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Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings via Voice Analysis

May 8, 2014 11:03 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports. While the...

Photos of the Day: Prototypes Solve Real-World Problems

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. So, this past fall, when Cueto was asked to design a product that would help solve a real-world problem, it didn’t ...

Seniors from University's Inaugural Product Design Class Unveil Prototypes

May 6, 2014 10:11 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. Upon being diagnosed with the chronic disease, Cueto, now a senior product design major at Drexel University, was...

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NuVasive Announces Favorable Resolution of Patent Lawsuit Against Cadwell Laboratories

May 6, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Cadwell Laboratories, Inc., in a lawsuit involving...

Brain Helmet Finds Pulse of Depression Treatment

May 5, 2014 11:32 am | by Brainsway | Videos | Comments

An Israeli company is making inroads into the treatment of depression with a helmet-like device designed to stimulate neuronal activity in affected areas of the brain. Brainsway says its technology could also be used to help Parkinson's...

Scientists Reveal Network of Fundamental Motor Circuitry

May 5, 2014 10:26 am | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered the developmental source for a key type of neuron that allows animals to walk, a finding that could help pave the way for new therapies for spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments...

Medical Implants, Ultra-Low Power Sensors, and Energy Harvesting

May 5, 2014 8:10 am | by Rich Miron, Digi-Key Technical Content Team | Texas Instruments Inc., Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Medical implants have considerable potential for energy harvesting with the body itself providing the energy source. Today’s ultra-low power circuits and sensors are accelerating efforts to exploit energy harvesting with the objective being...

Studies Identify Spinal Cord Neurons that Control Skilled Limb Movement

May 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two types of neurons that enable the spinal cord to control skilled forelimb movement. The first is a group of excitatory interneurons that are needed to make accurate and precise movements; the second is a group...

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Delving Deep into the Brain

May 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Launched in 2013, the national BRAIN Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of cognition by mapping the activity of every neuron in the human brain, revealing how brain circuits interact to create memories, learn new skills... 

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 11:00 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern...

Brain Tumor Cells Penetrated by Tiny, Biodegradable Particles Carrying Genetic Instructions

April 30, 2014 10:45 am | by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine | News | Comments

Working together, Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers and neurosurgeons report that they have created tiny, biodegradable “nanoparticles” able to carry DNA to brain cancer cells in mice. The team says the results of their proof of principle...

Depression Is Detectable in the Blood

April 29, 2014 12:13 pm | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

Researchers at the MedUni Vienna have demonstrated the possibility of using a blood test to detect depression. While blood tests for mental illnesses have until recently been regarded as impossible, a recent study clearly indicates that, in...

‘Tell-Tail’ MRI Image Diagnosis for Parkinson’s Disease

April 29, 2014 11:45 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

An image similar in shape to a Swallow’s tail has been identified as a new and accurate test for Parkinson’s disease. The image, which depicts the healthy state of a group of cells in the sub-region of the human brain, was singled out using...

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Bioengineers Create Circuit Board Modeled on the Human Brain

April 29, 2014 11:29 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and...

Photos of the Day: Brain-Based Circuit Board

April 29, 2014 11:29 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC. This offers greater possibilities for advances in robotics and...

Vycor's Patented VBAS Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Device Accepted by 12 New U.S. Hospitals This Year

April 29, 2014 8:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vycor Medical, Inc., a provider of innovative and superior neurosurgical and neurotherapeutic solutions, today announced continued momentum and an increase in the number of hospitals that have approved use of Vycor's patented ViewSite Brain...

Revolutionary 'Metamaterial' Has Potential to Reshape Neurosurgery

April 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins | News | Comments

The development of graphene — a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties — may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report in the May issue...

Restoring Sense of Touch to Amputees

April 25, 2014 12:17 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

To understand the meaning of “proprioception,” try a simple experiment. Close your eyes and lift your right arm above your head. Then, move it down so that it’s parallel to the ground. Make a fist and release it. Move it forward, and then...

Channel Makeover Bioengineered to Switch Off Neurons

April 25, 2014 12:09 pm | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

Scientists have bioengineered, in neurons cultured from rats, an enhancement to a cutting edge technology that provides instant control over brain circuit activity with a flash of light. The research funded by the National Institutes of...

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

PD&D recently asked engineers industry-plaguing questions centered on the OEM industry’s cogs, the engineers. As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the...

Photos of the Day: Are Engineers Really Qualified? (Infographic)

April 25, 2014 10:22 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

As the world of technology advances quickly, engineers are forced to adapt to a fast-changing landscape and sometimes skills and talents may diminish. New hires may have a degree, but do they really know how to engineer? With the industry...

Ultrasound Device May Aid in Detecting Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 10:08 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack...

Airport Security-Style Technology Could Help Doctors Decide on Stroke Treatment

April 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Imperial College of London | News | Comments

A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal side-effects from a key stroke treatment. The program, which assesses brain scans using pattern recognition software similar to that used in airport...

AdvaStim Enters Neuromodulation Device Market

April 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by AdvaStim Inc. | News | Comments

AdvaStim’s novel hardware and software platform gives developers capabilities to address current and emerging clinical indications. AdvaStim Inc., a leading developer of advanced technology platforms for neuromodulation therapies, announced...

Scientists Observe Brain Activity in Real Time

April 23, 2014 12:02 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A Stanford Bio-X team of scientists invented tools for watching mice brain nerves send signals in real time. The technique will make it easier to study brain functions and help develop therapies for brain diseases. Stanford scientists have...

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