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Computer program beats physicians at brain cancer diagnoses

Computer programs have defeated humans in Jeopardy!, chess and Go. Now a program developed at Case Western Reserve University has outperformed physicians on a more serious matter.
The program was nearly twice as accurate as two neuroradiologists in determining whether abnormal tissue seen on magnetic resonance images (MRI) were dead brain cells caused by radiation, called radiation necrosis, or if brain cancer had returned.
The direct comparison is part of a feasibility study published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

New understanding of neural language gives amputees ability to discern light touch to intense pressure

Keith Vonderhuever with his granddaughterWalking through a busy store, Keith Vonderhuevel confidently held his 5-year-old granddaughter’s hand with his prosthetic hand. Feedback in the form of electrical pulses that mimic pressure told him how intensely he grasped her hand.
Normally, amputees receive no feedback from their prosthetics and don’t like to shake hands, touch a face or hold a loved one for fear of hurting them.
But Vonderhuevel is one of two amputees who have been testing a prosthetic system that allows them to feel the same intensity of pressure on their prosthetic hands as they feel with their intact hands, researchers from Case Western Reserve University, the Louis R. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the University of Chicago report in a new study.

Prosthesis research to help TBI and stroke patients receives $1.65 million in Department of Defense funding

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University of Kansas have received a $1.65 million Department of Defense grant to continue developing a neural prosthesis aimed at helping those who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or stroke to regain motor function.
The prosthesis, called a brain-machine-brain interface (BMBI), has proven successful in restoring motor function in biologic models of TBI. The BMBI records signals from one part of the brain, processes them in real time, then bridges the injury by stimulating a second part of the brain that had lost connectivity.

CWRU and Halyard Health partnering to advance non-narcotic pain management

Kevin Kilgore and Niloy BhadraWhat if eliminating physical pain was a matter of flipping a switch to block it? No drug needed. When it’s time to stop the block, just turn it off.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University hope to eventually treat chronic or acute pain by using energy-based neuromodulation technology. The university’s Technology Transfer Office has signed a sponsored research agreement with Halyard Health Inc., in Alpharetta, Ga., near Atlanta, to collaborate on technology development.

Celebrate “Holoween” at the Interactive Commons

Halloween hologramsOver the past 18 months, Case Western Reserve has used Microsoft HoloLens devices for anatomy and art history, music and sustainability.
Now it’s time to apply them to pure fun.
The university’s Interactive Commons (IC), home to academic innovation in visualization, is offering undergraduate,  graduate and professional students a free holographic “haunted house” from 4 to 6 p.m. this Thursday and Friday—and on Halloween.