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Neuroscience

New ultrafast fMRI technique may help inform brain stimulation

Brain stimulation, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), is a powerful way to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders. While it has provided therapeutic benefit for sufferers of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and addiction ...

Neuroscience

Non-invasive neurotechnology shown to reduce symptoms of insomnia and improve autonomic nervous system function

A good night's sleep is crucial to health and well-being. Numerous research studies have shown that insomnia can increase the risk of cardiovascular events, obesity, diabetes and other illnesses. Now, a new study from researchers ...

Medications

New spray fights infections and antibiotic resistance

The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks antibiotic resistance as one of the top ten threats to global health. There is therefore a great need for new solutions to tackle resistant bacteria and reduce the use of antibiotics. ...

Surgery

Research team closer to 3D printing life-like organs

A team of University of Colorado researchers has developed a new strategy for transforming medical images, such as CT or MRI scans, into incredibly detailed 3D models on the computer. The advance marks an important step toward ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Rapid tests help make hepatitis C diagnosis easier, study finds

A new study has shown the benefit of using a quick clinic-based diagnostic test for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection over a standard laboratory-based test. The findings from the study has led to World Health Organization ...

Radiology & Imaging

New 3D ultrasound may improve accuracy of liver cancer treatment

A simulated study by researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found a new system that uses ultrasound to construct 3D-images could make treatment of liver cancer, using thermal ablation, ...

Neuroscience

Portable cap can measure cognition with pulsed laser light

Measuring activity in the human brain remains one of the greatest challenges in science and medicine. Despite recent technological advances in areas such as imaging and nanoscience, researchers still struggle to accurately ...

Parkinson's & Movement disorders

Using AI analysis of voice data to detect Parkinson's disease earlier

More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease. There is no cure, but if symptoms are noticed early, the disease can be controlled. As Parkinson's disease progresses, along with other symptoms speech ...

Cardiology

New tool uses ultrasound 'tornado' to break down blood clots

Researchers have developed a new tool and technique that uses "vortex ultrasound"—a sort of ultrasonic tornado—to break down blood clots in the brain. The new approach worked more quickly than existing techniques to eliminate ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Unique MIT suit helps people better understand the aging experience

Visitors to MIT's AgeLab in the Center for Transportation and Logistics are greeted silently by a shiny mannequin in a jumpsuit and chunky red goggles, standing a little ominously in a glass-walled studio. While the mannequin ...

Neuroscience

CRISPR-based strategy restores neurons affected by Rett syndrome

Rett syndrome is a rare, progressive neurodevelopmental disorder that typically affects girls, causing severe intellectual disability, loss of motor skills, and autism-like symptoms, and there is currently no cure. Rett syndrome ...

Neuroscience

Neural prosthesis uses brain activity to decode speech

Researchers from HSE University and the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry have developed a machine learning model that can predict the word about to be uttered by a subject, based on their neural activity ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Scientists developing early Alzheimer's disease detection sensor

Researchers with the SFU Nanodevice Fabrication Group are developing a new biosensor that can be used to screen for Alzheimer's disease and other diseases. An overview of their work has been recently published in the journal ...

Medical economics

Will your smartphone be the next doctor's office?

The same devices used to take selfies and type out tweets are being repurposed and commercialized for quick access to information needed for monitoring a patient's health. A fingertip pressed against a phone's camera lens ...

Neuroscience

Smartphone app can significantly improve memory recall

Researchers at the University of Toronto have demonstrated that a new smartphone application helps to significantly improve memory recall, which could prove beneficial for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

'Smart patch' could be used to detect Alzheimer's

A leading Swansea University scientist has developed a new "smart patch" that can detect proinflammatory biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's) through the use of microneedle technology.