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Researchers Find Infectious Prion Protein in Urine of Patients with Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

August 7, 2014 11:47 am | by University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | News | Comments

The misfolded and infectious prion protein that is a marker for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – linked to the consumption of infected cattle meat – has been detected in the urine of patients with the disease by researchers at The University...

Scientists Develop Nasal Test for Human Prion Disease

August 7, 2014 11:43 am | by NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | News | Comments

A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their Italian...

Infographic: What Engineers Think About Retirement

August 7, 2014 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta & Eileen Whitmore, ECN Magazine | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what engineers had planned for...    

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Medical App Competition During Medica 2014

August 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Messe Düsseldorf | News | Comments

Developers of medical apps will have the opportunity to present their creations live at the App Competition during MEDICA 2014, World Forum for Medicine, to be held from November 12 – 15, 2014 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. This...

Institutions Collaborate Toward Sharing and Standardizing Neuroscience Data

August 6, 2014 11:00 am | by The Kavli Foundation | News | Comments

This is the first collaboration launched by “Neurodata Without Borders,” a broader initiative with the goal of standardizing neuroscience data on an international scale, making it more easily sharable by researchers worldwide. This first...

The Benefits of Working with an UHMWPE Fiber with a Fine Denier

August 5, 2014 3:58 pm | by Carola Hansen, Director of Biomedical Polyethylenes, DSM Biomedical | DSM Biomedical | Articles | Comments

In February, DSM announced that it was expanding its Dyneema Purity fiber portfolio with the commercial launch of the thinnest, high-strength, medical-grade ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber on the market - Dyneema Purity...

Codman Neuro Launches New Envoy Guiding Catheters

August 5, 2014 2:59 pm | by Codman Neuro | News | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. The announcement was made at...

FDA Clearance of ElMindA’s BNA Analysis System

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by ElMindA | News | Comments

ElMindA Ltd. announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the company’s BNA Analysis System for the assessment of brain function. Brain Network Activity (BNA) combines non-invasive, multi-channel EEG...

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Implanted Neurons Become Part of the Brain

August 4, 2014 2:19 pm | by Université du Luxembourg | News | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted neurons reprogrammed from skin cells into the brains of mice for the first time with long-term stability. Six months after implantation...

Hope for More Accurate Diagnosis of Memory Problems

August 4, 2014 9:02 am | by University of East Anglia | News | Comments

More accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer's or memory problems stemming from head injuries, leading to earlier intervention, according to new findings from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The research...

Watching neurons fire from a front-row seat

July 30, 2014 7:34 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

They are with us every moment of every day, controlling every action we make, from the breath we breathe to the words we speak, and yet there is still a lot we don't know about the cells that make up our nervous systems. When things go awry and nerve cells don't communicate as they should, the consequences can be devastating. Speech can be slurred, muscles stop working on command and memories can be lost forever.

Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

July 30, 2014 6:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. School of Psychology PhD student Pasquale Alvaro surveyed more than 300 Australian high school students aged 12-18 to better understand ...

Brainwaves can predict audience reaction

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor. By analyzing the brainwaves of ...

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App for headache sufferers shows success

July 30, 2014 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A unique app that helps headache sufferers to record the severity and regularity of their pain is being used as part of a Griffith research study. A new approach to the treatment of headaches, the ENHANCE project looks at coping with their triggers and is

Wearable device for the early detection of common diabetes-related neurological condition

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication, called diabetic autonomic neuropathy, which is common among people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Glucose 'control switch' in the brain key to both types of diabetes

July 29, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have pinpointed a mechanism in part of the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The findings are published in the July 28 issue of Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Smartphone app and specialized clinic for chronic fatigue patients

July 28, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are set to benefit with the dual launch of a specialist Griffith University clinic and smartphone app, both aimed to manage their illness and improve health outcomes. Otherwise known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), CFS is a highly debilitating disorder characterised by ...

Silicon Technology to Enable a Revolution in Healthcare

July 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dr. Liesbet Lagae, R&D Manager Life Science Technologies, imec | Articles | Comments

Much of the research in healthcare is directed at the major medical challenges of the coming decade. How are we going to cope with the diseases of a growing elderly population, such as brain diseases, cancers, and diabetes? How can we improve...

Laser Therapy for Treatment of Transected Sciatic Nerve

July 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Neural Regeneration Research | News | Comments

Researchers at Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, led by Prof. Liu, Dr. Shen and Mrs. Yang have developed a biodegradable nerve conduit containing genipin-cross-linked gelatin was annexed using beta-tricalcium...

Gene Inhibitor, Salmon Fibrin Restore Function Lost in Spinal Cord Injury

July 24, 2014 11:32 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists at UC Irvine's Reeve-Irvine Research Center have...

The Pulse: Reading Minds with Google Glass and Walking with Toyota

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair...

Detecting Concussion-Related Brain Disease in Its Earliest Stages

July 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Autopsies have shown that some high-profile athletes who suffered repeated blows to the head during their careers have unusual protein clumps in their brains. Those clumps suggest the athletes had a disease called chronic traumatic...  

Research Brings Us Nearer to Understanding How Neuro Cells Turn Cancerous

July 23, 2014 12:07 pm | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Scientists from the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York with the help of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have completed research which for the first time brings us nearer to understanding...

Genetic Mapping Triggers New Hope on Schizophrenia

July 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away...

Low Strength Brain Stimulation May Be Effective for Depression

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Brain stimulation treatments, like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), are often effective for the treatment of depression. Like antidepressant medications, however, they typically have a delayed...

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