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Testing Head-Impact Sensors to Understand Concussions

January 30, 2014 12:23 pm | by Nicole Casal Moore, Michigan Engineering | News | Comments

The head of a crash-test dummy wore a football helmet as it hung upside-down on a laboratory drop tower. James Eckner, M.D., stood on a ladder next to it holding its tether. He counted to five and let go. The bust smacked into another just...

Why Are Consumers Not Using Health Apps?

January 29, 2014 3:12 pm | by Asif Khan, CEO, Caremerge | Blogs | Comments

NPR recently released a great article on health apps and their usage to date. The article refers to a report by IMS Institute for Health Informatics that states that (as per iTunes Store June 2013) there are about 43,689 Apps categorized...

New Stem Cell Technique May Aid Medical Treatments

January 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A simple lab treatment can turn ordinary cells from mice into stem cells, according to a surprising study that hints at a possible new way to grow tissue for treating illnesses like diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Researchers in Boston...

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Neuroscientists Use Lightwaves to Improve Brain Tumor Surgery

January 29, 2014 1:27 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

First-of-its-kind research by the Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor. When...

Measuring Brain Activity in Premature Infants

January 29, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On January 29, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a procedure to identify newborns and children at-risk for developmental problems, especially those born prematurely. The technique is an infant friendly way of measuring...

Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

Retired NFL Players Fear Dementia Based on Unproven Tests

January 27, 2014 8:45 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After thousands of hits to his head and confronted with troubling symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE—even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed...

Expanding Our View of Vision

January 27, 2014 12:05 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you’re seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique...

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New Method Increases Supply of Embryonic Stem Cells

January 27, 2014 11:16 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

A new method allows for large-scale generation of human embryonic stem cells of high clinical quality. It also allows for production of such cells without destroying any human embryos. The discovery is a big step forward for stem cell research...

Researchers Find Epileptic Activity Spreads in New Way

January 24, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers in the biomedical engineering department at Case Western Reserve University have found that epileptic activity can spread through a part of the brain in a new way, suggesting a possible novel target for seizure-blocking medicines. Evidence from a series of ...

A New Method to Control Nanoscale Diamond Sensors

January 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Helen Knight, MIT | News | Comments

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they could also one day help us understand how the brain processes information, thanks to a new sensing technique developed at MIT. A team in MIT’s Quantum Engineering Group has developed ...  

Multiphysics Models Create New Biomedical Information

January 23, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Multiphysics software simulations are used by biomedical equipment developers to reliably design complex mechanisms for enhancing the human physical condition. These medical devices can include tools for treating cancers, enhancing hearing...

Helping to Shape the Future of Medical Device Design

January 23, 2014 2:39 pm | by Renjith Ponnappon, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

I think mobile device technology is changing the world of medical device design, the components used, and the skills needed to succeed. If you want to help me shape the future of medical device design, or you want to know what other designers...

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Long-Term Spinal Cord Stimulation Stalls Symptoms of Parkinson's-Like Disease

January 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Duke University Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Duke Medicine have shown that continuing spinal cord stimulation appears to produce improvements in symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and may protect critical neurons from injury or deterioration. The study, performed in rats...

Monkeys Help the Design of Better Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs

January 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

In a published paper, Krishna Shenoy and first author Katherine Cora Ames, a doctoral student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program, present a mathematical analysis of the brain activity of monkeys as they make anticipated and unanticipated...

Photos of the Day: Developing Better Robotic Prostheses

January 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A major motivation for this research is to build neurally controlled prosthetics to improve quality of life for amputees and individuals with paralysis. For these patients, signals in the brain that would ordinarily control arm movement...

Older Brains Slow Due to Greater Experience, Rather than Cognitive Decline

January 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

What happens to our cognitive abilities as we age? Traditionally it is thought that age leads to a steady deterioration of brain function, but new research in Topics in Cognitive Science argues that older brains may take longer to process...

The First Research Results from the Neurobiology Centre

January 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Do dyslectic children have a slightly different brain structure than their colleagues? What chemical reactions cause the immune system to support the development of malignant brain tumours? Why are certain events etched so firmly in our...

Training Your Brain Using Neurofeedback

January 21, 2014 11:35 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

A new brain-imaging technique enables people to 'watch' their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in pre-determined brain regions. The study from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital—The Neuro, McGill...

Greatbatch requests CE Mark for spinal cord stim

January 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Greatbatch filed a CE Mark application for its spinal cord stimulation system with German notified body TÜV SÜD America. The spinal cord stimulation system comes from Greatbatch's subsidiary, QiG Group. The company also applied for pre-market...

Looking Ahead at Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Adrian Wilson, Head of Technologies, Element Six | Blogs | Comments

Today’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies, aiding the measurement of illness diagnose and treatment, even when stretched to their limits, have not allowed for resolution beyond a few micrometers and traditionally require expensive...

Implanted Sensors Monitor Cerebral Pressure

January 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as a long-term...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes BeneChill's Groundbreaking Intranasal Cooling System for Therapeutic Hypothermia

January 20, 2014 10:39 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the therapeutic hypothermia market for cardiology, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BeneChill, Inc. with the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. BeneChill's RhinoChill intranasal...

FDA OKs Mental Disability Blood Test for Infants

January 20, 2014 10:04 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code. The laboratory test from Affymetrix detects variations in patients' chromosomes...

Global Telehealth Market Set to Expand Tenfold by 2018

January 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care, according...

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