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Jun 3rd, 2014
U.S. military aims for brain implants to treat wounded soldiers
A new U.S. military program focused on brain implants could help diagnose and treat soldiers suffering from psychiatric disorders.
The program funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will develop a new generation of devices inspired by deep brain stimulation—a technology that uses implanted electrodes to electrically stimulate parts of the brain. But the new brain implants would start out by monitoring the brain activity of patients instead of stimulating them. The aim is to provide new insights into the workings of psychiatric disorders such as depression. The implants could then use targeted stimulation of certain brain regions to restore normal brain function over time.
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