Category: nervous system

Neuromuscular disease

Neuromuscular disease is a very broad term that encompasses many diseases and ailments that impair the functioning of the muscles, either directly, being pathologies of the voluntary muscle, or indirectly, being pathologies of nerves or neuromuscular junctions.[1][2] Neuromuscular diseases are those that affect the muscles and/or their direct nervous system control, problems with central nervous

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Closed Loop System Could Detect and Heal Disease by Modulating Peripheral Nerve Activity

Integrated, international efforts under ElectRx program blend mapping of neural circuits and development of novel bio-electrical interfaces. DARPA has selected seven teams of researchers to begin work on the Agency’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program, which has as its goal the development of a closed-loop system that treats diseases by modulating the activity of peripheral nerves.

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Summary: A new study reports vagus nerve stimulation reduces symptoms of RA, cytokine levels and inflammation. Source: Northwell Health. Clinical trial data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates stimulating the vagus nerve with an implantable bioelectronic device significantly improved measures of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Nervous system and nerve-growth factor (NGF) play a major role in arthritis

Reducing levels of nerve-growth factor may be a key to developing better pain treatments. Arthritis is a debilitating disorder affecting one in 10 Canadians, with pain caused by inflammation and damage to joints. Yet the condition is poorly managed in most patients, since adequate treatments are lacking – and the therapies that do exist to

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Babies Exposed to Stimulation Get a Brain Boost

Summary: Contrary to popular belief, exposing children to stimuli early can help to boost their development, researchers report. Source: NTNU. Many new parents still think that babies should develop at their own pace, and that they shouldn’t be challenged to do things that they’re not yet ready for. Infants should learn to roll around under

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