Thursday, July 16, 2015

Mobile phones in epilepsy care

Thank you to Katie Kirby for the new article on mobile phones in epilepsy care. Full text article can be accessed through here.

It includes information on:

Apps for patients and caregivers:
- apps to be used as a seizure diary, e.g.: Epilepsy Society App and My Epilepsy Diary
- information provision apps, such as Epilepsy Vault
- medication reminers, eg.: Dosecast - Medication Reminder, Medication Log

Apps for healthcare providers:
- medication information: e.g.: Medication guide, Generic Drug Encyclopedia
- information about drug interactions: Drug interaction, Drug Interactions (A-Z)
- dose calculators, e.g: Creatinine Clearance Calc, etc.

Apps for detection of epilepsy:
- Epdetect is an iPhone app that uses motion sensors to detect seizures.
- Smartmonitor's Smartwatch that transmits information about the seizure and the location of the patient to a pre-determined contact
- Affectiva's Q Sensor that uses galvanic skin response rather than movement to detect seizures, and to record their severity

A very nice article.  Thank you, Katie.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Pretty brain pictures

Have a look at the results of the 2015 Brain Art Competition here (scroll down the page to see the pictures). There are a lot more neurogoodies on this website - worth exploring.


Monday, June 29, 2015

An update on ABC Active Memory

I wrote a while back on Active Memory, a new brain training program  developed in the Florey Institute in Melbourne. I have since received an email from Mary Castellani, a post-graduate student at LaTrobe. She points out that there is no published research on this product as yet, and no substantial information about it on the Florey or Uni of Melbourne websites.  The website indicates that users “Contribute to Research”, with University of Melbourne and Florey Institute logos embedded within the website. .

Mary has also included some links to interviews with Prof Wood, who created the program, and I thought they may be worth re-posting for those who are interested in what is happening in Melbourne's neuroscience:

All in the Mind

The Health Report

Thank you, Mary,

An update on a finger-tapping app

My apologies for the long silence. Life and family issues are taking my time at the moment.

We have been talking about finger tapping tests, such as  DigiTap app a while ago, and I asked if anybody is using them. I have since had email from a colleague who says he uses it regularly, particularly when wanting to examine motor slowing or needing an indicator of a subtle weakness on one side. He uses norms from Spreen and Strauss, which he finds not to be ideal, but better than nothing. He feels that when using an iPad app people tends to get somewhat inflated scores, and tends to take notice only when both fingers are well below expectation (e.g. >1.5 SD), or if there is a big difference between fingers. Sounds to me like a good clinical rule of thumb.



Saturday, April 11, 2015


Have you heard of a Dr Stan Rodski's neuroscientific colouring book?

Mary Castellani (thank you!) heard about it today on the radio.

Check out information about the book on:


more information about Dr Rodski on:


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Virtual clinic: see your doctor on the phone

With thanks to Les Posen who forwarded this article from the Pulse magazine.

The article describes an about-to-launch Australian tele-health app, which you can use to store your medical history to and access your GP remotely, including full video-conference visits. A very elegant app, which enables forwarding of data such as blood sugar, blood pressure, prescriptions, etc. The platform will be free to use, with only the 'GP visits' being charged. We probably don't need most of its features, but I wonder if we could adapt it for the purposes of remote counseling and consulting.


Monday, April 6, 2015

An interesting blog

I found a good blog on neuropsychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation from a British neuropsychologist:

The last post has been written some time ago, and I wonder if the blog is still current and being updated. However, it is still worth a look, especially that last post on capacity to make decisions.