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Physical Therapy Apparatus for Disadvantaged Communities

May 28, 2015 9:07 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

When Jennifer Muturi, a 2015 Rice graduate and one of the recipients of this year’s Alan Grob Prize, returned to campus in fall 2014 after a Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship in Buduburam, Ghana, she had her sights set on a solution...

Unique Foam Adjusts Its Fit on the Fly

May 26, 2015 3:13 pm | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Foam. We wear it. We sit on it. We sleep on it. We even use it to protect ourselves. Whether it’...

Robot Walker for Elderly People in Public Spaces

May 22, 2015 9:42 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led...

Music Strategy Shows 70 Percent Increase in Exercise Adherence

May 21, 2015 10:15 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

The use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to...

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Performance-Enhancing Sensor Measures Fluid Loss During Exercise

May 20, 2015 10:24 am | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

A wearable device being developed by the University of Strathclyde will provide real-time data analysis of fluid loss during exercise to enhance the performance of fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes. The innovative transdermal sensor is...

New Exercise Device Design for People with Paraplegia

May 20, 2015 9:13 am | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Five Northeastern University student-researchers have retrofitted a rowing machine with an ingenious device, allowing people with paraplegia to exercise without the aid of a trainer. The modified ergometer, dubbed the "power row," was designed...

Physical Therapy Is Boring - Play a Game Instead

May 19, 2015 1:46 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution...

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4 Consequences of Building the Bionic Human

May 18, 2015 4:02 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

If we’ve got the technology, and we’re willing to modify our bodies, should be making serious advances to ensure our longevity? This certainly makes sense for people who need it, but there’s quite a bit to consider before we all run off making ourselves into robots.

Infographic: Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

May 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Roland Reznik, KD Smart Chair | News | Comments

By following these guidelines, wheelchair users can make everyday activities at home much simpler and more convenient. The infographic provides a blueprint for people with mobility issues and visualizes each room in the house to make their home...

The Pulse: 3D Printing Saves Babies and 'Powerwalking' with a Leg Brace

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sean Fenske, and Sam Brusco | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're saving babies with 3D printed splints, taking a "powerwalk" with an energy-generating leg brace, simulating the heart on a supercomputer, and rehabilitating with a two-armed robot.

MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

Exoskeleton that Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

May 12, 2015 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her. Imahata, 31, has been using a wheelchair to get around for seven years after a serious spinal-cord injury suffered...

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Seniors' Increasing Use of Walking Aids: Friend or Foe?

May 12, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Vermont | News | Comments

America’s population of senior citizens is growing, and with it, a reliance on canes, wheelchairs and scooters. The use of walking aids has increased by 50 percent in the past decade, according to a new study, and should continue to increase...

HotSpot Episode 112: 3D Printed Human Tissue

May 11, 2015 3:11 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro; Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, Janine E. Mooney, Editor-in-Chief, WDD | Videos | Comments

Most college kids spend their time printing out notes or term papers. But human organs? In the dorms of the University of Pennsylvania, Daniel Cabrera and his colleagues designed a tool that essentially “prints” artificial, biological material using...

Facial Recognition 'Smart' Cane for the Blind

May 8, 2015 9:37 am | by Birmingham City University | News | Comments

A revolutionary ‘smart’ cane enabling the visually impaired to instantly identify friends and family could be available soon, thanks to students at Birmingham City University. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, being developed by ICT students...

Robotic Project to Assist the Elderly

May 7, 2015 3:30 pm | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers received a grant for a project to advance assistive robotics that will help the elderly complete everyday tasks. The goal of the project, "Follow Me: Proxemics and Responsiveness for Following...

Post-Stroke Arm Function Restoring Implant in Testing

May 7, 2015 9:21 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center will be one of three national sites to pioneer U.S. testing for an implant device that stimulates the vagus nerve in stroke patients to see whether it can help restore lost arm function. The Vivistim System device...

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Bluetooth-Enabled Blood Pressure Monitor and Scale

May 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Omron Healthcare Inc. | News | Comments

Omron Healthcare Inc., the leader in home blood pressure monitoring, announced today the launch of a new blood pressure monitor and scale with connectivity via smartphone, tablet, or other gateway devices for telemedicine and telehealth...

Helping Stroke Patients Regain Their Independence

May 4, 2015 9:55 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

While there are already many rehabilitation ICT systems focused on treating the physical symptoms of stroke, such as hemiparesis, there aren’t many for the rehabilitation of cognitive impairments. The EU-funded COGWATCH project has developed...

Fall Detector for Older Adults Outside Their Homes

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by University of Maine | News | Comments

University of Maine seniors in the New Media Department are developing a fall detection device for older adults to use outside their homes. Benjamin Herold-­Porter of Biddeford, Maine, and Heather Anderson of Jonesboro, Maine, have created a...

MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS Attendees Address Biggest Healthcare Challenges

May 1, 2015 3:46 pm | by MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS | News | Comments

With a roster of 2,319 healthcare professionals, the 2015 MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) Conference and Expo was held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center April 27-29, 2015. A diverse group of attendees, ranging from clinicians...

'Smart Care' Apartment Aims to Improve Health Care for Seniors

May 1, 2015 3:31 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with...

5 Health Apps Changing My Opinion of the Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 3:58 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Admittedly, I was a little pessimistic when I first heard about the Apple Watch - another wearable (albeit, a much more high-tech one) seemed like overkill. But there are some health technology companies starting to change my mind, and that's no easy feat.

Hacked Kinect Controller Treats Distressing Parkinson's Symptoms

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Brunel University | News | Comments

Scientists at Brunel University London have developed a system for Parkinson’s sufferers to counter two of the most common and distressing symptoms of the degenerative disease. Many patients are afflicted by freezing of gait (FOG) where...

How to Control Someone Else's Arm with Your Brain

April 29, 2015 8:54 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It's not...

A Faster, Higher Quality 3D Camera

April 28, 2015 8:53 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

When Microsoft released the Kinect for Xbox in November 2010, it transformed the video game industry. The most inexpensive 3D camera to date, the Kinect bypassed the need for joysticks and controllers by sensing the user's gestures, leading...

Motion-Sensing Gloves Teach Proper Technique to Wheelchair Users

April 28, 2015 8:46 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

“Arms are a wheelchair user’s legs,” says Cubitus team leader, Chandra Jayaraman. As the sole source of movement for manual wheelchairs, it makes sense that we should keep arms and shoulders as safe from injury as possible. Yet within the first...

Photos of the Day: Brain Implant-Controlled Robots

April 24, 2015 4:17 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

For the first time since her paralysis, Cathy Hutchinson was able to pick up a bottle of coffee, bring it to her mouth and drink from it again. Hutchinson, who was 58 at the time, didn’t regain control over her hands. She did it by moving a robotic arm with her thoughts.

Orthotic Tech Helps Military Working Dog Walk Again

April 23, 2015 2:19 pm | by Staff Sgt. Michael Ellis, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army Maj. Andrea Henderson, the veterinarian at the Department of Defense Holland Military Working Dog (MWD) Hospital here, first started treating SStash last October. A degenerative disease had led to one of SStash's hind legs needing surgery...

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