Health BriefsHappy Neuron launches online brain games
With more Baby Boomers entering retirement, one Mountain View company is working to capture a growing market concerned about keeping up its mental health.
Happy Neuron, a provider of scientifically based online cognitive exercises, recently released 25 online brain games designed to boost the five major cognitive brain functions: memory, attention, language, executive functions, and visual and spatial processing. The games are available at www.happy-neuron.com.
According to the company, studies show that "brain fitness workouts" help to slow the natural effects of aging and can defer the onset of diseases like Alzheimer's.
New device could help prevent seizures
A device created in Mountain View and designed to prevent epileptic seizures before they start is currently being tested in trials across the country.
Called the Responsive Neurostimulator System, or RNS, the device is nested in a cavity carved into the bone of the skull. According to its developer, Mountain View-based NeuroPace, battery-powered electrodes are placed in the parts of the brain that are damaged, and a computer chip within the RNS monitors the patient's brain waves. When it senses buildup of electrical energy preceding a seizure, it stimulates the affected area and disrupts the impending seizure pattern, the company says.
For more information on NeuroPace's device, visit www.seizurestudy.com or call (866) 904-6630.
— Susan Hong