Category Archives: Market-Military & Defense


Market Update: Memory Assessment Tests with Computerized Screening Tools

New computerized memory screening methods begin to move standardized memory health tests into the home and physician’s office. Screening for early, subtle signs of cognitive impairment becomes important as pharmaceutical companies shift focus to Alzheimer’s drug candidates that may prevent or slow buildup of amyloid protein in the brain. Purchase Report, a research […]

Even “Minor” Concussions Can Cause Brain Bleeding

A recent brain imaging study confirms that small areas of bleeding known as microbleeds can occur in the cerebral cortex of people who have sustained concussions. By using an MRI imaging technique called susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), researchers were able to identify several areas of cerebral cortex bleeding in mild TBI (concussion) patients that were completely […]

Information Sharing and Education in Focus at Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference

Next week several hundred neuroscientists, medical experts, entrepreneurs, and policy makers will gather in Los Angeles to discuss the impact of brain research advances and neurotechnology breakthroughs during the annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. These breakthroughs range from external brain stimulation devices, to emerging methods to detect Alzheimer’s and dementia long before […]

Brain Hacking Update: Would You Like Ultrasound or Electricity for Your Brain Today?

Some interesting work being done by Virginia Tech and University of Arizona research labs on using ultrasound (very high frequency sound waves) on the human brain to improve mood and heighten sensory performance. Transcranial focused ultrasound (TFUS) is a non-invasive method to alter brain wave activity in particular regions of the brain. The University of […]

US Military Testing New TBI Assessment Tool

The US Department of Defense is in the process of field testing and validating a portable neurocognitive assessment tool for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA) is a portable and “field-hardened” software system that runs on the Android operating system. The DoD is running a formal clinical trial to compare the […]

New Ways to Treat Addiction and PTSD with Cognitive Training

Imagine stepping into a virtual reality environment that recreates in amazing detail the sights, sounds, and smells of a past experience, or a setting that triggers addictive behaviors, such as a bar scene with a favorite drink placed in front of a recovering alcoholic. And then into this virtual reality steps a helpful digital avatar […]

More NFL CTE Fallout?

Peter King at Sports Illustrated reported earlier today that researchers who run the NFL ‘Brain Bank’ at Boston University have requested that Junior Seau’s brain be donated for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a serious degenerative brain disease. (The San Diego medical examiner confirmed today that Seau, 43, whose NFL career spanned 20 years, […]

Chronic Brain Trauma in Soldiers and Veterans

A recent research article by Dr. Bennet Omalu in the journal Neurosurgical Focus highlights a probable connection between blast-related brain injuries common in Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, and a brain disease usually associated with certain sports like boxing, American football, and hockey. This connection was first reported in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof. […]