Tag Archives: NeuroVigil

Combining Cognitive Drug Therapy with Brain Device Therapy

The CNS Summit, held in Boca Raton this year, is a forward looking conference on the state of drug development for a wide range of brain disorders. The past few years have not been kind to CNS drug companies, with several notable failures in clinical trials for drugs to cure, or at least slow down […]

Sports Concussion Testing with Portable EEG

A new study published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation points to some interesting work being done using portable EEG systems to monitor sports concussions. The study analyzed results from almost 400 high school and collegiate football players during the 2008-2009 playing season in Milwaukee, WI. A total of 28 players sustained concussions during […]

Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A recent initiative from the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force highlights an important issue affecting millions of Americans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI): the lack of long-term TBI rehabilitation care for most people, including those with health care insurance. A letter from the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius […]

Concussions in School and Pro Sports – An Update

This week I had the opportunity to ask Dr. David Darby, Chief Medical Officer of CogState, for his views on the hot topic of concussions in school sports. Several states are in the process of enacting legislation that call for formal evaluation of an athlete’s cognitive health after a concussion on the playing field. The […]

The US Military’s Definition of Mild TBI

The Department of Defense recently released a guide for primary health care providers on treating service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI). One thing I found interesting was DoD’s definition of “mild TBI”, which includes a loss of consciousness for up to 30 minutes and post traumatic amnesia for up to 24 hours. In other […]

Portable EEG as a Diagnostic Screening Tool for TBI

Interesting work being done with field-ready, portable EEG systems that are being tested as TBI triage units in hospital emergency departments.  The software algorithms that drive these EEG systems are becoming so sophisticated that a lightweight, simple EEG test is nearly as accurate as a traditional (and expensive/heavyweight) CT scan for TBI related cognitive impairment. […]

Defining Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

The current issue of the European Journal of Neurology has an article on how to classify mild cases of Traumatic Brain Injury, or mTBI. Using the words mild and traumatic in the same definition seems a bit of an oxymoron, but the author reasonably uses the European Federation of Neurological Societies’ definition, which sets the […]

Future Diagnostic Options for Alzheimer’s, MCI, and Brain Injuries

With the increasing waves of people at risk for Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), the health care industry is grappling with how to provide cognitive diagnostic tools that are easy to administer in a doctor’s office or health clinic, and do not require invasive procedures. Baseline cognitive assessments for memory are an obvious first […]