News Updates: Research

Brain stimulation shows promise in treating debilitating balance disorder

Posted by Kerrie Denner

It is not uncommon to take a little time to find your land legs after being on a boat, with the sensation of being off balance or still rocking with the waves lasting for minutes, hours or, at most, a few days. However for some people this feeling lasts for years with debilitating consequences.

Scientists regenerate the ear’s hair cells to treat hearing loss in mice

Posted by Kerrie Denner

by Carolyn Y. Johnson / Globe Staff

A year ago, I wrote about promising work toward developing a drug that could help treat hearing loss. A group of researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary had discovered that an experimental drug originally developed with the intent of treating Alzheimer’s disease could regenerate the delicate hair cells inside ears and restore rudimentary hearing when administered to deaf mice.

Scientists create first map of brain ‘scaffold’

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Suzanne Wu

For the first time, neuroscientists have systematically identified the white matter “scaffold” of the human brain, the critical communications network that supports brain function.

Their work, published Feb. 11 in the open-source journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, has major implications for understanding brain injury and disease.

Aspirin Intake May Halt Growth of Acoustic Neuromas

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown, for the first time, that taking aspirin  correlated with halted growth of acoustic neuromas, a sometimes lethal intracranial tumor that typically causes hearing loss and tinnitus.

Neuro Kinetics Utilizing Allegheny General Hospital Expertise in Military's Clinical Trials of New Brain Injury Diagnostic Tests

Posted by Kerrie Denner

Medical device manufacturer Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (NKI) ( has contracted with Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) ( to collaborate on the analysis of clinical trials underway at two military medical facilities, NKI said today.


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