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Identifying New Ways the Brain Communicates

March 5, 2015 12:04 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain’s striatum. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the findings illustrate structural and functional connections...

Global Running Event Sponsors Research on Paralysis Treatment

March 5, 2015 11:29 am | by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation | News | Comments

It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one...

Mapping the Fruit Fly Brain to Understand How We Sense Hot and Cold

March 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Innately, we pull our hand away when we touch a hot pan on the stove, but little is known about...

Obesity is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated...

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Eye-Tracking Device to Better Understand Anxiety in Children

March 3, 2015 2:23 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Koraly Perez-Edgar, a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Psychology, takes a remote-operated toy spider from a tall bookcase in her office, turns it on and places it on the linoleum floor. It’s gangly, about the size of a shoebox...

Wearable Smoking Cessation Technology

March 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrono Therapeutics, a pioneer in digital drug products, today announced an investment by Rock Health, the leading seed fund in digital health, to support the advancement of Chrono's SmartStopT programmable transdermal drug delivery system...

Therapeutic Video Game for Autism

March 3, 2015 9:29 am | by Autism Speaks | News | Comments

Autism Speaks’ not-for-profit affiliate DELSIA has announced new funding for the clinical testing of a therapeutic video game designed to improve executive function skills in children and adolescents affected by autism. Autism Speaks established...

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The Global Brainstorm: Solutions to Neurodegenerative Diseases

March 2, 2015 11:40 am | by Miri Polachek, Executive Director, Israel Brain Technologies | Blogs | Comments

As medical treatment improves dramatically, allowing us to live longer lives, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent. Close to 40 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s...

Neuromonitoring System Protects Nerve Tissue During Surgery

March 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic...

App to Help Minority Stroke Patients Improve Health

March 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

A clinical trial investigating the use of a physician-monitored app to help first-time minority stroke patients become healthier has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Nneka Ifejika, M.D., M.P.H...

Medtronic Acquires Advanced Uro-Solutions

February 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced that it has acquired Advanced Uro-Solutions, a privately-held developer of neurostimulation products for the treatment of bladder control issues based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Terms of the acquisition...

Device 1,000 Times More Sensitive to Biomarkers for TBI Screening

February 27, 2015 2:13 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New technology being introduced at NYU Langone Medical Center could help researchers advance blood biomarker capabilities that show changes in low concentrations of specific proteins present following a neurological injury. The single molecule...

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Low-Profile Orthosis for Tremor Attenuation: Optimizing Damping System Design

February 27, 2015 11:14 am | by Manilka Abeysuriya, Richard Wheatley, Pera Technology Ltd.; Juanma Belda, Instituto de Biomechanica de Valencia; Antonio Reddavid, Cultraro Automazione Engineering S.r.l.; Pedro Fernandez, ; Leopoldo Fernandez, Especiliades Medico Ortopedicas | Articles | Comments

More than 4.25 million people in the EU and approximately 10 million people in the US are affected by essential tremor (ET). ET is a progressive neurological disorder of which the most recognizable feature is tremor of the arms. ET is also...

Direct Brain Responsive Neurostimulator Decreases Partial Onset Seizures

February 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | News | Comments

Piotr Olejniczak, MD, PhD, LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Neurology and Director of the Epilepsy Center, contributed to a study of the long-term effectiveness of the first direct brain responsive neurostimulator for partial onset, or...

Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

Using Optical Stimulation to Control Pain

February 26, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty...

Mapping the Brain of an Extrovert

February 26, 2015 9:39 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Everyday experience and psychological studies alike tell us that there are two different types of extroverts: The gregarious "people-persons" who find reward in sharing affection and affiliation with others, and the ambitious "go-getters" who...

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Mouthguards Measure Athletes' Head Motion to Predict Injury

February 26, 2015 9:05 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

A preliminary study conducted by researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) may improve our prediction of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Every year more than 40 million people worldwide...

Football Helmet Add-ons May Not Reduce Concussion Risk in Athletes

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | News | Comments

Football helmet add-ons such as outer soft-shell layers, spray treatments, helmet pads and fiber sheets may not significantly help lower the risk of concussions in athletes, according to a study released today that will be presented at...

Bar-Ilan University Neuroscientists Change the Way We Think

February 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bar-Ilan University | News | Comments

Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Skin Test May Shed New Light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

February 25, 2015 9:17 am | by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C...

3 Research Projects for Assistive Technologies Receive Funding

February 25, 2015 8:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand controlled by the nervous system, robotic clothing to help people with walking, and biosensors to monitor how patients use equipment or exercise during rehabilitation are the focus of three research projects awarded £5.3...

Real-Time EEG Monitoring May Allow Automatic Control of Anesthesia

February 24, 2015 11:21 am | by Elizabeth Dougherty, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the U.S. for more than 160 years, but were largely misunderstood — until now. In operating rooms around the world, machines attached to anesthetized patients blip and bleep, reporting...

Overcoming Addiction with an App

February 24, 2015 11:10 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Can a game installed on your smartphone help you to overcome an addiction? Soon this will be a possibility. Marloes Postel, a lecturer at the University of Twente, observed the need for easily accessible care for people with addictions...

First Portable System for Monitoring Patients with Parkinson's in Testing

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The REMPARK European telemedicine project is coordinated by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and has a budget of about €5 million. Also participating are the Hospital Quirón Teknon, Telefónica...

Photos of the Day: Parkinson's Monitoring Belt

February 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya has developed a pioneering portable system for monitoring the motor status of Parkinson's disease patients in real...

3D Printed Guides Can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 10:56 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes, which guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally. Patients with nerve injuries can suffer complete loss of sensation...

Game to Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

February 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Students in Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) created a game to help children who have experienced trauma. The game earned an honorable mention from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations...

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

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