Tag: Psychiatry

Are Aging Physicians a Burden?

In many ways, physicians are characterized in society by their astuteness, intelligence, and high ethical standards. Patients should trust that those physicians have the cognitive tools to heal them. Medscape Psychiatry

Paper Device Rapidly Measures Lithium Levels in Blood

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have developed a paper-based point-of-care device which can measure lithium levels in a drop of blood. The device could help patients with bipolar disorder to keep track of their blood lithium levels. Lithium carbonate is used to treat bipolar disorder, but must be administered carefully as the concentrat (Read more...)

Symmetry VNS Wins EU CE Mark for Difficult-to-Treat Depression

LivaNova announced today that Symmetry, a device for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy, has received CE Mark approval for difficult-to-treat depression. Symmetry is a small device that stimulates the vagus nerve to improve symptoms of depression and quality of life. After surgical implantation, the device regularly sends mild electric pulses to (Read more...)

Handheld Eye Scanner to Detect Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers at Flinders University in Australia have developed a handheld eye scanner that could help to identify children with autism spectrum disorder. The device allows clinicians to obtain light-adapted electroretinograms, which involves detecting electrical signals in the retina. The device could help in diagnosing children with autism much ea (Read more...)

Credit Card Sized Diagnostic Lab Plugs into Smartphone

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have developed a tiny portable diagnostic device that can detect the presence of specific pathogens in a saliva sample, and relay the results to a doctor when plugged into a smartphone. The device can potentially diagnose a wide array of diseases, including malaria, HIV and Lyme disease, and could [&helli (Read more...)

URGOnight Brainwave Sleep Training System Available Soon

URGO Group, a French firm, announced that it will soon be releasing its URGOnight sleep training system, a product we got a glimpse of at CES 2019. The product consists of an electroencephalography (EEG) headband and a smartphone app that people can use to train their brains to sleep better. Utilizing EEG neurofeedback, the technology […]

Neural Feedback Technique to Improve Attention

Many people suffer from an inability to focus on tasks that require a great deal of attention. Drugs such as Ritalin are available to help mitigate symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related conditions, but these medications come with a number of side effects, including long term dependence. Now, researchers at MIT have (Read more...)

Art Therapy Using Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is already used in medicine to train surgeons, fight phobias, and even help with early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Drexel University have now taken the first steps to apply virtual reality in the field of art therapy. “Art therapy is founded on the idea that creative expression with an art therapist (Read more...)

Video Game Uses Brain Wave Monitoring to Treat ADHD

While there are a number of drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they can have some pretty serious side effects. Researchers in Singapore at the country’s Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Duke-NUS (National University of Singapore) Medical School, and A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), have devel (Read more...)

Sweat Sensors Help Predict Outbursts in Autistic Kids

Kids with autism can become unruly and aggressive, often without any warnings for those around them. Such outbursts can also be emotionally difficult for family and caretakers, not just the kids, and planning events and going into public places is a major challenge. Having a bit of warning about an autistic child’s worsening mental state [&he (Read more...)

Meru Health Offers Biofeedback Tracking with New Wearable

Last week, Meru Health, a digital mental health clinic, announced the launch of a wearable to capture biofeedback, including heart rate variability (HRV), during mental health exercises. The clip-on wearable is affixed to an individual’s ear while they complete specific exercises, like breathing practices, directed by Meru’s platform. T (Read more...)

Sensor Reads Signs of Oncoming Aggression in Autism

Many people who suffer from autism experience periods when they become aggressive, something that tends to come out of the blue. Those taking care of such folks have a hard time managing such episodes, particularly because there’s no warning and there’s no time to take mitigating actions. Now, researchers at Northeastern University have (Read more...)