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The FDA warns consumers not to use unapproved apps and devices to diagnose concussion

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FDA warns pub­lic not to use unap­proved or uncleared med­ical devices to help assess or diag­nose a con­cus­sion (news release):

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion is warn­ing the pub­lic not to use med­ical devices mar­ket­ed to con­sumers that claim to help assess, diag­nose or man­age head injury, includ­ing con­cus­sion, trau­mat­ic brain injury (TBI) or mild TBI. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Mobile, data-rich apps to monitor and promote neurocognitive health

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BrainCheck rais­es $3 mil­lion for app to mon­i­tor brain health (TechCrunch):

A Hous­ton-based start­up called BrainCheck has raised $3 mil­lion in seed fund­ing for an app that helps users under­stand, by sim­ply play­ing some games on an iPad, if they or a loved one may have suf­fered a con­cus­sion. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Concussion diagnoses among children and teenagers increased by 71% from 2010 through 2015

bcbs-healthofamericareport-concussionsCon­cus­sion Diag­noses Among Youths Near­ly Dou­bled from 2010 to 2015 (Edu­ca­tion Week):

Con­cus­sion diag­noses increased by 71 per­cent from 2010 through 2015 among chil­dren between the ages of 10 and 19, accord­ing to a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield based on med­ical-claims data. Read the rest of this entry »

The FDA clears two computerized cognitive tests to assist in medical evaluations following brain injury or concussion

impact testingFDA allows mar­ket­ing of first-of-kind com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive tests to help assess cog­ni­tive skills after a head injury (FDA news release):

The U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion today per­mit­ted mar­ket­ing of two new devices to assess a patient’s cog­ni­tive func­tion imme­di­ate­ly after a sus­pect­ed brain injury or con­cus­sion. The Imme­di­ate Post-Con­cus­sion Assess­ment and Cog­ni­tive Test­ing (ImPACT) and ImPACT Pedi­atric are the first med­ical devices per­mit­ted Read the rest of this entry »

Public Brain Health vs. Private Brain Research Funds: How the NFL tried to influence NIH studies

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How the NFL tried to manip­u­late a gov­ern­ment study on foot­ball and brain injuries (Los Ange­les Times):

The Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health seems to have dis­cov­ered what com­mu­ni­ties across the land already know: The Nation­al Foot­ball League is an untrust­wor­thy part­ner.

Accord­ing to a report Read the rest of this entry »

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