“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.
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter.
#1. First of all, it’s not all bad news this month. Study finds that moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
#2. And, talk about personalized medicine! This fascinating study showing how brain imaging (fMRI) + machine learning + intensive, non-invasive neurostimulation = targeted treatments that can maximize efficacy and minimize side effects: Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
#3. Also, not a minute too soon … Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era and Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
#4. Fyi, a very timely virtual event coming Tuesday April 28th, online: Explore strategies and tools to boost mental wellbeing during (and after) Covid-19
#5. Now, “While Pear has an advantage over the competition in that its products are backed by randomized clinical trials, physicians and health plans are still working out how to prescribe and pay for digital therapeutics.” The FDA clears Somryst, Pear’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
#6. Net net, now is the time for individual and collective action to shift to a healthier “new normal” for all: 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 (in Spanish: Tres hábitos de higiene mental para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable). Want more? Enjoy these Three tips for wise minds to calm coronavirus anxiety
#7. A small but important study for that hopeful near future when universities and colleges reopen their doors: Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
#8. But, first things first. “The Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” reached #1 on the pop charts in 1977. Maybe it was the beat, maybe it was John Travolta’s dancing. Or maybe it’s that the Gibb brothers’ central lyric is quite literally always playing in our head. Keeping us safe —that is, “stayin’ alive ”— is the primary mission of the brain”
- Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3)
- On World Health Day 2020, let’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)
- The frontal lobes, the little brain down under and “Stayin’ Alive” (3/3)
Enough with coronavirus outbreak. Anything else going on? Yes!
#9. The Right to Personal Identity. The Right to Free Will. The Right to Mental Privacy. The Right to Equal Access to Mental Augmentation. The Right to Protection from Algorithmic Bias. Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
#10. “Today, the scientific investigation of transcendent experiences is, in my view, one of the most exciting frontiers in the science of well-being.” Transcending Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” through Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
#11. You CAN have your cake and eat it too: Here’s a brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
#12. Question: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something? Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles…
Wishing you and yours a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team
Digital health firms raised record sums before Covid-19 hit (MedCity News):
“Digital Health startups raised a record-breaking $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2020, according to a report released Monday by Rock Health. But now faced with a global pandemic, the trend is unlikely to continue [Read more…] about Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
“The best meditation apps could help you to sleep better, reduce your stress levels and find some much-needed inner peace. But given the situation right now with Covid-19, even if meditation apps just give you a break from the news and a chance to chill out for ten minutes, they’re more than worth it.
Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps around, first launched 10 years ago. Since then, hundreds of other meditation apps have been created and that means finding the best meditation app for you can be overwhelming.
But when it comes to meditation, choice is a good thing. [Read more…] about Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era
Heads-up about a couple fascinating developments over the last few weeks.
1) Verily’s Bold New Project Aims to Predict Depression Using Your Phone (SingularityHub):
“Depression is a shifting, amorphous beast that silently haunts millions. It’s also difficult to pinpoint.
Psychiatry has formulated well-tested questionnaires to diagnose depression. But these tests require patients to reach out and only provide snapshots of their disorder in time [Read more…] about Verily and LivaNova accelerate efforts to detect and treat depression
“A full transcript of STARS-ADHD — the pivotal trial of Akili Interactive’s video game-like pediatric attention deficit treatment — has been published in The Lancet Digital Health journal, providing onlookers a clear view of data fueling the digital therapeutic company’s pending FDA submission [Read more…] about Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD