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Cal-BRAIN Kickstarts California Efforts to Map the Brain

June 23, 2014 11:49 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The California budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 20 creates a statewide research grants program called Cal-BRAIN, an initiative led by UC San Diego. With an initial allocation of $2 million, Cal-BRAIN – short for California Blueprint...

Neurological Device Designers Latest to Benefit from Medical Materials Database

June 23, 2014 11:06 am | by ASM International | News | Comments

Granta Design, leaders in materials information technology, and ASM International, the world's largest professional society for materials engineering, today announced a new Neurological module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. The new...

UAB Implants Responsive Neurostimulator for Epilepsy Seizure Control, First in Southeast

June 23, 2014 9:40 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

On June 18, neurosurgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham implanted a new type of electrical stimulator to control seizures in patients with difficult-to-control epilepsy. It marked the first time in the Southeast the RNS system...

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Bioengineers Improve Upon Football Mouthguard that Senses Head Impacts

June 23, 2014 8:50 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford | News | Comments

A device developed by Stanford bioengineers could one day provide real-time measurements of the head impacts sustained by football players. The research could also help characterize the forces sustained in more common head traumas, such as...

Advanced CLARITY Method Offers Faster, Better Views of Entire Brain

June 19, 2014 4:56 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

For decades, researchers’ understanding of brain structure and function has remained fragmented due to difficulties integrating observations and insights at the levels of individual brain cells, neural circuits and systems-level information...

Medtech Innovator 2014 Winner Announced

June 19, 2014 10:38 am | by RCT Ventures | News | Comments

267 companies submitted their plans. A panel of investor judges reviewed the entries to select the MedTech Innovator Top 10 Semi-Finalists. The investor judges included Christopher P. Martin, President, RCT Ventures; Ned Scheetz, Founder...

Microwave Helmet Differentiates Bleeding Strokes from Clot-Induced Strokes

June 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

The results from the initial clinical studies involving the microwave helmet Strokefinder confirm the usefulness of microwaves for rapid and accurate diagnosis of stroke patients. This is shown in a scientific article published on Monday...

Photos of the Day: Stroke Seeking Helmet

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Strokefinder enables earlier diagnosis than current methods, which improves the possibility to counteract brain damage.In the article, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital...

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Modeling How Neurons Work Together for Better Prosthetics

June 18, 2014 4:54 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A newly-developed, highly accurate representation of the way in which neurons behave when performing movements such as reaching could not only enhance understanding of the complex dynamics at work in the brain, but aid in the development...

Bioengineer Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Improve Brain Implants

June 18, 2014 4:33 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite...

Professor Develops Verification Tool for Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems

June 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kim Gudeman, CSL | News | Comments

Over the past few decades, information systems have increasingly replaced human operators and processes, with technology assisting in everything from flying aircraft to regulating heartbeats. As the movement toward more autonomous systems...

Collaboration Aims to Accelerate Biomedical Research Innovations into the Marketplace

June 18, 2014 11:35 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

A collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating...

Portable Brain Scanners Will Change Everything We Know About Concussions

June 17, 2014 8:26 am | by Humboldt State University | News | Comments

A portable imaging tool could change the way the medical community analyzes and understands the long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Research conducted by Humboldt State Kinesiology professor Rock Braithwaite has played a...   

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How to Market Your Device

June 16, 2014 9:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Medical devices marketed in the United States are subject to the regulatory controls in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the regulations in Title 21- Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Parts 1-58, 800-1299... 

Medtronic to Buy Covidien

June 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower...

Spectrum Health Among First to Implant Neurostimulator for Epilepsy

June 13, 2014 11:45 am | by Spectrum Health | News | Comments

Spectrum Health is the first health system in Michigan and among the first in the nation to successfully implant a recently FDA-approved device that uses electric stimulation of the brain to treat adult epilepsy patients whose seizures have...

Lab Awarded $5.6 Million to Develop Next-Generation Neural Devices

June 13, 2014 11:38 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface with the ability to record and stimulate...

Synchronized Brain Waves Enable Rapid Learning

June 12, 2014 12:26 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

The human mind can rapidly absorb and analyze new information as it flits from thought to thought. These quickly changing brain states may be encoded by synchronization of brain waves across different brain regions, according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists. The researchers found that ...

New Migraine Treatment Uses Bi-Directional Breath Powered Technology

June 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by OptiNose | News | Comments

OptiNose has announced that the COMPASS trial, a head-to-head comparison of the investigational treatment AVP-825 to sumatriptan tablets, currently the most widely used prescription medication for migraine, met the primary endpoint of ...  

Inside the Adult ADHD Brain

June 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many of these children eventually “outgrow” the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood ...

Gyroscopes Can Help Diagnose ADHD

June 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine | News | Comments

Recent advances in technology have led to affordable, miniature, inertial sensors that incorporate both accelerometers and gyroscopes. This enables a device no bigger than a wristwatch to measure a wide range of movements, such as tilting, rotation, acceleration, and ...

A Tiny Molecule May Help Battle Depression

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving...

A New Diagnostic Tool for Dementia Diseases

June 6, 2014 2:26 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A new diagnostic tool helps clinicians to differentiate between Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Presented in the doctoral thesis of MD Miguel Ángel Muñoz Ruiz at the University of Eastern Finland...

Our Ability to Identify the Source of Pain Varies Across the Body

June 6, 2014 11:00 am | by University College London | News | Comments

"Where does it hurt?" is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity", varies across the body, being most sensitive at the...

Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn to Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 10:40 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the...

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