The PoNs Device and Neuroplasticity

Discussion in 'Research News' started by DebInAustralia, Jun 15, 2016.

    1. DebInAustralia
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      Probably nothing new, but thought id share this.

      Was reading Norman Doige's book "the brain's way of healing' tonight and was interested in his mention of the PoNs device that is currently being studied as a new potential option for the treatment of chronic neurological symptoms of disease or trauma.

      The device is believed to be a way of enhancing neuroplasticity via neuromodulation. Their clinical studies show that coupled with targeted functional therapy induces cranial nerve neuromodulation. The therapy would consist of targeted physical, occupational, and cognitive exercises, based on a patient's deficits.

      Apparently, electrical stimulation of the tongue stimulate 2 major cranial nerves; the trigeminal nerve and the facial nerve. 'The electrical stimulation of the cranial nerves creates a flow of neural impulses that are then delivered directly into the brain stem - the main control center for many life functions, including sensory perception and movement. From the brain stem, these impulses travel throughout the brain and activate or reactivate neurons and structures involved in human function - the cortex, spinal cord and potentially the entire central nervous system.'
       
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    2. Don H

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      Just watched The Nature of Things, a show on CBC in Canada, with an episode on this research. Unbelievably exciting stuff, how this device modulates the misfiring in the brain and brings incredible results to some brain injured people. How I would love to try the electric tongue depressor for my hissing Tinnitus. This is indeed a piece of the puzzle!
       
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    3. Coleoptere
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    4. HELLOCHIN

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      No Idea , my ears stopped producing earwax the same time
      Seen the Nature of Things as well "The Brains way of healing" Love to give it a try
       
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    5. HELLOCHIN

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      See the Nature of things as well "The Brains Way of Healing" Would love to try the PoN's device
       
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    6. jer

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      Tinnitus is a brain injury, so it sounds like it might just work for us.
       
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    7. jer

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      Has anyone tried this for tinnitus yet?
       
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      DebInAustralia
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      I don't think it's available yet.
       
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    9. threefirefour
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      Any idea when it will be?
       
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      DebInAustralia
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      sorry I have no idea.

      maybe do google search?
       
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      DebInAustralia
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      Found this:

      PoNS UPDATE, January, 2018. Information on availability of the PoNS will now be through the manufacturer of the device, Helius Medical Technologies. In brief, some good news is that the final patients in the studies required for FDA approval finished their treatment in May and July 2017. The two studies which are the necessary prerequisites for FDA approval have now been completed, and a final package with the results, is currently being prepared by Helius for FDA submission. But the PoNS can not be made available to the public until FDA approval comes through. The latest guestitimate we have heard is that it could take until the end of 2018 for the FDA to release its decision. This may seem confusing, because the PoNS was available to patients who were in the well-known studies (for instance, the U.S. Military study of its use for treating traumatic brain injury and the Montreal Neurological Institute study for use for Multiple Sclerosis patients). But now that the studies are complete, the PoNS cannot be available to anyone until approved by the FDA. We know this is frustrating for those hoping to get access to a PoNS, and who had hoped it would be available by now, but this pace is not unusual in approval of new cutting-edge devices. Other news is that there is a migration of PoNS development activity to Helius. Because the PoNS studies have been completed, the Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Lab that opened in 1992 and developed the PoNS and many other inventions, has been closed and the three scientists who invented the PoNS, Yuri Danilov, PhD, Kurt Kaczmarek, PhD and Mitch Tyler PhD, are now consulting for Helius on how to refine it. The TCNL lab website still has 50 research papers related to the PoNS posted on it, here. "
       
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    12. threefirefour
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      But why when you could do it for me?
      Sounds about right. It's great we're seeing a torrent of this type of technology potentially hitting market soon. I will definitely be doing further research on this. Looks good.
       
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