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Update: Large study finds that consistent use of ADHD medication may stunt growth by 2 inches (5 centimeters)


Time for Sharp­Brains’ eNewslet­ter, bring­ing you lat­est news around med­ica­tion, brain train­ing, sup­ple­ments, mind-wan­der­ing, dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics, wear­ables, and more — and also a few quick brain teasers to wrap-up.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:


Final­ly, we have a cou­ple of fun, quick brain teasers for you, and also a selec­tion of arti­cles to cel­e­brate Brain Aware­ness Week 2018.

Have a great spring,

The Sharp­Brains Team

Neuropsychologist Amy Serin, Co-Founder of Brainnovations Winner The Touchpoint Solution, would like to see everyone avoid the detrimental effects of an overactive stress response

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

It was great that at least one of the judges had already pur­chased and start­ed using our prod­uct so we could delve into the nuances of our tech­nol­o­gy quick­ly. And I was thrilled that all judges saw the pos­si­bil­i­ties to cre­ate sig­nif­i­cant glob­al impact.

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

Too many peo­ple suf­fer too much stress, often lead­ing to sleep­less­ness, crav­ings, anger, poor focus, poor per­for­mance, and feel­ing over­whelmed. Touch­Points aim at reduc­ing stress by deliv­er­ing hap­tic microvi­bra­tions via wear­able devices worn on both sides of the body. The 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


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 »

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 »

Key take-aways from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit


Take-aways from 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Neu­rotech News):

In Novem­ber (17th-19th) Sharp­Brains held its Vir­tu­al Sum­mit about “Mon­i­tor­ing & Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Era.” The Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit is, as you might guess, a vir­tu­al (online) conference…The vir­tu­al sum­mit had it’s own divi­sion of top­ics for group­ing the dif­fer­ent speak­ers (see agen­da), but I’ll break it down in a dif­fer­ent way here. I’ll break it down into the fol­low­ing 4 main cat­e­gories:

  • 1. Brain & Cog­ni­tive Train­ing
  • 2. Wear­ables, Con­sumer & DIY
  • 3. Brain Health (health­care)
  • 4. Neu­rotech Field & Trends

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez start­ed the con­fer­ence by remind­ing us that we should keep in mind not to look at the field and the mar­ket as it is today, but how it will be in cou­ple years from now. As illus­trat­ed beau­ti­ful­ly in Read the rest of this entry »

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