HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Aetna (NYSE: AET) announces a new wellness and behavioral health benefit that helps improve overall brain health – MyBrainSolutions. MyBrainSolutions is an interactive brain-training website that brings together games, videos and trackers designed to improve stress management, memory and attention. These services are specifically designed for employers looking to improve productivity and the health and well-being of their workforce.
Created by Brain Resource, Inc., MyBrainSolutions provides adults with the tools they need to take charge of their own well-being and performance. MyBrainSolutions uses an objective personal brain assessment to measure the four key… Read the rest of this entry…
A new UC Davis study shows how the brain reconfigures its connections to minimize distractions and take best advantage of our knowledge of situations.
“In order to behave efficiently, you want to process relevant sensory information as fast as possible, but relevance is determined by your current situation,” said Joy Geng, assistant professor of psychology at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.
For example, a flashing road sign alerts us to traffic merging ahead; or a startled animal might cue you to look out for a hidden predator.
When concentrating on a specific task, it’s helpful to reconfigure
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Given the growing number of veterans being treated for PTSD, it is becoming increasingly important to provide effective, timely, and above all, safe treatment options.
The number of veterans with PTSD rose nearly 200 percent between 1999 and 2009. Encouragingly, the percentage of PTSD patients taking anti-anxiety medication (specifically, benzodiazepines) fell from 37 percent to 31 percent during that same time period, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. While this is encouraging news, researchers say, the frequency of use remains above 30 percent, which is still too high.
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New app to reduce stress
Did you know that you could decompress and de-stress by consciously focusing on your breathing to slow it down? And that in turn would optimize your heart rate? Well, practicers of yoga have known this as have their teachers who by trial and error have maintained health through relaxation techniques.
Read the article about MyCalmBeat here.
Our very own Brain Resource vice president of product marketing, Savannah DeVarney, was interviewed by Natasha Baker from Reuters on the stress reduction and mental focus benefits of MyCalmBeat.
New app aims to reduce stress with slow breathing.
By Natasha Baker
TOKYO | Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:40pm EDT
(Reuters) – Want to reduce stress and improve mental focus? A new app that promotes slow breathing may help.
Called MyCalmBeat, the app uses a heart rate monitor that attaches to the ear to detect a person’s optimal breathing rate, or resonant frequency, which is unique to each person.
Medgadget writer Brian Klein talks about the launch of MyCalmBeat.
Medgadget is an independent journal of the latest medical gadgets, technologies and discoveries, written, edited and published by a group of MDs and biomed engineers.
MyCalmBeat Stress Reduction Monitor Introduced
by BRIAN KLEIN on Oct 5, 2011
In a new blog by CNN contributor Amanda Enayati, the stress relief technique of biofeedback is examined and explained. MyCalmBeat, produced by Brain Resource, stands out as a product that can optimize your heart rate variability using guided breathing techniques.
Enayati writes, “…I found the visual of rhythmically expanding and deflating lungs helpful to follow along with. (MyCalmBeat also has apps for most smartphones.)”
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SAN ANTONIO – Just as regular exercise has been found to help prevent physical illness, “mental gymnastics” may boost worker productivity and even ward off depression, at least one employer has found.
In a three-month pilot using an online program called MyBrainSolutions, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. saw significant improvements in attitiude and emotional resilience among participating employees, which translated into lower absenteeism, less presenteeism and enhanced productivity, said Kathleen Hearth, associate vp of health and productivity at the Columbus, Ohio-based insurer.
In fact, one call center employee who had always performed at a somewhat mediocre level received productivity scores of 100% after…… Read the rest of this entry…