“Developing drugs to treat disorders of the central nervous system is famously fraught with difficulty. Several companies, including Pear Therapeutics and Dthera, are taking a wildly different approach: digital therapeutics. These are pieces of software designed to treat disease that are regulated, prescribed and even paid for as if they were drugs … Pear is so far the only company to have brought a digital therapeutic to market – but it is by no means the only company in this space. Akili Interactive hasfiled for FDA approval of AKL-T01, a computer game designed to treat ADHD, and [Read more…] about Trend: Pharma industry warming up to digital therapeutics
Cognitive Deficits May Hinder HF Self Care (MedPage):
— “Mild cognitive dysfunction may prevent patients with heart failure from responding appropriately to worsening symptoms, researchers found.”
- “Among those (patients) with mild cognitive dysfunction, however, a greater burden of symptoms was associated with worse self care, she reported at the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses meeting here.”
- “…some degree of cognitive dysfunction may be present in 25% to 74% of patients with heart failure, which might influence the ability of patients to reliably take their medications, weigh themselves daily, and recognize and respond to symptoms at home.”
Today we share must-read insights from Katherine Sullivan, Director of the Brain Fitness Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Peter Kissinger, President of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Both of them will discuss their ongoing work and lessons learned at the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Summit (March 30th — April 1st, 2011). The interviews below were conducted via email.
1. Katherine, how would you define “brain fitness” vs. “physical fitness”?
In our context (helping active duty service members and veterans recover from cognitive dysfunction most associated with traumatic brain injury), I’d say brain fitness is the outcome we work towards: the cognitive resources required to return to duty or reintegrate into daily and professional lives as much as possible. In this sense, [Read more…] about Can Brain Fitness Innovation Enhance Cognitive Rehab and Driving Safety?