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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...

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...

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...

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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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Ekso Bionic Suit is Safe and Effective for Gait Training Stroke Patients

September 18, 2014 11:19 am | by Ekso Bionics | News | Comments

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, today announced new findings from a feasibility study conducted by Kessler Foundation, which reported that eight stroke patients who were prescribed gait training during inpatient...

Ekso Presented at The International Workshop on Wearable Robotics

September 18, 2014 11:07 am | by Ekso Bionics | News | Comments

Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, announced today that Bergmannstrost Center in Halle, Germany, a leader in rehabilitation research, presented data today at The International Workshop on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2014...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

Photos of the Day: Biologically Inspired Smart Suit

September 11, 2014 10:16 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

DARPA's Warrior Web program seeks to develop technologies to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but the same technologies could also have civilian applications. Pictured here is the Mobility Enhancing Soft...

Wyss Institute Awarded DARPA Contract to Further Develop Soft Exosuit

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a first-phase $2.9 million follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop a...

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Device to Help People with Parkinson's Disease Communicate Better

September 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Cynthia Sequin, Purdue University | News | Comments

SpeechVive Inc. announced Wednesday, Sept. 10 the commercial launch of the SpeechVive device intended to help people with a soft voice due to Parkinson's disease speak more loudly and communicate more effectively. The device is now available...

Continuing the Development of Assistive Technologies Legacy

September 10, 2014 1:45 pm | by Patricia Sampson, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT | News | Comments

The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology...

Photos of the Day: Assistive Technologies from MIT

September 10, 2014 1:44 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology...

No Need to Leave Home: Tele-medical Assistance for People with Mobility Problems

September 9, 2014 9:53 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Yadira Alatriste, researcher at the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico (UAM) designed a remote medical care system that supports the rehabilitation of people with spasticity, an alteration of the nervous system related to increased...

Photos of the Day: Row, Row, Row the Wheelchair

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Pedro, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, who has a condition called arthrogryposis that prevents him from using a standard wheelchair, tests a custom model built by Rice University students that lets him paddle to move...

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‘Rowing’ Wheelchair Is a Moving Experience

September 8, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University students have built a unique wheelchair for a Houston teenager who will now be able to row his way forward. Pedro, 15, a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children, Houston, has had arthrogryposis since birth. This congenital...

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 seems to conjure images of unhealthy behavior -- prolonged periods of limited to no movement, vision problems, and the development of a colorful vocabulary...

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 Fluid and Blood Warming Devices with sterile fluid paths, allowing for sales expansion into the European and other OUS markets. EMIT Corporation also...

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 researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago are trying a completely different approach. It's based on promising, preliminary results with a…

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...

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...

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