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Controlling a Robotic Arm with a Patient's Intentions

May 21, 2015 3:03 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with amputations or paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb - one that can be either connected to or separate from the...

Mapping Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins | News | Comments

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't...

Turning Blood Into Neural Cells

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

Scientists at McMaster University have discovered how to make adult sensory neurons from human...

Magnetic Stimulation Helps Map Motor Skills

May 21, 2015 10:40 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

A method known as navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) has been gaining importance...

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Sleep Apps: Toys or Useful Assessment Tools?

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Smartphone applications are not the best tool to assess sleep problems, according to research by Monash University. With up to 40 percent of children experiencing a range of sleep problems, parents are turning to specialized devices and...

A Commentary on Medical Tubing Innovation

May 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Joe Rowan, CEO (USA and Europe), Junkosha | Junkosha USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Long seen as a source of yield loss, poor throughput, and ergonomic challenges, the removal of FEP after catheter lamination, tipping, or bonding created a receptive market for PHST. Though commanding a slight price premium over conventional FEP...

MedTech Memoirs: Neurostimulation

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The first recorded attempt at neurostimulation dates back to 46 A.D., beginning with Mesopotamian healer Scribonius Largus. He would enlist the help of the electrical torpedo fish (more commonly referred to as the “electric ray”) providing pain relief...

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Reprogramming Stem Cells for Neurological Disease Models

May 20, 2015 10:12 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

As scientists overcome the technical challenges in reprogramming stem cells to produce biologically precise models of human neurons, these emerging model systems will accelerate research on understanding neuronal activity, brain development...

Sensor-Integrated Clothing Monitors Anxiety in Autistic Children

May 20, 2015 9:30 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A wearable device developed by students at the University of British Columbia shows promise in preventing meltdowns in children with autism. The device, called Reveal, measures three indicators of anxiety — sweat, heart rate, and skin temperature...

Photos of the Day: Neural Engineering for Middle Schoolers

May 20, 2015 9:23 am | by Sydney Lester, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs | News | Comments

Fifty-one middle school students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, Massachusetts, participated in two hands-on activities on Saturday, March 7, that taught them how engineers can improve quality of life for people affected by medical...

TBI Blood Test Could Reduce Unnecessary CT Scans

May 19, 2015 12:02 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

New study results show that a simple blood test to measure brain-specific proteins released after a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can reliably predict both evidence of TBI on radiographic imaging and injury severity. The potential...

How Does the Brain Respond to Hearing Loss?

May 19, 2015 10:52 am | by Acoustical Society of America (ASA) | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized—reassigned to other functions—even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline. Anu Sharma...

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Brain Scanning Reveals Birds of a Feather Really Do Flock Together

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

The hottest hairstyle, the latest extreme sport, the newest viral stunt – trends happen for a reason and now scientists have a better understanding of why. In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion...

Blood Biomarkers Aid in Alzheimer’s Battle

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Anke van Eekelen, Science Network WA | News | Comments

Researchers are developing an effective low-cost screening tool to facilitate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnosis for the first time by analyzing different combinations of proteins in blood. ECU research fellow Dr. Veer Gupta presented her ongoing...

A New Window into the Brain

May 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | News | Comments

Tübingen neuroscientists have made an important advance in studying the human brain with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This imaging technique is used in research endeavors to investigate the interactions between different brain...

4 Consequences of Building the Bionic Human

May 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

If we’ve got the technology, and we’re willing to modify our bodies, should be making serious advances to ensure our longevity? This certainly makes sense for people who need it, but there’s quite a bit to consider before we all run off making ourselves into robots.

In the NFL, Helmet Sensors Are a Sensitive Issue

May 18, 2015 10:30 am | by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

When big-money NFL careers are at stake, the use of impact-measuring sensors in football helmets isn't as routine as one might expect. The NFL Players Association's Mackey-White Committee, which spearheads player safety initiatives, spent...

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Real-Time Patient/Doctor Feedback for Implanted Medical Devices

May 15, 2015 10:05 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The greatest challenge facing the development of connected medical devices is the desire to gather information beyond simply how the device is functioning. For active implantable devices in both the cardiac and neuromodulation sectors, the...

The First Epilepsy Risk App

May 15, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

UK national charity SUDEP Action has launched its Stay Smart campaign for National Epilepsy Week - 17 May to 23 May, which aims to encourage people with epilepsy to register for a new safety app. The technology, EpSMon, is designed to...

'Hydrogels' Help Stem Cells Restore Eyesight and Heal Brains

May 14, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

Toronto scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in cell transplantation using a gel-like biomaterial that keeps cells alive and helps them integrate better into tissue. In two early lab trials, this has already shown to partially...

Interface Brings Us Closer to Luke Skywalker's Bionic Arm

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

To the nearly 2 million people in the U.S. living with the loss of a limb, including U.S. military veterans, prosthetic devices provide restored mobility yet lack sensory feedback. A team of engineers and researchers at Washington University in...

How Does Neuromodulation Transform Medical Treatment?

May 14, 2015 9:54 am | by International Neuromodulation Society | News | Comments

The 12th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society will present landmark studies about neurostimulation therapy and investigations of potential breakthroughs during its main scientific program June 8 – 11 in Montreal...

Digitizing Neurons

May 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Supercomputing resources at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will support a new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain. Led by the...

Computer Intelligence System Detects Acute Strokes

May 14, 2015 9:29 am | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | News | Comments

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a novel computer-aided detection system for acute stroke using computer intelligence technology. Reading 80-100 computer images, the system is able to detect if the patient was struck...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

Single Low-Magnitude Electric Pulse Fights Inflammation

May 13, 2015 11:36 am | by North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System | News | Comments

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and SetPoint Medical Inc., a biomedical technology company, today released the results of research on the therapeutic potential of vagus nerve...

Ion Pump Implant Gives the Body Its Own Pain Alleviation

May 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Linköping University | News | Comments

A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) and Karolinska Institutet (KI) are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses...

MedTech Memoirs: Brain Surgery

May 12, 2015 1:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Brain surgery is perhaps one of the oldest practiced medical procedures. There is a surprising amount of evidence tracing it back to the Neolithic (late stone age) period. Many unearthed remains of successful brain operations and surgical instruments...

Implantable Microscope Allows Deep Brain Exploration

May 12, 2015 11:41 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The researchers, including scientists from the...

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