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

Technology and Access Developments

  • A new study suggestions the use of ultrasound to detect echointensity of muscles may be a tool to diagnose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The study was published in the Journal Muscle & Nerve.
  • More evidence was published to help those living with treatment-resistant depression

August is National Wellness Month in the United States. During this time of a global pandemic and social distancing, the pursuit of wellness has surfaced as many of us around the world have been altering to a new “normal”. What is wellness? Can some neurotech aid in that process? This month we will explore the elements of wellness, neurotechnology applications and some additional educational resources.

What is wellness?

Wellness is often confused with well-being, but they are related. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health within the National Institutes of Health views wellness as a multi-dimensional paradigm of pursuit and well-being is…


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

Technology and Access Developments

  • Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation offered by electroCore, Inc. received FDA Emergency Use Authorization to treat asthma exacerbations in people who have known or suspected COVID19.
  • Symptoms of COVID19 can linger. Lungpacer Medical, Inc…

North America is now four months into the pandemic. But the world of neurotechnology keeps moving. These developments could have or will have an impact on people living with neurological conditions. Let’s take a look at what made headlines over the month of June 2020.

These headlines address technical advancements, changes in access and expanding applications of current technologies.

The brain sensing revolution continues. Medtronic receives FDA approval for its Percept deep brain stimulation system with BrainSense technology. It has the ability to both sense brain signals and stimulation for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

Epineuron Technologies received FDA Breakthrough…

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