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Photos of the Day: Printing Knees and Neurons

November 12, 2013 12:42 pm | by Yale | News | Comments

The Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design has produced a model of a lone neuron (pictured) using its 3D printers. “We see a future in which 3D models of nerve cells will be an integral part of doing research and of teaching...  

From Knee to Neuron, Offspring of 3D Printers Multiply

November 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Eric Gershon, Yale | News | Comments

Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd has studied neurons for decades. But until recently he’d never had a neuron he could grasp with his own two hands: Neurons are much too small. Now he’s got his very own 3D neuron in all its spidery glory...

Biomaterial-Delivered Chemotherapy Could Provide Final Blow to Brain Tumors

November 12, 2013 11:35 am | by University of Nottingham | News | Comments

A polymer originally designed to help mend broken bones could be successful in delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to the brains of patients suffering from brain tumors, researchers at The University of Nottingham have discovered...  

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Cerebain Biotech Announces Next Major Step in Its Fight against Alzheimers

November 12, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cerebain Biotech Corp., a subsidiary of Discount Dental Materials, Inc., announced that medical device product development company, Sonos Models, Inc., is set to procure pig omentum for the purpose of testing the first Prototypes of our medical...

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

November 11, 2013 4:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins engineers and cardiology experts have teamed up to develop a fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs during heart surgery. By doing so, the device could help doctors devise new ways to...

Snap to Attention: Polymers that React and Move to Light

November 11, 2013 4:39 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when...

NICO Corporation introduces new shallow tip version of BrainPath

November 11, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis medical device maker NICO Corporation has added to its recently introduced BrainPath product line with the BrainPath ST-Gold, a tool clinically essential for accessing surface brain abnormalities. The NICO BrainPath provides a unique...

The Paralyzed Rat That Walked

November 6, 2013 4:02 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could ...  

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Brain-Machine Interface Lets Monkeys Control Arms

November 6, 2013 4:00 pm | by Duke Center for Neuroengineering | Videos | Comments

A virtual monkey avatar is shown from a 3rd person perspective as the movements of the two arms are decoded in real-time from the brain of a rhesus monkey. In the experiment the virtual arms and 3D target objects appear on ...   

Neuroprosthetic Tells Bladder When to 'Go'

November 6, 2013 3:51 pm | by Dr. Daniel Chew & Dr. Evangelos Delivopoulos | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a neuroprosthetic system to artificially control the bladder. The device uses unique microtechnology neural implants to record bladder sensation and provide electrical input to nerves to stimulate or block ...   

How Neural Circuits Identify Information Needed for Decisions

November 6, 2013 3:51 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

While eating lunch you notice an insect buzzing around your plate. Its color and motion could both influence how you respond. If the insect was yellow and black you might decide it was a bee and move away. Conversely, you might simply ... 

Samsung Aims to Be Top Medical Device Maker

November 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung wants to be the top medical device maker through acquiring companies and developing its own technologies. In the last three years, Samsung spent $1 billion to buy 14 companies in medical equipment, mobile software and services ...

UCLA Builds a Multisensory Virtual World

November 6, 2013 10:12 am | by Mark Wheeler, University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

To survive, animals must explore their world to find the necessities of life. It's a complex task, requiring them to form them a mental map of their environment to navigate the safest and fastest routes to food and water. They also ...   

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Lasers Might Be the Cure for Brain Diseases

November 4, 2013 9:47 am | by Johanna Wilde, Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, together with researchers at the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology, have made a discovery that may lead to the curing of diseases such as ...       

Retinal Neurons Research Could Lead to Regenerative Therapies for the Brain

November 1, 2013 10:12 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Real estate agents emphasize location, location, and – once more for good measure – location. It's the same in a developing brain, where billions of neurons vie for premium property to make connections. Neurons that stake out early claims often...

A New Way to Monitor Induced Comas

November 1, 2013 10:00 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After suffering a traumatic brain injury, patients are often placed in a coma to give the brain time to heal and allow dangerous swelling to dissipate. These comas, which are induced with anesthesia drugs, can last for days. During that time, nurses...

Mobile + Apps = Healthcare Future

October 31, 2013 3:57 pm | by IMS Health | News | Comments

This infographic offers highlights of a study that looks at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.

Photos of the Day: New Material for Depression

October 31, 2013 10:47 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

In transcranial magnetic stimulation, special coils create a fluctuating magnetic field that then generates a weak electrical field that can travel through the scalp and skull noninvasively. The electrical signal activates neurons in targeted parts...

How a Metamaterial Might Improve a Depression Treatment

October 31, 2013 10:38 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A brain stimulation technique that is used to treat tough cases of depression could be considerably improved with a new headpiece designed by University of Michigan engineers. Computer simulations showed that the headpiece—a square array...

New and Improved Way to Scan the Brain

October 29, 2013 2:09 pm | by Center for Tomography Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The Center for Tomography Research Laboratory (CTECH Labs) will introduce the latest technology in brain scanning at the 6th International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference on Neural Engineering at the Sheraton Hotel...

New Imaging Research Shows Increased Iron in the Brain in Earliest Stages of MS

October 29, 2013 11:00 am | by University of Western Ontario | News | Comments

While it's been known for over a century that iron deposits in the brain play a role in the pathology of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), new imaging research from Western University (London, Canada) helps to answer the question of whether these...

New Imaging Technology Helps Resolve MS Question

October 29, 2013 10:58 am | by Western University | Videos | Comments

As Western University scientist Ravi Menon, Ph.D., explains, it's been known for over a century that iron deposits in the brain play a role in the pathology of multiple sclerosis, but now, new imaging research from the Robarts Research Institute at...

Neurology Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 13.6 Billion Globally in 2019

October 29, 2013 8:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Neurology Devices Market (CSF Shunts, CSF Drainage, Clot Retriever, Snare, Embolic Coil, Flow Diversion, Neurosurgery & Neurostimulation Devices) - Global Industry...

Reverse Medical Corporation Announces Regulatory Approvals for Its Microcatheters for Neurovascular Indications

October 29, 2013 6:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Reverse Medical Corporation today announced CE Mark approval, FDA 510k clearance and initial clinical use of their ReVerse Microcatheter product line for intracranial neurovascular use. The device has been granted European Union CE Mark...

Can the 'Right' Helmet Prevent Concussions?

October 28, 2013 12:12 pm | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

While many football helmet and mouth guard manufacturers claim that their equipment will lessen impact forces and reduce concussion risk, neither a specific brand nor a higher cost were associated with fewer concussions in adolescent athletes...

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