Brainy Technology: Advances That Revolutionize Health
Dedicated to raise awareness and support individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month.
These weeks of heightened awareness about brain health, underscore the importance of early detection – and technology appears to be part of the solution.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved several new technologies to help assess brain health and detect emotional and cognitive changes at early stages when treatment has been found to be most effective.
Among these newly FDA-cleared technological advances is the “brain thermometer”, an app proving to be helpful in military settings to identify traumatic brain disorders (TBI), concussions, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression in members of the Armed Services.
Dr. Corinna Lathan, the expert behind this new software, suggests the great potential of this tool for general health care settings and, possibly helping doctors in the near future take brain vitals on all of their patients, assisting them with the early detection of the neurocognitive changes and emotional distress that signal the presence of mental illness, TBI, and concussion.
Amazingly, this innovative app provides a portable, advantageous method to evaluate multiple components of vital information related to brain health, and shows great potential for use during rehabilitation to evaluate progress or decline after a neurological event such as a concussion or stroke.