Tag: Psychiatry

Kids Want Virtual Reality to Help Get Through Immunizations

Getting children to go through a needle-based immunization can be incredibly frustrating to parents and very scary for the kids. Cheap virtual reality headsets are becoming just the thing to overcome this seemingly perpetual problem and researchers at Florida Atlantic University were looking to prove this out. The group invited a group of kids (Read more...)

Nextstim’s NBT Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Coming to U.S. to Treat Major Depression

Nextstim, based in Helsinki, Finland, is making its NBT Navigated Brain Therapy system available in the U.S. for treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The device is used to deliver transcranial magnetic stimulation to the brain, a therapy that has shown to be effective for certain patients. The system consists of the transcranial magnetic stimula (Read more...)

SmokeBeat Uses Fitness Bands and Smartwatches to Detect Smoking: Interview with CEO of Somatix

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health issues in history. There are more than one billion smokers worldwide and smoking kills more than seven million people annually. Although many smokers recognize how deadly their habit can be and express the desire to stop smoking, quitting remains very difficult. To help smokers kick [… (Read more...)

EEG Shown Effective at Predicting Onset of Autism

Diagnosing autism early in kid’s life can help to mitigate its future development. Now researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital are reporting in journal Scientific Reports that they were able to use EEG (electroencephalography) to predict the onset of autism or rule out its development with impressive accuracy. A group of children wa (Read more...)

Implanted Brain Prosthesis Helps to Retain New Memories

Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and stroke, as well traumatic brain injuries, can do severe damage to patients’ memory system in the brain. Anyone taking care of Alzheimer’s sufferers, for example, knows well the importance of memory to a person’s sense of self and overall well-being. Hope is on the horizon, though, as research (Read more...)

Virtual Reality to Treat PTSD: Interview with Todd Richmond, Director of USC’s Mixed Reality Lab

While PTSD is a significant issue for many of those serving in the military and others who work in traumatic situations, it also affects huge numbers of ordinary people who experience traumatic events such as assaults or natural disasters. Nearly 24 million Americans suffer from PTSD at any given time, and women are twice as […]