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Artificial Blood Vessel Better Assesses Clot Removal Devices

April 17, 2015 3:53 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created an in vitro, live-cell artificial vessel that can be used to study both the application and effects of devices used to extract life-threatening blood clots in...

Telling the Time of Day by Color

April 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by PLOS | News | Comments

Research by scientists at The University of Manchester has revealed that the color of light has...

Clot Removal Device Dramatically Improves Outcomes for Stroke Patients

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

A new device to remove obstructing blood clots can significantly improve outcomes for people who...

Our Skeleton Is a Lot Like Our Brain

April 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers from Monash University and St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne...

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Brain Stimulation Boosts Creativity and May Treat Depression

April 17, 2015 9:02 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

A UNC School of Medicine study has provided the first direct evidence that a low dose of electric current can enhance a specific brain pattern to boost creativity by an average of 7.4 percent in healthy adults, according to a common, well-validated...

Electronic Micropump Delivers Treatments Deep Within the Brain

April 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by INSERM | News | Comments

Many potentially efficient drugs have been created to treat neurological disorders, but they cannot be used in practice. Typically, for a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this...

Study to Demonstrate Value of PET Scans in Alzheimer's Diagnosis

April 16, 2015 11:24 am | by Alzheimer's Association | News | Comments

A new four-year research study, with an estimated budget of $100 million, was announced today by the Alzheimer's Association and the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Imaging Dementia - Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study will...

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Medtronic's 'Brain Pacemaker' to Advance Brain Research

April 15, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Essential tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes a rhythmic shaking in the hands, affects an estimated 10 million Americans and millions more worldwide. Deep brain stimulation, essentially a pacemaker for the brain, has been approved...

Facebook Use Can Either Worsen or Improve Mental Health Conditions

April 15, 2015 10:36 am | by British Sociological Association | News | Comments

Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, new research shows. Dr. Keelin Howard told the British Sociological Association's annual...

Wristband May Help Predict Response to Antidepressants

April 15, 2015 9:33 am | by Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University | News | Comments

A wristband that records motion throughout a 24-hour cycle may be an inexpensive, safe way to determine which patients with major depressive disorder will respond best to commonly prescribed drugs such as Prozac. Selective serotonin reuptake...

How Deep-Brain Stimulation Reshapes Neural Circuits in Parkinson’s Disease

April 14, 2015 9:57 am | by University of California - San Francisco | News | Comments

UC San Francisco scientists have discovered a possible mechanism for how deep-brain stimulation (DBS), a widely used treatment for movement disorders, exerts its therapeutic effects. Few medical treatments show results as rapid and dramatic...

Deciphering the Noise in the Human Brain

April 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

By directly recording electrical activity from the human brain, neuroscientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that distinct, distant groups of brain areas that support memory retrieval act in concert, even during sleep...

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Video Game Storytelling Could Aid Autism Treatment

April 13, 2015 9:33 am | by Sage Publications | News | Comments

A wealth of studies have shown that violent video games contribute to antisocial and aggressive behavior. But what makes those games appealing in the first place? One possibility is that storytelling plays a role, particularly if it lets...

Touch-Sensing Neurons Are Multitaskers

April 13, 2015 9:27 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Two types of touch information — the feel of an object and the position of an animal’s limb — have long been thought to flow into the brain via different channels and be integrated in sophisticated processing regions. Now, with help from a specially...

An App to Help Students Stress Less

April 13, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

The free app, ‘HSC Stress-Less’, was developed by psychology researchers at UOW with the assistance of high-achieving year 11 students at schools in the greater Sydney and Illawarra regions, including students at St George Christian School...

Wearable Device Slows Deadly Brain Tumors

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Josh Barney, University of Virginia | News | Comments

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans, a major clinical trial at the University of Virginia School of Medicine...

Scanning Autism's Early Neuronal 'Neighborhood'

April 9, 2015 9:51 am | by San Diego State University | News | Comments

In early childhood, the neurons inside children's developing brains form connections between various regions of brain "real estate." As described in a paper published last week in the journal Biological Psychiatry, cognitive neuroscientists at...

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Brain Scans Reveal How People 'Justify' Killing

April 9, 2015 9:43 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A new study has thrown light on how people can become killers in certain situations, showing how brain activity varies according to whether or not killing is seen as justified. The study, led by Monash researcher Dr. Pascal Molenberghs...

More on the Maker Movement – How Can You Get Involved?

April 8, 2015 2:19 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

You may have caught our Great Challenges hangout last week on how the Maker Movement is transforming health and medicine. During this discussion, we explored how this trend is impacting the everyday work of creating a healthier world...

Depressed? Apps Lift Mood with Personalized Therapy

April 8, 2015 2:17 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Feeling blue or anxious? Now, there's a mobile 'therapist' designed to understand you and suggest the ideal mini-app to lift your particular mood. The 'therapist' is Intellicare, a new suite of 12 interactive mini-apps to combat depression and...

What Can Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Tell Us About the Brain?

April 8, 2015 2:12 pm | by Drexel University | News | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed--with the help of a brain-controlled exo-skeleton--by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a...

The Pulse: Stroke Rehab Music Glove and Drawn-On Sensors

April 8, 2015 11:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're touching our music glove-clad fingers together in time for stroke rehab, penning biosensors, seizing a golden opportunity with cancer-targeting nanoparticles, and avoiding embarrassing accidents with a bowel...

Developing Peripheral Devices for Your Brain

April 8, 2015 10:59 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

I hope a day will come when medical device designers seek to ask, "What ELSE can we do with this device that may go beyond the 'normal' limitations of a person." Who knows what that could bring in terms of new capabilities, new experiences...

Recharging Medical Devices in a Minute

April 7, 2015 3:05 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to developing a portable medical device, one of the constant challenges for design engineers is determining a suitable power source. The list of concerns that can be associated with the battery in a medical device can include...

You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

Emailing Emotions on the 'Brain-Net'

April 7, 2015 12:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In February, I had the opportunity to attend Solidworks World 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. Not only was it a great opportunity to escape Wisconsin’s sub zero temperatures (I was sunburned after the first day) but I was also able to meet with...

Photos of the Day: 3 Pretty Cool Assistive Robots

April 7, 2015 11:08 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Professor Gil Weinberg has already built a band of robotic musicians in his Georgia Tech lab. Now he’s created a robot that can be attached to amputees, allowing its technology to be embedded into humans. The robotic drumming prosthesis has...

Exploring the Unknown Frontier of the Brain

April 7, 2015 9:00 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

To a large degree, your brain is what makes you... you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, your brain helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing...

New Advancements in 3D Designs for Neural Tissue Engineering

April 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Institute of Neural Regeration & Tissue Engineering | News | Comments

It is well known that neurological diseases and injuries pose some of the greatest challenges in modern medicine, with few if any options for effectively treating such diagnoses, but recent work suggests a unique approach for reconstructing damaged...

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