Otsuka Pharmaceutical is launching a virtual study to see if digital therapeutics can reduce depression symptoms.
It’s the next step in a partnership between the Tokyo-based drugmaker and Click Therapeutics, a digital health startup that is developing programs for smoking cessation, depression and insomnia. [Read more…] about Innovation in COVID times: Otsuka and Click Therapeutics announce fully virtual clinical trial, leveraging Verily’s Project Baseline
Earlier this month, Modern Health marked a milestone few companies ever reach: unicorn status.
With the help of its latest $74 million funding round, the startup, which serves as a mental health benefits platform for employers, topped a $1 billion valuation. [Read more…] about Four trends accelerating mental health innovation in the COVID/ post-COVID era
Research published today shows how digital providers are coming together to support the mental health needs of millions of users unable to access traditional services during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read more…] about Survey finds concerns AND hope to address growing mental health needs due to the covid pandemic
Taking a Closer Look at COVID-19’s Effects on the Brain (NIH Director’s blog):
While primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 can also lead to neurological problems. The first of these symptoms might be the loss of smell and taste, while some people also may later battle headaches, debilitating fatigue, and trouble thinking clearly, sometimes referred to as “brain fog.” All of these symptoms have researchers wondering how exactly the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV‑2, affects the human brain. [Read more…] about Can COVID-19 coronavirus “invade” human brain tissue? (Quick answer: evidence so far is mixed)
COVID-19 has touched each of us somehow. Many now recognize that caring for our mental health is as essential as addressing the virus if we are to emerge stronger, more connected and more resilient.
The Ancient Greeks said “know thyself” to live soundly, but it is only now that we have the technology to start understanding how our individual experiences arise from the complexity of our brains. [Read more…] about How COVID-related stress can disrupt your brain circuits and nine tips to prevent it
Covid-19 Pandemic Drives Patients—and Deal Makers—to Telemedicine (The Wall Street Journal):
The coronavirus pandemic has put the once-niche category of telemedicine in the spotlight and is now driving a flurry of deal activity involving virtual health-care providers … Patients have embraced virtual care as a way to stay in touch with doctors for urgent care or chronic care management without risking exposure to the coronavirus by visiting medical offices. Telemedicine visits are typically conducted between a doctor and patient using videoconferencing or a phone call and are used to address minor ailments like colds as well as management of chronic conditions like diabetes. [Read more…] about Debate: How and when will the telemedicine surge reach mental healthcare?