Graphene Research Shows Potential For Brain Implants

TechCrunch reports on research into the use of graphene for brain implants: “it could be used to make highly effective, flexible brain implants in future — biodevices that avoid the loss of signal problem associated with the scar tissue that can form around modern electrodes made from more rigid substances, such as silicon and tungsten.”

Although graphene implants would require much further research (including regarding toxicity) graphene electrodes could allow “the restoration of sensory functions for amputee or paralysed patients, for example, or to help individuals with motor disorders such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.”

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/07/graphene-shows-promise-for-brain-implants/

App created by Parkinson’s sufferer to log data for research

Techcrunch features an app developed by a Parkinson’s sufferer to aid research into the condition. MyHealthPal tracks symptoms, the effects and effectiveness of medication, mood, exercise, diet and more. This data is then used to create a dashboard for patients and with permission shares anonymous data with medical researchers.

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Source: Techcrunch

QR codes help people who get lost

Springwise reports on a programme in China where elderly citizens are given badges showing QR codes to help them get home if they become lost. The code contains details of their address and contact information for family members. The programme has initially been piloted with 50 residents, although if successful this could grow to over a thousand.

Source: Springwise

Using wearables to track people with Parkinson’s

Intel is working with the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to monitor people with Parkinson’s in order to build a picture of their daily lives and to better understand the condition, including how environment, medication and food intake affects them.

Wearables are already being used to help with other conditions, such as alzheimers and autism, although in these cases the primary focus is usually to track the individual’s location.

Source: The Verge