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When flying to Mars, make sure to monitor and enhance brain function (radiation exposure can hurt performance)

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Could a trip to Mars fry astro­nauts’ brains? (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Brain dam­age. Mem­ory dete­ri­o­ra­tion. Intel­li­gence loss. This could be your brain on a trip to Mars…The find­ing, pub­lished in the open-source jour­nal Sci­ence Advances this month, could throw a wrench in the many ambi­tious mis­sions aimed at Read the rest of this entry »

Medtronic ranked #3 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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One of the world’s largest med­ical tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, Medtronic man­u­fac­tures devices to treat car­dio­vas­cu­lar, dia­betes, and mus­cu­loskele­tal con­di­tions, in addi­tion to neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions. Medtronic’s Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion busi­ness includes Read the rest of this entry »

Study: To improve memory and thinking skills, try the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil and nuts

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Mediter­ranean diet may help coun­ter­act age-related declines in mem­ory and think­ing skills (Har­vard Health Blog):

A new study in this week’s JAMA Inter­nal Med­i­cine sug­gests that eat­ing a Mediterranean-style diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts is good for your mind as well as your heart. Read the rest of this entry »

In the news: How non-invasive neurotechnology will enhance work and life

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Our new report is mak­ing the media rounds…

ReutersBrain tech­nol­ogy patents soar as com­pa­nies get inside people’s heads

From ways to eaves­drop on brains and learn what adver­tise­ments excite con­sumers, to devices that alle­vi­ate depres­sion, the num­ber of U.S. patents awarded for “neu­rotech­nol­ogy” has soared since 2010, accord­ing to an analy­sis released on Wednesday.

Neu­rotech has gone well beyond med­i­cine, with non-medical cor­po­ra­tions, often under the radar, devel­op­ing neu­rotech­nolo­gies to enhance work and life,” Alvaro Fer­nan­dez said.

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Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (St Jude Medical): #2 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

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Founded in 1979, Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems devel­oped into a tech­nol­ogy leader for implantable neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices. ANS spe­cial­izes in Spinal Cord Stim­u­la­tion (SCS), which can be used for chronic pain treat­ments. ANS holds patents for Read the rest of this entry »

Will consumer-led transcranial direct current stimulation revolutionize or hurt mental health?

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Ther­apy Borne on Elec­tri­cal Cur­rents (The New York Times):

…This is Thync, the lat­est in tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion, or tDCS. The man­u­fac­turer says the device, to come out later this year, can alter the user’s mood in min­utes via elec­tric cur­rent Read the rest of this entry »

Scientists issue a call to action for TBI patients to benefit from latest neuroscience findings

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Brain-injured patients need ther­a­pies based on cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science (U. Illi­nois press release):

Patients with trau­matic brain injuries are not ben­e­fit­ing from recent advances in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science research — and they should be, sci­en­tists report in a spe­cial issue of Cur­rent Opin­ion in Behav­ioral Sci­ences. Read the rest of this entry »

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