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FDA clears first CBT-based digital therapeutic to treat substance abuse disorders

reSET® for Substance Use Disorder. Image Credit: Pear Therapeutics

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The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse (CNBC):

“The app, developed by a start-up called Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be prescribed by clinician and used alongside counseling.

Pear’s technology digitizes a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on “examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors”, Read the rest of this entry »

E-Newsletter: Neuroimaging + machine learning can predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6-month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2

Researchers use brain imaging and machine learning to predict which high-risk infants will develop autism. Credit: Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

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Time for SharpBrains’ June e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, promising assessments, therapies and brain health monitoring tools…and some fun optical illusions 🙂

New research

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New thinking

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Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂

 

Have a great summer!

The SharpBrains Team

The FDA creates new Digital Health unit to reimagine regulatory paths in the age of scalable, AI-enhanced innovation

Medicine Is Going Digital. The FDA Is Racing to Catch Up (Wired):

“WHEN BAKUL PATEL started as a policy advisor in the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008, he could pretty much pinpoint when a product was going to land in front of the reviewers in his division. Back when medical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pacemakers and your IUDs—it would take manufacturers years to get them ready for regulatory approval. FDA reviewers could keep up pretty well Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For good and bad, TV ads promote higher prescribing volume of psychiatric medications

couple_watching_televisionHow Are Direct-to-Consumer-Advertisements Changing Psychiatric Drug Use? (The Dana Foundation):

“Flip on your television to a commercial station and you are likely to see ads for cars, snacks, and home appliances—and prescription medications. Some ads specifically target psychiatric illnesses 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 »

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