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Simple Test Can Help Detect Alzheimer's Before Dementia Signs Show

September 19, 2014 11:06 am | by York University | News | Comments

York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia. Faculty of...

Smartphone App Reveals Users' Mental Health, Performance, Behavior

September 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind – even if...

Sensing Neuronal Activity with Light

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action — from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture...

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No Sedative Necessary: Scientists Discover New 'Sleep Node' in the Brain

September 19, 2014 10:12 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this...

Magnetic Neural Control with Nanoparticles

September 18, 2014 2:35 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles don’t have to be "one size fits all." Instead, individual magnetic nanoparticles can be tailored in an array of differing sizes and compositions to allow for heating them separately by varying the frequency and amplitude...

First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults

September 17, 2014 2:54 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by...

Gel-Like Padding Could Help Cells Survive Injection and Heal Spinal Cord Injuries

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act of being squirted through a thin needle into the site of an injury jostles the delicate cells against each other and against the needle walls. Then, once...

A New Sensor Development Could Aid Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:44 am | by A.J. Watts, ECN Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a...

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CE Mark for Boston Scientific's Deep Brain Stimulation System for Treating Tremor

September 17, 2014 9:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark for the Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for the treatment of tremor, including the most common form of this movement disorder known as essential tremor (ET). Tremor is characterized...

Neuroimaging Technique Identifies Concussion-Related Brain Disease in Living Brain

September 16, 2014 11:27 am | by The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

An experimental positron emission tomography (PET) tracer is effective in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease while a person is still alive, according to a case study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and at...

Covidien Announces Start of Enrollment in Two Neurovascular Clinical Trials

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc announced today the start of enrollment in two clinical trials designed to further underscore the safety and effectiveness of the company’s advanced neurovascular solutions. Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, treated...

Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Zeus | Articles | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the advancement of innovative therapies and lifesaving technologies within the neurovascular field. Our history as a critical supplier of delivery device components...

'Pocket Doctor' Diagnosis for Parkinson's Disease

September 12, 2014 11:47 am | by Aston University | News | Comments

Smartphones will soon be able to perform the functions of a ‘pocket doctor’ and map Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases, thanks to the work of an Aston University mathematician. With Smartphones now able to accurately record...

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Nerve Impulses Can Collide and Continue Unaffected

September 11, 2014 9:46 am | by University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

According to the traditional theory of nerves, two nerve impulses sent from opposite ends of a nerve annihilate when they collide. New research from the Niels Bohr Institute now shows that two colliding nerve impulses simply pass through each...

Device to Help People with Parkinson's Disease Communicate Better

September 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Cynthia Sequin, Purdue University | News | Comments

SpeechVive Inc. announced Wednesday, Sept. 10 the commercial launch of the SpeechVive device intended to help people with a soft voice due to Parkinson's disease speak more loudly and communicate more effectively. The device is now available...

New Evidence Points to Outcomes and Cost Benefits of Telemedicine in Managing Chronic Diseases

September 10, 2014 11:05 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

Congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases such as these can yield clear benefits including...

Improving Stimulation Treatments for Patients with Chronic Pain

September 9, 2014 10:36 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

An official at a life sciences startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company may increase the quality of life for patients who suffer from chronic pain that cannot effectively be managed through conventional drug therapy...

Shining Light on Brain Circuits to Study Learning, Memory

September 8, 2014 2:07 pm | by Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

UC Berkeley neuroscientists plan to use light to tweak the transmission of signals in the brain to learn more about how the mouse brain and presumably the human brain process information. Last month, the research project was awarded one of 36...

The Brain Is a Swiss Army Knife

September 8, 2014 11:59 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain, it turns out, is like a Swiss Army knife, made up of both highly specialized...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

Device for Safely Accessing the Brain Wins Indiana Innovation Award

September 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Indianapolis medical device maker NICO Corporation was recognized with the Indiana Innovation Award for its BrainPath technology used for safely and atraumatically accessing emergent and hard to reach brain abnormalities that may have once...

Scientists Reveal Complexity in the Brain's Wiring Diagram

September 5, 2014 2:15 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

A Stanford Bio-X team found that the brain's wiring is more complex than expected – one set of neural wires can trigger different reactions, depending on how it fires. The work opens new questions for scientists trying to map the brain's...

Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Human Subjects

September 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | News | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. Recently published in PLOS ONE the highly novel findings describe...

Visualizing Plastic Changes to the Brain

September 4, 2014 10:47 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being carried out by means of magnetic stimulation...

Handheld Scanner Could Make Brain Tumor Removal More Complete

September 3, 2014 11:03 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Cancerous brain tumors are notorious for growing back despite surgical attempts to remove them — and for leading to a dire prognosis for patients. But scientists are developing a new way to try to root out malignant cells during surgery so...

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