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October 29, 2020

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Ancient Origins of Speed Control During Movement

Movement in animals is complex. Little has been known about how spinal inhibitory interneurons work to silence other neurons and related muscle groups in coordination with the active muscle groups ...

Using Robotic Assistance to Make Colonoscopy Kinder and Easier

Scientists have made a breakthrough in their work to develop semi-autonomous colonoscopy, using a robot to guide a medical device into the body. The milestone brings closer the prospect of an ...

Mammals Share Gene Pathways That Allow Zebrafish to Grow New Eyes

Working with fish, birds and mice, researchers report new evidence that some animals' natural capacity to regrow neurons is not missing, but is instead inactivated in ...

Two Molecular Handshakes for Hearing

Scientists have mapped and simulated those filaments at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people ...
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Trigger That Leads to Faster Nerve Healing

Damaged nerves regenerate faster when protein clusters are broken apart, releasing mRNAs that can be used to rebuild the nerve. Scientists have found the trigger that could be used to accelerate ...

Stay-at-Home Orders Cut Noise Exposure Nearly in Half

People's exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing ...

New Smart Drug Delivery System May Help Treatment for Neurological Disorders

A research team has created a smart drug delivery system that reduces inflammation in damaged nervous tissues and may help treat spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders. The system, ...

New Path to Neuron Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

The astrocytic glial cell has the unique ability to form scar tissue around damaged neurons. The presence of scar tissue is associated with inhibitory effects on the regrowth of mature neurons that ...

Real Neurons Are Noisy: Can Neural Implants Figure That Out?

Signals sent from the retina to the brain have a lot of background noise, yet we see the world clearly. Researchers show that to achieve visual clarity the brain must accurately measure how this ...

Role of Protein in Development of New Hearing Hair Cells

Researchers have conducted a study that has determined the role that a critical protein plays in the development of hair cells. These hair cells are vital for hearing. Some of these cells amplify ...

COVID-19 Ventilator Patients Can Have Permanent Nerve Damage

Severely ill COVID-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it's easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. But that life-saving position can also ...

Positive Results for ReWalk ReStore Exosuit in Stroke Rehabilitation

Scientists at five sites tested the soft robotic wearable exosuit for safety, reliability and feasibility in gait rehabilitation for individuals with mobility impairment ...

Restless Nature of Human Spinal Cord Revealed by Non-Invasive Functional Imaging

Scientists have developed a non-invasive technique for unraveling the complex dynamics generated by spinal cord circuits to unprecedented detail, a first in functional magnetic resonance imaging that ...

Rubbing Skin Activates Itch-Relief Neural Pathway

Stop scratching: rubbing skin activates an anti-itch pathway in the spinal cord, according to new ...

First 'Plug and Play' Brain Prosthesis Demoed in Paralyzed Person

In a significant advance, researchers working towards a brain-controlled prosthetic limb at the UC San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences have shown that machine learning techniques helped a ...

Understanding the Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Scientists have developed a new theory as to how hearing loss may cause dementia and believe that tackling this sensory impairment early may help to prevent the ...

Synthetic Compound Could Serve as Prototype for Novel Class of Drugs to Treat Neurological Damage

Researchers have developed a neurologically acting protein and tested it in laboratory studies. In mice, the experimental compound ameliorated symptoms of certain neurological injuries and diseases, ...

Cochlear Implants Should Be Recommended for Adults More Often

An international group of hearing specialists has released a new set of recommendations emphasizing that cochlear implants should be offered to adults who have moderate to severe or worse hearing ...

Re-Engineered Enzyme Could Help Reverse Damage from Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke

Researchers have redesigned and enhanced a natural enzyme that shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue following ...

Exoskeleton Research Marches Forward With Study on Fit

Exoskeletons, many of which are powered by springs or motors, can cause pain or injury if their joints are not aligned with the user's. To help manufacturers and consumers mitigate these risks, ...

Speeding Up Nerve Regrowth for Trauma Patients

Researchers have found a treatment that increases the speed of nerve regeneration by three to five times, leading to much better outcomes for trauma surgery ...

Opioid Use Can Trigger Deafness

Opioid receptors in the inner ear can cause partial or full hearing loss, according to new ...

Simultaneous Stimulation Helped a Spinal Cord Injury Patient Regain the Ability to Walk

The first promising results have been achieved in the application of synchronized electrical and magnetic stimulation therapy when rehabilitating a paraplegic patient and restoring his ability to ...

Improving Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries

Bioengineers have created an osmotic therapy device that gently removes fluid from the spinal cord to reduce swelling in injured rats with good results. The device can eventually be scaled up for ...

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