Borrowing from microfabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) engineers have developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.
Stimulating Brain and Nerves at Synchronized Times Improves Hand Motor Function After Incomplete Spinal Cord InjuryNovember 30, 2012 9:14 am | by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine | News | Comments
Timing is everything when it comes to inducing plasticity, or adaptation, in the spinal cord to improve voluntary movement, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In a new study published online today in Current Biology, they demonstrated that the temporal order at which impulses from the brain and a peripheral nerve arrived...
The recent staging of MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the concurrently held COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany reflected the demand for medical technology and products with stable attendance figures: 130,600 visitors from 120 countries...
Carefully applying electricity to the brain can reduce tremors and involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease and a wide range of other conditions, and now a new compilation of major research findings and clinical recommendations is available to help guide referring physicians and other clinicians whose patients might benefit from the therapy.
Nearly one-third of premature babies develop bleeding in the brain after birth, a problem associated with serious long-term effects such as cerebral palsy, seizures and blindness. But some of these devastating complications could be prevented if physicians could catch and treat such brain hemorrhaging...
With the goal of improving patient safety and healthcare efficiency, AAMI and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) are joining forces to develop a suite of standards on medical device interoperability-one of the biggest challenges facing the modern healthcare community. The collaboration is a first for AAMI and UL, and comes at a time when many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are grappling...
Researchers have used a neural implant to recapture a lost decision-making process in monkeys—demonstrating that a neural prosthetic can recover cognitive function in a primate brain. The results suggest that neural implants could one day be used to recover specific brain functions in patients with brain injuries or localized brain disease.
The ageing process has its roots deep within the cells and molecules that make up our bodies. Experts have previously identified the molecular pathway that react to cell damage and stems the cell's ability to divide, known as cell senescence. However, in cells that do not have this ability to divide, such as neurons in the brain and elsewhere, little was understood of the ageing process.
Professor Edward S. Boyden is probably one of the few individuals on the planet who is actually best described as a brainiac. Currently serving as the principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group, Boyden’s mission is to develop tools for controlling and observing the dynamic circuits of the brain.
On August 20, 2012, InSightec announced it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin Phase I clinical trials evaluating the use of its ExAblate Neuro system for the treatment of patients with tremor-dominant Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This device is the first clinical system to use magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) through an intact skull, offering non-invasive transcranial treatment without any incisions or ionizing radiation.
Electrical and magnetic neurostimulation technologies is expected to grow moderately during the next few years, according to a recent report from life sciences research publisher Kalorama Information. Fueled by implantable device revenues, the market reached $16.3 billion in 2011. There are several type of medical devices using electrical and magnetic stimulation, including electromuscular stimulation (EMS) of muscle tissue...
Andante Medical Devices Launches iSmartStep Basic for Use with iPhone & iPod Touch into the Home Care Physical Therapy MarketAugust 7, 2012 4:50 pm | by Andante Medical Devices | News | Comments
Andante Medical Devices, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of their SmartStep® App for iPhone and iPod touch. The SmartStep App is used in conjunction with iSmartStep® Basic, a Functional Feedback Therapy (FFT) device that will allow patients to continue at home...
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), the global neurological device company, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval through a PMA supplement for its MEDSTREAM™ Programmable Infusion System, an implantable infusion pump and catheter system...
Engineers are able to probe the "hydraulics behind the headaches" and develop new diagnostic methods to detect which patients are most likely to benefit from surgery.
An estimated 40% of healthcare equipment in developing countries is out of service, compared with less than 1% in high-income countries. The inappropriate deployment of medical technologies from wealthy countries plays a major part in this high failure rate.
New tools have confirmed high rates of misdiagnosis of patients with chronic disorders of consciousness, such as the vegetative state.
When it comes to intelligence, what factors distinguish the brains of the exceptionally smart from those of average humans?
Concussions and even lesser head impacts may speed up the brain's natural aging process by causing signaling pathways in the brain to break down.
Brain-computer interfaces are at the cutting edge for treatment of neurological and psychological disorder, including Parkinson's, epilepsy, and depression.
A tiny vibrating cantilever sensor could soon help doctors and field clinicians quickly detect harmful toxins, bacteria and even indicators of certain types of cancer from small samples of blood or urine.
The innovative MEG-MRI device combines the whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.
Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have developed the world's first device designed for mapping the human brain that combines whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.
In one of the first studies to look at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in real-world clinical practice settings, researchers confirmed that it is an effective treatment for patients with depression.
Mazor Robotics wins FDA clearance to extend its Renaissance robotic platform into brain surgery. Mazor Robotics (PINK:MZRTF) won FDA clearance extending use of its Renaissance robotic system into brain surgery, the company announced this week.
The neurostimulation devices market can expect impressive gains over the next few years, as the global number of individuals with neurological conditions continues to rise, states a new report by healthcare experts GBI Research.