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Photos of the Day: Fighting Malaria with MRI

March 19, 2015 9:54 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the past three decades, osteopathic physician and malaria expert, Dr. Terrie Taylor, has made an annual pilgrimage from Michigan to Malawi in pursuit of an answer to a deadly puzzle. Each year, malaria claims the lives of 575,000 children...

Robot Demonstrates Effect of Body Posture on Infant Learning

March 19, 2015 9:37 am | by Indiana University | News | Comments

An Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. The study, conducted by Linda Smith, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences'...

Anxiously Awaiting a Device to Calm Down

March 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Sporadic bouts of anxiety aren’t really considered a medical condition – but if you’re anxious enough, it can sure feel like an illness! Your heart starts racing, breathing turns short and shallow, and the world moves a little too quickly for comfort...

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MRI Measurement Tools Help Diagnose Veterans' Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 18, 2015 2:36 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

More than 300,000 U.S. veterans have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in recent years, a legacy of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But these numbers don't tell the whole story. While severe TBI can be obvious, milder cases...

Speech-Based System for Early Detection of Alzheimer's

March 18, 2015 2:26 pm | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The ELEKIN research group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is working to develop various non-invasive methodologies for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease. One of the ELEKIN group's lines of research is biomedical...

A New Test for Children with Concussions

March 18, 2015 10:02 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, are working to develop a much needed tool for helping diagnose concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries suffered by thousands of...

Top 5 Medical Devices from SXSW 2015

March 17, 2015 4:24 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The SX Health and MedTech Expo was presented for the first time on March 16th and 17th, the last two days of SXSW's "Interactive" portion. The stage was host to programming and panels, providing opportunities to learn from leading experts...

Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

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Non-Contact 'Breath Sound Analysis' Evaluates Sleep Disorders

March 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a groundbreaking approach to determine sleep quality using their new breath sound analysis (BSA). This is less expensive and invasive than current polysomnography (PSG)...

Injectable Oriented Hydrogels for Spinal Cord Repair

March 16, 2015 3:32 pm | by DWI - Leibniz-Institut für Interaktive Materialien e.V. | News | Comments

The research objective of Dr.-Ing. Laura De Laporte, junior group leader at DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen, is to develop a minimally invasive therapy for spinal cord injury. Her goal and her scientific approach...

Ultrasound Technology Can Treat Alzheimer’s and Restore Memory

March 16, 2015 10:33 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Queensland scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. University of Queensland researchers discovered that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the...

New Device Protects Brain During Heart-Valve Procedure

March 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

In the first multicenter trial of its kind, Yale researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement. The preliminary findings of the DEFLECT III trial were...

Imaging the Cerebral Cortex Function and Development

March 16, 2015 9:38 am | by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience | News | Comments

Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and CEO at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, has been awarded a $2.4 million five-year grant from the National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the...

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Photos of the Day: Top 5 Devices from ExCel Wearable Technology 2015

March 13, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I'm personally beginning to yawn and glaze over at every new announcement of the next "innovative fitness tracker/health monitor/attempt to keep up with the Apple Watch." But these wearables are far from ordinary - here are five that certainly...

Nanoparticles Provide Implant-Free Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:52 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety...

Optogenetics, Without the Genetics

March 13, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | News | Comments

Light can be used to activate normal, non-genetically modified neurons through the use of targeted gold nanoparticles, report scientists from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The new technique, described...

Chameleon Material Shows Your Body's True Colors

March 12, 2015 4:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Engineers from UC Berkeley have developed an artificial skin that changes color whenever the material flexes or receives any sort of pressure. A flexible material that changes color provides a whole spectrum of medical opportunities...  

Telemedicine Allows First Remote Acute Stroke Trial

March 12, 2015 9:21 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

For the first time in the world, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were able to enroll patients at other hospitals into an acute stroke clinical trial. The research was published in a recent...

Repairing the Cerebral Cortex Can Be Done

March 11, 2015 3:32 pm | by INSERM | News | Comments

A team led by Afsaneh Gaillard (Inserm Unit 1084, Experimental and Clinical Neurosciences Laboratory, University of Poitiers), in collaboration with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Human and Molecular Biology (IRIBHM) in Brussels...

Simple Blood Test Could Diagnose Alzheimer's

March 11, 2015 3:27 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Although approximately 5 million Americans...

Virtual Reality Helps Soldiers Cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 3:17 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled...

4 Devices to Catch a Few Extra Winks

March 10, 2015 3:17 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Unfortunately, it seems that Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. In honor of the 2nd annual Insomnia Awareness Day, (March 9, of course, the groggy day of the “spring ahead”) here are four medical devices that ensure you receive your well-deserved beauty rest...

Blood Test May Identify Autism in Young Boys

March 10, 2015 11:10 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

In a study published in the current online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, report finding a highly accurate blood-based measure...

Scouting for the Next Breakthrough Start-Up in 'BrainTech'

March 10, 2015 8:30 am | by Mickey Chesla, Israel Brain Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Shimon Eckhouse has founded close to twenty companies in twenty years and is considered the guru of Israel’s medical devices arena. Today, he heads Alon Medtech, a medical technology incubator which receives funding from Israel’s Office of...

Prize-Winning Two-Photon Microscopy Examines Individual Neuron Function

March 9, 2015 9:52 am | by Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Foundation | News | Comments

The world's most valuable (€1m) neuroscience prize, The Brain Prize has been awarded, to four scientists, Winfried Denk and Arthur Konnerth (Germany), and Karel Svoboda and David Tank (USA), for the invention and development of two-photon...

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