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Apr. 3, 2017 — New nanowire-coated, stretchy, multifunction fibers can be used to stimulate and monitor the spinal cord while subjects are in motion, researchers ... read more

Helping the Retina Regenerate

Mar. 31, 2017 — A new report gives recommendations for regenerating retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), crucial neurons in the back of the eye that carry visual information to the ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — A method for predicting speech intelligibility in noisy surroundings has been created by scienitsts. The results of their experiments are more precise than those gained through the standard methods ... read more

Mar. 30, 2017 — New insights have been gained by researchers into how regulatory mechanisms help in understanding diseases of the central nervous ... read more

Getting a Leg Up: Hand Task Training Transfers Motor Knowledge to Feet

Mar. 30, 2017 — The human brain's cerebellum controls the body's ability to tightly and accurately coordinate and time movements as fine as picking up a pin and as muscular as running a foot race. Now, ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — A subject who was paralyzed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two ... read more

Neurological Diseases Cost the US Nearly $800 Billion Per Year

Mar. 28, 2017 — A new article reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — A cochlear implant is an electronic device capable of restoring hearing in a profoundly deaf person by stimulating the nerve endings in the inner ear. However, results can be extremely variable. ... read more

Shape of Inner Ear Helps Predict Hearing Loss for Children With Rare Hearing Loss Disorder

Mar. 23, 2017 — It may be possible to predict the severity of hearing loss for children diagnosed with enlarged vestibular aqueduct, according to a new ... read more

Mar. 23, 2017 — Gene therapy was able to restore balance and hearing in genetically modified mice that mimic Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition in humans characterized by partial or total hearing loss, dizziness, ... read more

Zinc in the Retina May Indicate a New Way to Protect and Regenerate the Optic Nerve in Glaucoma Patients

Mar. 22, 2017 — Connecting pieces of information by finding a common thread often takes glaucoma researchers in unexpected directions. Zinc is one such thread that joined together different experts in ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, ... read more

New Program Improves Hearing Aid Use for Older Adults

Mar. 20, 2017 — More than half of older adults have some form of hearing loss, impacting everyday life and significantly affecting their health and safety if left untreated. Hearing aids are the most common ... read more

Electroacupuncture Releases Stem Cells to Relieve Pain, Promote Tissue Repair, Study Finds

Mar. 16, 2017 — A new study demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain. The findings provide the most comprehensive ... read more

58 Million Americans Are Exposed to Loud, Frequent Noises, Including Firearms, at Work and Home

Mar. 16, 2017 — Substantial noise exposures, with potentially serious long-term hearing health consequences, frequently occur in occupational and recreational settings, a new report ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — A high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation has been developed by a team of surgeons and engineers. To embed an electronic cochlear implant device into the ear of a deaf patient, the ... read more

Mar. 15, 2017 — A discovery, several years in the making, demonstrates that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells ... read more

Mar. 14, 2017 — Scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair – a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionize the treatment of debilitating ... read more

Increased Risk of Postop Infection When Surgery Closely Follows Epidural Steroid Injection

Mar. 14, 2017 — Patients may wish to take a one- to three-month break from lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) before undergoing lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Why? An increased risk of infection has been ... read more

Efforts Towards Treating Paralysis

Mar. 13, 2017 — Scientists report on the status of recent research and share their vision about the future of wearable ... read more

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