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Monitoring neurological activity to detect epileptic seizures: Key Neurotech Patent #9

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639


Today we are shar­ing a 2002 patent assigned to Neu­ropace, Inc. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639: Neu­ro­log­i­cal event detec­tion pro­ce­dure using processed dis­play chan­nel based algo­rithms and devices incor­po­rat­ing these pro­ce­dures.

  • Assignee(s): Neu­ropace, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): David R. Fis­chell, Jonathan Har­wood, Ben­jamin D. Pless
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: Octo­ber 29, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘639 patent dis­clos­es tech­niques for detect­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal activ­i­ty, name­ly the occur­rence of an epilep­tic seizure based on algo­rith­mic pro­cess­ing of sig­nals mea­sur­ing brain activ­i­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

Reservoir electrodes for electroencephalograph headgear appliance: Key Neurotech Patent #5

reservoir electrodes

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493

Today we are shar­ing a 2001 patent assigned to Sed­line, Inc. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,301,493: Reser­voir elec­trodes for elec­troen­cephalo­graph head­gear appli­ance.

  • Assignee(s): Sed­line, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Dominic P. Mar­ro, Thomas T. Wash­burn, Denis E. LaBom­bard
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: Octo­ber 9, 2001

SharpBrains’ Take:

While patents in the neu­rotech­nol­o­gy cat­e­go­ry of EEG are more fre­quent­ly being direct­ed towards either EEG sig­nal analy­sis and/or appli­ca­tions of EEG (e.g., secu­ri­ty appli­ca­tions, sleep appli­ca­tions, etc.), the ‘493 patent presents an EEG patent direct­ed towards aspects of the core EEG hard­ware. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: From brain surgery towards non-invasive brain stimulation therapies




When Michelle Lane was inca­pac­i­tat­ed by Parkin­son’s dis­ease, her best option was brain surgery. Elec­tri­cal leads were sur­gi­cal­ly implant­ed into her skull, and a pace­mak­er-like device installed to deliv­er elec­tri­cal sig­nals to the move­ment region of the brain.

Now Read the rest of this entry »

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) as depression treatment: much promise, some DIY risks

For people with severe depression, incorrect application can worsen their condition or cause memory loss. Nathan O'Nions/Flickr, CC BY-NC

—For peo­ple with severe depres­sion, incor­rect appli­ca­tion can wors­en their con­di­tion or cause mem­o­ry loss. Nathan O’Nions/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Around 350 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide have depres­sion. Anti­de­pres­sant med­ica­tions are often pre­scribed to treat the con­di­tion, along­side talk­ing ther­a­pies and lifestyle changes such as reg­u­lar exer­cise.

But a sub­stan­tial pro­por­tion of peo­ple either don’t respond to anti­de­pres­sants, or expe­ri­ence such sig­nif­i­cant side effects that they’d pre­fer not to take them.

In search of Read the rest of this entry »

Focused ultrasound as emerging method of non-invasive neurotechnology

Brain_ultrasoundSound Waves Can Heal Brain Dis­or­ders (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

…Physi­cians are also con­sid­er­ing high-inten­si­ty focused ultra­sound as an alter­na­tive to brain surgery. Patients with move­ment dis­or­ders such as Parkin­son’s dis­ease and dys­to­nia are increas­ing­ly being treat­ed with Read the rest of this entry »

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