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Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Telemedicine, Brain Injuries, Concussions, Amaal Starling, Bert Vargas, Medical Research

New Study Identifies Way to Treat Sports-Related Concussions Using Telemedicine

An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions.

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Daniel O’Connor, Touch, Merkel, Sensory, Neuron

Discovering the Basics of “Active Touch”

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Working with genetically engineered mice -- and especially their whiskers -- Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a group of nerve cells in the skin responsible for what they call "active touch," a combination of motion and sensory feeling needed to navigate the external world. The discovery of this basic sensory mechanism, described online April 20 in the journal Neuron, advances the search for better "smart" prosthetics for people, ones that provide more natural sensory feedback to the brain during use.

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Falls, Elderly, Neurodegenative Disease, Virtual Reality

Can Virtual Reality Help Us Prevent Falls in the Elderly and Others?

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Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for many elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to falls. But researchers now think virtual reality could be a big help in detecting and possibly reversing balance impairments.

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Spasticity, Robotics, Wearable Sensors, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Neuromuscular Disorders, muscle stiffness

Sensor-Filled Glove Could Help Doctors Take Guesswork Out of Physical Exams

Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could wear to accurately measure muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other muscle control disorders.

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Neurology, myelin diseases

Natural Experiment, Dogged Investigation, Yield Clue to Devastating Neurological Disease

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After a 29-year quest, Ian Duncan, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has finally pinpointed the cause of a serious neurologic disease in a colony of rats.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital, Neurosurgery, Spasticity, selective dorsal rhizotomy

Surgery Helps Young Girl with Cerebral Palsy Walk

Bhoomi was born with cerebral palsy and spasticity, a muscle control disorder that involves tight or stiff muscles and the inability to control those muscles. A spinal surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy, has helped Bhoomi continue to make strides.

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150-Year-Old Drug May Provide ‘Off’ Time Relief for People with Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

New research provides evidence that an old drug may provide relief for people with advanced Parkinson’s, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017.

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Could Fixing the Body Clock Help People Regain Consciousness?

For people with severe brain injuries, researchers have found that the rhythm of daily fluctuations in body temperature is related to their level of consciousness, according to a preliminary study published in the April 19, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Johns Hopkins APL Collaborates with Facebook’s Building 8 to Develop Breakthrough Brain–Computer Interface Technologies

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The Lab has been designing noninvasive optical imaging methods to increase the reach of neural prosthetics, and ultimately produce technologies that could offer high-speed, thought-driven interfaces.







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