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The FDA Takes Steps to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Medical Devices

October 1, 2014 10:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and information. The final guidance, titled...

NIH Taps Lab to Develop Sophisticated Electrode Array System to Monitor Brain Activity

September 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (...

Homeland Security and FDA Address Medical Device Cybersecurity

September 30, 2014 11:53 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is joining forces with the U.S. Food and Drug...

NIH Awards Initial $46 Million for BRAIN Initiative Research

September 30, 2014 11:44 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $...

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Selectively Rewiring the Brain's Circuitry to Treat Depression

September 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

On Star Trek, it is easy to take for granted the incredible ability of futuristic doctors to wave small devices over the heads of both humans and aliens, diagnose their problems through evaluating changes in brain activity or chemistry, and...

Oxford Isis Fund Invests in Oxtex and Brainomix to Improve Stroke Diagnosis

September 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Isis Innovation | News | Comments

The £1.25 million University of Oxford Isis Fund, set up by Parkwalk Advisors and Isis Innovation in February, has made its first investments in medical device spin-out Oxtex and in Brainomix, a start up from the Isis Software Incubator which...

Modeling Shockwaves Through the Brain

September 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised...

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Lighting Up Brain Activity

September 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Ken Kingery | News | Comments

Yiyang Gong will join the faculty of the biomedical engineering department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering beginning November 1, 2014. An expert in nanophotonics, Gong is developing genetic sensors that literally light up...

Thrilling Potential in 'Hitchcock Therapy'

September 30, 2014 9:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

A shrouded man holding a gun stands in a dark room, breathing heavily, just behind the door. Your heart races and your whole body tenses as you silently (or often, vocally) beg the character about to enter the room, “Don’t go in there!” It's as if...

Nerve Repair Development Wins Student Innovation Award

September 29, 2014 2:36 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

As a teenager in Germany, Katharina watched her boyfriend fall from his BMX bike and break his third and fourth vertebrae, rendering him a quadriplegic. With a fierce motivation to help people, and a belief that nature provides us with many...

CLARITY Opens Window to Brain Circuitry

September 29, 2014 2:30 pm | by National Science Foundation | Videos | Comments

The connections between neurons in the brain are involved in everything we do, and no one's pattern is the same. Imagine the medical breakthroughs if we understood more about the brain's circuitry, but a milky opaque tissue that coats much of...

From Rats to Humans: Project NEUWalk Closer to Clinical Trials

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

A completely paralyzed rat can be made to walk over obstacles and up stairs by electrically stimulating the severed part of the spinal cord. The EPFL scientists discovered how to control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high...

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Research Mimics Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by RMIT University | News | Comments

RMIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain. The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the development...

With NIH Grant, Cedars-Sinai Helps Bring Big Data to Neuro Disease Research

September 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to participate in a consortium taking the study of motor neuron disorders – such as Lou Gehrig's...

Virginia Tech Joins $30 Million Effort to Curb Head Injuries

September 26, 2014 10:46 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech is participating in a new, landmark $30 million national effort sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense to combat concussions among college athletes and active service military...

New Findings on How Brain Handles Tactile Sensations

September 25, 2014 10:31 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

The traditional understanding in neuroscience is that tactile sensations from the skin are only assembled to form a complete experience in the cerebral cortex, the most advanced part of the brain. However, this is challenged by new research findings...

September 2014 Digital Edition

September 24, 2014 4:57 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Designers developing medical devices that are introduced into the body through a catheter or similar solution have very specific characteristics that need to be achieved for that transfer system. Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and...

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New EEG electrode Offers Faster, Easier Measurement of Brain Function

September 24, 2014 2:29 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A new, easy-to-use EEG electrode set for the measurement of the electrical activity of the brain was developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. The solutions developed in the Ph.D. study of Pasi Lepola, MSc, make...

Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

September 24, 2014 11:55 am | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for four weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as...

House Supports Repeal of Medical Device Tax

September 23, 2014 11:22 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes a repeal of the 2.3% medical device, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Senate, and previous roll-back efforts have fallen short. HR 4, the “Jobs for America Act,”...

Aurora Prototype Device Helps the Blind Pulse Through Obstacles

September 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Hungarian engineers have created Aurora, a prototype device to help blind people detect obstacles as they walk, via an ultrasonic distance sensor and vibration motor. Elly Park reports...          

Brainwave Test Could Improve Autism Diagnosis and Classification

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University suggests that measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may...

Biodesign Fellows Develop a Device for Relieving Night Terrors

September 22, 2014 4:10 pm | by Stanford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team is working toward a solution to help children with night terrors — and their parents — get a more peaceful night’s rest. Night terrors, a sleep disorder affecting mostly young children, do not pose a serious health threat...

Potential Blood Test for Psychosis

September 22, 2014 2:56 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers represents an important step forward in the accurate diagnosis of people who are experiencing the earliest stages of psychosis. Psychosis includes hallucinations or delusions...

Simple Test Can Help Detect Alzheimer's Before Dementia Signs Show

September 19, 2014 11:06 am | by York University | News | Comments

York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia. Faculty of...

Smartphone App Reveals Users' Mental Health, Performance, Behavior

September 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues have built the first smartphone app that automatically reveals students' mental health, academic performance and behavioral trends. In other words, your smartphone knows your state of mind – even if...

Sensing Neuronal Activity with Light

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action — from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture...

No Sedative Necessary: Scientists Discover New 'Sleep Node' in the Brain

September 19, 2014 10:12 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, this...

Magnetic Neural Control with Nanoparticles

September 18, 2014 2:35 pm | by Denis Paiste, Materials Processing Center, MIT | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles don’t have to be "one size fits all." Instead, individual magnetic nanoparticles can be tailored in an array of differing sizes and compositions to allow for heating them separately by varying the frequency and amplitude...

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