer’s pathology in the brain.
- An article reporting the answer of Don Tapscott to the question “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Today we share must-read insights from Katherine Sullivan, Director of the Brain Fitness Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Both of them will discuss their ongoing work and lessons learned at the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit (March 30th — April 1st, 2011). The interviews below were conducted via email.
Katherine Sullivan is the Director of the Brain Fitness Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
1. Katherine, how would you define “brain fitness” vs. “physical fitness”?
In our context (helping active duty service members and veterans recover from cognitive dysfunction most associated with traumatic brain injury), I’d say brain fitness is the outcome we work towards: the cognitive resources required to return to duty or reintegrate into daily and professional lives as much as possible. In this sense, Read the rest of this entry »