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Monkeys Help the Design of Better Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs

January 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

In a published paper, Krishna Shenoy and first author Katherine Cora Ames, a doctoral student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, present a mathematical analysis of the brain activity of monkeys as they make anticipated and unanticipated...

Photos of the Day: Developing Better Robotic Prostheses

January 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A major motivation for this research is to build neurally controlled prosthetics to improve quality of life for amputees and individuals with paralysis. For these patients, signals in the brain that would ordinarily control arm movement...

Older Brains Slow Due to Greater Experience, Rather than Cognitive Decline

January 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

What happens to our cognitive abilities as we age? Traditionally it is thought that age leads to a steady deterioration of brain function, but new research in Topics in Cognitive Science argues that older brains may take longer to process...

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The First Research Results from the Neurobiology Centre

January 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Do dyslectic children have a slightly different brain structure than their colleagues? What chemical reactions cause the immune system to support the development of malignant brain tumours? Why are certain events etched so firmly in our...

Training Your Brain Using Neurofeedback

January 21, 2014 11:35 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

A new brain-imaging technique enables people to 'watch' their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in pre-determined brain regions. The study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital—The Neuro, McGill...

Greatbatch requests CE Mark for spinal cord stim

January 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Greatbatch filed a CE Mark application for its spinal cord stimulation system with German notified body TÜV SÜD America. The spinal cord stimulation system comes from Greatbatch's subsidiary, QiG Group. The company also applied for pre-market...

Looking Ahead at Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Adrian Wilson, Head of Technologies, Element Six | Blogs | Comments

Today’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies, aiding the measurement of illness diagnose and treatment, even when stretched to their limits, have not allowed for resolution beyond a few micrometers and traditionally require expensive...

Implanted Sensors Monitor Cerebral Pressure

January 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as a long-term...

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes BeneChill's Groundbreaking Intranasal Cooling System for Therapeutic Hypothermia

January 20, 2014 10:39 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the therapeutic hypothermia market for cardiology, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BeneChill, Inc. with the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. BeneChill's RhinoChill intranasal...

FDA OKs Mental Disability Blood Test for Infants

January 20, 2014 10:04 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code. The laboratory test from Affymetrix detects variations in patients' chromosomes...

Global Telehealth Market Set to Expand Tenfold by 2018

January 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according...

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series on Health App Development Under FDA Regulation

January 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading... 

Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

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Kickstarter of the Week: How to Undermine Intellectual Property

January 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The team at OpenBCI (open source brain-computer interface) is trying to undermine the “ivory tower of intellectual property” and prove another way to do business. The company has developed a low-cost, programmable, open-source platform that...

Open Source Access to Your Brain

January 14, 2014 12:50 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The team at OpenBCI is trying to undermine the “ivory tower of intellectual property” and prove another way to do business. The company has developed a low-cost, programmable, open-source electroencephalography (EEG) platform that gives...

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 13, 2014 11:07 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In their review entitled...

Study: Self-Administered Test Helps Spot Early Alzheimer's

January 13, 2014 10:52 am | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities. Findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center...

Detecting Alzheimer's at Home

January 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Videos | Comments

Researchers have developed an at-home test that can help doctors spot early symptoms of cognitive issues in their patients, like Alzheimer's disease. Best of all, the test is cheap, self-administered, and a new study shows, can be just as...

Ultrasound Directed to the Human Brain Can Boost Sensory Performance

January 13, 2014 10:11 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system — and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute...

AdvaMed Signs MOU with Taiwan Med Tech Association

January 10, 2014 11:56 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan Advanced Medical Technology Association (TAMTA) to facilitate collaboration between the... 

High Costs of Research Made Worse by Funding Gap

January 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Florida Science Communications | News | Comments

Although more opportunity exists for university-based researchers to be innovative, and there is more financial support for innovation than ever before, the cost of university research is rising to new levels and presents a serious funding...

Stem Cells Injected into Nerve Guide Tubes Repair Injured Peripheral Nerve

January 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair | News | Comments

Using skin-derived stem cells and a previously developed collagen tube designed to successfully bridge gaps in injured nerves in rat models, the research team in Milan, Italy that established and tested the procedure has successfully rescued...

Sleep Sensor and Wellness Coaching App at CES

January 9, 2014 2:33 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Beddit, makers of wireless sleep tracking equipment used by professionals worldwide, has scaled up manufacturing of its best-selling sleep sensor and wellness coaching app and will be showcasing them at the 2014 International Consumer...   

A New Pathway for Neuron Repair Is Discovered

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

Penn State University molecular biologists have discovered a brand-new pathway for repairing nerve cells that could have implications for faster and improved healing. The researchers describe their findings in a paper titled "Dendrite injury...

Mystery Solved: How Nerve Impulse Generators Get Where They Need to Go

January 9, 2014 1:57 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery of the central nervous system, showing how a key protein gets to the right spot to launch electrical impulses that enable communication of nerve signals to and from the brain. Nerve impulses are...

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