Eye-tracking technology helps diagnose concussions

The football world has been searching for an answer to the concussions crisis for years. The sport has tried everything from new rules, to new high-tech helmets, with varying degrees of success in the reduction of the frequency and severity of head injuries players suffer. While reducing concussions is the main goal, better diagnosing and […]

Brain stimulation protocol reduces spasticity in spinal cord injury patients

Patients show improvements that persist after treatment ends, reports new study in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Date: June 19, 2017 Source: IOS Press Summary: Spasticity, uncontrolled muscle contractions, is a common disorder experienced by patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Previous studies have shown that excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) can reduce spasticity. Researchers […]

Neurotoxin in cigarette smoke worsens pain in spinal cord injuries

Researchers have identified a key component in cigarette smoke that worsens pain in people with spinal cord injury, suggesting that a critical element within tobacco is responsible for such pain-inducing effects. “Findings support anecdotal information suggesting that smoking increases pain in patients with spinal cord injuries,” said Riyi Shi (pronounced Ree Shee), a professor of […]

Head transplants: Sergio Canavero announces successful repair of spinal cords

The scientific team planning to carry out the world’s first human head transplant have announced the successful repair of severed spinal cords in rats, confirming their proof-of-principle study and helping show their technique “works across the board.” Sergio Canavero, the neuroscientist who first announced plans to carry out a head transplant in 2015, tells Newsweek […]

Growth hormone therapy enhances recovery of patients with spinal damage

Growth hormone treatment combined with physical therapy over six months significantly improved sensory function in patients with complete spinal injuries. This research, presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Lisbon, is the first human study to investigate the link between spinal injuries and growth hormone deficiency (GHD). These findings could lead to life-improving treatments […]

Current stimulation may keep visual neurons alive after injury — but at a cost

Magdeburg, Germany and Hongkong, China. May 17, 2017 – Electrical stimulation of the brain by applying current to the eye may help retinal nerve cells to survive injury. While these neurons may not be restored to full function, they are prevented from dying. But to achieve survival, their interconnections, the dendritic tree, needs to disconnect […]

In-Helmet Sensor Technology to Detect Brain Trauma

The National Football League (NFL) abides by a regulated concussion protocol, which involves the presence of medical professionals to constantly monitor players’ symptoms throughout the game, however, the repercussions of repetitive concussions, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)2, remain a prevalent problem in this industry. To further understand and diagnose athletes with concussions at the […]

Probe Could Deliver Optoelectronic Stimulation, Enable Better Understanding of Spinal Cord

A rubber-like fiber that can flex and stretch with the human spine while delivering both optical impulses and electrical connections for stimulation and monitoring of the spine could be used in the study of spinal cord neurons and potentially to help restore spinal cord function. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology […]

What educators need to know about concussions

It can happen in an instant, from something as simple as a fall or a collision in a recreational setting, to a more significant event such as an automobile crash. These events can cause a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results when a bump, blow or jolt to the head causes […]

Novel Brain-Controlled Technology Allows Paralyzed Man to Use His Arm and Hand

A brain-controlled technology, in its early investigational stages, allowed a tetraplegic man to move his paralyzed arm and hand to feed himself and grasp a mug of water. The investigators and independent commentators discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in perfecting the technology. A man who was paralyzed from his shoulders on down […]