October is ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month and to help people who are suffering from ADHD, The Perth Brain Centre is running open evenings to help people learn more about the latest evidence-based, drug-free treatment options available.

Daniel Lane, The Clinical Director at the Centre, said that unfortunately people often aren't aware that there are options apart from stimulant medication. "Approaches such as neurofeedback, a kind of brain-training, have level one support from The American Academy of Pediatrics," he said.

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Neurofeedback reduces chemotherapy-induced pain

Science Daily reports on a study by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Centern titled "Neurofeedback reduces pain, increases quality of life for cancer patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced neuropathy"

Based on the description in the article, it sounds like this study used a traditional form of EEG Neurofeedback.

Some highlights from the article:

  • Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of chemotherapy.
  • CIPN affects up to 96 percent of patients after a month of chemotherapy treatment.
  • There were 71 participants with all types of cancer in this study.
  • Seventy-three percent of participants saw improvement in their pain and quality of life.
  • The neurofeedback reduced the intensity and unpleasantness of pain and numbness.
  • The neurofeedback reduced how much pain interfered with daily activities.
  • A study that will focus exclusively on breast cancer patients experiencing neuropathy was recently funded.

UT studies neurofeedback and recognizes the potential

...neurofeedback not only gives individuals the opportunity to take control of their emotional states but also has the potential to revolutionize the way the public thinks about the difficult treatment of mental illnesses.
— The Daily Texan

I like this quote from an article in the 'The Daily Texan" titled "UT study analyzes effects of neurofeedback as therapeutic method" which reported on a study at the University Texas involving neurofeedback.

The article seems to describe a form of traditional neurofeedback, and also a form of neurofeedback called realtime fMRI that is used a lot in research settings.