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Neurotechnology – News and Features

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Flower “Super Power” Could Enable New Drug Treatments

A "super power" used by plants to deter predators has inspired a new tool that may help researchers develop new pharmaceuticals in a cleaner, greener, less expensive way.
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Enhancing the Performance of Nerve Implants

Researchers are extending their understanding of the effectiveness of electrical fields that are increasingly being used in implants to stimulate and repair damaged nerves.
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The Cerebellar Nuclei Plays a Bigger Role Than We Originally Thought

Associative learning was always thought to be regulated by the cortex of the cerebellum. However, new research reveals that actually the nuclei of the cerebellum make a surprising contribution to this learning process.
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Neuroimaging Research Shows How Advanced Yoga Affects the Brain

Neuroimaging in an adept meditator revealed rich patterns of brain activity in specific cortical, subcortical, brainstem, and cerebellar regions associated with an advanced practice of meditation called jhana.
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Altered Treatments Can Still Help Long-Term Parkinson's Patients

New research has illustrated that altered treatments after treatment options are considered exhausted can still benefit Parkinson's patients.
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Activating This Brain Area Produces a Strong Sense of Discomfort

Researchers have identified a new neural circuit in the brain that produces a strong sense of discomfort when activated, leading to new insights into Parkinson's and depression.
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Brain Implant Can Enable Communication Through Thoughts Alone

A speech prosthetic developed by a collaborative team of Duke neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, and engineers can translate a person’s brain signals into what they’re trying to say.
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Eye Response May Indicate Who Will Benefit Most From Brain Stimulation

Two new studies from UCLA Health suggest that the “window to the soul” may give a glimpse into the brain in depression.
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Conscious Brain Chemistry Recorded by Electrode System

Real-time chemical activity of the brain, recorded by electrodes, has provided valuable insights into the brain's noradrenaline system, which is a target for medications to treat ADHD, depression and anxiety.
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Surgery-Free Deep Brain Stimulation Could Be Used in Dementia Treatment

A new form of deep brain stimulation offers hope for an alternative treatment option for dementia, without the need for surgery.