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Update: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains e-newslet­ter.

It’s been a busy month, once again bring­ing to the fore­front the lim­i­ta­tions of our cur­rent health­care sys­tem and, on the pos­i­tive side, the grow­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve Brain Health and Men­tal Health for all, if we pay atten­tion to (and act on) lat­est research, think­ing and tools.

New tools:

 

Final­ly, we invite you to tease your mind with these four opti­cal illu­sions. Sur­pris­ing, aren’t they?

Have a great month of July,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

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Many Amer­i­cans tak­ing com­mon meds that may cause depres­sion, study finds (CBS News):

More than one-third of U.S. adults are tak­ing pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions that may lead to depres­sion, new research finds. The study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, warns that depres­sion is a poten­tial side effect of more than 200 com­mon­ly pre­scribed med­ica­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

May 8th: How Neurotech Innovation Leads to New Healthcare Realities @ Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal

Heads-up: the 2018 Hora­sis Glob­al Meet­ing will host a ses­sion on How Inno­va­tion Leads to New Health­care Real­i­ties, and our very own Alvaro Fer­nan­dez will dis­cuss the lat­est in neu­rotech­nol­o­gy, brain & men­tal health and also set the stage for the upcom­ing launch of the Por­tuguese edi­tionof The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (also avail­able in Span­ish, Japan­ese and Pol­ish).

Descrip­tion: Inno­va­tion in health-care is advanc­ing glob­al­ly, offer­ing trans­for­ma­tive change. In an aging soci­ety we might con­sid­er bet­ter pal­lia­tive care most impor­tant – but are there oth­er areas that offer bet­ter prospects?  How may our plan­et and we become more resilient?

When: May 8th, 08.00–09.30

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Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data

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mHealth Research on Men­tal Health Taps Into One’s Tap­ping Habits (mHealth Intel­li­gence):

Health­care providers look­ing to use mHealth in behav­ioral health treat­ment have long strug­gled to make the tech­nol­o­gy unob­tru­sive. But recent research sug­gests that remote mon­i­tor­ing of peo­ple with men­tal health issues could be done by ana­lyz­ing their smart­phone habits.

A recent report in the jour­nal NPJ Dig­i­tal Med­i­cine sug­gests that a smart­phone app that col­lects user activ­i­ty in the back­ground can help tele­men­tal health­care providers mea­sure that user’s dai­ly habits and detect when those habits devi­ate. By com­bin­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Albert Kwon, CEO of Brainnovations Winner AUGMENTx, wants to harness Augmented Reality to significantly ease access to Neurological Rehabilitation Therapies

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Albert, what sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

It was a pleas­ant sur­prise to receive so many votes and such great feed­back, which solid­i­fied my con­vic­tion that there is a great need to cre­ate new ther­a­py options for stroke patients and oth­er neu­ro­log­i­cal injuries, espe­cial­ly giv­en our aging pop­u­la­tion.  Med­ical sys­tems world­wide will strug­gle to han­dle the grow­ing bur­den of chron­ic ill­ness­es unless we start act­ing soon.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind AUG­MEN­Tx?

The core idea is to lever­age visu­al-cog­ni­tive and visu­al-motor/sen­so­ry con­nec­tions of the brain to enhance per­for­mance in dis­ease states.  For exam­ple, mir­ror ther­a­py takes advan­tage of the mir­ror neu­ron path­way to improve post-stroke motor recov­ery and to alle­vi­ate phan­tom limb pain in limb amputees.  And we believe that these ther­a­pies can be deliv­ered on dig­i­tized AR plat­forms, instead of being always con­fined to few spe­cial­ized phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters.  Why not have them be acces­si­ble from the patient’s home Read the rest of this entry »

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