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The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK considers adding a 5‑minute cognitive test to its annual health check-up

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Using AI assess­ment to tack­le demen­tia in ultra-ear­ly stages (Dig­i­tal Health):

Demen­tia and Alzheimer’s dis­ease con­tin­ue to increase and remain the lead­ing cause of death in Eng­land and Wales, account­ing for 12.8% of all deaths reg­is­tered in 2018 Read the rest of this entry »

Apple/ Eli Lilly’s bet: Wearable and mobile consumer devices may well help us detect cognitive impairment and dementia

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Apple, Eli Lil­ly research whether devices can detect demen­tia signs (Health­care Dive):

Demen­tia, which affects rough­ly 47 mil­lion peo­ple across the globe, costs $1 tril­lion world­wide, accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion. Ear­ly test­ing for the con­di­tion is spo­radic and, when con­duct­ed, it’s often not sen­si­tive enough to detect ear­ly stages of men­tal decline, cre­at­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty for tech com­pa­nies like Apple to see whether they can turn a prof­it.

The “rich, lon­gi­tu­di­nal infor­ma­tion” from wear­able and mobile con­sumer devices can be Read the rest of this entry »

May “industry review boards” contribute to the wider adoption of virtual and augmented reality for physical and mental health?

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Indus­try review boards are need­ed to pro­tect VR user pri­va­cy (World Eco­nom­ic Forum blog):

It seemed like a game when Riley first start­ed the vir­tu­al real­i­ty (VR) maze … A month after play­ing the game, Riley was turned down for a new life-insur­ance pol­i­cy. Giv­en his excel­lent health, he couldn’t under­stand why. Sev­er­al appeals lat­er, the insur­ance com­pa­ny dis­closed that Riley’s track­ing data from the VR maze game revealed behav­ioral move­ment pat­terns often seen among peo­ple in the very ear­ly stages of demen­tia Read the rest of this entry »

Will personalized meditation apps be able to replicate the experience of working with a coach?

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Men­tal fit­ness’ start­up Ele­vate Labs launch­es a per­son­al­ized med­i­ta­tion app called Bal­ance (TechCrunch):

While investors are already writ­ing big checks for med­i­ta­tion star­tups, Ele­vate Labs founder and CEO Jesse Pickard said that none of the exist­ing med­i­ta­tion apps can replace the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with a human coach. Read the rest of this entry »

IBM, VA and Total Brain to test digital mental health platform for veterans and reservists

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IBM unveils GRIT, a dig­i­tal solu­tion devel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs, to help vet­er­ans in tran­si­tion (press release):

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the launch of GRIT, a dig­i­tal solu­tion for vet­er­ans, active-duty ser­vice mem­bers, and reservists that pro­vides a mobile expe­ri­ence to help them under­stand and strength­en their men­tal fit­ness, social con­nec­tions, and over­all well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

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