This nerve stimulation therapy may improve stroke recovery

Stroke patients may recover their motor skills sooner from vagus nerve stimulation, according to a new clinical trial from The Ohio State University. Stroke rehabilitation specialists at The Ohio State University are conducting a clinical trial that uses vagus nerve stimulation to improve rehab for stroke patients. Patients are implanted with a vagus nerve stimulator

DARPA is developing nonsurgical neural interfaces to expand neurotechnology

Researchers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have recently started a new program called Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology to develop a non-invasive brain-system communications system to allow patients to communicate with devices using their brain. State-of-the-art brain communications systems that exist today are traditionally invasive, but allow for precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons

7 medical devices combating the opioid crisis

Opioid-related deaths have become an epidemic in the U.S., garnering attention from the White House, the FDA and many other governmental bodies. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. In 2015, more than 50,000 people died from drug overdoses, and 33,000 were opioid-related. Prescription overdoses continue to cause more

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Traumatic brain injury: Transcranial e-stim may help

Researchers from the University of California San Diego and from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have improved neural function in a group of people with mild traumatic brain injury using low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, according to a study published in Brain Injury. Although little is understood about the pathology of mild TBI, the team

7 ways neurostimulation could make our lives better

Neurostimulation is being used for a lot of different things that go beyond motor disorders and diseases. Neurostimulation is used to stimulate certain parts of the brain’s nervous system. It can be invasive with implants or it can be non-invasive with electrode-filled caps and ear clips. The neurostimulation market was worth an estimated $1.9 billion

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New non-invasive brain stimulation method could treat autism and more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have figured out how to non-invasively deliver electrical stimulation to specific parts of the brain. In collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the IT’IS Foundation, the MIT researchers have placed electrodes on the scalps of patients to stimulate regions that are deep in the brain, making a

Cleveland Clinic, Boston Sci think deep brain stimulation can treat strokes

The Cleveland Clinic is pioneering deep brain stimulation for stroke recovery, with an ongoing clinical trial to determine if Boston Scientific’s Vercise DBS system improves movement in recovering stroke patients. Dr. Andre Machado and his team performed the 6-hour deep brain stimulation surgery on Dec. 19, 2016. The procedure implanted electrodes into the cerebellum section