NeurOlympics is a deceptively simple test.
The 60-minute assessment guides people through four uncomplicated video games. One involves remembering disappearing icons. Another is an exercise in rapid reaction time. A person’s performance on the test is then run through an algorithm that evaluates performance in memory, speed and other characteristics. [Read more…] about Trend: Esports teams harness cognitive tests to better match player to task and to identify training opportunities
Walking Speed Helps Predict Future Dementia (MedPage Today):
Dual decline in gait speed and cognition carried a higher risk of dementia than either gait-only decline or cognitive-only decline, reported Taya Collyer, PhD, of Monash University in Victoria, Australia, and co-authors, in JAMA Network Open…
AI Behavior Health Chatbot App Fast-Tracked by FDA (Psychology Today):
Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted breakthrough device designation to Wysa’s AI-based digital mental health conversational agent that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) via a smartphone to adults suffering from depression, anxiety, and chronic musculoskeletal pain [Read more…] about AI-enabled chatbot Wysa receives FDA Breakthrough Device designation for patients with chronic pain, depression and anxiety
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring timely brain & mental health news and a fun couple of math brain teasers.
Innovation matters: “At a price of £45 per person, Sleepio is cost saving compared with usual treatment in primary care. This is based on an analysis of primary care resource use data before and after Sleepio was introduced in 9 GP practices. Healthcare costs were lower at 1 year, mostly because of fewer GP appointments and sleeping pills prescribed.”
Lifestyle matters: “The more complex our lives are, the more we need simple things that can ground us and help us to be more resilient – to rebalance and rebalance and rebalance again. Building the mental muscles to find balance when one gets off balance is a critical skill thrive and to build cognitive reserve in our fast-changing times. As our monthly gatherings showed us over the years, practicing rebalance in good company not only reinforces neural pathways and capabilities but also strengthens the bonds of trust and confidence that are invaluable to build a healthy environment to thrive in.”
One of the benefits of VR is that patients know they are in a simulation, which enables “psychological distance from problematic reactions,” the study authors wrote. “The process of finding the best uses and implementation methods of this immersive technology at scale in mental health is only beginning.”
“While all tech sectors received smaller funding totals than the previous quarter, digital health plunged much further than others did … investor interest in mental health tech wavered as the market and public companies like Talkspace and Cerebral come under scrutiny.”
“The main finding of our study is that we could indeed find evidence that high brain age gap is behaving as an accelerated brain aging biomarker.” — Dr. David Jones, neurologist at Mayo Clinic
Finally, a couple fun brain teasers to help you flex your math/ cognitive mental muscles:
Wishing you and yours a healthy and stimulating June!
Sleepio becomes first digital therapeutic to receive NICE guidance (MobiHealthNews):
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the Sleepio app as an effective alternative to sleeping pills.
In its guidance, NICE states the app, created by digital therapeutics (DTx) firm Big Health, is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from insomnia. [Read more…] about NICE in the UK issues recommendation for Sleepio app, the digital cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia by Big Health
Mayo Clinic scientists have developed a computational model that predicts brain age using a large collection of neuroimaging data obtained using FDG-PET (fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography) and structural MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). The deep learning-based model tests the relationship between brain age gaps in various forms of dementia, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and Lewy body dementia (LBD), as well as in normal brains.