“Startup Big Health believes individuals can improve their mental health through its technology that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy versus medication or the help of human therapists.
On Thursday it raised $39 million in a Series B financing to advance that objective.
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday for the first time gave a green light to a game-based therapeutic: a video game meant to be prescribed to kids with ADHD.
The game, known as EndeavorRx and developed by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs, can now be marketed as a way to improve attention function in kids with ADHD as measured by computerized testing. Physicians can prescribe it to children between the ages of 8 and 12 who have an ADHD diagnosis and have demonstrated an issue with attention.
The FDA’s move is a landmark decision in the emerging digital therapeutics sector: In addition to being the first game to be marketed as a therapy for any type of condition, EndeavorRx is the first digital therapeutic meant to improve symptoms associated with ADHD, the FDA’s announcement said…The game was born in the University of California, San Francisco lab of neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, and was licensed out by Akili, which polished and tested the game in clinical trials. Akili spent the past two years waiting on a regulatory decision from the FDA.
How many of us right now are experiencing a heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety and even some surprising moments of respite from our pre-COVID-19, always-on-the-go culture?
In a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 45% of Americans felt that the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health (19% felt it had a “major impact”).
Our traditional media and social media feeds are filled with urgent and often conflicting imperatives to change our routines and be constantly vigilant.
The online onslaught of rapidly updating media stories reporting worst-case scenarios can fuel fear and panic. Uncritical overconsumption of such messages can erode one of our most precious and essential human resources for weathering the COVID-19 storm: our mental health. –> Keep reading my article 3 ways to protect your mental health during – and after – COVID-19, co-authored with Emory University’s Dr. Karen Rommelfanger, over at the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda.
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Ready for a Happy New Year and Happy New Decade?
Here’s a special edition of the SharpBrains monthly e‑newsletter featuring the latest on brain health and mental well-being — we hope you enjoy these tips and advice about what to do, and what not to, to promote brain wellness in 2020 and beyond:
Practice Breathing & Compassion: Three evidence-based ways to develop a resilient mind
… and a Sport you love: Play sports (smartly) for a quieter brain
Challenge your friends, often: For better memory and thinking skills at age 70, play cards and board games from age 11
… for example by solving big problems together: Mindstrong Health recruits slew of Silicon Valley talent
When in trouble, consider therapy before meds: To treat depression, therapy alone works better than therapy combined with antidepressants
… your might even be able to access it privately, online: First Digital Health Formulary by Express Scripts includes CBT-based programs to treat depression, anxiety and insomnia
Finally, beware “brain-boosting” supplements, and don’t jump on direct-to-consumer transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) unless you understand Pros and Cons
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and New Decade,
The SharpBrains Team