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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...

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‘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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Brain Stimulator Offers Hope for Individuals with Uncontrolled Epilepsy

April 23, 2014 11:40 am | by Rush University Medical Center | News | Comments

A recently FDA-approved device has been shown to reduce seizures in patients with medication-resistant epilepsy by as much as 50 percent. When coupled with an innovative electrode placement planning system developed by physicians at Rush...

A Migraine Prevention Device for the Onset of Pain

April 23, 2014 10:22 am | by CEFALY Technology | News | Comments

After much anticipation, CEFALY Technology announced today that the Cefaly medical device for the preventative treatment for migraine headaches is available for purchase and delivery in the United States for patients with a medical...

Electronic Transdermal Patch Is Winner at French ‘Worldwide Innovation Challenge’

April 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Rhenovia Pharma SAS | News | Comments

Rhenovia Pharma, a biotechnology company specialized in the application of biosimulation to the research and development of new medicinal products, today announces that its SMARTT e-Patch project has won an award at the ‘World Innovation...

Hardware-Based Solutions Counter Medical Device Security Concerns

April 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep...

NeuroPro Bases New EEG Monitoring on imec Technology

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by imec | News | Comments

NeuroPro, a developer of innovative solutions for capture, analysis and visualization of brain signal data for medical and non-medical applications, today announced a novel electroencephalogram (EEG) headset, NeuroTrail, at the conference...

Beating the Clock for Sufferers of Ischemic Stroke

April 18, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | News | Comments

A ground-breaking computer technology raises hope for people struck by ischemic stroke, which is a very common kind of stroke accounting for over 80 percent of overall stroke cases.  Developed by ...       

Photos of the Day: Monitoring the Natural Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

John McDonald, a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, and other scientists first discovered the existence of the specific neural index of suppression in his lab in 2009. But, until now, little was known about how it helps us ...

Scientists Discover Brain’s Anti-Distraction System

April 18, 2014 10:28 am | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific brain activity that the researchers have identified as helping us prevent distraction. This is the first study to reveal our ...

Neuromorphic Computing "Roadmap" Envisions Analog Path to Simulating Human Brain

April 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Rick Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the field of neuromorphic engineering, researchers study computing techniques that could someday mimic human cognition. Electrical engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently published a "roadmap" that details innovative...

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