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Stanford Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness and Develop Noninvasive Treatment

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions. The collaboration could lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and...

World-First ‘Bionic Bra’ Inches Closer to Reality

December 3, 2014 9:21 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics...

Test Detects Brain Cancer in a Drop of Blood

December 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

HealthTell, an early stage Life Sciences company, today announced it has been awarded a $225,000 SBIR grant (1R43CA183360-01) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to evaluate the performance of the company's proprietary Immunosignature...

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Using Implants to Learn About the Brain and How to Heal It

December 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The mind has a language of its own, and Jeff Ashe is trying to figure out what exactly it is saying. Ashe and his team at GE Global Research in upstate New York are working with scientists, engineers, and physicians at Brown University to better...

The Unusual Relationship Between Shoplifting and Medical Implants

December 2, 2014 11:52 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

With a growing number of patients receiving implantable electronic medical devices, there is increased concern about their exposure to electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, which are designed to deter shoplifting. AAMI’s Cardiac Rhythm...

Harry Potter’s Next Adventure — Stroke Treatment

December 1, 2014 11:52 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects...

‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

Brain-Computer Interface Devices to Bring Us into the Future

November 26, 2014 10:48 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Addressing regulators, members of industry, and other stakeholders, Jennifer French delivered a powerful message about those requiring brain–computer interface (BCI) devices to treat paralysis and other neurological conditions: “We are not patients..."

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A MedTech Thanksgiving Tale

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, the collective nations of the medtech Native Americans co-existed in relative peace in a land far from all others. Sure, there was the occasional squabble between tribes, while other times, one tribe would absorb a smaller tribe into...

Photos of the Day: Google's Spoon Steadies Tremors

November 25, 2014 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Built with hundreds of algorithms, these specially designed spoons make it much easier for people with tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling. The spoons sense a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced ...

Steadying Tremors with 'Liftware' Spoon

November 25, 2014 3:48 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's...

SIDS Cases Found to Have Common Brain Abnormality

November 25, 2014 11:14 am | by NIH | News | Comments

NIH-supported researchers find abnormality in brain area influencing breathing, heart functions More than 40 percent of infants in a group who died of sudden infant death syndrome were found to have an abnormality in a key part of the brain...

Designing a Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be...

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Employing Brain Stimulation Device to Enhance Stroke Recovery

November 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). By using TMS...

Non-Invasive Device Slows Brain Tumor Growth

November 21, 2014 2:04 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A non-invasive, portable electrical device tested at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital - the only such testing site in Michigan - along with other major medical centers around the country, has been found to lengthen the lives...

Photos (Videos) of the Day: Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Address Head Injuries

November 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Last spring, the National Football League, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and GE called on researchers, scientists and enthusiasts to find new tools for detecting concussions and protecting football players from traumatic brain injuries...

Restoring Balance After Brain Injury with Virtual Reality Tech

November 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a four-year grant for nearly $3 million from the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Department of Defense (DOD) titled, "Improving Balance in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Using a Low...

Robotic Walker Helps Restore Motion for Stroke Patients

November 21, 2014 11:09 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

MIT Student Hacks Health Care

November 19, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For as long as she can remember, Andrea Ippolito has known that she wanted to be an engineer. What she couldn’t have predicted was what, precisely, the scope and scale of her work would turn out to be. Ippolito began her career at Boston Scientific...

Summit Focuses on Emerging Neurorehabilitation Technologies

November 18, 2014 11:35 am | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | Parker Hannifin Corporation | News | Comments

The human motion business unit of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, last week hosted the pre-eminent experts in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation in a unique forum to discuss one of...

Creating Flexible Medical Electronics with a T-Shirt Printer

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such...

Photos of the Day: Sneak Peak from this Year's MEDICA

November 12, 2014 3:56 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Editor-in-Chief, Sean Fenske reports some of this year’s highlights at MEDICA in Düsseldorf, Germany...                                    

Microtubes Create Cozy Space for Neurons to Grow

November 11, 2014 3:21 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve ...

Polymer Probe Controls Spinal Cord Neurons with Light

November 10, 2014 11:24 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

MIT researchers have demonstrated a highly flexible neural probe made entirely of polymers that can both optically stimulate and record neural activity in a mouse spinal cord — a step toward developing prosthetic devices that can restore...

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