NeuroPace makes progress in its years-long road to FDA approval with near-unanimous approval for its RNS neurostimulation therapy for epileptic seizures.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:
Epilepsy Foundation President and CEO Phil Gattone testified before the FDA panel in support of the NeuroPace RNS device noting that, "We are facing a world where it has been over 15 years since a device was approved for epilepsy treatment. The frustration of the Foundation and the epilepsy community is that the access to new treatments should keep pace with innovation. It is our hope that work you do today and in the future will not only help pave the way for access to innovative therapies, but also spark the interest and enthusiasm for creating new devices to treat epilepsy. I am so thankful for this committee's time and attention to this issue, and I hope that I can shed some light on the stories and concerns I hear every day from across the country."
The iDichotic iPhone app appears to be as reliable as traditional lab tests in determining which side of the brain is most involved in language processing. Read this article by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on CNET News.
You can download a .pdf of this terrific presentation at the ASHA 2012 Convention by Tracey Wallace, MS, CCC‐SLP Speech‐Language Pathologist of the Shepherd Center and John Morris, PhD Research Scientist, of the Crawford Research Institute at the Shepherd Center. They present 3 case studies of patients with TBI and discuss the criteria they used for selecting the appropriate mobile apps to support the needs of each person. More research is needed to help clinicians apply the selection criteria to a wider range of possible apps and patient populations.
Stimulation of the vagus nerve also releases norepinepherine which plays a role in the regulation of arousal, memory consolidation and emotional responses to stimuli or events that evoke emotion - cognitive functions that are often impaired in stroke patients.
Prof. Dominic Upton, Dr Penney Upton, Dr Tim Jones, Dr Karen Jutla, Prof.Dawn Brooker - University
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:
There need to be more HCI studies with dementia patients and mobile tech. This study observed that patients preferred reminiscence apps over other apps. Also, men spent more time with the iPad than women - the women preferred to interact more with people than the iPads.
While anyone who texts has probably sent or received weirdly illegible messages at some point, Harvard researchers point to garbled texts as one possible indicator of neurological problems. Read this article by Leslie Katz on CNET.
Scientists have discovered a cognitive biomarker -- a biological indicator of a disease -- for young adolescents who are at high risk of developing depression and anxiety. Their findings were published Nov.
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