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Ultrasound Device May Aid in Detecting Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 10:08 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack...

Airport Security-Style Technology Could Help Doctors Decide on Stroke Treatment

April 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Imperial College of London | News | Comments

A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal...

AdvaStim Enters Neuromodulation Device Market

April 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by AdvaStim Inc. | News | Comments

AdvaStim’s novel hardware and software platform gives developers capabilities to address current...

Scientists Observe Brain Activity in Real Time

April 23, 2014 12:02 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A Stanford Bio-X team of scientists invented tools for watching mice brain nerves send signals...

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Brain Stimulator Offers Hope for Individuals with Uncontrolled Epilepsy

April 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush...

A Migraine Prevention Device for the Onset of Pain

April 23, 2014 10:22 am | by CEFALY Technology | News | Comments

After much anticipation, CEFALY Technology announced today that the Cefaly medical device for the preventative treatment for migraine headaches is available for purchase and delivery in the United States for patients with a medical...

Electronic Transdermal Patch Is Winner at French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’

April 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Rhenovia Pharma SAS | News | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, today announces that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award at the ‘World Innovation...

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Hardware-Based Solutions Counter Medical Device Security Concerns

April 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics Corporation | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep...

NeuroPro Bases New EEG Monitoring on imec Technology

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by imec | News | Comments

NeuroPro, a developer of innovative solutions for capture, analysis and visualization of brain signal data for medical and non-medical applications, today announced a novel electroencephalogram (EEG) headset, NeuroTrail, at the conference...

Beating the Clock for Sufferers of Ischemic Stroke

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | News | Comments

A ground-breaking computer technology raises hope for people struck by ischemic stroke, which is a very common kind of stroke accounting for over 80 percent of overall stroke cases.  Developed by ...       

Photos of the Day: Monitoring the Natural Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

John McDonald, a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and other scientists first discovered the existence of the specific neural index of suppression in his lab in 2009. But, until now, little was known about how it helps us ...

Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:28 am | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction. This is the first study to reveal our ...

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Neuromorphic Computing "Roadmap" Envisions Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a "roadmap" that details innovative...

App-t Development for Next Generation Healthcare

April 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I am a recent addition to the “smartphone revolution.” While I never doubted the usefulness of these devices, I was simply steadfast in holding out for a reduction in data rates. I figured that with more users adopting smartphones, eventually...

iPad App to Help Children Affected by Non-verbal Autism

April 16, 2014 11:08 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

SPEAKall!, an iPad application developed at Purdue University that facilitates communication and language development for children and families affected by severe, non-verbal autism, has been adopted for use at speech and language clinics...

Researching the Use of Google Glass to Help People with Parkinson's

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | by Newcastle University | Videos | Comments

A team from the University's Digital Interaction research group in Culture Lab have been working with Google Glass to see how the technology can be used to help people with Parkinson's disease. Find out how Glass is being used in the project...

Google Glass Puts the Focus on Parkinson's

April 15, 2014 12:25 pm | by Newcastle University | News | Comments

The next generation of wearable computing is being trialed for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson’s. Experts at Newcastle University are investigating Google Glass as an assistive aid to help people with...

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April 2014 Digital Edition

April 15, 2014 10:03 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Scanadu emerges with the largest step in home healthcare innovation since the thermometer, championing an elite field of medical device companies utilizing crowdfunding and early 3D printing. Crowdfunding and 3D Printing for Vital Signs...

FDA IDE Approval for the BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device for Treatment of Aneurysms

April 15, 2014 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced FDA IDE approval for clinical investigation of their BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device (VRD). The BARREL Vascular Reconstruction Device is designed for use with occlusive devices in the treatment...

Silly Putty Stem Cells

April 14, 2014 11:29 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

The sponginess of the environment where human embryonic stem cells are growing affects the type of specialized cells they eventually become, a University of Michigan study shows. The researchers coaxed human embryonic stem cells to turn into...

First Patient Enrolled in Clinical Registry Assessing Boston Scientific Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation System in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

April 11, 2014 10:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has enrolled the first patient in a new registry to evaluate clinical outcomes and the economic value of the Vercise™ Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System in patients with Parkinson's disease. DBS is a surgical...

AAMI Journal Probes the Challenges of Battery Management

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation | News | Comments

Batteries are ubiquitous in the healthcare delivery system, powering everything from infusion pumps, to patient beds, to ultrasound machines. The new issue of AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology)...

Japan Stem Cell Researcher Says Results Valid

April 9, 2014 12:16 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation. Haruko Obokata, 30, struggled to maintain her composure during a...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a...  

Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

April 9, 2014 11:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

U.S. Market for Neurostimulation Devices Will Reach Almost $4 Billion by 2022

April 9, 2014 11:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the approval of new indications—particularly chronic heart failure, obesity and epilepsy—will expand the patient pool and market potential for neurostimulation devices in the United States considerably...

Unraveling the Human Brain

April 9, 2014 11:39 am | by Corinna Hackenbrock, youris.com | News | Comments

One of the biggest challenges today is to understand the human brain and we never have been closer to realize it. More than 130 institutes are taking part in one of Europe´s largest research projects, funded with 1.2 billion Euros: the Human...

Brain Model Pins Down Motor Decisions

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Constanze Böttcher, youris.com | News | Comments

Talking or reading. Texting a message or listening. The dilemma of choosing between various tasks is not an invention of the modern information age. Humans and all vertebrates have to prioritise their actions. But to understand the neurobiology...

New Anspach High Speed Drill System Debuts at AANS Annual Meeting

April 9, 2014 10:46 am | by DePuy Synthes Power Tools | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Power Tools* announced the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology and spinal...

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