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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...

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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...

Pioneering Bioelectronic Interfaces

September 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Better control of prosthetic limbs and better treatment of diseases like Parkinson's motivates Polina Anikeeva, the AMAX Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, to develop both flexible electronic devices and safe chemical...

Gaming and Good Health

September 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Sam Brusco, MDT Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The term “gamer” does not typically bring to mind the picture of health. Actually; it often seems to conjure images of unhealthy behavior -- prolonged periods of limited to no movement, vision problems, and the development of a colorful vocabulary...

Protein Glue Shows Potential for Use with Biomaterials

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A paper published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials have shown that a synthetic protein called AGMA1 has the potential to promote the adhesion of brain cells in a laboratory setting. It is also cheaper and easier to produce...

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Neuroscientists Reverse Memories’ Emotional Associations

August 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most memories have some kind of emotion associated with them: Recalling the week you just spent at the beach probably makes you feel happy, while reflecting on being bullied provokes more negative feelings. A new study from MIT neuroscientists...

Scientists Plug Into a Learning Brain

August 28, 2014 9:30 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Learning is easier when it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than when the nerve cells have to generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored the brain's capacity to learn...

President Obama Highlights Neuromodulation Tech that Helps Body Heal Itself

August 27, 2014 10:29 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral...

New Non-Invasive Technique Controls the Size of Molecules Penetrating the Blood-Brain Barrier

August 26, 2014 2:27 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

A new technique developed by Elisa Konofagou, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology at Columbia Engineering, has demonstrated for the first time that the size of molecules penetrating the blood-brain barrier (BBB) can be controlled...

Carnegie Mellon Launches Global Brain Research Initiative

August 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Coalescing its strengths in computer science, neuroscience, psychology and engineering, Carnegie Mellon University today announced the launch of CMU BrainHubSM, a new initiative focusing on understanding how the structure and activity of...

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TOBI: Mind Over Matter for People with Disabilities

August 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will – and the brainpower – to do so.  This is changing thanks to European projects such as TOBI (Tools...

Medtronic Acquires Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation

August 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced that it has acquired Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (Sapiens SBS), a privately held developer of deep brain stimulation (DBS) technologies for approximately $200 million in an all-cash transaction. The...

Violinist Plays Instrument During DBS Surgery

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

You may have heard the story of a professional musician who played the violin while having brain surgery at Mayo Clinic. That journey started back in 2009. A surgical team implanted electrodes into his brain to stop a tremor that could have...

Virus, Zebrafish Enable Scientists to Map the Living Brain

August 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

A virus and a zebrafish are helping scientists map the living brain. "You can kinda draw a diagram and see how cells within it are connected in a functioning brain," said Dr. Albert Pan, neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at...

Changes in the Eye Can Predict Changes in the Brain

August 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Gladstone Institutes | News | Comments

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in people with a genetic risk for the disorder...

Device Could Signal Best Bet for Treatment of Stroke Patients

August 22, 2014 3:16 pm | by University of Arkansas at Little Rock | News | Comments

A new device developed by a physician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a researcher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock could soon be available to treat stroke more effectively. The ClotBust ER fits on the head...

Design Innovation vs. The ‘What If?’

August 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-In-Chief | Blogs | Comments

There are many obstacles to a successful product design getting into the marketplace (in the medical device space, some would argue that the FDA needlessly creates even more, however, that’s for another day’s discussion). Therefore, designers...

Severing Nerves May Shrink Stomach Cancers

August 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Research from Columbia University Medical Center shows that nerves may play a critical role in stomach cancer growth and that blocking nerve signals using surgery or Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) could be an effective treatment for...

FDA Approves Changes to Manufacturing Process for Covidien’s Pipeline Embolization Device

August 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the manufacturing process for the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating on the delivery wire of the company’s...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

University Spinoff Aims to Hit the Mark Precisely with Brain-Scanning Tool

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by David Tenenbaum, University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As brain surgeons test new procedures and drugs to treat conditions ranging from psychiatric disorders to brain cancer, accuracy is becoming an ever-greater issue. In treating the brain, the state of the art today starts with images from a...

Mixed-Reality Simulators for Training in Treatment of Injured Soldiers

August 20, 2014 11:23 am | by University of Florida Health | News | Comments

On the battlefield, wounded soldiers depend on how quickly and efficiently medical personnel can treat and stabilize their life-threatening injuries. To help military medical personnel acquire, practice or maintain these key skills while...

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