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Army Researchers Win $500K in Head Health Challenge

November 26, 2014 12:08 pm | by Joyce P. Brayboy, U.S. Army Research Laboratory | News | Comments

Army Soldier-protection experts at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have received a $500,000 grant from the NFL, Under Armour and GE's Head Health Challenge II initiative that will assist its research to protect against brain injury ... 

Rethinking the Wheelchair

November 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Based on an original design for use in developing countries, new Freedom Chair is specially...

A Closer Look at Robotic Leg Braces

November 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern...

Robotic Exoskeleton Enables Marine to Walk at His Bronze Star Ceremony

November 24, 2014 2:03 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to...

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Employing Brain Stimulation Device to Enhance Stroke Recovery

November 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS). By using TMS...

Restoring Balance After Brain Injury with Virtual Reality Tech

November 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a four-year grant for nearly $3 million from the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Department of Defense (DOD) titled, "Improving Balance in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Using a Low...

Robotic Walker Helps Restore Motion for Stroke Patients

November 21, 2014 11:09 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy...

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Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

MIT Student Hacks Health Care

November 19, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For as long as she can remember, Andrea Ippolito has known that she wanted to be an engineer. What she couldn’t have predicted was what, precisely, the scope and scale of her work would turn out to be. Ippolito began her career at Boston Scientific...

Summit Focuses on Emerging Neurorehabilitation Technologies

November 18, 2014 11:35 am | by Parker Hannifin Corporation | Parker Hannifin Corporation | News | Comments

The human motion business unit of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, last week hosted the pre-eminent experts in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation in a unique forum to discuss one of...

Engineering an Electromagnetically Actuated Refreshable Braille Technology

November 17, 2014 9:54 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

When Katherine (Katie) Cagen '14 was applying to Harvard, she made a new friend on campus who happened to be visually impaired. "I saw how much she relied on technology to be able to access her course materials," says Cagen. "Spending time with...

Wearable Device Punishes You for Slouching

November 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

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NFL, Under Armour, GE launch Head Health Challenge

November 12, 2014 4:55 pm | by NFL | News | Comments

The NFL, Under Armour and GE on Wednesday launched Head Health Challenge II, an open innovation challenge to award up to $10 million for new innovations and materials that can protect the brain from traumatic injury and for new tools for tracking head impacts in real time...

Microsoft Technology Aims to Assist the Visually Impaired

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Microsoft | Videos | Comments

See how new technology from Microsoft, charity Guide Dogs UK, and urban design firm Future Cities Catapult can help people with sight loss navigate cities like never before. Narrated by Jen Taylor, the voice of Cortana.    

Dyson Awards Low Cost Incubator for Premature Babies

November 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Dyson | News | Comments

Over one in ten babies worldwide are born prematurely. According to the World Health Organization, 75% of deaths resulting from premature birth could be avoided if inexpensive treatments were more readily available across the globe. This year’s James Dyson Award winner...

Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Blogs | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

MusicGlove: Hand Rehabilitation Through Music and Gaming

October 23, 2014 4:19 pm | by Flint Rehabilitation Devices | News | Comments

Flint Rehabilitation Devices today introduced MusicGlove, the world’s first FDA approved, clinically validated hand rehabilitation device that uses music and gaming to make therapy fun and effective for the over six million people with stroke or other...

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'EyeCane' Assists the Blind in Navigating

October 22, 2014 10:41 am | by IOS Press | News | Comments

White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods to master. Electronic travel aids have the potential to improve navigation for the blind...

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical World as We Know It

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionized the engineering world, and the medical industry is on the forefront of some of the most innovative applications to date. The technology has proven itself a robust and versatile one, as more companies...

The Pulse: Robotic Spoon Feeding and Watching You Sleep

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re feeding the disabled with a robotic spoon, fighting DME with an implant in the eye, improving restfulness by watching you sleep, and evaluating head impacts in real time. Robotic Spoon Feeds Disabled:...

Yoga Could Enhance Brain-Computer Interface for Disabled

October 6, 2014 12:13 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation...

6 'Connecting' Technologies that Impact Medical Devices

October 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

While this infographic offers insights on connecting technologies that are serving people and communities, it isn't hard to see how they each have implications in the medical device space.             

From Rats to Humans: Project NEUWalk Closer to Clinical Trials

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

A completely paralyzed rat can be made to walk over obstacles and up stairs by electrically stimulating the severed part of the spinal cord. The EPFL scientists discovered how to control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high...

Replacing the Wheelchair

September 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Depicted in fifth century Chinese art, the wheelchair is not a new invention. The invalid carriage, called a Bath chair, was developed in Bath, England, around 1760. The modern, steel-frame, collapsible chair dates to 1933. The wheelchair had...

A Step in the Right Direction to Avoid Falls

September 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Researchers at The Ohio State University have gained new insight into how the body moves when we're walking. They learned everything they needed to know by watching people walk naturally on a treadmill. In normal walking, humans place their...

Researchers Find Foot Drop Stimulator Beneficial in Stroke Rehab

September 24, 2014 11:55 am | by Kessler Foundation | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for four weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as...

Biodesign Fellows Develop a Device for Relieving Night Terrors

September 22, 2014 4:10 pm | by Stanford | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team is working toward a solution to help children with night terrors — and their parents — get a more peaceful night’s rest. Night terrors, a sleep disorder affecting mostly young children, do not pose a serious health threat...

Pressure Ulcer Prevention for Wheelchair Users: Cushion Design and Selection

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Kara Kopplin, Senior Director of Efficacy Research, Standards and Compliance, ROHO, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As deadly as pressure ulcers can be, it is remarkable how poorly they have been understood and how common they remain. But some groundbreaking research coming out of the laboratory of Dr. Amit Gefen at Tel Aviv University in Israel is changing...

Soft Robotics 'Toolkit' Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and...

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