Tag: Neurology

Developed: Brain-on-a-Chip Featuring Multiple Cell Types

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a way to create “brain-on-a-chip” devices that can be used to study brain function, how various chemical compounds influence it, and what can be done to protect the brain from toxic chemicals, etc. The technology may help lessen the need for laboratory animals, speed up (Read more...)

Robotic Pelvic Assist Device Helps Parkinson’s Patients Improve Their Stability While Walking

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a system called the Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD), which can help Parkinson’s patients to improve their gait stability after just one training session. Fall rates in adults with advanced Parkinson’s disease are twice as high as those in healthy adults of a comparable age. Finding (Read more...)

Tiny Wireless Neurostimulator Small Enough for Injections

Neurostimulators are becoming popular for treating Parkinson’s, Essential Tremor, pain, and other neurological conditions. They typically involve a battery-powered implant resembling a pacemaker placed on the chest that has electrode leads attached reaching up to another part of the body, often the brain. There are a number of disadvantages w (Read more...)

High-Tech Mobile Stroke Units Treat Patients Sooner

A stroke is one of the most time-critical medical emergencies. If not treated quickly, a patient can quickly deteriorate as brain cells die from a lack of oxygen. Doctors aim to begin treating stroke patients within an hour from the onset of symptoms, something that is often difficult to do when relying on conventional ambulances. […]

RICOH MEG Magnetoencephalography System Wins FDA Clearance

Ricoh, a large Japanese industrial company, won FDA clearance for its RICOH MEG magnetoencephalography  system. The device is able to detect electrical signals within the brain by measuring the magnetic fields produced as electric currents move within the brain. According to the company, the device was developed to provide “deeper m (Read more...)

Amputees Move Robotic Arms by Power of Thought

Scientists at the University of Chicago have shown that it is possible to implant brain-computer interfaces and let amputees control robotic arms, even years after their amputations. Similar research has previously focused on paralyzed people and whether they can benefit from technology that lets them move external devices by simply willing and thi (Read more...)

Carefully Controlled Light Pulses Can Trigger Neurons to Fire

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a technique of using a flurry of very short light pulses of different wavelengths to control how mouse neurons fire. Eventually, the technique might be useful for influencing cells in the body that respond to light, such as those in the retina, to treat light-sensitive circadian or […]

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