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Researchers build microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

September 18, 2019

Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light – bringing…
Pain and Gain: Skin Nerves Anticipate and Fight Infection

July 26, 2019

Pinch yourself. If you feel pain, it’s thanks to specialized nerve endings in the skin. And, in a…
Doctors performing a surgical operation.
Nerve transfer surgery gives hope to children with rare paralyzing illness

February 15, 2019

At Brandon Noblitt’s first appointment with Washington University surgeon Amy Moore, MD, a year ago, he was barely able…
LLNL’s nanopore research hits a nerve

February 11, 2019

Since the discovery of biological ion channels and their role in physiology, scientists have attempted to create man-made…
Exercise before surgery can protect both muscles and nerves

January 18, 2019

Exercise can protect both muscle and nerves from damage caused by the restoration of blood flow after injury…
Regrowing damaged nerves hinges on shutting down key genes

December 14, 2018

Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don’t grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of…
Researchers design technology that sees nerve cells fire

December 14, 2018

Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire…
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Can’t Stop Teen’s Competitive Spirit

October 31, 2018

A teen’s athletic pursuits came to a halt after a frightening diagnosis. Thanks to surgery at Michigan Medicine,…
Implantable, biodegradable devices speed nerve regeneration in rats

October 11, 2018

Car accidents, sports injuries, even too much typing and texting can injure the peripheral nerves, leaving people with…
Depressed patients see quality of life improve with nerve stimulation

August 23, 2018

People with depression who are treated with nerve stimulation experience significant improvements in quality of life, even when…
Reviving Dormant Nerves

July 24, 2018

Most people with spinal cord injury are paralyzed from the injury site down, even when the cord isn’t…
Study overturns seminal research about the developing nervous system

April 22, 2017

New research by scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research…
Iowa State researchers use graphene, electricity to change stem cells for nerve regrowth

April 11, 2017

Researchers looking for ways to regenerate nerves can have a hard time obtaining key tools of their trade.…
Surprise Target: Regenerating injured optic nerves

January 9, 2017

For more than two decades, researchers have tried to regenerate injured optic nerves using different growth factors or…
Glutamate plays previously unknown role in neuromuscular development

September 20, 2016

For decades, scientists thought acetylcholine was the only neurotransmitter responsible for controlling how muscles and nerves are wired…
Replicating the connection between muscles and nerves

August 10, 2016

MIT engineers have developed a microfluidic device that replicates the neuromuscular junction — the vital connection where nerve…
Sprinkling of neural dust opens door to electroceuticals

August 4, 2016

University of California, Berkeley engineers have built the first dust-sized, wireless sensors that can be implanted in the…
Lab team measures peripheral nervous system activity with microchip-based platform

July 27, 2016

For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have successfully incorporated adult human peripheral nervous system…
Researchers track critical development in the young brain

May 6, 2016

Much like electricity traveling down wires, nerve impulses in our brain travel along nerve fibers. And just as…
Blame Your Noisy Brain for Misses and Fumbles

March 15, 2016

Even our most practiced movements are imperfect. When pro basketball players shoot free throws, they need to release…
Skin Has the Nerve to Tell You to Scratch

March 14, 2016

No matter the trigger — bug bites, a medication side-effect or an itchy wound — the urge to…
Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

March 2, 2016

Polina Anikeeva hopes to one day be able to regenerate the spinal cord to restore movement for paralyzed…
New targets for reducing nerve pain identified

March 1, 2016

A specific molecule involved in maintaining pain after a nerve injury has been identified and blocked in mice…
New Study Finds Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Effective for Relieving Depression

February 6, 2016

Despite the growing number of targeted medications and other treatment modalities, depression remains a pervasive, difficult-to-treat condition that…
Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow

January 28, 2016

New technique offers potential to reconnect neurons of people with central nervous system damage That very fine hair-line…
Dartmouth scientists discover method to potentially repair nerve damage

January 26, 2016

Nerve damage from neurodegenerative disease and spinal cord injury has largely been considered irreversible, but Dartmouth researchers report…
Powerful protein promotes post-injury regeneration and growth of injured peripheral nerves

January 6, 2016

Case Western Reserve scientists demonstrate CCL2 activates healing inflammatory immune responses and gene expression The peripheral nervous system…
First serotonin neurons made from human stem cells

December 16, 2015

Su-Chun Zhang, a pioneer in developing neurons from stem cells at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has created a…
Transparent Zebrafish Reveal How Axons Regenerate on a Proper Path

November 9, 2015

When peripheral nerves are damaged and their vital synaptic paths are disrupted, they have the ability to regenerate…
Understanding Ancient Human Ear-Orienting System Could Yield Clues to Emotions, Hearing Deficits in Infants

October 14, 2015

Vestigial organs, such as the wisdom teeth in humans, are those that have become functionless through the course…
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