With data breaches on the rise, the FTC is looking to make health apps more accountable for telling patients when their data has been exposed.
The FTC released a new statement specifying that all health apps that capture sensitive patient information notify users, the commission itself and in some cases the media when a security breach has compromised identifiable health data. If the company fails to do so it could face a fine of $43,792 per day of violation. [Read more…] about The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hardens data security rules for health apps and devices
Treating Severe Depression with On-Demand Brain Stimulation (UCSF press release):
UCSF Health physicians have successfully treated a patient with severe depression by tapping into the specific brain circuit involved in depressive brain patterns and resetting them using the equivalent of a pacemaker for the brain.
“This study points the way to a new paradigm that is desperately needed in psychiatry,” said Andrew Krystal, PhD, professor of psychiatry and member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. “We’ve developed a precision-medicine approach that has successfully managed our patient’s treatment-resistant depression by identifying and modulating the circuit in her brain that’s uniquely associated with her symptoms.” [Read more…] about Study: Personalized, closed-loop neuromodulation can (one day) become a “pacemaker for the brain”
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time six scientific reports and industry resources plus a fun illusion.
Hoping you enjoy the great series over at Scientific American and especially #7, titled Welcome to the Ultimate Neuroscience Lab: Your Smartphone, by Emory neuroethicist Karen Rommelfanger and our very own Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez.
The time it takes for all thoughts to occur is ultimately shaped by the characteristics of the neurons and the networks involved. Many things influence the speed at which information flows through the system, but three key factors are: distance, myelination, complexity,
“This evaluation revealed significant value in introducing an evidence-based digital sleep intervention at scale within a clinical mental health service,” researchers from Big Health and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust conclude.
“These findings from three studies with diverse samples and methodologies underscore an upside to the specter of uncertainty: it can cause people to savor the positives of the present.”
“Specifically, parents of an ADHD child have a 34% higher risk of dementia and 55% higher risk of Alzheimer’s, the results showed. Grandparents have about an 11% increased risk of either condition.”
As the researchers point out, “It is thus clear how the resulting gap between the research and “real world” fields is massive.” We do have the impression that the Aduhelm FDA saga is far from over.
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Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy month of October,
The SharpBrains Team
Study backs benefit of insomnia DTx Sleepio on mental health (pharmaphorum):
The study – published in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy – tested the Sleepio app developed by digital health specialist Big Health as an add-on to standard NHS care for anxiety and depression under the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) policy.
Patients who signed up to use Sleepio – a six-week digital cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) course – achieved significantly better improvement in symptoms compared to controls, with an IAPT recovery rate of nearly 65% versus 58% in the control group. [Read more…] about Study: Self-guided sleep app Sleepio, combined with standard care for depression and anxiety, delivers better outcomes than standard care alone
Please describe what you see up there.
What about below, as the full scene appears? [Read more…] about Quick brain teaser: What do you see? And, can you unsee it?
As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things. With a fair degree of accuracy, scientists have quantified the speed of light, the speed of sound, the speed at which the earth revolves around the sun, the speed at which hummingbirds beat their wings, the average speed of continental drift….
These values are all well-characterized. But what about the speed of thought? It’s a challenging question that’s not easily answerable – but we can give it a shot. [Read more…] about Five thoughts to think about when thinking about the speed of thought