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Photos of the Day: Brain Implant-Controlled Robots

April 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the first time since her paralysis, Cathy Hutchinson was able to pick up a bottle of coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again. Hutchinson, who was 58 at the time, didn’t regain control over her hands. She did it by moving a robotic arm with her thoughts.

4 Awesome Technologies Featured at WIRED Health 2015

April 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Back in December 2014, Intel announced that it was working with Stephen Hawking to create a new...

Creating the Sensation of Invisibility

April 23, 2015 10:37 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

The power of invisibility has long fascinated man and inspired the works of many great authors...

FDA Holds Public Meeting on Postmarket Risk for Medical Devices

April 23, 2015 10:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

How can the medical device industry best manage risk when it comes to products that are already...

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Nanoparticle Drug Reverses Parkinson’s-Like Symptoms

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older. Currently, there’s no cure, but scientists are...

MedTech Memoirs: Artificial Limbs

April 22, 2015 2:55 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Believe it or not, the earliest recorded use of an artificial limb dates back to the book of Vedas from Sanksrit, India, believed to have been written between 3,500 and 1,800 B.C. It describes Queen Vishpla, an Indian warrior queen, who...

How War Veterans Quietly Manage Tinnitus

April 22, 2015 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Tinnitus, a debilitating "ringing in the ears", has become the No. 1 service- connected disability among veterans, surpassing post-traumatic stress disorder. Because military personnel are exposed to aircraft, loud equipment, and explosive noises...

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Using Smartphones to Avoid Spatial Disorientation of Elderly

April 22, 2015 10:46 am | by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers from UPM have used technologies of the network operators to locate and send alerts when an old person with mild cognitive impairment suffers from episodes of disorientation. Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine group of...

A More Effective Way to Create Motor Neurons

April 22, 2015 10:41 am | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Research on treating neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and spinal muscular atrophy has long been hindered by the difficulty of producing the different kinds of motor neurons needed to...

Home-Based Treatment of Autism

April 22, 2015 9:50 am | by CORDIS | News | Comments

Much can still be done to improve autism treatment besides finding a cure. The MICHELANGELO project, which ended in March, has developed a set of technologies for personalized, home-based behavior monitoring and treatment of patients. For...

Real-Time Feedback a Boon in Rehab

April 21, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of Technology, Sydney | News | Comments

Laser-cut acrylic tiles with a 3D printed core and the capacity to be wired up to “interact” with patients offer a new tool for people recovering from stroke and other brain injury. The highly sensitive stepping tiles are linked to a computer...

St. Jude Medical Announces Intent to Acquire Spinal Modulation, Inc.

April 21, 2015 3:13 pm | by St. Jude Medical | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced it has exercised the company’s exclusive option to acquire Spinal Modulation, Inc., developer of the Axium Neurostimulator System. Following the completion of this...

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'Reminiscence Therapy' App for Dementia Patients

April 21, 2015 10:38 am | by Bangor University | News | Comments

Bangor University is providing expertise to support the development and effectiveness of ‘Book of You’, an ‘app’ being welcomed as having the potential to revolutionize reminiscence therapy for people with dementia. Reminiscence is widely used...

Do Video Games in Care Homes Connect Patients or Expose Vulnerability?

April 20, 2015 3:47 pm | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

Introducing video games as a means of bringing older adults in long-term care together may not always be an easy task, according to new research. Previous studies have shown the positive effects of motion-based video games, such as those available...

Device Control at Your Fingertips

April 20, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

There’s an interesting underlying paradox in device development – the more functions a gadget is able to perform, the more simplistic its interface must become. After all, what use is a tricorder going to be if it isn’t user friendly? It would...

Transferring Human Emotions to Your Palm Through Air

April 20, 2015 10:38 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr. Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department...

Is EEG All That Is Necessary for Alzheimer's Diagnosis?

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Wayne State University Division of Research | News | Comments

Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, may be one of Alzheimer's earliest signs. The subtle changes of MCI include problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment and a subjective sense that mental function is getting worse. MCI is seldom severe...

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New App Detects Teen Anxiety and Mood Disorders

April 20, 2015 9:31 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

A phone rings in the middle of the night, an anxious teen seeking guidance from a friend. Is it adolescent angst or a serious mental health problem? Sometimes, it can be hard to tell. For the app to work, the teen has to be willing to download...

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 a major impact on how the brain clock measures time of day and on how the animals' physiology and behavior adjust accordingly. The study, for the first...

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 suffer a certain type of stroke, according to a study led by a UCLA investigator. In patients with acute ischemic stroke - in which a blood...

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 have used mathematical modeling combined with advanced imaging technology to calculate, for the first time, the number and connectivity of the osteocyte...

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...

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...

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