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Imaging Shows Long-term Impact of Blast-induced Brain Injuries in Veterans

December 2, 2013 12:01 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Using a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers have found that soldiers who suffered mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) induced by blast exposure exhibit long-term brain differences, according to a study being presented...

MRI Technique Reveals Low Brain Iron in ADHD Patients

December 2, 2013 12:01 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides a noninvasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological...

Novel Rehabilitation Device Improves Motor Skills After Stroke

December 2, 2013 12:01 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Using a novel stroke rehabilitation device that converts an individual's thoughts to electrical impulses to move upper extremities, stroke patients reported improvements in their motor function and ability to perform activities of daily living...

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UCSF and Sitoa Global sign global deal for brain stem cell injection technology

November 29, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

China-based Sitoa Global is making some big moves after landing an exclusive licensing contract with UC San Francisco, according to a company announcement. Sitoa signed an exclusive letter of intent for UCSF's "medical stereotactic device,"...

Co-Transplanted Cells and Treadmill Training Aids Rats with Spinal Cord Injury

November 25, 2013 3:52 pm | by Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair | News | Comments

After Schwann cells (SCs), the principal cells in the peripheral nervous system, and olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), cells that ensheath the non-myelinated peripheral neurons in the nose, were co-transplanted into laboratory rats with spinal...

Space Station Technology Translates to Tumor Treatment

November 25, 2013 3:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Powerful robotic arms developed by the Canadian Space Agency for the space shuttle and International Space Station–Canadarm and Canadarm2–and a delicate surgical tool, dubbed neuroArm, are examples of the “wonderful things” that can happen...

Researchers Find Chemical Signature for 'Fast' Form of Parkinson's

November 22, 2013 11:32 am | by Mark Wheeler, UCLA | News | Comments

The physical decline experienced by Parkinson's disease patients eventually leads to disability and a lower quality of life. Depending on the individual, the disorder can progress rapidly or slowly. Scientists at UCLA and colleagues have now...

Study Looks At Better Prediction for Epileptic Seizures Through Adaptive Learning Approach

November 22, 2013 10:49 am | by UT Arlington | News | Comments

A UT Arlington assistant engineering professor has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient’s personalized medical information. The research conducted by...

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Researchers Map Brain Areas Vital to Understanding Language

November 22, 2013 10:35 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

When reading text or listening to someone speak, we construct rich mental models that allow us to draw conclusions about other people, objects, actions, events, mental states and contexts. This ability to understand written or spoken language...

Physicians, Scientists to Discuss Brain Stimulation Technique, Dangers of DIY

November 21, 2013 11:13 am | by UF Health | News | Comments

An international group of will learn about a novel brain stimulation technique and the potential dangers of do-it-yourself treatment from a University of Florida Health researcher as part of an inaugural conference on neuromodulation Nov. 22-23...

Brain Tumor Cell Targeting Technology

November 20, 2013 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arch Biopartners Inc. announced today that data relating to proprietary technology identifying brain tumor targeting peptides developed by Dr. Stephen Robbins, Dr. Donna Senger and Dr. Jennifer Rahn and their colleagues at the University of Calgary...

Explained: Optogenetics

November 19, 2013 10:56 am | by MITNewsOffice | Videos | Comments

Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Ed Boyden explains optogenetics and how it is used in neurological research. Shining a light on neurons could replace current techniques of deep brain stimulation to...

Boston Scientific adds dystonia indication to CE Mark for Vercise DBS device

November 19, 2013 9:02 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Boston Scientific said it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Vercise deep-brain stimulation device for treating the movement disorder called dystonia. The Vercise device is already approved in the EU for treating Parkinson's...

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Gore launches Excluder study of iliac branch endoprosthesis

November 15, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

W.L. Gore & Associates this week enrolled its 1st patient in a study of its Excluder iliac branch devices, evaluating the implants in treatment of common iliac artery aneurysms or aorto-iliac aneurysms. The prospective, multi-center, non-randomized...

FDA Approves Neuropace's Nerve Stimulator Implant for Epilepsy

November 14, 2013 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an implantable brain-stimulating device for patients with hard-to-treat epilepsy. The agency said it cleared Neuropace's RNS Stimulator to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients who have not...

Researchers Organize Programmed Nanoparticles into Highly Complex Nanostructures

November 14, 2013 3:17 pm | by Gutenberg Research College at Mainz University | News | Comments

Animal and plant cells are prominent examples of how nature constructs ever-larger units in a targeted, preprogrammed manner using molecules as building blocks. In nanotechnology, scientists mimic this ‘bottom-up’ technique by using the ability...

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...

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...  

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...

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