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Neurofeedback News and Research October 2018

Neurofeedback is Now a Viable Treatment for Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease (HD), also known as Huntington’s chorea, is an inherited disorder that results in the death of brain cells. It eventually leads to severe physical disability (patients lose the ability to walk and talk) and eventually death. Though it is a rare disease (worldwide prevalence of HD is 5–10 cases per 100,000 persons), it’s effects are debilitating and any new therapies to aid in the treatment of it are welcome, as it is considered very difficult to treat.

Researchers at University College London have shown that neurofeedback can increase connectivity in the brains of Huntington’s patients. Their study, “Stimulating neural plasticity with real-time fMRI neurofeedback in Huntington’s disease: A proof of concept study,” appeared in the journal Human Brain Mapping. 

Neurofeedback News and Research September 2018

Neurofeedback is Shown to Have Sustained Effects on ADHD

neurofeedback and ADHDMany people are now aware that neurofeedback is effective in treating ADHD. In the world of neurofeedback research, there has up until this point been insufficient data concerning the duration of the benefits from neurofeedback therapy.

In a recent meta- analysis, which looked at 10 different studies involving 500 children ages 8-12, neurofeedback demonstrated sustained effect in the treatment of ADHD. This study looked at previous studies that were randomized, controlled, and also conducted follow-up for at least six months following the cessation of treatment.

Treating OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback for OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by repetitive thoughts and behavior. In OCD, distressing ideas, images, or impulses enter a person’s mind repeatedly and against their will, causing anxiety and distress. A person with OCD may be unable to resist engaging in compulsive acts or behaviours that are not enjoyable that are repeated over and over.

These obsessions or compulsions occur frequently enough to become a problem in the person’s life, especially if they are acted upon. OCD usually comes on in childhood or adolescence, and continues throughout a lifetime.

The mental health diagnostic manual (DSM V) describes OCD based on the following criteria:

Using Neurofeedback to Treat Neuropathy

neurofeedback for neuropathyNerve pathology, or neuropathy, is a condition in which a nerve functions improperly due to injury or disease, causing numbness, tingling or pain from mild to severe, or other health issues depending on the nerves affected.

There are many different types of neuropathy. Neuropathy can be in the peripheral nervous system, affecting the extremities, or it can be focused on any of the cranial nerves, for example optical dysfunction could be caused by a neuropathy of the optic nerve. There is also neuropathy of the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system, where nerves that control the heart and circulation, digestion, bowel and bladder function.

Neuropathy has a variety of causes including diseases, injuries, infections, and even vitamin deficiency. It is commonly caused by diabetes, but can also be caused by autoimmune disease, tumors/cancer, infections like Lyme’s disease, alcoholism, an inherited genetic disorder, toxic exposure, and even drugs and medication.

Conventional medical treatments vary by the nerves affected and their associated symptoms.  Common classes of drugs used include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and of course opioid and opioid- like drugs. To increase the effectiveness of these medications, as well as to reduce their common side effects, many neuropathy patients are turning to alternative medicine.

Neurofeedback News and Research June 2018

Neurofeedback to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Experts in toxicology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, and behavioral therapy have recently come together to help smokers quit. Preliminary results show that the neuro-feedback intervention protocol can cause lasting changes in the brain cortex as people try to stop smoking. Researchers have designed a specific neuro-feedback intervention protocol to combat addiction.

“Smoking is the largest avoidable cause of lung diseases, morbidity and premature mortality worldwide,” says project coordinator Panagiotis Bamidis. “The purpose of our project is to deliver new knowledge regarding the cost-effectiveness of innovative smoking cessation interventions. This approach should improve the efficiency of public policy strategies aiming to reduce smoker numbers and therefore help to prevent lung diseases.”

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