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Medtronic Unveils Online Community to Connect People with Medical Devices Who ‘Live On. Give On.’

June 2, 2014 11:24 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today opened 2014 award applications for the Bakken Invitation, a global program designed to celebrate and connect people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving...

Neural Transplant Reduces Absence Epilepsy Seizures in Mice

May 30, 2014 12:23 pm | by Tracey Peake, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

New research from North Carolina State University pinpoints the areas of the cerebral cortex that are affected in mice with absence epilepsy and shows that transplanting embryonic neural cells into these areas can alleviate symptoms of the...

Gravity-Beating Ultrasonic Tweezers Provide a Sound Route to Bio-Engineering

May 30, 2014 11:47 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Pioneering ‘tweezers’ that use ultrasound beams to grip and manipulate tiny clusters of cells under electronic, push-button control could lead to life-changing medical advances, such as better cartilage implants that reduce the need for knee...

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IDEM Calls for Paper-Submissions by June 23

May 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by International Electron Devices Meeting | News | Comments

The 60th annual IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has issued a Call for Papers seeking the world's best original work in all areas of microelectronics research and development. The paper submission deadline is Monday, June 23...

Deep Brain Stimulation Gains an Improved Therapeutic Window Using directSTIM Directional Lead

May 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Aleva Neurotherapeutics | News | Comments

Aleva Neurotherapeutics, a company developing next-generation implants for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in major neurological indications such as Parkinson´s disease, today announced the publication of the results of an intraoperative study...

Rice Researcher Rebooting 'Deep Brain Stimulation'

May 28, 2014 8:34 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Deep brain stimulators, devices that zap Parkinson's disease tremors by sending electrical current deep into nerve centers near the brain stem, may sound like they are cutting-edge, but Rice University's Caleb Kemere wants to give them...

High Speed Gesture Recognition for zSpace 3D Display

May 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory | Videos | Comments

In collaboration with zSpace, we developed high speed hand gesture recognition system and combined it with a 3D virtual holographic display system developed by zSpace. By integrating these two systems, an immersive virtual environment can...

Teaching Innovative Medical Mechanics

May 27, 2014 11:06 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Removing a malignant tumor from the head of the pancreas is a risky and demanding operation. The surgeon must carefully navigate around the stomach, the gallbladder, the bile duct, lymph nodes, and several high-pressure blood vessels. But...

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Understanding and Treating Networks of the Brain

May 27, 2014 10:49 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to reduce the severity...

Photos of the Day: Treating Neuropsychological Illness in Vets

May 27, 2014 10:48 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

UCSF and MGH will oversee teams of physicians, engineers, and neuroscientists who are working together to develop advanced brain interfaces, computational models of neural activity, and clinical therapies for treating networks of the brain...

Creation of the First Human-Voice Simulator

May 27, 2014 10:04 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) | News | Comments

The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, a partner centre of the UPC and the Government of Catalonia, and the Media Technology research group of La Salle R&D are participating in the European Union–funded project...

FDA Clearance for SpringTMS Migraine Treatment Device

May 23, 2014 11:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

eNeura, Inc., a privately held medical technology company, announced that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its SpringTMS migraine treatment device. SpringTMS is the first medical device available...

UMMS to Develop ‘Wireless’ Nanotechnology for Studying Neurons

May 23, 2014 10:59 am | by Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications | News | Comments

Yang Xiang, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology, and Gang Han, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, have received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Human Frontiers Science Program to lead an...   

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Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Could Be First Step to Slow, Stop Disease

May 23, 2014 10:53 am | by American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) | News | Comments

In March of this year, a team of Georgetown University scientists published research showing that, for the first time ever, a blood test has the potential to predict Alzheimer’s disease before patients start showing symptoms. AACC is pleased...

Screening for Autism: There's an App for That

May 22, 2014 2:51 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Most schools across the United States provide simple vision tests to their students--not to prescribe glasses, but to identify potential problems and recommend a trip to the optometrist. Researchers are now on the cusp of providing the same...

Functional Nerve Cells from Skin Cells

May 22, 2014 9:32 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of generating mature nerve cells from skin cells could greatly enhance understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, and could accelerate the development of new drugs and stem cell-based regenerative medicine. The nerve cells...

Nasal Spray May Soon Replace the Pill

May 22, 2014 9:26 am | by University of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Every time we have an infection or a headache and take a pill, we get a lot more drugs than our body actually needs. The reason is that only a fraction of the drugs in a pill reaches the right places in the body; the rest never reaches its...

Photos of the Day: How Wearable Technology Could Save Our Health (Infographic)

May 22, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Smartwatches, wristbands, necklaces, clip-ons, smart clothing, and other wearable technology already exist. These gadgets can record vitals and send them to your doctor, revolutionizing healthcare...        

3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

Financial Pressures in Healthcare Driving Need for Operating Room Outsourcing

May 20, 2014 11:15 am | by Accenture | Articles | Comments

Financial pressures intensify throughout the healthcare industry. Consider the business of manufacturing medical equipment, such as patient monitoring devices and anesthesia machines, and selling them to hospitals for use in operating room...

Optical Brain Scanner Goes Where Other Brain Scanners Can't

May 20, 2014 11:11 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging compares favorably to other approaches but avoids the radiation...

Beaming Power to Medical Chips Deep Inside the Body

May 19, 2014 3:01 pm | by Tom Abate, Associate Director of Communications, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A wireless system developed by Electrical Engineering Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice, paving the way for new ‘electroceutical’ devices to treat illness...

Illuminating Neuron Activity in 3-D

May 19, 2014 11:03 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and the University of Vienna have created an imaging system that reveals neural activity throughout the brains of living animals. This technique, the first that can generate 3-D movies of entire brains at the millisecond...

Robotic Arm Responds to Brain Waves

May 16, 2014 12:19 pm | by University of Toronto | Videos | Comments

University of Toronto student Ryan Mintz and his team have created a robotic arm that responds to brain waves captured with their headset. They hope to one day create robotic limbs or prosthetics that the wearer can control with their thoughts...

Hope for Paraplegic Patients

May 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

People with severe injuries to their spinal cord currently have no prospect of recovery and remain confined to their wheelchairs. Now, all that could change with a new treatment that stimulates the spinal cord using electric impulses. The...

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