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Grant Awarded for Next Generation Condoms

June 4, 2014 3:55 pm | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) has received Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding to help develop a Next Generation Condom that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake...

FDA Clears Relaxis, First Device for Restless Leg Syndrome

June 3, 2014 10:18 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted commercial clearance for Relaxis, the first non-pharmacological approach to help improve the quality of sleep in patients with primary Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), it was announced...

Meet Three Medical Design Excellence Award Finalists

May 29, 2014 4:28 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

What do an inexpensive HIV test, a robot that connects doctors to remote patients, and a vest used to help relieve anxiety, have in common? They are just three of the 50+ product finalists being recognized at this year's Medical Design... 

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Photos of the Day: Putting Your Best Shoe Forward...in Space

May 29, 2014 10:43 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

To reduce the loss of bone and skeletal muscle strength experienced by astronauts during long duration spaceflight, NASA developed the ARED. The device provides crew members with the ability to perform weight-bearing exercises in space by...

May the Force (Shoes) Be with You

May 29, 2014 10:42 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Maintaining astronaut bone and muscle health in microgravity is an ongoing concern for NASA, and now the agency is "forcing" the issue with a new investigation. On May 29, 2014, NASA will fly the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, to the...  

Robotic Arm Responds to Brain Waves

May 16, 2014 12:19 pm | by University of Toronto | Videos | Comments

University of Toronto student Ryan Mintz and his team have created a robotic arm that responds to brain waves captured with their headset. They hope to one day create robotic limbs or prosthetics that the wearer can control with their thoughts...

Hope for Paraplegic Patients

May 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

People with severe injuries to their spinal cord currently have no prospect of recovery and remain confined to their wheelchairs. Now, all that could change with a new treatment that stimulates the spinal cord using electric impulses. The...

Virtual Pet Leads to Increased Physical Activity for Kids

May 15, 2014 11:11 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Placing children into a mixed reality—part virtual environment and part real world—has great potential for increasing their physical activity and decreasing their risk of obesity, according to University of Georgia researchers. Sixty-one...

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Build Your Avatar by Jogging

May 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Jason Orszt, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It all begins with what you know. When the Tamagatchi had rolled in, it was all the rage at elementary school. Everyone had some tiny animal; I had R2D2. You fed your pet or it died. Clean up after it or the pile grew higher. Run out...  

The Pulse: Patient Records Tattoo and Monitoring Metabolism

May 14, 2014 10:29 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re getting invisible tattoos containing our health information, using glucometers to track our response to food and exercise, helping patients with sleep apnea get untroubled rest, and developing the next generation...

Interface System to Move Objects with the Mind

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by Mexican Talent Network | News | Comments

Systems able to process thoughts and translate them into a command to move objects are very useful for people who cannot speak or move, but have the disadvantage of causing mental fatigue. However, a Mexican researcher designed an intelligent...

Lightweight 'Upsee' Harness Allows Severely Disabled Children to Walk

May 12, 2014 2:28 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A five-year-old boy previously unable to walk has taken his first steps, thanks to a simple new walking harness which its designers believe will transform the lives of disabled children world-wide. Jim Drury paid Jack McCrystal and his family a visit.

Drop the Joystick

May 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Paul C. Cain, General Manager, North America, Piher Sensors & Controls | Articles | Comments

Piher Sensors and Controls met the electronic sensor input requirements needed for the redesign of the revolutionary JoyBar, an intuitive control for electric wheelchairs developed by Active Controls. The original JoyBar model was a vast...

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Photos of the Day: Prototypes Solve Real-World Problems

May 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. So, this past fall, when Cueto was asked to design a product that would help solve a real-world problem, it didn’t ...

Seniors from University's Inaugural Product Design Class Unveil Prototypes

May 6, 2014 10:11 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from asthma. When Osman Cueto was five years old, he found out he was one of them. Upon being diagnosed with the chronic disease, Cueto, now a senior product design major at Drexel University, was...

Robot Caregivers Help the Elderly

May 5, 2014 11:58 am | by GIRAFF+ | News | Comments

Our life expectancy lengthens and members of the ‘silver generation’ make up an ever-larger proportion of the population. Can technologies help us in caring for ourselves, our older relatives and friends? Could we learn to live together...

Students Step Up for Physically Challenged Children

May 2, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Five Rice University freshmen stepped up to a challenge — literally — when they designed a device for physical therapists who help children with balance issues. The StepUp Floor Ladder is a simple frame with movable rungs that tests children...

The Pulse: Reinventing the Wheel & Capturing Infections with Decoys

April 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re making a wheel-based suspension to traverse hard impacts, using a nanosponge to absorb toxins, inventing a $500 portable ventilator, and 3D printing kidneys for practicing surgery.      

Exploring a Mobile App to Promote Physical Activity for Childhood Cancer Survivors

April 28, 2014 11:15 am | by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey | News | Comments

While advances in cancer treatments have led to an increase in the number of childhood cancer survivors in the United States, this population faces significant health risks including early cardiovascular disease. To address this concern...

Empowering the Disabled with Technology

April 23, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Office | News | Comments

From Boston to Bangalore, MIT senior Priyanka Saha uses technology to empower people with disabilities. For as long as she can remember, Priyanka has been fascinated by the complex workings of life. “When I was really little, maybe 4, I remember...

Freshman Team of Engineers Help Special Olympian Perform

April 17, 2014 2:53 pm | by Rice University | Videos | Comments

A 10-year-old Special Olympian is able to work her way along a balance beam without a helping human hand; an assistive device from a crew of Rice University freshmen gave her the independence she so desired.      

Beaming on a Balance Beam

April 17, 2014 2:52 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A 10-year-old Special Olympian is able to work her way along a balance beam without a helping human hand; an assistive device from a crew of Rice University freshmen gave her the independence she so desired. Macy Bouchard has been working...

Comprehensive Solution to EMS Industry with New Composites Application

April 16, 2014 10:30 am | by The Composites Group | News | Comments

The Composites Group (TCG) and its three business units, Quantum Composites, Premix and Hadlock Plastics, have collaborated with Ferno EMS in creating the new iN∫X (pronounced "in-ex") Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System—the next...

COSMED Device Technology in the White House Wellness Center

April 15, 2014 11:37 am | by COSMED | News | Comments

The White House Medical Unit Wellness Center has been modeled following the successful deployment of the Army Wellness Centers in the US Army bases nationally and internationally. The Army Wellness Centers are part of the Health Promotion...

Photos of the Day: COSMED Infiltrates the White House

April 15, 2014 11:29 am | by COSMED | News | Comments

The White House Medical Unit Wellness Center provides the same prevention and health enhancement programs created for the Army Wellness Centers to the First Family and White House executives and staffs. The Wellness Center programs will be...

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