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Brain stimulation using magnetic fields: Key Neurotech Patent #12

Magnetic-field-stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528

Today we are discussing a 2003 patent, assigned to McLean Hospital, pioneering brain stimulation techniques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,572,528: Magnetic field stimulation techniques

  • Assignee(s): McLean Hospital
  • Inventor(s): Michael L. Rohan, Aimee Parrow, Perry F. Renshaw
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: June 3, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘528 patent discloses magnetic stimulation techniques for enhancing brain function with a variety of stimulation techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring and stimulating brain activity to achieve desired brain state: Key Neurotech Patent #10

brain state

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617

Today we are sharing a 2002 patent describing a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques.

U.S. Patent No. 6,488,617: Method and device for producing a desired brain state

  • Assignee(s): Universal Hedonics
  • Inventor(s): Bruce F. Katz
  • Technology Category: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: December 3, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘617 patent describes a system linking brain signal detection to brain stimulation techniques with the purpose of achieving a desired brain state. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Consumers experiment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with no regulatory oversight

-- DIY tDCS device: Four 9-volt batteries and sticky self-adhesive electrodes, connected by a circuit board. Courtesy of Matt Herich

— DIY tDCS device: Four 9-volt batteries and sticky self-adhesive electrodes, connected by a circuit board. Courtesy of Matt Herich

Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse (NPR):

“Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New tools, research and thinking to promote Brain Health in the Digital Age

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The Times They Are a-Changin.

In a recent survey, 91% of those polled said that “Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments.

This is important news, as anyone who has experienced negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows.

We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges and opportunities in the 21st century, in the midst of the Digital Age we live in.

Where should we start? In this edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter, let’s take a look at some emerging tools, scientific studies and fresh ideas. Happy reading, and have a great Fall:

New tools

New research

New thinking

 

Scientists call for regulations for brain stimulation devices sold directly to consumers

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Brain-Zapping Gadgets Need Regulation, Say Scientists and (Some) Manufacturers (IEEE Spectrum):

“Just a few years ago, the idea of electrically stimulating your brain in the comfort of your own home would have sounded pretty weird, and probably like a bad idea.

But the practice of brain-zapping—in particular, an easy-to-pull-off technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Read the rest of this entry »

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