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2023 News Briefs - International Neuromodulation Society

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Article Shares Patient Experience of Brain-Spine Interface That Enabled Natural Walking After Spinal Cord Injury

May 24, 2023 - As featured in Nature, researchers developed a brain-spine interface (BSI) that restored communication between the brain and the spinal cord in a person with chronic tetraplegia, allowing them to stand and walk naturally. The BSI, which consists of implanted recording and stimulation systems, facilitated control over leg movements and improved neurological recovery, offering a framework for restoring movement in individuals with paralysis. (Source: Science)

Breakthrough in Decoding Brain Signals Reveals Objective Biomarker for Chronic Pain

May 22, 2023 - For individuals with intractable chronic pain, researchers have successfully decoded brain activity underlying chronic pain for the first time. The findings may have an impact on deep brain stimulation clinical trials. The study identified brain regions associated with pain and developed an algorithm to predict pain levels based on electrical signals in the brain, which may provide opportunity for personalized therapies. (Source: Guardian)

Study Addresses Accelerated TMS for Faster Relief of Depression Symptoms

May 22, 2023 - Accelerated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocols have shown potential for reducing treatment duration and improving response time in major depressive disorder (MDD). This study reviews nine elements around accelerated TMS including treatment parameters, cumulative exposure, individualized parameters, and brain state. (Source: Nature)

Vagal Nerve Stimulation Explored as Potential Treatment for New-Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus

May 21, 2023 - Researchers propose the consideration of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) as a well-tolerated intervention for new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE). Although limited evidence exists, VNS shows potential in reducing seizure burden and modulating ictogenesis, highlighting the need for further investigation through clinical trials. (Source: AJMC)

Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Cost-Effectiveness and Clinical Efficacy for Advanced Parkinson's Disease

May 19, 2023 - A prospective study of 73 adults conducted in Vietnam compared deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to medical therapy in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). The study found that DBS was more cost-effective and improved motor function, reducing "off" time and dyskinesia in patients. (Source: Healio)

Stanford Study Reveals How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treats Depression

May 18, 2023 - A Stanford study has found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treats depression by reversing the direction of abnormal brain signals. Backward streams of neural activity between specific areas of the brain were highlighted as a potential biomarker to diagnose depression. (Source: Neurology Live)

Article Shares First Person Experience in Study for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

May 18, 2023 - An news story covers a news anchor who is part of a research study at the University of Louisville. The study uses epidural stimulation to help individuals with spinal cord injuries regain muscle control and independence, showing promising progress in the patient’s ability to stand and improve mobility. (Source: WISN)

Tactile Stimulation at 40 Hz Frequency Shows Promise in Alzheimer's Treatment

May 18, 2023 - Researchers have found that daily exposure to tactile stimulation at a frequency of 40 Hz can reduce Alzheimer's disease pathology and improve motor function. The study conducted on Alzheimer's model mice demonstrated a decrease in phosphorylated tau levels, protection against neuronal damage and synaptic loss. This discovery suggests the potential for non-invasive therapeutic strategies in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. (Source: Neuroscience News)

FDA Approves Spinal Cord Stimulation Devices for Non-Surgical Back Pain

May 16, 2023 - Abbott received FDA approval for its entire portfolio of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) devices for patients with chronic back pain who have not had or are ineligible for surgery. This approval includes the recharge-free Proclaim SCS family and the rechargeable Eterna SCS platform. (Source: MassDevice)

First-in-Human Use for Spinal Cord Injury Patients Shows Promising Results

May 15, 2023 - ONWARD Medical has achieved a successful first-in-human use of their ARC-IM Lead, delivering targeted electrical pulses to the spinal cord. The lead's unique design and electrode placement offer potential benefits for blood pressure regulation in individuals with spinal cord injury. (Source: Yahoo Finance)

Smart Earpiece May Accelerate Stroke Recovery by Stimulating Neural Circuits

May 15, 2023 - Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a smart earpiece that stimulates the vagus nerve to accelerate stroke recovery. The non-invasive system eliminates the need for surgery and promotes neuroplasticity by timing electrical impulses during specific motor actions. A movement sensor tracks progress, and remote monitoring is possible via a smartphone app. The first clinical study is impending. (Source: Today’s Medical Developments)

Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a Potential Novel Treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome   

May 12, 2023 - This study targets parasympathetic modulation via non-invasive transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation (ta-VNS) and suggests that this procedure is promising as a treatment or supplementary treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). (Source: Nature)

Study Indicates PET Imaging Reveals Brain Stimulation's Effects in Coma Patients

May 11, 2023 - A study utilizing PET imaging has shown that trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) can increase brain metabolism in key cognitive areas and potentially promote recovery in patients with disorders of consciousness. The findings support the use of TNS as a promising intervention for coma awakening and demonstrate the effectiveness of FDG-PET as an objective evaluation tool in assessing brain function in these patients (Source: Brain Stimulation)

Spinal Cord Stimulation System Receives Expanded FDA Approval for MRI Labeling

May 11, 2023 - Abbott has received expanded FDA MRI labeling for its Eterna pain relief device. (Source: Seeking Alpha)

Implantable Tibial Neuromodulation Therapy for Overactive Bladder Shows Promising Results

May 10, 2023 - OASIS, a 151-patient open-label clinical study demonstrated statistically significant improvement in reduction in urgency urinary incontinence, including urinary urgency and urinary frequency. Results are under review by the FDA. (Source: Yahoo! Finance)

Survey of Parkinson’s Patients Indicated Deep Brain Stimulation Knowledge Gaps

April 27, 2023 - A survey of 52 adults with Parkinson’s Disease revealed knowledge gaps about deep brain stimulation use, including side effects, symptom management, and whether it alters the course of the disease. Improvements in patient education and counseling were recommended. (Source: Healio)

Animal Study Suggests Spinal Cord Stimulation May Improve Peripheral Neuropathy Associated with Cancer Treatment

April 27, 2023 - Findings from a study in rats suggest that spinal cord stimulation may be a promising treatment to reduce peripheral neuropathy and associated pain in cancer patients undergoing active treatment with paclitaxel, a common anti-cancer drug. (Source: Science Direct)

Study Finds External Brain Stimulation Can Condition Brain Activity

April 24, 2023 - A study with 75 participants found that the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be triggered by listening to a tone. While TMS effects are generally temporary, classical conditioning through TMS may be useful to extend the effects in various therapeutic applications (Source: Neuroscience News)

Spinal Cord Stimulation System Receives Expanded FDA Approval for MRI Labeling

April 19, 2023 - Neuspera Medical received FDA clearance for its novel implantable spinal cord stimulation system. (Source: Seeking Alpha)

Study Shows Epidural Stimulation Can Help People With Spinal Cord Injuries Regain Ability to Walk

April 19, 2023 - A study has found that epidural stimulation can help people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) regain the ability to walk. All six participants received epidural stimulation and underwent rehabilitation and experienced significant improvements in their walking ability and overall mobility. (Source: Neuroscience News)

Case Series Finds Spinal Cord Stimulation Prevents Autonomic Dysreflexia in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Apr. 19, 2023 - The FDA has granted approval to Biotronik's spinal cord stimulation system (SCS), called Prospera, for pain relief. The device, which uses both burst and tonic stimulation, is intended for the treatment of chronic pain in the back and legs. (Source: MassDevice)

Article On the Complexities of Chronic Pain Care Mentions Use of Intrathecal Drug Delivery and Spinal Cord Stimulation

Mar. 28, 2023 - An article on chronic pain addresses the gap between pain management research and clinical application, as well as the search for biomarkers for pain, psychological implications, and recent research findings. One patient’s experience with intrathecal drug delivery and spinal cord stimulation is also mentioned, among other treatment methods. (Source: Nature)

Long-Term Spinal Cord Stimulation Shows Improvements in Some Patients with Refractory Angina Pectoris

Mar. 20, 2023 - This study reports on the long-term efficacy and safety of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) as a treatment option for refractory angina pectoris (RAP). Results after a one-year follow-up showed reductions in angina frequency and use of short-acting nitrates, with a low risk of spinal cord stimulator-related complications. (Source: Science Direct)

Study Indicates rTMS Treatments Alter Neural Connectivity Brain-Wide in Treatment-Resistant Depressed Patients 

Mar. 16, 2023 - An American Journal of Psychiatry study of treatment-resistant depressed patients reported widespread acute alterations in functional connectivity beyond the targeted cortical area after one rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) session. Patients with the most pronounced connectivity changes in session one tended to get more benefit from a 4-week course of therapy. (Source: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation)

Depression Severity was Decoded from Intracranial Neural Activity in a Recent Study

Mar. 16, 2023 - In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, intracranial electrodes were implanted in the prefrontal cortical regions in three human subjects with severe depression and depression severity scores were taken from neural recordings. Reduced depression severity was associated with decreased low-frequency neural activity and increased high-frequency activity. (Source: Neuroscience News)

Study Explored Relationship Between ECAP Thresholds and Behavioral T-levels in Implanted Children with Cochlear Nerve Deficiency 

Mar. 15, 2023 - A study of 29 children diagnosed with cochlear nerve deficiency (CND) who underwent cochlear implantation found a significant correlation between electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) thresholds and behavioral-T levels. The results can more efficiently inform the selection of stimulation levels for children who cannot cooperate with behavioral testing. (Source: Scientific Reports) 

Neurostimulation and Neuromodulation Offer New Approaches to Treat Dry Eye

Mar. 7, 2023 - Devices and pharmaceuticals that stimulate the trigeminal nerve have been found to produce real tears that provide relief for ocular surface disease. (Source: Healio)

Company’s FDA Clearance is Expanded for Neuromodulation Armband for Migraine

Mar. 1, 2023 - The Nerivio neuromodulation armband is available by prescription to treat migraine symptoms after onset, and newly expanded FDA clearance approved the device for migraine prevention. (Source: Fierce Biotech)

Study Details Early Vagus Nerve Mapping and Novel Vagus Nerve Stimulation Device

Feb. 28, 2023 - Researchers at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research published findings in the journal Brain Stimulation after microscopically mapping more than 100,000 fibers that comprise the vagus nerve. The study addresses how they are connected and what bodily functions they control, and insight into a vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) device that can actively target these fibers. (Source: Neuronews International)

Article Summarizes Spinal Cord Stimulation Study of Stroke Patients with Upper-Limb Paresis

Feb. 20, 2023 - NPR summarizes the publication of a four-week study in Nature Medicine which reports that cervical spinal cord stimulation improved arm and hand movement for two participants with limb paresis years after stroke. The article features the experience of one study participant and the medical team who conducted the study. (Source: NPR)

First-Person Article Details Impact of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s

Feb. 20, 2023 -  CBC News New Brunswick host Harry Forestell addresses how deep brain stimulation (DBS) can improve motor function control in some Parkinson’s patients and shares his first-person experience with the procedure, along with a video that demonstrates its effects. (Source: CBC News)

News Column Addresses Bioelectricity and Numerous Applications in Neuromodulation 

Feb. 5, 2023 -  A column about bioelectricity describes transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), deep-brain stimulation (DBS), and other potential therapeutic and elective implications of bioelectricity in neuromodulation. (Source: The Guardian)

Video Features Deep Brain Stimulation Patients for Movement Disorders

Feb. 5, 2023 - 60 Minutes Australia featured patients with Parkinson’s and essential tremor (ET) before and after their experience receiving deep brain stimulation (DBS), and addressed the procedure’s potential benefit for a range of movement disorders and other conditions. (Source: 60 Minutes Australia)

Company’s Sacral Neuromodulation System Received FDA Approval for Incontinence

Jan. 31, 2023 -  Axonics’ received FDA approval for its fourth-generation R20 rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system for patients suffering from overactive bladder or fecal incontinence. (Source: MassDevice)

Company’s Spinal Cord Stimulation System Received FDA Approval for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Jan. 30, 2023 - Abbott’s Proclaim XR spinal cord stimulation (SCS) received FDA clearance for patients to receive low doses of stimulation for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) symptoms contributing to chronic pain. (Source: Pharmacy Times)

Nerve Stimulation Therapy After Spinal Cord Injury Shows Promise in Animal Studies

Jan. 30, 2023 - Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons published study findings in the journalBrainthat show promise in animals. If applicable in humans, patients with arm function impairment due to spinal cord injury could regain function as a result of the spinal cord associative plasticity (SCAP) technique. (Source: Technology Networks)

Company Received FDA Clearance for First Neuromodulation Device to Treat Tinnitus

Jan. 30, 2023 - Neuromod Devices’ neurostimulation system for tinnitus – Lenire – received initial FDA clearance. The system takes a two-pronged approach using tones to activate the auditory nerve and mild electrical stimulation of the tongue. (Source: Fierce Biotech)

Article Addresses Spinal Cord Stimulation for Sleep and Chronic Pain

Jan. 30, 2023 - Senior author Julie Pilitsis, M.D., Ph.D., and a team of researchers at Schmidt College of Medicine published a study in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery which established minimally clinical important difference ranges for the insomnia severity index, a tool established to explore the relationship between insomnia and pain. This study revealed associations between sleep and depression but no correlation between sleep and spinal cord stimulation (Source: Florida Atlantic University)

Article Addresses How fMRI Technology May Help Inform Brain Stimulation

Jan. 27, 2023 - Ultrafast fMRI can now capture brain activity at sub-second levels which allows for real-time brain monitoring under simulation conditions. Associate Professor Kai-Hsiang Chuang’s laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) found that brain activity is dependent on one’s state, and that blood signal detected by fMRI may reflect network organization and cell type distribution. (Source: Neuroscience News)

Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation Can Improve Mild Cognitive Impairment

Jan. 27, 2023 - A double blind randomized controlled trial published in Brain Stimulation showed transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation can improve cognitive performance in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Evidence shows this technique could prevent or prolong MCI’s development into dementia. (Source: NeuroNews International)




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