Can a nicotine patch make you smarter?

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A nicotine patch could be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Tourette’s, and schizophrenia.

Dan Hurley, author of  Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, is on a quest to make his brain work better. He is looking into the evidence for why nicotine may be the best bet for building brain power.

 

 

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Bad driving a disease and can be cured Chinese doctor says

Dr. Jin Huiqing

Dr. Jin Huiqing says you can treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even gets near a car.

Someone is killed in traffic every five minutes in China and one entrepreneurial doctor has an unusual approach for making roads safer.  He says to treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even getting near a car.

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New Tiny Silk Brain Implants

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Brain saving silk implants
Medical researchers have developed tiny electrodes from silk and thin sheets of metal that can be surgically implanted on the brain. They can gather data and send out electrical signals without causing damage to the patient:

“These implants have the potential to maximize the contact between electrodes and brain tissue, while minimizing damage to the brain,” said Dr. Walter Koroshetz of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, which helped pay for the study.

“They could provide a platform for a range of devices with applications in epilepsy, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.”

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Japanese Scientists Create World’s First Transgenic Primates

Japanese Scientists Create World’s First Trangenic Primates 

Japanese scientists announced  they had created the world’s first transgenic primates, breeding monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green.

In a controversial achievement, Japanese scientists announced on Wednesday they had created the world’s first transgenic primates, breeding monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green.

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Chronic Pain Can Be Treated With Tiny Injectable Implants

Chronic Pain Can Be Treated With Tiny Injectable Implants

RFID technology allows neural stimulators to get really small.

A tiny injectable implant, smaller than a grain of rice, might one day take the place of large neural stimulators used to treat chronic pain and other neurological disorders. The novel device, under development by MicroTransponder, a Dallas-based startup, owes its small size to the use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology like that used to tag clothes to prevent shoplifting.

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Transplanted Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects

Transplanted Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects 

 Neural stem cells, tagged green with a fluorescent dye, have been transplanted among the brain cells (red) of a mouse born with brain damage after its mother was given heroin during pregnancy.

By injecting stem cells directly into the brain, scientists have successfully reversed neural birth defects in mice whose mothers were given heroin during pregnancy. Even though most of the transplanted cells did not survive, they induced the brain’s own cells to carry out extensive repairs.

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Helmet Patch To Measure Soldier’s Exposure To Explosions

Helmet Patch To Measure Soldier’s Exposure To Explosions 

The Palo Alto Research Center is using ink-jet printing technology to develop a disposable patch that can be worn on a soldier’s helmet for seven days to measure his or her exposure to blasts. 

Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier’s helmet to help diagnose brain injury.

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What Is That Thing On Olympian Kerri Walsh’s Shoulder?

What Is That Thing On Olympian Kerri Walsh’s Shoulder? 

 Olympic Volleyball Player Kerri Walsh

For the longest time I thought the black sinewy thing on Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh’s shoulder was either a confused Alien face sucker, a horny spider, a bad tattoo decision (a la Mike Tyson), or all of the above. Turns out I was way off, and it’s actually Kinesio athletic tape from a company in Albequerque. And upon further inspection, the hype surrounding the $15 tape appears justified, and goes way beyond helping athletes.

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