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First Digital Health Formulary by Express Scripts includes CBT-based programs to treat depression, anxiety and insomnia

Source: Express Scripts

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Express Scripts Launch­es First Dig­i­tal Health For­mu­la­ry for Apps & Devices (HIT Con­sul­tant):

Start­ing in Jan­u­ary 2020, Express Scripts Dig­i­tal Health For­mu­la­ry will ini­tial­ly include 15 solu­tions for remote mon­i­tor­ing ser­vices and dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics that aid in the man­age­ment of eight of the country’s most com­mon chron­ic con­di­tions: dia­betes, pre­di­a­betes, hyper­ten­sion, asth­ma, pul­monary dis­ease, depres­sion, anx­i­ety, and insom­nia Read the rest of this entry »

Mindstrong Health recruits slew of Silicon Valley talent

– Mind­strong Health is apply­ing machine learn­ing meth­ods on human-smart­phone inter­ac­tions to iden­ti­fy dig­i­tal phe­no­typ­ing fea­tures that could be clin­i­cal­ly use­ful.

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Mind­strong Health Expands Exec­u­tive Team to Advance Tech­nol­o­gy for New Vir­tu­al Men­tal Health Care Mod­el (press release):

Mind­strong Health, a health­care inno­va­tion com­pa­ny ded­i­cat­ed to trans­form­ing men­tal health through inno­va­tions in dig­i­tal mea­sure­ment and vir­tu­al care mod­els, today announced the addi­tion of ten senior exec­u­tives to its lead­er­ship team includ­ing CEO Daniel Graf, who joined the com­pa­ny in Octo­ber 2019.”

On top of Mr. Graf, Mind­strong Health has also recruit­ed: Read the rest of this entry »

Growing debate about the ethics and regulation of direct-to-consumer transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

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Accord­ing to the adver­tis­ing hype, you too can enjoy incred­i­ble neur­al and psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits in the com­fort of your own home by using a sim­ple elec­tri­cal device that offers tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS). For instance, three dif­fer­ent mod­els of tDCS devices sold online claim to improve mood, increase cre­ativ­i­ty, enhance mem­o­ry, accel­er­ate learn­ing, and com­bat pain and depres­sion. For the low, low price of between $99 and $189.95, you get a com­pact hand­held device with easy-to-use con­trols and two elec­tri­cal leads that end in small sponges. These sponges are dipped into saline solu­tion to make them cur­rent-car­ry­ing elec­trodes, then placed against your head. The web­sites typ­i­cal­ly show the sponges locat­ed on either side of the fore­head, but point out that they need to be placed else­where on the skull to acti­vate dif­fer­ent parts of the brain, depend­ing on the desired out­come.

Wher­ev­er you place the sponges, when you switch on the unit, you’re pump­ing elec­tric cur­rent into your brain, although not very much.

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December 5–6th in Dublin: 2nd European Annual Virtual Reality and Healthcare Symposium

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Just a heads-up about a great event lat­er this week in Dublin, Ire­land, for those work­ing on vir­tu­al and aug­ment­ed real­i­ty and health­care inno­va­tion.

When: Thu Dec 5, 2019 8:00 am — Fri Dec 6, 2019 5:00 pm.

Where: Dav­en­port Hotel

Featured sessions include:

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Update: A brain-friendly lifestyle is the best approach to delay cognitive decline and dementia

While the hip­pocam­pus tends to shrink with age, which con­tributes to cog­ni­tive decline, a recent study shows that this is not always the case (see all those blue lines), sug­gest­ing it can be pos­si­ble to main­tain hip­pocam­pus vol­ume and cog­ni­tive func­tion into our lat­er years.

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Time to wrap-up anoth­er stim­u­lat­ing month with Sharp­Brains’ e‑newsletter, fea­tur­ing this time a range of promis­ing news for every­one with a (human) brain 🙂

New tech for brain health:

New brain and mind research:

New thinking to shape education and healthcare:

Finally, a few riddles to tease your brain:

 

Have a great Thanks­giv­ing and Decem­ber,

The Sharp­Brains Team

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