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Trend: Growing research on the relationship between sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease


The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques dur­ing sleep (Sci­ence­News):

Bendlin’s stud­ies are part of a mod­est but grow­ing body of research sug­gest­ing that a sleep-deprived brain might be more vul­ner­a­ble to Alzheimer’s dis­ease. In ani­mal stud­ies, lev­els of plaque-form­ing A‑beta plum­met dur­ing sleep. Oth­er research sug­gests that a snooz­ing brain runs the “clean cycle” to remove the day’s meta­bol­ic debris — notably A‑beta — an action that might pro­tect against the dis­ease Read the rest of this entry »

Treating sleep-related breathing conditions–such as sleep apnea–via EEG brainwave analysis: Key neurotechnology patent #28

sleep-disordered breathing

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995

Today we dis­cuss a 2007 patent assigned to Regents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, the NIH and the US Dep­tart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices.

U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995: Sys­tem and method for analy­sis of res­pi­ra­to­ry cycle-relat­ed EEG changes in sleep-dis­or­dered breath­ing

  • Assignee(s): Regents of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan; NIH and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Ser­vices
  • Inventor(s): Ronald D. Chervin, Joseph W. Burns, Niko­las S. Sub­ot­ic, Christo­pher Rous­si
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: March 13, 2007

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘995 patent applies EEG tech­nol­o­gy to mea­sur­ing a rel­e­vant fea­ture to every­one’s life: breath­ing. Specif­i­cal­ly, the res­pi­ra­to­ry mea­sure­ment cycle may be used to treat sleep-relat­ed breath­ing con­di­tions such as sleep apnea, hypop­nea and sleep frag­men­ta­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Medtronic ranked #3 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*


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 »

New online cognitive self-assessment by Cogniciti (Baycrest): a thermometer for the mind?

thermometersBay­crest mem­o­ry experts launch ‘ther­mome­ter’ for the mind (Press release):

Accord­ing to the test’s cre­ators, the major­i­ty of peo­ple will score in the nor­mal, healthy range for their age – which will help reas­sure the “wor­ried well”. For the small per­cent­age (approx­i­mate­ly 2 — 3%) that scores below aver­age for Read the rest of this entry »

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