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Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened

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Graphic: Human brain with a central region highlighted [15/10/2014] Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain's movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the disease begins has led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy.Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened - Read more

Teaching the brain to reduce pain

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Photo: A foot about to step on needles [16/07/2014] People can be conditioned to feel less pain when they hear a neutral sound, new research from the University of Luxembourg has found. This lends weight to the idea that we can learn to use mind-over-matter to beat pain.Teaching the brain to reduce pain - Read more

Monitor for glaucoma: Sensor in eye could track pressure changes

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Graphic: Illustration of the final device [20/06/2014] University of Washington engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track hard-to-measure changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be embedded with an artificial lens during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then transmit the data wirelessly using radio frequency waves.Monitor for glaucoma: Sensor in eye could track pressure changes - Read more

Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again

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Photo: Grasping sequence of rats in comparison [17/06/2014] After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful.Right rehabilitation lets paralyzed rats grip again - Read more

A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup

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Photo: Gordon Cheng with CellulARSkin [12/06/2014] According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a paralyzed person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton is expected to make the first kick of the football championship.A paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup - Read more

Making artificial vision look more natural

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Photo: Eye overlaid with transparent images [10/06/2014] In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural, high-fidelity vision to blind people, the researchers say.Making artificial vision look more natural - Read more

Relief to glaucoma patients

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Photo: Eye [05/06/2014] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) have jointly developed a new nanomedicine that will allow glaucoma patients to do away with daily eye drops.Relief to glaucoma patients - Read more

Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students

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Photo: Man wearing signglasses [02/06/2014] Ordinarily, deaf students are left in the dark when they visit a planetarium. With the lights off, they can't see the ASL interpreter who narrates their tour of outer space. With the lights on, they can't see the constellations of stars projected overhead. That's why a group at Brigham Young University (BYU) launched the "Signglasses" project.Signglasses system opens the universe to deaf students - Read more

Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality

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Photo: Ear [09/04/2014] As people approach old age, they generally become less outgoing. New research from the University of Gothenburg shows that this change in personality is amplified among people with impaired hearing. The findings emphasise the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss in the elderly population.Elderly : Hearing Loss Affects Old People's Personality - Read more

Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions

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Photo: Cartoon [31/03/2014] Researchers from the University of Southampton have shown that cartoons could be a beneficial way of educating patients and empowering them to cope better with their long term conditions.Humor: Cartoons to Cope with Chronic Conditions - Read more