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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 »

The Mediterranean Diet seen to substantially reduce brain shrinkage among older adults



Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet (Los Angeles Times):

“The aging brain is a shrinking brain, and a shrinking brain is, generally speaking, a brain whose performance and reaction time are declining: That is a harsh reality of growing older.

But new research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Harnessing brain scans to personalize autism-related behavioral interventions

pet_imagingAutism First: Brain Patterns May Predict Treatment Response (Medscape):

“It’s possible to predict whether a young child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will respond to an evidence-based behavioral intervention by analyzing brain activity patterns with functional MRI (fMRI) prior to treatment Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Leaky blood-brain barrier linked to cognitive decline and dementia

sn-bloodbrainLeaky blood-brain barrier linked to Alzheimer’s disease (Science Daily):

“Researchers using contrast-enhanced MRI have identified leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of people with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study published Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neonatal MRI scans of preterm children can help predict cognitive and academic problems, and guide early interventions

Localized brain regions associated with early mathematics

Predicting future cognition in preterm children with MRI (Oxford University Press blog):

“In the wake of the development of advanced neonatal intensive medical care, more and more children born preterm manage to beat the previously tough odds…While this is one of the success stories of modern medicine, long-term follow-up of premature-born pediatric cohorts show that…Many children will experience cognitive problems that will Read the rest of this entry »

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