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Lou Gehrig's Disease Study: From Patient Stem Cells to Potential Treatment Strategy

October 25, 2013 11:37 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Although the technology has existed for just a few years, scientists increasingly use "disease in a dish" models to study genetic, molecular and cellular defects. But a team of doctors and scientists led by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative...

Study: Strokes Affecting More Younger People

October 24, 2013 1:41 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Strokes are increasingly hitting younger people and the incidence of the crippling condition worldwide could double by 2030, warns the first global analysis of the problem. Though the chances of a stroke jump dramatically with ...  

Zynex Receives Clearance to Market Stroke Recovery Device in China

October 24, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zynex, Inc., a provider and developer of non-invasive medical devices for electrotherapy and stroke rehabilitation, neurological diagnosis and cardiac monitoring, announced today that China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has granted...

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The Pulse: Smelling Salmonella & Biomedical Experiments in Space

October 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are designing medical devices for space, diagnosing the undiagnosable, reconstructing vessels in 3D, and smelling salmonella so we don’t get sick with a new ...          

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:26 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic today announced its eighth annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. The list includes a bionic eye, a neurostimulator for epilepsy and fecal transplantation...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

October 18, 2013 12:19 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovations for 2014 list includes a new computer-assisted, personalized sedation station; a treatment breakthrough for acute heart disease; an implanted neurological device for epileptic seizures; and a "bionic eye." See what's #1...

Toolkit Offers Innovative Data Discovery Resource for Biomedical Researchers

October 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Biomedical researchers often confront large quantities of information that may be amassed in many forms: vital signs, blood cell counts, lengthy DNA sequences, bar graphs, MRIs, patient demographics, and so much more. How do researchers... 

Brain Scans Show Unusual Activity in Retired American Football Players

October 17, 2013 11:46 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

A new study has discovered profound abnormalities in brain activity in a group of retired American football players. Although the former players in the study were not diagnosed with any neurological condition, brain imaging tests revealed unusual...

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Treating ALS with the Patient’s Skin

October 17, 2013 11:35 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how the most common genetic abnormality in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) kills neurons and have successfully developed a therapeutic strategy to block this neurodegeneration...

Schizophrenia Linked to Abnormal Brain Waves

October 17, 2013 11:15 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Schizophrenia patients usually suffer from a breakdown of organized thought, often accompanied by delusions or hallucinations. For the first time, MIT neuroscientists have observed the neural activity that appears to produce this disordered...

Method of Recording Brain Activity Could Lead to Mind-Reading Devices

October 16, 2013 10:02 am | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

A brain region activated when people are asked to perform mathematical calculations in an experimental setting is similarly activated when they use numbers—or even imprecise quantitative terms, such as “more than”— in everyday conversation...

US Research Team Wins $1 Million Prize in Israel

October 15, 2013 4:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts. Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday...

Using M2M Technology to Measure Concussions

October 15, 2013 4:09 pm | by Stan Marszalek, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), are a very serious topic in the world of sports today. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly four million MTBIs are reported each year due to impacts in sports and...

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Pulsar Vascular Receives CE Mark Approval for PulseRider

October 15, 2013 2:14 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Pulsar Vascular, a leading innovator in neurovascular technology, today announced it received European CE Mark approval for its lead product, the PulseRider®. This unique implant is used to bridge the neck of cerebral aneurysms previously not...

From Football to Flies: Lessons about Traumatic Brain Injury

October 15, 2013 11:26 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Faced with news of suicides and brain damage in former professional football players, geneticist Barry Ganetzky bemoaned the lack of model systems for studying the insidious and often delayed consequences linked to head injuries...   

Newly Discovered Mechanism Propels Micromotors

October 15, 2013 10:12 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Scientists studying the behavior of platinum particles immersed in hydrogen peroxide may have discovered a new way to propel microscopic machines. The new mechanism is described in The Journal of Chemical Physics, which is produced...   

Suited for Treatment of Brain Damage

October 14, 2013 10:26 am | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For those with brain damage or neurological disorders—such as MS or Parkinson's—treatment could be as close as the wardrobe.Improved range of motion and reduced pain for people with brain injuries and neurological disorders may now be available...

Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

EyeBrain T2 Device Diagnoses Neurological and Psychiatric Conditions

October 11, 2013 11:12 am | by EyeBrain | News | Comments

EyeBrain, which develops markers of cerebral function for neurological and psychiatric conditions, today announces the launch of a new medical device, the EyeBrain T2. This new device will be used during examinations of ocular motricity...

Creating a Permanent Bacteria Barrier for Implantables

October 11, 2013 10:38 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Any medical device implanted in the body attracts bacteria, proteins, and other microbes to its surface, causing infections and thrombosis (blood clotting) that lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths annually. Devices can be coated...  

Qualcomm to Build Neuro-Inspired Chips

October 10, 2013 1:02 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The world’s largest smartphone chipmaker, Qualcomm, says it is ready to start helping partners manufacture a radically different kind of a chip—one that mimics the neural structures and processing methods found in the brain. The approach is emerging...

Neuros Medical Receives Regulatory Approval to Conduct Pivotal Study

October 10, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Neuros Medical, Inc., a medical device company announced it has received an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowing it to commence a pivotal clinical trial to evaluate...  

From Slowdown to Shutdown—US Leadership in Biomedical Research Takes a Blow

October 9, 2013 10:49 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | News | Comments

ASCB Executive Director Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD, told reporters that shutting down the driving engines of American bioscientific research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), will have effects well beyond...

Photos of the Day: Slice of Life

October 8, 2013 11:30 am | by David Stipp | News | Comments

Collagen implants have long been used to help heal shattered bones, burns and other injuries. But there’s a problem: The protein’s tough, water-insoluble fibrils make it hard to work with. Because of this, it is typically broken down into a gel...

Tissue Engineering Material Could Promote Nerve Growth

October 8, 2013 11:23 am | by David Stipp | News | Comments

When Qiaobing Xu was named an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts in 2010, his first goal was to find a research niche to make his mark in. He soon came up with a literally cutting-edge concept: whittling wood. Wood, he explains...

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