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Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

November 14, 2013 2:37 pm | by Shelley Littin, University of Arizona | News | Comments

A new study by UA doctoral student Jay Sanguinetti indicates that our brains perceive objects in everyday life of which we may never be aware. The finding challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual information...

Photos of the Day: Mind-Reading Robots

November 14, 2013 2:19 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Professor Ralescu of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems will discuss her team's research aims and current progress on brain-computer interface at the International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium. The University...

Research Brings a Future of Mind-Reading Robots Ever Closer

November 14, 2013 2:02 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right. And thanks in part to work led by the University of Cincinnati's Anca Ralescu...

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The Pulse: Connecting Your Nervous System to Robotic Legs

November 14, 2013 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are designing prosthetics for charity, measuring helmet impacts with foam, delivering drugs on demand, and linking robotic legs to your nervous system. This episode features ...        

Groundbreaking Online Speech Therapy and Device Assessment Tool to Transform Lives

November 14, 2013 9:50 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Unveiling a groundbreaking online speech therapy site, two new speech-generating devices and a new device assessment tool, Lingraphica, a Princeton, N.J. company that has been conducting research on aphasia and creating speech generating...

First Patient Enrolled in Gore EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Study

November 14, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced that Brian Peterson, MD, from Saint Louis University, enrolled the first patient in the Gore EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Clinical Study, a prospective, multi-center, non-randomized, single-arm study...

Johns Hopkins Research May Improve Early Detection of Dementia

November 12, 2013 1:57 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Using scores obtained from cognitive tests, Johns Hopkins researchers think they have developed a model that could help determine whether memory loss in older adults is benign or a stop on the way to Alzheimer's disease. The risk of developing...

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...  

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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...  

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...

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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 ...  

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 ...   

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...

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