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Photos of the Day: Making a Mental Match

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a functional MRI-compatible rehab device for stroke patients that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. A pneumatic actuator tendon hammer hits a person's wrist while a transcranial...

Device Helps Rebuild Neural Connections for Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they...

Transplantation of New Brain Cells Reverses Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease Model

July 16, 2014 9:48 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

A new study from the Gladstone Institutes has revealed a way to alleviate the learning and memory deficits caused by apoE4, the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, improving cognition to normal levels in aged mice...

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New Knowledge About the Brain's Effective Bouncer

July 16, 2014 9:45 am | by University of Copenhagen – The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences | News | Comments

Research from the University of Copenhagen is shedding new light on the brain's complicated barrier tissue. The blood-brain barrier is an effective barrier which protects the brain, but which at the same time makes it difficult to treat...

Virtual Humans Inspire Patients to Open Up

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by USC | News | Comments

A new USC study suggests that patients are more willing to disclose personal information to virtual humans than actual ones, in large part because computers lack the proclivity to look down on people the way another human might. The research...

A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

Study of Noninvasive Retinal Imaging Device Presented at Alzheimer's Conference

July 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to preliminary results from investigators conducting...

Smell and Eye Tests Show Potential to Detect Alzheimer's Early

July 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Alzheimer's Association | News | Comments

A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain...

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St. Jude Medical Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire NeuroTherm

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held NeuroTherm, Inc., a manufacturer of interventional pain management therapies, for approximately $200 million...

Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier

July 11, 2014 2:21 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford University | News | Comments

Last year, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a disembodied brain that provided spectacular fly-through views of its inner connections. Since...

Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

A Start-Up at NJIT Develops Bleeding-Control Gel for Brain Surgery

July 11, 2014 9:58 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Endomedix, a start-up company housed at NJIT's business incubator, received a $1.4 million federal grant to develop a spray-on gel that surgeons will use to staunch bleeding during brain surgery. Surgeons can spray the gel onto a surgical...

Ultrasound Tracks Odor Representation in the Brain

July 11, 2014 9:26 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

A new ultrasound imaging technique has provided the first ever in vivo visualization of activity in the piriform cortex of rats during odor perception. This deep-seated brain structure plays an important role in olfaction, and was inaccessible...

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Rep. Patrick Kennedy Visits Moberg's Facility to Discuss Improvement in Brain Injury Care

July 11, 2014 9:12 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Recently, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy visited Moberg Research's (Moberg) medical device manufacturing facility. Rep. Kennedy and Dick Moberg discussed how Moberg's advanced neurological monitors facilitate cutting-edge research in...

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of...

New Type of Stent Could Help Some Brain Aneurysm Patients

July 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

After Susan Wakulich was told she had an aneurysm, she figured an invasive brain surgery and lengthy recovery lay ahead of her. "I was devastated," said Wakulich, who is 56 years old and lives in Chicago's western suburbs. "I knew this was...

New App Widens Opportunities for Dementia Assessments

July 9, 2014 9:42 am | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have launched ACEmobile – a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide. ACEmobile is the first of its kind; an iPad-based tool that supports the assessment...

World's First Neural Device to Restore Memory to be Developed

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Kenneth K Ma, LLNL | News | Comments

The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons...

Photos of the Day: Implant to Restore Memories

July 9, 2014 9:13 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory. The research builds on the understanding that memory is a process in which...

Significant Step Toward Blood Test for Alzheimer's

July 8, 2014 9:43 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. There are currently no effective long-lasting drug treatments...

FDA Clears NeuroMetrix Wearable Technology for Over-the-Counter Use in Treatment of Chronic Pain

July 8, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NeuroMetrix, Inc. has announced that its wearable technology for treatment of chronic pain received 510(k) clearance (K140333) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use. The Company is in late stage development...

Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 3:37 pm | by Frank Jordans and John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain...

New Optogenetic Tool for Controlling Neuronal Signaling by Blue Light

July 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

Institute for Basic Science, the main organization of the International Science and Business Belt project in South Korea, has announced that a group of researchers, led by professor Won Do Heo, have developed a new technology in the field of...

Tool Helps Guide Brain Cancer Surgery

July 7, 2014 10:06 am | by Elizabeth K. Gardner, Purdue | News | Comments

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study. The Purdue-designed tool sprays a microscopic stream...

Photos of the Day: Take a Look at the Future of Brain Imaging

July 7, 2014 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three decades ago, engineers at GE research labs in Niskayuna, NY, built one of the first magnetic resonance machines and peered inside a colleague’s head. The result was the world’s first MRI image of the human brain. “This was an exciting...

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