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Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases

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Photo: Marijuana plants [13/05/2014] A review by the American Academy of Neurology on the use of medical marijuana in brain diseases finds certain forms of medical marijuana can help treat some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), but do not appear to be helpful in treating drug-induced (levodopa) movements in Parkinson’s disease.Neurology: Medical Marijuana to Treat Certain Brain Diseases - Read more

Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes

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Photo: Implantable cuff, cent coin [12/05/2014] Freiburg researchers develop new method for lowering high blood pressure without side effects.Hypertension: Implantable Cuff with Electrodes - Read more

Infants: New Disease Gene for Early Infantile Epilepsy Found

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Photo: Structure of the HCN1 channel [30/04/2014] A severe form of epilepsy in infants is caused by hitherto unknown mutations of the HCN1 ion channel. The changes in the genetic material are de novo mutations, i. e. they are not present in the parents. This is reported by a German-French research team. Infants: New Disease Gene for Early Infantile Epilepsy Found - Read more

Paraplegia: Spinal Stimulation Helps Four Patients Regain Voluntary Movement

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Photo: Patient moving his legs [22/04/2014] Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy that involves electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.Paraplegia: Spinal Stimulation Helps Four Patients Regain Voluntary Movement - Read more

World Parkinson's Day - 04/11/2014

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Photo: Dopamine molecule [07/04/2014] In the beginning there is a shaking hand or rigidity of muscles that impedes movement in everyday life. Based on several other symptoms that occur over time, physicians finally diagnose Parkinson’s disease.World Parkinson's Day - 04/11/2014 - Read more

Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit

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Photo: Neural Probe Array [03/04/2014] A thinner probe array that uses a silicon-based microstructure could underpin safer neural implants.Neural Probes: Slimmed Down for a Better Fit - Read more

USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers

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Photo: Headache [02/04/2014] One in eight visits to a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new University of Michigan Medical School study finds.USA: 1 Billion Dollars Worth of Brain Scans for Headache Sufferers - Read more

Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated

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Photo: Ringworm C. elegans [24/03/2014] In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders.Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated - Read more

Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients

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Photo: Hand writing [18/03/2014] Research on amputees with chronic dominant hand loss may inform rehabilitation of stroke patients.Senses: New Rehabilitation Methods for Amputees and Stroke Patients - Read more

Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth

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Photo: Cell growing [13/03/2014] The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NCSU) and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.Semiconductor Material: Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth - Read more