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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) shares discussion paper to help empower 8 billion minds via the ethical adoption of digital mental health and neurotech

Tech­nol­o­gy has much to offer in terms of pro­vid­ing and improv­ing access to bet­ter men­tal health care. Why, then, has more not been done to take advan­tage of these tools?

The newest dis­cus­sion paper from #NAM­Per­spec­tives, Read the rest of this entry »

ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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–An exam­ple of a speed-of-pro­cess­ing task. Cour­tesy of Posit Sci­ence

Play on! In a first, brain train­ing cuts risk of demen­tia 10 years lat­er (STAT News):

For the first time ever, researchers have man­aged to reduce people’s risk for demen­tia — not through a med­i­cine, spe­cial diet, or exer­cise, but by hav­ing healthy old­er adults play a com­put­er-based brain-train­ing game. Read the rest of this entry »

On “ethical placebos,” Medicine, and Mind/ Body interactions: A book review

Cure_bookWhen I was 10 years old, I hat­ed doing the dish­es. In an attempt to talk my par­ents out of mak­ing me do this hat­ed chore, I pre­tend­ed to be ill by hang­ing my head, sigh­ing, snif­fling, and walk­ing lethar­gi­cal­ly to my bed­room, all to no avail—I still had to do those dish­es.

But, the next day, I woke up with the flu —a 104-degree fever and stom­ach pains to match. Boy, were my par­ents sur­prised! And, so was I. But, how many of us have had sim­i­lar expe­ri­ences, where our minds seemed to some­how impact our bod­ies in weird, unex­plain­able ways? How many of us have made doc­tors’ appoint­ments only to watch our fevers drop or held our chil­dren close and stopped their cough­ing fits? Clear­ly, some­thing is going on, isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

Registration is now closed @ Pervasive Neurotech Webinar, where the Digital Revolution meets the Human Brain

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Heads-up: Reg­is­tra­tion just closed for our webi­nar on how the Dig­i­tal Rev­o­lu­tion is meet­ing the Human Brain, build­ing on the new report Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy: A Ground­break­ing Analy­sis of 10,000+ Patent Fil­ings Trans­form­ing Med­i­cine, Health, Enter­tain­ment and Busi­ness.

–> To learn more about the webi­nar and report, click HERE. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants so far include inno­va­tors at IBM, Medtron­ic, Sam­sung, CNS Response, UCSF, Stan­ford, Intel­lec­tu­al Ven­tures, Neu­ro­verse, Brain Resource, AARP, and more!

Internet-driven innovation drives new digital health market, social change

human-brain-as-a-central-processingBrain Health And Well­ness Inno­va­tion Dri­ves New Dig­i­tal Health Mar­ket, Social Change (Young Upstarts):

Tech­nol­o­gy has com­plete­ly changed the prac­tice of med­i­cine, pro­vid­ing incred­i­ble imag­ing tech­niques and data that now play a key role in treat­ing injuries and ill­ness­es. Sophis­ti­cat­ed tools give researchers amaz­ing new insights that advance our under­stand­ing of human anato­my, includ­ing the brain. Stan­dard treat­ments for vir­tu­al­ly every seri­ous injury and ill­ness have been utter­ly trans­formed over the past 50 years due to tech­ni­cal advances. How­ev­er, these advances have added great­ly to the cost of research and treat­ment, and that’s par­tic­u­lar­ly true when it comes to the brain… One solu­tion to this chal­lenge lies in tech­nol­o­gy that is already glob­al­ly per­va­sive and rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive to deploy: the Inter­net. Read arti­cle »

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