alzheimer-wearable

A few years ago, my mother suffered a stroke, and since then her short term memory has become very spotty. She’ll call me on the phone and ask why we haven’t talked in a while, when in reality we spoke just the day prior. During the course of the conversation, she’ll ask the same questions over and over again, namely “how old are you now?” (which is followed by “God, your mother is getting old!”). It’s disheartening to say the least, but I remain thankful that it’s only as bad as it is. I can only imagine how painful it would be to have a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease and that’s why the work that Ybrain is doing is so important.

Ybrain has just raised $3.5 million in funding, which brings their total raised so far to $4.2 million, which is going towards the manufacture and clinical testing of their Ybrain wearable headband. The headband works like such: two sensors in the front of the device give off electronic signals at 2-milli-amperes. Those signals stimulate brain activity and help counteract the symptoms of Alzherimer’s. The band isn’t just for those with the disease, however. It can benefit anyone who suffers “mild cognitive impairment.”

So far, Ybrain’s clinical trials have shown that their device is 20 to 30 percent more effective than existing oral Alzheimer’s medication. The headbands will be available for purchase after they finish their clinical trials and get FDA approval.If you scroll down you can check out their company intro, which explains how their product works with fun cartoons!

via Tech Crunch

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