MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital were recipients of a $30 million grant to build brain implants for treating mental illness, targeting combat veterans coming home with brain injuries, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The 1st patient was implanted with a new iteration of Medtronic’s deep brain stimulation device that delivers therapy while simultaneously recording brain activity.
The company is touting its Activa PC+S Deep Brain Stimulation system as a game-changer in the way neurological and psychological diseases are treated, thanks to its simultaneous treating and monitoring capabilities.
Toronto-based Functional Neuromodulation won FDA approval to expand the U.S. arm of its Alzheimer’s study from 20 to 30 patients who will receive the company’s deep brain stimulation implant.
The device maker is already halfway through initial enrollment for its ADvance trial, which was slated to enroll 20 U.S. and 20 Canadian patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease, provide them with DBS systems and compare the effects of the systems turned on versus systems turned off.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Senior officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs will see reduced salaries and fewer bonuses in 2014 after the House voted to send a message about the tomes of backlogged veteran’s disability claims.
The more than 800,000 backlogged veteran’s disability claims have been a hot-button issue across party lines, and the new budget beefs up allocated money for processing these claims while cutting down on senior official’s compensation.