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First Patient Implant of Stroke Treatment Device

August 28, 2013 10:53 am | by MicroTransponder | News | Comments

The Vivistim System has been developed to treat stroke patients that experience an upper-limb deficit following their stroke. These are patients that are unable to fully recover the use of their upper-limbs at least 6 months following their stroke. A United Kingdom based clinical trial is underway using the Vivistim System in the Glasgow and Newcastle areas.

Researcher Controls Colleague’s Motions in 1st Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

August 28, 2013 10:25 am | by Doree Armstrong and Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.  

Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans: A Pilot Study

August 28, 2013 10:23 am | by University of Washington | Videos | Comments

A video of example trials from a pilot study of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans conducted by Rajesh Rao, Andrea Stocco, and colleagues at the U of Washington, Seattle. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco’s finger to move on a keyboard.


Combating Concussions

August 28, 2013 10:01 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

In the United States there are millions of sports related concussions each year, but many go undiagnosed because for some athletes, the fear of being benched trumps the fear of permanent brain damage, and there is no objective test available to accurately diagnose concussions on the sidelines. Researchers at San Diego State University have set out to change that.

InVivo tanks on push-back for spinal injury trial

August 27, 2013 4:05 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

InVivo Therapeutics announced a push-back on its time-lines for enrollment in a clinical trial examining its spinal cord injury treatment, a move that brought NVIV shares down by nearly half today. InVivo announced that, under the terms of its FDA investigational device exemption, each trial patient must be followed for 3 months...

Mind-Reading Headset Monitors Brainwaves

August 27, 2013 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Kickstarter, we are monitoring our brainwaves and moving objects with just our thoughts with the Emotiv Insight, a 5-channel, wireless headset from Tan Le, founder and CEO.             

Non-Invasive Technology Helps Patients 'Walk'

August 27, 2013 11:47 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

The BMI works by interpreting brain waves that allow patients to control, with their thoughts, robotic legs and below-elbow amputees to control neuroprosthetic limbs. Contreras-Vidal has partnered with Dr. Robert Grossman at TMHRI on the research project.

Moving Objects with Your Mind

August 27, 2013 11:45 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Brain imaging equipment has been around since the 1930s, but we have made very little progress in understanding the human brain, explains Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emotiv Insight. With almost a decade of experience in the field, she hopes to change this.


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.  

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.

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.

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.

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