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. A recently published study in JAMA shows magnetic seizure therapy can help reduce overall remission rate from suicidality by 47.8%.
- In a market survey study published this month reported of the 1,000 women with bladder weakness and living in Ireland that they surveyed: “1 in 3 are unaware that solutions exist to treat bladder weakness.”
- spineX announced the publication of their latest case study using a non-invasive spinal neuromodulation device for breathing. Their technology focuses on recovery of functions due to paralysis.
- BrainsWay gained FDA clearance for the use of their deep transcranial magnetic stimulation for smoking addiction. The new treatment will help adults kick the smoking habit.
- Study results show the use of non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) paired with speech sounds enhances speech learning in adults. It was published in the journal Nature and it open access.
- For those living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, there is an alternative treatment in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). MagVenture gains FDA clearance.
- Valencia Technologies Corporation submitted files to the FDA for their tibial nerve stimulator targeting a minimally invasive solution for people living with overactive bladder.
- Myomo, Inc. received First Australia Insurance coverage for their upper extremity robotic helpful for those with paralysis.
- Neurolief gained breakthrough status from the FDA for their headset device for treatment of major depressive disorder.
Business Arrangements & News
- Thalamus is a young company to watch out of Ontario, Canada. They are developing a new Smart Walker to help prevent falls common among those who are elderly.
- A new Brain Access Development Kit was released this month to help further the air in the development of brain interfaces. The kit is designed to use EEG for brain interfacing.
- The National Science Foundation’s NeuroNex program will support a 10 institution effort to better understand brain health. The effort will be led by Kristen Harris from The University of Texas at Austin
- Exoskeleton report was presented by Bobby Marinov during his summer 2020 webinar. It provides an updated look at the exoskeleton industry and applications.
- There is new leadership at Helius Medical Technologies including their interim president, Dane Andreeff. Helius is sponsoring clinical trials for their PoNS treatment for multiple sclerosis.
- Elon Musk presented the latest updates from his brain interface company, Neuralink. Using innovative brain chip technology, a precision robot and adaptive interfaces, they hope to tackle some of the intriguing challenges of medical conditions, consciousness, and efficiency.
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