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San Francisco-based Startup WHILL Reaches $11 Million from 500 Startups

September 2, 2014 2:28 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

WHILL, Inc. a San Francisco based start-up that makes the world's first personal mobility devices with All Direction 4WD, announced today that it has closed $11 million in Series A funding. The investment will be used to manufacture and...

Gaming and Good Health

September 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Sam Brusco, MDT Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

The term “gamer” does not typically bring to mind the picture of health. Actually; it often...

EMIT Corporation Awarded CE-Mark

August 28, 2014 10:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EMIT Corporation announced today that it has received CE-Mark for its Hypothermx Intravenous...

Photos of the Day: Have a Nice Trip? See you Next Fall!

August 28, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Conventional efforts to prevent falls include exercises to boost strength and balance, but...

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Tripping Seniors on Purpose to Stop Future Falls

August 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke. The experiment is among techniques being studied to prevent falls, the leading cause of injury in older adults. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion...

TOBI: Mind Over Matter for People with Disabilities

August 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

People with serious physical disabilities are unable to do the everyday things that most of us take for granted despite having the will – and the brainpower – to do so.  This is changing thanks to European projects such as TOBI (Tools...

Student Designs a Football Video Game Adapted to People with Cerebral Palsy

August 26, 2014 12:23 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Final year student in the University of Alicante's Multimedia Engineering degree Roberto Gómez has designed a football game adapted for people with cerebral palsy which is operated with a foot switch, a push rod head switch and a hand switch...

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A Biofeedback Posture-Improving Belt Improves Posture While Sitting or Standing

August 26, 2014 12:03 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The crowdfunding campaign for PosturePulse, a biofeedback posture-improving belt, is in full effect on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Backers have already pledged over $7,700 to show their support for the biofeedback belt. The...

July/August 2014 Digital Edition

August 21, 2014 10:40 am | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

As humans integrate more electronics into their bodies to monitor their health, new ICs are expected to extract ambient energy from their surroundings to power these revolutionary devices, explains Niranjan Pathare of Texas Instruments in our Cover Story...

Attachable Technology Transforms Wheelchairs, Helping Users Stay Healthy

August 20, 2014 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A San Francisco-based technology company is rethinking the way wheelchair users get around. Engineers at Rio Mobility have developed a line of hand cycles and attachable scooter devices aimed at keeping the wheelchair-bound more active and...

Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Current Healthcare

August 19, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the first time...

Sperm Extractor Helps Patients Overcome Embarrassment

August 8, 2014 10:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Chinese company says its automatic sperm extractor is helping clinics collect semen from donors reluctant to masturbate in a hospital setting. The Jiangsu Sanwe Medical Science and Technology Center says their device, which has been sold...

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IntelliWheels Receives Grant to Develop Multispeed Geared Wheels for Wheelchairs

August 6, 2014 3:02 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign | News | Comments

A $1.5-million grant will enable IntelliWheels, Inc. to advance development of ultra-lightweight, multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs. This new innovation will further wheelchair functionality, allowing manual wheelchair users to be...

Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Articles | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

DeXcellence Places Second at Innovation Challenge

August 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A team of recent Rice engineering graduates took second place in the annual Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge with the DeXcellence motion-analysis device developed for cerebral palsy patients. The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal...

Technology Enables ALS Patients to Gain Greater Control of Their Lives

August 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture have announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

GEARing Technology for Developing Markets

August 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Brown, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Several years ago, as a graduate student at MIT, Amos Winter spent a summer in Tanzania surveying wheelchair technology. What he found was a disconnect between products and the lives of their customers. “You had normal wheelchairs that...

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Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for PRESTIGE LP Cervical Disc System

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease (radiculopathy and/or myelopathy). The PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc is the third clinically proven artificial cervical disc in the Medtronic portfolio and ...

Molecule could lead to new way to repair tendons

July 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

It's an all-too familiar scenario for many people. You sprain your ankle or twist your knee. If you're an adult, the initial pain is followed by a long road of recovery, with no promise that the torn ligament or tendon will ever regain its full strength.

Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed in Penn study

July 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it's easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating....

Gene Inhibitor, Salmon Fibrin Restore Function Lost in Spinal Cord Injury

July 24, 2014 11:32 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists at UC Irvine's Reeve-Irvine Research Center have...

The Pulse: Reading Minds with Google Glass and Walking with Toyota

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair...

InformationWeek Finds 10 Healthcare-Friendly Robots

July 23, 2014 9:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When it comes to welcoming our new robot overlords, InformationWeek editor David Wagner is ready to roll out the red carpet. Healthcare is one of the major reasons to welcome an influx of HAL 9000-like robots into our human sphere. With...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have...

Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

Photos of the Day: Making a Mental Match

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a functional MRI-compatible rehab device for stroke patients that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. A pneumatic actuator tendon hammer hits a person's wrist while a transcranial...

Device Helps Rebuild Neural Connections for Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they...

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 11:06 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. The '3D Printed Anatomy Series...  

Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

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