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2010-12-15 14:40:43

Adding sensory feedback could help spinal cord injury patients operate computers, robots The performance of a brain-machine interface designed to help paralyzed subjects move objects with their thoughts is improved with the addition of a robotic arm providing sensory feedback, a new study from the University of Chicago finds. Devices that translate brain activity into the movement of a computer cursor or an external robotic arm have already proven successful in humans. But in these early...

2010-12-15 14:27:54

Study shows sensory feedback gives monkeys better control of computer cursors Monkeys moved thought-controlled computer cursors more quickly and accurately when provided with additional sensory feedback, according to a new study in the Dec. 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. While most brain-machine technologies rely only on visual feedback, this study demonstrated that these systems can be improved when users have additional input, such as a sense of the arm's position and motion, a...

2010-12-01 06:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS), the leader in antisense therapeutics, today announced that management will present a company overview at Canaccord Genuity's 5th Annual Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Obesity Conference on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 at 1:00 pm PT at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available on the "Investors & Media" section of the Company's Web site,...

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2010-11-24 08:55:00

In a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, USC College's Emily Liman reveals what is behind all the puckering -- how people perceive sour flavors This Thanksgiving, when you bite into the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Neurobiology researchers at the University of Southern California have made a surprising discovery about how some cells respond to sour tastes. Of...

2010-11-23 06:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS), the leader in antisense therapeutics, today announced that management will present a company overview at Piper Jaffray's 22nd Annual Health Care Conference on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. ET at The New York Palace Hotel. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available on the "Investors & Media" section of the Company's Web site, www.isispharm.com. A replay of the...

2010-11-16 22:14:57

Studies reveal brain underpinnings for auditory and visual illusions and everyday experiences New research indicates that the integration of senses and functions in the brain is common. About two percent of the population has a condition called synesthesia, in which two different sensations, like color and sound, are experienced at once. Although this condition is rare, the new findings suggest the brain is wired in complex and sometimes overlapping ways to help people interpret and...

2010-11-16 06:00:00

CARLSBAD, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Canada, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ISIS) and Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today a new collaboration to discover and develop antisense drugs as novel treatments for the common disease anemia of inflammation (AI). Under the terms of the agreement, Isis will receive an undisclosed upfront payment in the form of a convertible promissory note from Xenon to discover and develop antisense drugs to the...

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2010-11-12 08:03:42

They show that one of those genes in particular has a long evolutionary history, as evidenced by the fact that it plays a role in pain sensing in flies, mice and humans. At least in mice, the newly described gene is also linked to a condition known in humans as synesthesia, in which one sensory experience triggers the perception of another sense. "We found lots of new genes and pathways that have never been implicated in pain before," said Josef Penninger of the Institute of Molecular...

2010-10-29 09:41:43

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The brain can process sensory information in a fraction of a second, but in special cases it can be processed quicker.  A recent study from the Journal of Neuroscience found that those who are born blind can process tactile signals quicker than those with unimpaired vision. Daniel Goldreich, PhD and his research team at McMaster University tested the tactile aptitude of 89 non-blind subjects against 57 vision-impaired subjects by tapping each individual's index...

2010-10-27 13:51:03

Study suggests brain may adapt to vision loss by increasing speed of tactile perception People who are blind from birth are able to detect tactile information faster than people with normal vision, according to a study in the Oct. 27 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The brain requires a fraction of a second to register a sight, sound, or touch. In this study, a group of researchers led by Daniel Goldreich, PhD, of McMaster University explored whether people who have a special reliance on...


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