With a global burden that has doubled over the past generation, the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is now about 6.1 million[i]. This positions PD to be one of the world’s fastest growing neurological disorders. As a slow progressive disease, it is estimated that the economic burden of PD in just the U.S. can be over $79 billion by 2037.

People living with Parkinson’s disease experience an array of both non-motor and motor related symptoms. Some of the symptoms in the non-motor category include fatigue, weight loss, blurred vision, disturbances of smell, or problems sleeping. On the contrary, motor symptoms can…

We’ve all experienced a headache once in awhile but for those who are diagnosed with migraine or cluster headache disorders just one episode can take you out for hours or even days. Make no mistake, migraine and cluster headaches have been recognized as neurological conditions with extremely incapacitating symptoms. Medications are the “tradition” course of treatment but there are new options available. The array of neurotech devices opens a door of opportunities for people living with migraine and cluster headaches.

Migraines are a recurrent throbbing headache typically accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sensory inputs or…

This time of year is known for graduations, springtime weather and outdoor activities, but for many people living with fibromyalgia that might not be the case. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. The condition impacts approximately 3% of the U.S. population or around 10 million people. Despite the prevalence, it is known as the “garbage can condition” due to the difficulty in diagnosing the condition. Typically, a diagnosis is warranted after other options have been eliminated. According to the CDC there is no known cause or objective laboratory test or biomarkers of fibromyalgia.

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CP is one of those conditions that impacts many people but is not always widely known in the general public. New and established neurotechnologies are now being developed, investigated and applied for adults and children living with cerebral palsy. Learn about what is currently available and emerging from the development pipeline in neurotech and CP.

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Cerebral palsy impacts nearly 1 million people in North America and about 12,000 births per year. It is the most common motor disability of childhood, according to the CDC. CP is caused by an abnormality in the development of the human brain or damage to…

In July 2020, people living with Parkinson’s disease and using a deep brain stimulator were warned by the Food and Drug Administration of a possible loss of coordination during water-related activities. Seven months earlier, 2,909 VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) therapy systems for seizure management were recalled due to a reset error in the medical device. In 2019, the FDA issued an alert to healthcare providers and end-users to be aware of a potential premature battery depletion safety issue with some pacemakers. …

The Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) pathway was proposed in August 2020 as a means to improve access to novel medical devices, like many neurotechnology devices. On January 12, 2021, the new ruling splashed onto the headlines with an executive order to make the program a reality. Effective March 15, 2021, Americans who are Medicare beneficiaries may have greater access to innovative medical technologies. The new statute allows for a medical device to be covered under Medicare if the device is FDA authorized through the breakthrough designation program. …

November is Epilepsy Awareness month. Neurotechnologies are emerging to improve diagnoses and treatments for people living with epilepsy. Here we highlight some of the available modalities and what is in the pipeline of development.

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Epilepsies are a spectrum of brain disorders ranging in severity. In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior. This change in neuronal activity can also cause convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. Epilepsies also accompany several types of seizures. Anything that disturbs the normal pattern of neuron activity from illness to brain damage to abnormal brain development…

For so long the standard of care for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been oral medications, but they are plagued by side effects and dosing challenges. Today, there is a growing pool of scientific and clinical evidence to support neurotechnology devices as an alternative to medications. Some devices are emerging from technical laboratories and others are further along the development spectrum to have regulatory approval or clearance. These technologies may be overlooked under the large umbrella of the pharmaceutical giants. Here, we shine a light on these technology alternatives.

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The American Psychiatric Association estimates that 9.5 percent of children…

Neurotechnology, the use of medical electronics on the human nervous system, is offering new options for people living with neurological conditions, enhancing diagnoses and aiding in human performance. Let’s take a look at what made headlines over the month of September 2020. These headlines address technical advancements, changes in access and expanding applications of current technologies.

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Technology and Access Developments

  • Those living with obstructive sleep apnea have expanded access to a hypoglossal nerve stimulation device from Inspire Medical Systems. Humana recently announced they will cover the device.
  • Theranica Bio-Electronics Ltd. gained CE Mark approval for their Nerivio device, a non-invasive, smartphone-controlled device for the…

You or someone you care about has sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI). You have heard that there are many advances and research occurring in the treatment and management of spinal cord injury but it is hard to decipher the facts from the hype. Neurotech Network is dedicated to providing unbiased information about neurotechnology, a field that offers technical devices and therapies for persons living with neurological conditions like SCI. This will provide some of the broad categories and what they include along with the latest research and links to the device directory. …

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