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Using Optical Stimulation to Control Pain

February 26, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A new study by a University of Texas at Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain. Samarendra Mohanty...

Mapping the Brain of an Extrovert

February 26, 2015 9:39 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Everyday experience and psychological studies alike tell us that there are two different types of extroverts: The gregarious "people-persons" who find reward in sharing affection and affiliation with others, and the ambitious "go-getters" who...

Mouthguards Measure Athletes' Head Motion to Predict Injury

February 26, 2015 9:05 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering | News | Comments

A preliminary study conducted by researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) may improve our prediction of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Every year more than 40 million people worldwide...

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Football Helmet Add-ons May Not Reduce Concussion Risk in Athletes

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | News | Comments

Football helmet add-ons such as outer soft-shell layers, spray treatments, helmet pads and fiber sheets may not significantly help lower the risk of concussions in athletes, according to a study released today that will be presented at...

Bar-Ilan University Neuroscientists Change the Way We Think

February 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bar-Ilan University | News | Comments

Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...

Skin Test May Shed New Light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

February 25, 2015 9:17 am | by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C...

3 Research Projects for Assistive Technologies Receive Funding

February 25, 2015 8:58 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

A prosthetic hand controlled by the nervous system, robotic clothing to help people with walking, and biosensors to monitor how patients use equipment or exercise during rehabilitation are the focus of three research projects awarded £5.3...

Real-Time EEG Monitoring May Allow Automatic Control of Anesthesia

February 24, 2015 11:21 am | by Elizabeth Dougherty, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the U.S. for more than 160 years, but were largely misunderstood — until now. In operating rooms around the world, machines attached to anesthetized patients blip and bleep, reporting...

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Overcoming Addiction with an App

February 24, 2015 11:10 am | by University of Twente | News | Comments

Can a game installed on your smartphone help you to overcome an addiction? Soon this will be a possibility. Marloes Postel, a lecturer at the University of Twente, observed the need for easily accessible care for people with addictions...

First Portable System for Monitoring Patients with Parkinson's in Testing

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The REMPARK European telemedicine project is coordinated by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and has a budget of about €5 million. Also participating are the Hospital Quirón Teknon, Telefónica...

Photos of the Day: Parkinson's Monitoring Belt

February 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The Technical Research Centre for Dependency Care and Autonomous Living (CETpD) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya has developed a pioneering portable system for monitoring the motor status of Parkinson's disease patients in real...

3D Printed Guides Can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 10:56 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes, which guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally. Patients with nerve injuries can suffer complete loss of sensation...

Game to Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

February 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Students in Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) created a game to help children who have experienced trauma. The game earned an honorable mention from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations...

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Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 20, 2015 1:52 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes. What makes...

Improved Implantable Technologies to Combat Chronic Degenerative Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Mark Russell, Senior Global Market Manager, Medical Electronics, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices—especially those for cardiac and neuro applications—are among the most significant medical innovations in the last 20 years. As the population has continued to age, elderly patients find themselves faced with chronic...

Wireless Minute: Implantable 'Cortical Modem' to Cure Sight Loss

February 19, 2015 1:56 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection...

Need to Maintain Balance Between Wall Thickness Specifications

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Rick Shorey, Sr. Sales Engineer and Project Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Blogs | Comments

Microchips for delivering drugs with time released capabilities or neuroscience, neuromodulation and/or monitoring devices material selection is key for both the implantable and delivery device. Depending upon duration and type of application...

The Pulse: Building a Brain Powered Prosthetic Arm and Having a Checkup at Home

February 18, 2015 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're building a brain powered prosthetic arm, paying much less for a multi-function patch pump, making biocompatible microgels, and having a checkup at home...

High-Powered X-ray Watches Non-Addictive Painkillers Bind to Neuroreceptors

February 18, 2015 11:54 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Using a newly developed X-ray source, scientists have revealed how a new type of pain-relievers works - bonding to the same neuroreceptors that morphine does, but without the accompanying physical dependence. "If you know how the binding physically works...

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Adds Mayo Clinic 'Telestroke'

February 17, 2015 10:24 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Southern Nevada residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic “telestroke” program that is now available at all three campuses of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican (Rose de Lima, Siena and San... 

Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time — and start to mimic them — after undergoing brain surgery to implant a device...

Auditory Brainstem Implant for Children Born without Hearing Nerve

February 17, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Southern California - Health Sciences | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team of hearing and communication experts led by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is breaking sound barriers for children born without a hearing nerve in a clinical trial...

Stroke Training with Mannequins and Other Simulation Techniques

February 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

One of the most challenging cases that a first-year neurology resident physician can face is a stroke patient in the emergency department. The physician must quickly decide whether the patient is a candidate for the clot-busting drug tPA...

Photos of the (Valentine's) Day: Imaging Love

February 13, 2015 10:09 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

How deep is your love? Stanford neuroscientist Melina Uncapher has a system in her lab that can supply the answer. In 2013, Dr. Uncapher and her friend, the filmmaker Brent Hoff, invited seven men and women ranging in ages...

Nerve Cell Growth Stimulating Implant Slows Alzheimer's Progression

February 13, 2015 9:02 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet have evaluated a new Alzheimer’s therapy in which the patients receive an implant that stimulates the growth of a certain type of nerve cell. The results, which are published in the scientific journal...

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