Wednesday, October 16, 2019

THE BRAIN IMAGING REVOLUTION: Driving Tech Upgrades to Support Diagnosing Mental Illness


NEW ADVANTAGES FOR NEUROLOGICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PREDICTIONS
October, 2019/NYC - Dr. Robert Bard, Cancer Diagnostic Imaging specialist is currently involved with several research teams investigating the benefits of Neuro-Imaging technologies to study PTSD and other mental disorders.  He is also underway a major collaborative performance study of various scanning innovations including the Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound with top engineers of  international manufacturers toward advanced brain imaging.

Recent news of imaging technologies targeting depression or suicidal risks have captured the attention of clinical researchers and medical centers nationwide. Inspired in part by the rise in PTSD and suicide reports from military, law enforcement and emergency personnel comes a rise in major public interest to develop more efficient studies to aid in identifying (and predicting) self-destructive disorders. Validating the many clinical benefits of neuro-imaging is part of Dr. Bard’s 40+ year academic commitment as an advocate of non-invasive diagnostic protocols. In the cancer scanning environment alone, he has been a staunch supporter of the pioneers of ‘safer’ (non-surgical) technologies including Focused Ultrasound and the progression of the 4D Doppler, which have mostly come from European designers and foreign clinical trials.


TECHNOLOGY LEVERAGES ABILITY TO READ PATIENTS
The pilot research to scan PTSD was formed in part by the FIRST RESPONDERS WELLNESS RESOURCE GROUP- an advocacy project supported by Dr. Bard for cancer prevention, wellness education and occupational hazard screening.  Recent meetings with retired FDNY fraternal organizations such as the RMA and the Columbia Association raised concerns from latent Cancers to PTSD and depression.  According to mental health expert Jessica Glynn, LCSW, “a first responder who experiences or witnesses a traumatic event can develop physical and emotional symptoms as a result. These symptoms can manifest in anxiety, depression and/or auditory and visual hallucination related to the event (flashbacks). All of these can lead to severe destress and impaired functioning in their personal and professional lives. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these symptoms often go unchecked and untreated because most sufferers instinctively conceal them”

On a recent meeting with the NYS Troopers Police Benevolent Association, Director Michael Brooks was given a private tour of Dr. Bard’s neuro-cranial technology during a private demo of a brain scan pilot project. Mr. Brooks expressed the need for advanced research in diagnostics and health treatment in our community of public service personnel- including mental health. "This is a very exciting time in medicine where advanced technology is tuned to battling more and more complex disorders… It would be great to see more independent groups like Dr. Bard's program share ground-breaking solutions like this with all service communities." (see News feature @ First Responders Health Resource Magazine)

The white paper study by the Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health and Suicide of First Responders examines a number of factors contributing to mental health issues among first responders and what leads to their elevated rate of suicide. One study found that on average, police officers witness 188 ‘critical incidents’ during their careers. This exposure to trauma can lead to several forms of mental illness. For example, PTSD and depression rates among firefighters and police officers have been found to be as much as 5 times higher than the rates within the civilian population, which causes these first responders to commit suicide at a considerably higher rate. These numbers reflect the recent news reports of job-related depression and a recent spike in suicide rates in emergency responders and law enforcement.  Additional data from the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 Reports indicated that suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of over 47,000 people.

“What was once science fiction is now a reality in so many areas of medical technology”, starts Dr. Bard. “Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure to witness the dramatic evolution of both scanning and treatment solutions – like the sciences of AI, robotics, laser and ultrasound… but the real benefit to the patient is the entire medical community (finally) beginning to work together to collaborate on problem solving and coming up with more efficient programs.”

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REFERENCES & SPECIAL THANKS
The AngioFoundation/Cranial Scan Program: http://cranialscan.com/
The Ruderman Family Foundation: https://rudermanfoundation.org
The National Institute for Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

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CRANIALSCAN FEATURE NEWS EXTRA:

SUICIDE COULD BE PREDICTED WITH BRAIN IMAGING
Published 30 October 2017| By Honor Whiteman | Full article source: Medical News Today

What if it was possible to predict which people are at high risk of suicide? Researchers may have brought us a step closer to such a feat, after developing a brain imaging technique that could pinpoint individuals with suicidal tendencies.an upset girl with her head in her hands Researchers say that their new algorithm could identify individuals who are at high risk of suicide. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, around 44,193 U.S. people take their own lives — which is the equivalent to around 121 suicides every single day. (Go to medicalnewstoday.com (link) for complete article)

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By Emily Underwood | Aug. 20, 2019 - Source: ScienceMag.org -AAAS

Scientists have already found several brain features that align with suicide risk. The best studied comes from neuroscientist John Mann of Columbia University. In the early 1980s, he examined the brains of people who had died by suicide, donated by their families. The organs had markedly lower levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin than those of depressed people who had died in other ways. A June study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can also raise the risk of suicide.  (See complete article:link)



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