A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. [Read more…] about Questionable “Alzheimer’s blood test” goes on sale prior to FDA approval
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“A portable device that can quickly measure electrical activity in the brain and relay it to doctors via a smartphone app, called the Nurochek system, has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a medical device. [Read more…] about Portable brain assessment device by Headsafe secures 510(k) FDA clearance
Brain-zapping gadgets promise to make you a better you — smarter, stronger, even happier (The Washington Post):
“Americans’ obsession with wellness is fueling a new category of consumer electronics, one that goes far beyond the ubiquitous Fitbits and UP activity wristbands that only passively monitor users’ physical activity. The latest wearable tech, to put it in the simplest terms, is about hacking your brain. [Read more…] about Brain hacking emerges as latest trend in wearable tech, but is it ready for prime time?
“The brain network that controls multitasking connects with networks that control memory and attention span. So by playing the game, some scientists believe you can improve cognitive skills, and by extension, relieve a range of symptoms associated with [Read more…] about Next: Is it a videogame, or an FDA-approved medical treatment?
FDA Has Cleared New Cognitive Screening Tests (Alzforum):
“The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared, meaning it deemed safe, two tests that may help doctors screen for cognitive decline. One is the so-called Cognision system from Neuronetrix, a company based in [Read more…] about Next: FDA-cleared mobile brain monitoring tools to detect cognitive impairment
Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains? (Popular Science):
“Thync bills itself first and foremost as a neuroscience company. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wearable device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s electrical state through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The big idea: [Read more…] about Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?