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Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family To Yours!

NEWS-Line Wants To Wish Everyone A Safe, Healthy And Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: Amy Anderson

Source: Amy Anderson

Babies Remember Nothing But A Good Time, Study Says

Parents who spend their time playing with and talking to their five-month-old baby may wonder whether their child remembers any of it a day later.

Thanks to a new BYU study, we now know that they at least remember the good times.

The study, published in Infant Behavior and Development, shows that babies are more likely to remember something if there is a positive emotion, or affect, that accompanies it.

Artificial Limbs with More Natural Movement Now within Reach

Providing Simple Neural Signals to Brain Implants Could Stand In for Body’s Own Feedback System In new research that brings natural movement by artificial limbs closer to reality, UC San Francisco scientists have shown that monkeys can learn simple brain-stimulation patterns that represent their hand and arm position, and can then make use of this information to precisely execute reaching maneuvers.

Goal-directed arm movements involving multiple joints, such as those we employ to extend and flex the arm and hand to pick up a coffee cup, are guided both by vision and by proprioception—the sensory feedback system that provides information on the body’s overall position in three-dimensional space. Previous research has shown that movement is impaired when either of these sources of information is compromised.

Designing A Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be able to move around as their brains are being imaged.

“If successful, this effort would represent a monumental advancement in imaging technology that will enhance the understanding of brain function both in normal and diseased states,” says Nadeem Ishaque, global technology director for diagnostics and biomedical technologies at GE Global Research (GRC).

The project is part of President Obama’s Brain Initiative, which he launched in April 2013. Its goals range from developing new ways to image the brain and study its function, to uncovering, treating and preventing brain disease and disorders like Alzheimer’s, autism and concussions.

Computer Simulators Train Surgeons Virtually

University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science and medical researchers have teamed up to create a sophisticated new simulator to help surgical students practice detailed procedures before operating on live patients.

The simulator could have immense potential to reduce errors, minimize post-surgical complications and improve patient quality of life, says Eftychios Sifakis, an assistant professor of computer sciences.

To develop the simulator, Sifakis is collaborating with Timothy King, an associate professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health; Court Cutting, an international expert in cleft lip and palate procedures; and computer sciences graduate student Nathan Mitchell.

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