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An Optimistic Outlook for Brain Health

If you’ve ever had a personal health crisis or loved someone who has had one (and that unfortunately covers most of us), you know how declining health can dominate your life. It can consume both your body and your mind, that’s how a personal health crisis feels. The other kind of health crisis is a global tragedy - Alzheimer’s qualifies as a crisis because of its sheer numbers.

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Sometimes what used to be “only” a global crisis suddenly becomes a personal one. For example, Alzheimer’s statistics stop feeling like just numbers when someone you love shows the first symptoms of cognitive decline. Then the two kinds of crises - the global and the personal - converge.

In the year 2020, for the first time in my memory, almost everyone in the world experienced this kind of convergence of global and personal health crises, as COVID-19 not only dominated world news, but also entered into the heart of our individual lives.

But looking forward to the coming year, I am filled with both global and personal optimism. The rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines gives us hope for an end to both the worldwide pandemic and the worries and restrictions we’ve suffered personally.

Scientific breakthroughs associated with COVID-19 have dominated the headlines. But I am also filled with hope when I look at the impactful innovations in health technology that haven’t received the same level of attention. There are many discoveries in home-health, behavioral health and wellness device technology that hold the promise of affecting both the big picture and our personal experiences of healthcare.

For example, an entrepreneur invented a miniature ultrasound machine that doctors can carry around with them and control with an app on their smartphones. It’s not only much more portable than what’s in use now, but much, much cheaper—which means that it will be available in countries with hospitals that can’t afford the traditional technology. Imagine what a difference a device like that could make to a patient in crisis!

A research-engineer has developed an artificial intelligence method of diagnosing lung cancer that yields both significantly fewer false positives and significantly fewer false negatives than previous methods of diagnosis. If you’re the patient whose cancer is caught early enough to treat successfully in this way - or the patient who is spared unnecessary treatment caused by a false positive - you will feel that convergence of statistics and intimate personal experience.

Possibly the most exciting developments in health tech are in the area of brain health. Breakthroughs in research have advanced a new generation of non-invasive neurostimulation to effect disease modification for Alzheimer’s patients. These advances, and the research behind them, continue to support the use of 40Hz light therapy to improve mental acuity, memory and attention, suggesting a flicker of hope for families battling Alzheimer’s disease. 

 

...the most exciting developments in health tech are in the area of brain health.

 

I am proud to play a personal part in this global trend of health tech development. Homeolux has delivered hope in our first year of business to so many families battling cognitive decline. Scientific research working towards global changes in world health moves on a “someday” scale, but BEACON40® brings the hope and help of developing technology into your daily life here and now. It has been a great honor to play a part in bringing the light of optimism into times that have felt so dark.

Please discover how our BEACON40® can work for you at HomeoLux.com. 

 

Written by, Irina Tanenbaum on Jan. 28, 2021
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