IMPROVING CARE OF CONCUSSION VICTIMS By: Dr. Matthew Kennedy
We have developed a comfortable, portable EEG guided cognitive pacing tool which monitors how hard the brain is working in real time and gives alerts to patients before they overexert themselves. This allows for data driven cognitive pacing which can be used at home, in the office, or in the classroom. We also have the heart monitor as well as heart rate variability. So that helps to guide subthreshold exercise, which has been shown to speed recovery, as well as giving metrics on concussion status with the heart rate variability. And then on top of that, we have accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer --sensors in the head band that allow for measuring head movement. The amazing thing about that is it gives biofeedback for balance retraining, vestibular retraining, as well as even some ocular motor and eye tracking exercises- making for a fairly thorough package of information.
ORIGINS AND CONCEPT EVOLUTION By: Dr. Ashleigh Kennedy
We're actually launching as a wellness technology in September… we are working with sports teams, delivering the technology to them on a yearly license. We are exploring the opportunity to work with military organizations and employers. We also aim to target post-concussion cases both in the US and Canada, where employees are not getting care for these concussions (and it's keeping them out of work for months- longer than it really should). If they had the proper care after the injury, that's our starting point and that's how we are entering the market.
*This spotlight segment is part of IPHA MedTech News' innovators feature series.
9/1/2022- IPHA NEWS kicks off a 20-day direct demo/test drive and performance challenge of the NEUROVINE® App and Sensor Band- by our Sr. Editor, Lennard Gettz. "I took on the Neurovine experience as any other head patient of a physiatrist or neurologist, whereby I was to undergo an EEG exam. Simulating this has some elevation in stress or anxiety with these brain games, which I was concerned may affect its accuracy and ultimate results."
CONCUSSION 101: "The Phantom Menace"
By: Joshua Schueller, PT
In the spirit of public awareness and technical education, the clinical team at IPHA (The Integrative Pain Healers Alliance) recognizes the need to bring resources and information about the latest innovations in diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to the general public. In addition, IPHA’s support of this public awareness offers the same awareness to the patient-care community with the hopes of adding new options to their expanding possibilities in search of bringing wellness to their patients.
THREE CLASSIFICATIONS OF CONCUSSION:
Grade 1 Mild - headache, difficulty focusing, memory loss, dizziness, and nausea. No loss of consciousness
Grade 2 Moderate - similar symptoms as Grade 1 but loss of consciousness up to 5 minutes
Grade 3 Severe - risk of permanent brain damage and loss of consciousness more than 5 minutes. Symptoms include speech difficulty, amnesia vomiting 
Currently, concussions are diagnosed by symptoms and mechanism of injury. In severe cases a CT or MRI is used.  The difficulty in concussions is that there is not a universally accepted diagnosis test to determine a concussion or its severity. Also adding to the challenge with concussions is treatment protocols are symptom reliant. Current treatments include rest, abstain from physical activities, and medications for headaches. . The complexity of the brain has made diagnosing concussions accurately difficult. If someone returns too quickly, before the brain is fully healed another more serious concussion can occur. Repeated concussion especially in short time frames can lead to permanent severe brain damage.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is brain degeneration caused by repeated head trauma (concussions). There currently is no treatment and can only be diagnosed through an autopsy. CTE has been found in athletes such as football players and boxers, but also in military personnel who have been exposed to repeated explosive blast. Experts do not have a clear understanding of concussions and CTE. 
People who suffer from head trauma can display cognitive, behavioral (impulsiveness and aggression), mood disorders (depression, apathy, suicide) and motor symptoms (motor neuron disease and Parkinson’s). (5).
Due to the complexity with dealing with brain injury, diagnosis and treatment have fallen significantly behind. Concussions often go unreported or misdiagnosed as “getting your bell rung”. Many sufferers will hide their symptoms and keep going on with normal activities despite suffering from symptoms. Until an accurate test or device is available to accurate classify a concussion and a universally accepted treatment, concussion will continue to grow, and the side effects will be debilitating for the suffers.
By: David DachingerDr. Jay Lombard, “One of the most exciting opportunities in neuroscience research today is the use of strategies that protect the brain which may potentially prevent, delay or inhibit the progression of neurodegenerative diseases… this opportunity rests on our ability for early diagnosis. Research has shown that the likelihood of success for a given treatment-whether lifestyle changes or pharmacological approaches- is highly dependent upon early intervention, before the disease process has become too severe and potentially irreversible.” 
1) Research Review: Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Vascular System/ Health Resource Digest: https://healthresourcedigest.blogspot.com/2022/06/neurodegenerative-diseases-and-vascular.html
2) Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy/#:~:text=Chronic%20traumatic%20encephalopathy%20(CTE)%20is,are%20based%20on%20ex%2Dathletes.
3) COVID long-haulers: Questions patients have about symptoms | AMA: https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-long-haulers-questions-patients-have-about-symptoms