Neuroscience

In first, scientists use sound waves to control brain cells

Salk scientists have developed a new way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic waves. The new technique, dubbed sonogenetics, has some similarities to the burgeoning use of light to ...

Neuroscience

Buzzing through the blood-brain barrier

UConn engineers have designed a non-toxic, biodegradable device that can help medication move from blood vessels into brain tissues —a route traditionally blocked by the body's defense mechanisms. They describe their invention ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Mean depth of ultrasonographic penetration greater in autism

(HealthDay)—Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a significantly greater mean depth of ultrasonographic penetration, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Medical research

Researchers are testing ultrasound to treat neuropathic pain

Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee's left side—never mind the "searing-hot poker" sensation that would jab her leg without warning. After a decade ...

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