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10 Solvers selected @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Winners of the 2017 Brain Health Challenge by MIT Solve, selected on September 17th, 2017

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Yesterday, after a day of great pitches and tough decisions, the Judges @ MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge selected 10 Winners (called “Solvers”) developing non-invasive, non-pharmacological, scalable technology solutions that Read the rest of this entry »

FDA clears first CBT-based digital therapeutic to treat substance abuse disorders

reSET® for Substance Use Disorder. Image Credit: Pear Therapeutics

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The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse (CNBC):

“The app, developed by a start-up called Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be prescribed by clinician and used alongside counseling.

Pear’s technology digitizes a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on “examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors”, Read the rest of this entry »

Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality

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Work these days often comes with long hours, emotionally draining colleagues, and complex problems that require an enormous amount of mental energy. So it’s no surprise that many of us have a hard time leaving work-related thoughts at the office.

“Surveys have shown that between 16 and 25 percent of the workforce have regular issues of not being able to switch off and are upset or distressed by work-related thoughts,” says Mark Cropley, a professor of health psychology at the University of Surrey. That can lead to a host of mental and physical health issues, including difficulty focusing and depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests

The Sea Hero Quest virtual reality game is played on a Samsung Gear VR headset. Source: Glitchers Ltd.

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The Virtual Reality Game Gathering Data for Dementia Researchers (Bloomberg):

“Navigating an ice-walled lake or scouring a swamp for a hidden monster may sound like a fun premise for a virtual-reality video game. But there’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore the Future of Public Health & Brain Health with David Bartrés-Faz, PI of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative

We’re happy to announce that David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the new Barcelona Brain Health Initiative, will be speaking at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

The Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI) is a new research project promoted by the Institut Guttmann, with the support from members of Harvard Catalyst and Harvard Medical School, already recruiting over 3,000 healthy volunteers (without medical diagnosis of neurological disease or psychiatric condition) between 40 and 65 years old. During the next few years Read the rest of this entry »

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