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New App Helps Veterans Recover From Brain Injuries

"Constant Therapy," developed at Boston University, is the latest tool to try to treat patients with traumatic brain injury.

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    "Constant Therapy," developed at Boston University, is the latest tool to try to treat patients with traumatic brain injury. (Published Monday, Nov. 10, 2014)

    It may look like a child's memory game or the next addictive iPad app, but the brain games presented on "Constant Therapy" are much more than they appear.

    The app, developed at Boston University, is the latest tool to try to treat patients with traumatic brain injury.

    "Constant Therapy provides a mobile solution that is cloud-based that allows people to improve their brain function and learning after an event such as a stroke or a traumatic brain injury," said CEO Veera Anantha.

    Anantha teamed up with his wife, Swathi Kiran, a speech, language and hearing sciences professor at Boston University, to develop testing and therapies for patients that go beyond the doctor's office.

    "Even individuals who are chronically brain-injured, where most patients are told that their brain is not going to recover, they've hit a plateau, and we have been telling them, 'No, that's not true, your brain can improve,'" explained Kiran.

    "Our brains are plastic, and people can get better - even years after an event or incident," said Anantha.

    They say one of the biggest benefits of Constant Therapy is that clinicians can not only study the data produced by the app to see if their patients are improving, but specifically how they're improving.

    "I think we'll get to a point where we'll have so much data here that we'll understand what makes people learn information differently and how you can use that learning style to help them get better in their own way," said Kiran.

    The app is already available on iPads and it's launching on Android tablets this week.

    There is a free trial so you can test it out.

    The app costs $19.99 per month, or is available in one year or three year subscriptions.

    In honor of Veterans Day, Constant Therapy is offering a scholarship for free subscriptions for veterans in need.

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