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Spinal Modulation Enrolls First Patient in U.S. Pivotal Study of the Investigational Axium Neurostimulator System for Chronic Pain

August 27, 2013 11:30 am | by Spinal Modulation | News | Comments

Spinal Modulation, Inc., a privately held global medical device company, today announced the first patient enrollment in its U.S. pivotal clinical trial. The ACCURATE study is a prospective, randomized, multi-center, controlled trial that will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Axium™ Neurostimulator System for the treatment of chronic lower limb pain.

MIT Launches the Center for Neurobiological Engineering

August 27, 2013 10:34 am | by Center for Neurobiological Engineering | News | Comments

“Reverse-engineering the brain” is one of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for the 21st Century, and last spring President Barack Obama renewed the call for more advanced neurological research by launching the “BRAIN” initiative.

System Lets Surgeons Image the Brain While they Operate On It

August 27, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new system for visualizing the brain during surgery is helping neurosurgeons more accurately diagnose and treat patients and is even allowing them to perform some procedures that until now have been extremely difficult or even impossible.  

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Combination of Two Imaging Techniques Allows New Insights into Brain Function

August 26, 2013 10:16 am | by Universitaet Tübingen | News | Comments

The ability to measure brain functions non-invasively is important both for clinical diagnoses and research in Neurology and Psychology. Two main imaging techniques are used: positron emission tomography (PET), which reveals metabolic processes in the brain; and activity of different brain regions is measured on the basis of the cells’ oxygen consumption by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Study Supports Intracerebral Stem Cell Injections to Prevent/Reduce Post-Stroke Cognitive Deficits

August 26, 2013 10:05 am | by IOS Press | News | Comments

Cognitive deficits following ischemic stroke are common and debilitating, even in the relatively few patients who are treated expeditiously so that clots are removed or dissolved rapidly and cerebral blood flow restored. A new study in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience demonstrates that intracerebral injection of bone-marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells...

Study Seeks Super Agers' Secrets to Brain Health

August 23, 2013 10:49 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

They're called "super agers" — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger. Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing findings...

Players' Brain Study Finds Two Main Symptom Patterns

August 23, 2013 10:31 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Early signs of a destructive brain disease linked with head blows might include mood changes in younger athletes and mental decline at older ages, a small study of deceased former players suggests. The researchers think the disease could involve two distinct patterns of symptoms...

Receptor May Aid Spread of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in Brain

August 23, 2013 10:01 am | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a way that corrupted, disease-causing proteins spread in the brain, potentially contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain-damaging disorders.

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New Technique to Help Brain Cancer Patients

August 23, 2013 9:52 am | by Aarhus University | News | Comments

A new scanning technique developed by Danish and US researchers reveals how susceptible patients with aggressive brain cancer are to the drugs they receive. The research behind the ground-breaking technique has just been published in Nature Medicine.

Helping the Body Regrow Nerves

August 22, 2013 12:45 pm | by NSF | Videos | Comments

Combat, cancer and accidents can all cause devastating nerve injuries. Now, with help from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the University of Florida are working to use the latest technology to help the body regrow nerves.

The Pulse: Growing Human Body Parts

August 22, 2013 10:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we are regenerating limbs, building better brain implants, engineering 3D tissue, and measuring consciousness.               

Brain Circuit Can Tune Anxiety

August 22, 2013 10:30 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Anxiety disorders, which include posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder, affect 40 million American adults in a given year. To develop better treatments, a more specific understanding of the brain circuits that produce anxiety is necessary.

Playing Video Games Can Boost Brain Power

August 21, 2013 10:23 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

Certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL). The researchers recruited 72 volunteers and measured their 'cognitive flexibility' described as a person's ability to adapt and switch between tasks, and think about multiple ideas at a given time to solve problems.

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UCLA Study Suggests Iron Is at Core of Alzheimer's Disease

August 21, 2013 9:39 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease has proven to be a difficult enemy to defeat. Most researchers believe the disease is caused by one of two proteins, one called tau, the other beta-amyloid. Now, a new UCLA study suggests a third possible cause: iron accumulation.

LA Pediatric Auditory Brainstem Implant Clinical Trial Awarded Unprecedented NIH Grant

August 20, 2013 11:29 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

House Research Institute (HRI) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced today final approval of grant funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Communications Disorders (NIDCD) for a major five-year, FDA-approved clinical trial of the auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in children.

The Concussed Brain at Work

August 20, 2013 11:31 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have documented irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours of a concussive injury, as well as an increased level of brain activity weeks later—suggesting that the brain may compensate for the injury during the recovery time.

Biomarkers for Possible Blood Test to Predict Suicide

August 20, 2013 11:19 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

In a study reported Aug. 20 in the advance online edition of the Nature Publishing Group journal Molecular Psychiatry, the researchers said the biomarkers were found at significantly higher levels in the blood of both bipolar disorder patients with thoughts of suicide as well in a group of people who had committed suicide.

Copper Identified as Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease

August 20, 2013 11:12 am | by University of Rochester Medical Center | News | Comments

Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that trigger the onset and enhance the progression of Alzheimer's disease by preventing the clearance and accelerating the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. That is the conclusion of a study appearing today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

How Brain Microcircuits Integrate Information from Different Senses

August 20, 2013 10:31 am | by Umeå University | News | Comments

A new publication in the top-ranked journal Neuron sheds new light onto the unknown processes on how the brain integrates the inputs from the different senses in the complex circuits formed by molecularly distinct types of nerve cells. The work was led by new Umeå University associate professor Paolo Medini.

Building Better Brain Implants

August 20, 2013 10:26 am | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On August 20, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments will publish a technique from the Capadona Lab at Case Western Reserve University to accommodate two challenges inherent in brain-implantation technology, gauging the property changes that occur during implantation and measuring on a micro-scale.

Brain Cancer Lesion Treated with Precisely-Aimed Laser Catheter using ClearPoint Neuro Intervention System in IMRIS iMRI

August 20, 2013 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IMRIS Inc. and MRI Interventions, Inc. today announced that a surgical team at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, MA, has performed the first laser ablation procedure to combine the use of MRI Interventions' ClearPoint@ Neuro Intervention System as the navigation platform with intraoperative MRI (iMRI) in an IMRIS VISIUS@ Surgical Theatre.

Device Could Spot Seizures by Reading Brainwaves through the Ear

August 15, 2013 5:52 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Now engineers at Imperial College in London have developed an EEG device that can be worn inside the ear, like a hearing aid. They say the device will allow scientists to record EEGs for several days at a time; this would allow doctors to monitor patients who have regularly recurring problems like seizures or microsleep.

New Tool Peeks into Brain to Measure Consciousness

August 15, 2013 10:40 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When people have a brain injury so severe that they can't squeeze a loved one's hand or otherwise respond, there are few good ways to tell if they have any lingering awareness or are in a vegetative state. Now researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure varying levels of consciousness.

Natus Neurology Incorporated Receives 510(k) & Health Canada Clearance And Launches New Electrodiagnostic System In U.S. & Canada

August 14, 2013 2:59 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Natus Neurology Incorporated, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA and Health Canada clearance for its new electrodiagnostic system, the UltraPro S100 EMG System. The UltraPro S100 is an EMG/Nerve Conduction device for monitoring and testing electrophysiologic and electrodiagnostic information from the human nervous and muscular system.

Inducing Labor May Be Tied to Autism, Study Says

August 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The biggest study of its kind suggests autism might be linked with inducing and speeding up labor, preliminary findings that need investigating since labor is induced in increasing numbers of U.S. women. It's possible that labor-inducing drugs might increase the risk — or that the problems that lead doctors to start labor explain the results.

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