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Touch-Based 'Language' Lets Visually Impaired See Colors

June 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Videos | Comments

A Portuguese designer named Filipa Nogueira Pires has devised a language similar to Braille, in order that those who can't easily perceive color can "see" it by touching raised shapes attached to objects. The language is called the "Feelipa Color Code"...

How a Newborn Baby Sees the World

June 29, 2015 9:41 am | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time...

Treating Severe Psychological Conditions with Lasers

June 26, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Scientists are now taking a new approach to treating patients with severe psychological...

App May Prevent Parkinson's Patients' Dangerous Gait Freezing

June 26, 2015 11:47 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Many patients in the latter stage of Parkinson's disease are at high risk of dangerous,...

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Green Light Shining Glasses May Solve Insomnia

June 26, 2015 8:55 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

When you're having trouble sleeping, light is the last thing you assume you need. But according to a pilot study attempting to solve insomnia among lung cancer patients led by University at Buffalo sleep researcher Grace Dean, light may just be...

Growing Neurons in 3D for Parkinson's Research

June 26, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Luxembourg | News | Comments

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson's patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of...

Lightbulb Simulates the Sun to Hack Your Circadian Rhythm

June 25, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

A Kickstarter project called Silk is developing a connected lightbulb that constantly matches its light output to that of the sun’s all day long. Silk lightbulbs fit into standard sockets and connect wirelessly to a central hub, so they can be remotely...

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Bionic Eye Improves Vision for Blind Patients

June 24, 2015 10:25 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

The three-year clinical trial results of the retinal implant popularly known as the "bionic eye," have proven the long-term efficacy, safety and reliability of the device that restores vision in those blinded by a rare, degenerative eye disease...

Could Virtual Reality Treat Alcoholism?

June 24, 2015 10:03 am | by Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs | News | Comments

A form of “virtual-reality” therapy may help people with alcohol dependence reduce their craving for alcohol, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, come from a small study...

Nanometric Sensor Can Help Diagnose Multiple Sclerosis

June 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Agência FAPESP | News | Comments

The early diagnosis of certain types of cancer, as well as nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, may soon be facilitated by the use of a nanometric sensor capable of identifying biomarkers of these pathological...

Disabled Pilot a Robot Remotely With Their Thoughts

June 23, 2015 11:40 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A team of researchers at the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI), headed by José del R. Millán, has however been working on a revolutionary brain-machine approach in order to restore a sense of independence to the disabled...

Helmet Sensors Monitor Student Athletes to Research Concussions

June 22, 2015 11:49 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Dozens of UCLA student-athletes will participate in research by UCLA scientists that is expected to deliver new clues about the biological and genetic risk factors for sports-related concussions. UCLA researchers in medicine and athletics...

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Photos of the Day: 64 Fiber Optic Cables Map Brain Activity

June 22, 2015 10:34 am | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Shaw Bronner and Shaul Yahil, two researchers at the Yale Brain Function Lab, describe images on their computer screens to each other while their brain activity is mapped during a demonstration of the technology in New Haven, Conn. on...

FDA Allows Marketing of Device That Helps Blind Process Visual Signals Via Their Tongues

June 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of a new device that when used along with other assistive devices, like a cane or guide dog, can help orient people who are blind by helping them process visual images with their tongues...

Alzheimer’s Spares Long-Term Musical Memory

June 19, 2015 10:26 am | by Max Planck Gesellschaft | News | Comments

In comparison to other memory functions, long-term musical memory in Alzheimer patients often remains intact and functional for a surprisingly long time. However, until now, the underlying causes of this phenomenon have remained in the dark...

Flexible Electronic Skin Turns You into a Computer

June 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Wearable electronics are so omnipresent these days that, for me at least, they’re beginning to wear out their welcome. That said, I’m willing to be flexible about wearable sensors that depart from the typical on the wrist model. An engineering team...

Medical Lasers Face Many Barriers to Clinical Acceptance

June 18, 2015 9:48 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

The dynamic field of medical laser applications continually offers new systems and techniques enabling less invasive or more targeted treatments. But the path from the lab to the clinic can be slowed by "a multiplicity of barriers" requiring...

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Color-Coded Map Guides Brain Tumor Removal

June 18, 2015 9:30 am | by John Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Brain surgery is famously difficult for good reason: When removing a tumor, for example, neurosurgeons walk a tightrope as they try to take out as much of the cancer as possible while keeping crucial brain tissue intact -- and visually distinguishing...

Modeling Neuronal Connectivity with Stem Cells

June 18, 2015 9:02 am | by IOS Press BV | News | Comments

Human stem cells can be differentiated to produce other cell types, such as organ cells, skin cells, or brain cells. While organ cells, for example, can function in isolation, brain cells require synapses, or connectors, between cells and between...

Eye’s Motion Detection Sensors Identified

June 17, 2015 3:59 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Driving a car at 40 mph, you see a child dart into the street. You hit the brakes. Disaster averted. But how did your eyes detect that movement? It’s a question that has confounded scientists. Now, studying mice, researchers at Washington...

Facing Fears through Virtual Reality

June 16, 2015 2:19 pm | by Santa Clara University | News | Comments

While some might fear public speaking to the point of calling it a phobia, two students bravely face that anxiety by talking about their work to alleviate the fears of others. For their Senior Design project, Bryce Mariano (web design and engineering...

Consumables, Consumption, and Consolidation: A MedTech Forecast over Breakfast

June 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Phillips-Medisize | Blogs | Comments

Want to get a bunch of editors into a room together first thing in the morning on the first day of an industry event? Offer them the promise of some industry insights over eggs and bacon...

Looking into the Brains of Chronic Itch Patients

June 16, 2015 9:13 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

It's long been known that scratching evokes a rewarding and pleasurable sensation in patients with chronic itch. Now, researchers in the Department of Dermatology and Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) may...

FDA Approves Brain Implant to Reduce Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor Symptoms

June 16, 2015 9:01 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Brio Neurostimulation System, an implantable deep brain stimulation device to help reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, a movement disorder that is one...

Honeycomb-Inspired Design Delivers Improved Impact Protection

June 15, 2015 4:20 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a groundbreaking new energy-absorbing structure to better withstand blunt and ballistic impact. The technology, called negative stiffness...

Speech Recognition from Brain Activity

June 15, 2015 1:42 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Speech is produced in the human cerebral cortex. Brain waves associated with speech processes can be directly recorded with electrodes located on the surface of the cortex. It has now been shown for the first time that is possible to reconstruct...

Headband Helps Parkinson's Patients Self-Treat Symptoms at Home

June 15, 2015 9:40 am | by John Hopkins University | News | Comments

Parkinson’s disease patients whose symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness and slowed movement make it tough to hold an eating utensil steady have few options for relief outside of a hospital or clinic. Medication can help, but over time it...

Prototype for an 'Intelligent' Polo Helmet Developed

June 12, 2015 3:52 pm | by Loughborough University | News | Comments

A Loughborough student’s prototype for a safer polo helmet – complete with a built-in crash sensor – could save lives by alerting emergency responders to impacts and falls that may cause head injuries. Robin Spicer, 23, a final year Industrial...

Big Data, Big Difference: Building Smarter Devices with Data Analytics

June 12, 2015 10:05 am | by Stephanie Kute, Line Manager, Battelle Advanced Analytics and Health Research (AAHR) Resource Group | Articles | Comments

We’ve all heard about “big data”—but how do you harness it for healthcare? Tomorrow’s smart medical devices will use data analytics and machine learning to deliver more automated, effective and personalized solutions for patients and providers...

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