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UCLA, IBM team to use big data to prevent brain swelling

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Sensing devices supply data for EME.

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FDA panel recommends approval of NeuroPace's epilepsy implant | MassDevice

FDA panel recommends approval of NeuroPace's epilepsy implant | MassDevice | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
NeuroPace makes progress in its years-long road to FDA approval with near-unanimous approval for its RNS neurostimulation therapy for epileptic seizures.
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Epilepsy Foundation President and CEO Phil Gattone testified before the FDA panel in support of the NeuroPace RNS device noting that, "We are facing a world where it has been over 15 years since a device was approved for epilepsy treatment. The frustration of the Foundation and the epilepsy community is that the access to new treatments should keep pace with innovation. It is our hope that work you do today and in the future will not only help pave the way for access to innovative therapies, but also spark the interest and enthusiasm for creating new devices to treat epilepsy. I am so thankful for this committee's time and attention to this issue, and I hope that I can shed some light on the stories and concerns I hear every day from across the country."

http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/news/Epilepsy-Foundation-Leadership-Addresses-FDA-Panel-on-New-Medical-Device-for-Seizures.cfm

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Your smartphone knows which side of the brain you're using

Your smartphone knows which side of the brain you're using | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
The iDichotic iPhone app appears to be as reliable as traditional lab tests in determining which side of the brain is most involved in language processing. Read this article by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on CNET News.
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Phone detection of Parkinson’s approaches 99 percent accuracy | mobihealthnews

Phone detection of Parkinson’s approaches 99 percent accuracy | mobihealthnews | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
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Yet another great application of big data for neuropsychological interventions! 

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Dyscalculia: Number games

Dyscalculia: Number games | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
Brian Butterworth is on a crusade to understand the number deficit called dyscalculia — and to help those who have it.
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alistairm 's curator insight, January 21, 2013 5:03 AM

Interesting how different elements of number cognition are being identified - more interesting still are the attempts to develop games to create target stimulation to affected brain areas.

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Psychiatric reference app pulled after APA warns of IP violation | mobihealthnews

Psychiatric reference app pulled after APA warns of IP violation | mobihealthnews | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
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Emmett's Family Vacation-Getting Kids Up and Moving

EMMETT’S FAMILY VACATION- The first in a series of books and mobile games aimed at developing new healthy habits among young children.
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Gamification is a good strategy for engaging children in wellness programs - of course, consumer/patient-centered design will improve the chances of success.

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ASHA 2012 - Mobile Apps for Managing Memory Impairment after Brain Injury | Wireless RERC

ASHA 2012 - Mobile Apps for Managing Memory Impairment after Brain Injury | Wireless RERC | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
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You can download a .pdf of this terrific presentation at the ASHA 2012 Convention by Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC‐SLP Speech‐Language Pathologist of the Shepherd Center and John Morris, PhD Research Scientist, of the Crawford Research Institute at the Shepherd Center. They present 3 case studies of patients with TBI and discuss the criteria they used for selecting the appropriate mobile apps to support the needs of each person. More research is needed to help clinicians apply the selection criteria to a wider range of possible apps and patient populations.

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Positive Technology - Winner of the UN-based World Summit Award Mobile 2012

Global contest selects most outstanding mobile apps and services in 2012. The Positive Technology App developed by the EU Funded Interstress project -- www.i...
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Phone Therapy for Depression

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Phone-administered versus face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy
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New play-based technology helping kids at rehabilitation hospital

New play-based technology helping kids at rehabilitation hospital | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
Kids receiving care at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital have a new high-tech program to help them recover.
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A*STAR’S Institute of Microelectronics and SFC Fluidics Collaborate To Develop Point-of-Need Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnostic Device > Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) > Press R...

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Self-tracking: the people turning their bodies into medical labs

Self-tracking: the people turning their bodies into medical labs | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
As well as helping to track finances and organise social lives, smartphones are encouraging some people to monitor their health and wellbeing.
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Hopkins Stroke Detector Uses Video-Oculography for Faster Diagnosis (w/video)

Hopkins Stroke Detector Uses Video-Oculography for Faster Diagnosis (w/video) | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
As everyone knows by now, when someone experiences a stroke "time lost is brain lost." But before treatment can begin, it is critical to confirm that the p
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Tokyo team designs violent robot rat to bully live lab rats (Wired UK)

Tokyo team designs violent robot rat to bully live lab rats (Wired UK) | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Waseda University in Tokyo have developed a robotic rat that aggressively attacks living lab rats in order to make them depressed
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Perhaps they are also inducing technophobia. Do the rats view this robot as a bullying rat or a maniacal rat-like robot?

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Sensors envisage stroke recovery

Sensors envisage stroke recovery | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
A fitness device created by Glasgow academics and designers helps stroke patients during their long road to recovery.
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University of Glasgow :: University news

University of Glasgow :: University news | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
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Stimulation of the vagus nerve also releases norepinepherine which plays a role in the regulation of arousal, memory consolidation and emotional responses to stimuli or events that evoke emotion - cognitive functions that are often impaired in stroke patients.

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From Strategy to Practice: Improving Dementia Care -Touchscreen Tec...

Prof. Dominic Upton, Dr Penney Upton, Dr Tim Jones, Dr Karen Jutla, Prof.Dawn Brooker - University
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

There need to be more HCI studies with dementia patients and mobile tech. This study observed that patients preferred reminiscence apps over other apps. Also, men spent more time with the iPad than women - the women preferred to interact more with people than the iPads. 

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NR Special - My Dyslexic Mind

NR Special - My Dyslexic Mind | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
Find out what dyslexia is and how it affects the brain in Newsround's special programme 'My Dyslexic Mind'.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Unfortunately those of us in the US can't watch the online video, but we can try out the interactive online content.

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'Dystextia': Muddled texts can signal stroke, doctors say

'Dystextia': Muddled texts can signal stroke, doctors say | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
While anyone who texts has probably sent or received weirdly illegible messages at some point, Harvard researchers point to garbled texts as one possible indicator of neurological problems. Read this article by Leslie Katz on CNET.
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Autom, the Robotic Weight Coach: Interview with Intuitive Automata's Founder, Dr. Cory Kidd

Autom, the Robotic Weight Coach: Interview with Intuitive Automata's Founder, Dr. Cory Kidd | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human bei
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Clearly, robotic coaching is one avenue for mHealth tech. In the videos, "Autom" is appealing, however, it is not clear how the human-robot interaction is better for supporting weight loss behaviors.

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Brain Injury Group launches free online services directory for people affected by brain injury

The Brain Injury Group's new online services directory is launched.
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The Technology BRAINTRUST @ The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge

The Technology BRAINTRUST @ The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge | mHealth Apps for Brain and Behavior | Scoop.it
Create low-cost "cognitive prosthetic" cueing app for brain injury survivors and new online assistive tech community that treats users as partners
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MIT Brain Trust project worth following!

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Depression & Anxiety Biomarker in Youths May Lead to mHealth Screener

Scientists have discovered a cognitive biomarker -- a biological indicator of a disease -- for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety. Their findings were published Nov.
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Moodscope - Lift your mood with a little help from your friends

Moodscope is a brand new social networking tool that helps treat depression by simply giving sufferers a way of getting help from their friends.
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