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The use of photoplethysmography for assessing hypertension

By |2019-06-30T19:33:43+00:00June 30th, 2019|

Abstract The measurement of blood pressure (BP) is critical to the treatment and management of many medical conditions. High blood pressure is associated with many chronic disease conditions, and is a major source of mortality and morbidity around the world. For outpatient care as well as general health monitoring, there is great interest in being [...]

Parkinson’s Disease Is More Prevalent in Patients with Appendectomies

By |2019-05-14T18:35:11+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Introduction: Aggregated alpha synuclein, a pathologic feature of Parkinson’s disease, has been found to be present in enteric neurons. As these aggregated proteins appear in the gastrointestinal tract early in the onset of the Parkinson’s disease, the GI tract may have a role S-1409 SSAT Abstracts in the development of disease. There has been conflicting [...]

tDCS Recovers Depth Perception in Adult Amblyopic Rats & Reorganizes Visual Cortex Activity

By |2019-05-14T18:01:13+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Abstract Amblyopia or lazy eye is a neurodevelopmental disorder that arises during the infancy and is caused by the interruption of binocular sensory activity before maturation of the nervous system. This impairment causes long-term deterioration of visual skills, particularly visual acuity and depth perception. Although visual function recovery has been supposed to be decreased with [...]

Novel device could enable early diagnosis and treatment development for Parkinson’s disease

By |2019-05-14T17:57:37+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Read the full article >> Presently there are no disease-modifying therapies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease; however, one potential strategy for treatment is to prevent α-synuclein aggregation. As a first step, researchers at Osaka University have developed a device that can assess the degree of α-synuclein aggregation in the brain. α-Synuclein is a major [...]

Perovskite nickelates as bio-electronic interfaces

By |2019-05-14T17:53:40+00:00May 14th, 2019|

Read the full article >> Abstract Functional interfaces between electronics and biological matter are essential to diverse fields including health sciences and bio-engineering. Here, we report the discovery of spontaneous (no external energy input) hydrogen transfer from biological glucose reactions into SmNiO3, an archetypal perovskite quantum material. The enzymatic oxidation of glucose is monitored down [...]

Ultra-Capacitive Carbon Neural Probe Allows Simultaneous Long-Term Electrical Stimulations and High-Resolution Neurotransmitter Detection

By |2019-04-15T18:22:05+00:00April 12th, 2019|

By Surabhi Nimbalkar, Elisa Castagnola, Arvind Balasubramani, Alice Scarpellini, Soshi Samejima, Abed Khorasani, Adrien Boissenin, Sanitta Thongpang, Chet Moritz & Sam Kassegne | Read the Full Article >> Abstract We present a new class of carbon-based neural probes that consist of homogeneous glassy carbon (GC) microelectrodes, interconnects and bump pads. These electrodes have purely capacitive behavior with exceptionally high charge storage capacity (CSC) and are [...]

Deep brain stimulation provides sustained relief for severe depression

By |2019-04-15T18:24:18+00:00April 12th, 2019|

By  NEUROSCIENCE NEWS | Read the full article here >> Patients suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression can benefit both acutely and in the long-term from deep brain stimulation, as researchers from the Medical Center – University of Freiburg and their colleagues from the University Hospital Bonn demonstrate in a current study. The team used thin electrodes [...]