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Two Pyng Medical Devices Named Top Hot Products of 2014 by JEMS

June 26, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pyng Medical Corp., an award-winning developer of trauma and resuscitation products for emergency, combat and critical care personnel, announces that its new FASTResponder Sternal IO and T-PODResponder Pelvic Stabilization Device were both...

Space Station Top Results for Biotechnology and Health Announced

June 18, 2014 4:23 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

From creating better vaccines, to helping the elderly, to inspiring students, the International Space Station creates a versatile research environment to study science, education and health -- and to learn from them in ways that lead to life...

Leatt Corporation Introduces Watershed Knee Brace

June 17, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leatt Corporation, a developer and marketer of protective equipment and ancillary products for all forms of sports, especially extreme high-velocity sports, including the award winning Leatt-Brace, announced today that its new 3-point...

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Photos of the Day: Walking Smarter

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The SmartGait is designed as a tool to aid health care officials in assessing a person's risk of falling and identifying ways to avoid injury. It captures the gait length - the distance from the tip of the front foot to the tip of the back...

Smartphone Adapted to Measure Person's Gait, Reduce Falls

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have shown how to modify a smartphone so that it can be used to measure a person's walking gait to prevent falls in people with compromised balance, such as the elderly or those with Parkinson's disease.The innovation, being...

Rehab Helps Paralyzed Rats Learn to Grip Again

June 12, 2014 4:42 pm | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful. The key, however, is the correct sequence: Paralyzed animals only ...

Clinical Trial Tests Possible Benefits of Brain Stimulation on Hand and Arm Movement Following Stroke

June 5, 2014 11:41 am | by Shepherd Center | News | Comments

Researchers at Shepherd Center are studying whether stimulating the brain before rehabilitation could yield greater gains in motor function for people recovering from stroke. Shepherd Center is one of 12 U.S. centers participating in a... 

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...

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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... 

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...

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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...

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...

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.      

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