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Cedars-Sinai Medical Tipsheet for July 2014

A siimple eye test that may help detect Alzheimer's disease early on, 3-D computer modeling for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for dystonia, an experimental biological pacemaker and more are story ideas included in the July tipsheet from Cedars-Sinai.

Microsoft’s AI “Project Adam” Challenges Google’s Artificial Brain

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple are adopting a powerful form of artificial intelligence, known as ‘deep learning’, with the aim of improving everything from speech recognition and language translation to computer vision, even the ability to identify images without the need of a human eye. The general consensus is that Google is currently leading the [...]

Shining light on the 100-year mystery of birds sensing spring for offspring

Biologists have identified for the first time, a key photoreceptor cell deep inside the brain of birds, which takes the role of eyes in humans by directly responding to light and regulates breeding activity according to seasonal changes.

Shining light on the 100-year mystery of birds sensing spring for offspring

Nagoya, Japan – Professor Takashi Yoshimura and colleagues of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM) of Nagoya University have finally found the missing piece in how birds sense light by identifying a deep brain photoreceptor...Show More Summary

Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain

Researchers at GWU are reporting that they've discovered the human consciousness on-off switch, deep within the brain. When this specific region of the brain, called the claustrum, is electrically stimulated, consciousness appears to turn off completely. Show More Summary

Scientists Accidentally Discover The Brain's Consciousness "Off Switch"

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

While performing deep brain surgery on a woman with epilepsy, neuroscientists from George Washington University stimulated an area of her brain that unexpectedly — and temporarily — caused her to lose consciousness. It's a discovery that could shed light on the very nature of consciousness itself. Read more...

Could boosting brain cells' appetites fight disease? New research shows promise

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig's disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death. But boosting those cells' natural ability to clean up those clogs might hold the key to better treatment for such conditions. read more

George Washington University Leads First Clinical Trial to Reduce Epileptic Seizures in Individuals with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Using Low Frequency Deep Brain Stimulation

Mohamad Koubeissi, M.D., director of the Epilepsy Center and associate professor of neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is leading a clinical trial employing low-frequency deep brain stimulation to potentially help reduce epileptic seizures in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy.

Deep brain stimulation improves non motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease

Amsterdam, NL, 25 June 2014 – Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become a well-recognized non-pharmacologic treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease. Evidence now indicates that DBS...Show More Summary

3-D Computer Model May Help Refine Target for Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Dystonia

Researchers using a complex set of data from records and imaging scans of patients who have undergone successful DBS implantation, have created 3-D, computerized models that map the brain region involved in dystonia. The models identify...Show More Summary

3-D computer model may help refine target for deep brain stimulation therapy for dystonia

LOS ANGELES (June 24, 2014) – Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn't always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement...Show More Summary

And then I was like “Alas!”

For everyone who harbors a deep and mildly-embarrassed love for GIFs in the significant, non-linguistic part of their brains that finds repeated facial expressions far more memorable than words: Ploughshares’ series on classic novels (1984, The Catcher in the Rye, The Scarlet Letter, The Hobbit) will have you laughing and building your cocktail-party knowledge all at once.

Massive Military-Funded Project Aims to Re-align Ailing Brains

Deep brain stimulation as a treatment for epilepsy and movement disorders, most notably Parkinson’s disease, has rapidly gone from experimental to standard practice. With devices to provide delicate electro-stimulation to the brain now available and with maps of which neurons do what steadily gaining detail, attention is now shifting to […]

Gravity as Explained by a Brain Parasite (Voiced by Alan Tudyk) [Science Video]

Deep inside an astronomer’s head, a parasite (voiced by Alan Tudyk) taps into his brain to learn about… science! Specifically, about why astronauts appear weightless in space. Wil Wheaton co-stars. [NASA Spitzer | Via IO9]

New Series 'Going Deep with David Rees' Teaches Viewers How to Perfect Everyday Skills, Premieres July 14, 10 PM

New Series Premieres July 14 at 10 & 10:30 PM ET/PT Immediately Following the Summer Season Premiere of Brain Games

The Neuroscience of the Future

Neural prosthetics, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), “closed-loop” deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices, and a world without human brain disorders. The first three of these are already here... is the last one possible?In the utopianShow More Summary

To recover consciousness, brain activity passes through newly detected states

Research shows that recovery from deep anesthesia is not a smooth, linear process but is instead a dynamic journey with specific states of activity the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery.

And the DARPA deep brain stimulation awards go to...

...UCSF and MGH! Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to...Show More Summary

Van Gogh and Mental Illness

2 months agoOdd : Brain Pickings

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