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The Paralyzed Rat That Walked

November 6, 2013 4:02 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method -- combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot -- that could ...  

It's Never Too Late to Benefit from Exercise

November 5, 2013 3:59 pm | by Robin Frank, Hospital for Special Surgery | News | Comments

Experts say it's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and a program offered in New York City senior centers is improving quality of life for many older adults. The exercise program ...        

Joystick Advances Independent Voting

October 30, 2013 3:57 pm | by Andy Henion, Michigan State University | News | Comments

A voting joystick created at Michigan State University could eventually enable people with dexterity impairments, senior citizens and others to exercise their right to cast ballots independently. On Nov. 5, many will vote absentee – or skip voting altogether – because of ...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Megan Rapinoe Joins Forces with DJO Global

October 30, 2013 3:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc. today announced that Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team and member of the Seattle Reign FC, a part of the National Women’s Soccer League, is partnering with the medical device company to...

Startup Finds Hope in Second Look at 'Failed' Alzheimer’s Drugs

October 30, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new startup hopes to spin drug candidate straw into medicinal gold by scouring data from failed clinical trials of Alzheimer’s treatments and identifying patient subtypes for whom the drugs may actually work.      

Photos of the Day: $2.4M in Funding for Novel Medical Robots

October 24, 2013 4:36 pm | by NIH | News | Comments

NIH has funded three projects with $2.4 million over five years to help develop co-robots that can assist researchers, patients, and ...                 

Robots Assist People with Disabilities, Aid Doctors

October 24, 2013 4:27 pm | by Margot Kern, NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering | News | Comments

Three projects have been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health to develop innovative robots that work cooperatively with people and adapt to changing environments to improve human capabilities and enhance medical procedures. Funding for these projects totals ...

The Pulse: Smelling Salmonella & Biomedical Experiments in Space

October 23, 2013 5:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are designing medical devices for space, diagnosing the undiagnosable, reconstructing vessels in 3D, and smelling salmonella so we don’t get sick with a new ...          

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A Non-Invasive Approach to Carpal Tunnel

October 23, 2013 2:05 pm | by Palo Medical | News | Comments

Palo Medical, LLC, a Covington, La.-based company specializing in health product innovation, has announced a new product, the aPallo Wrist brace system, the most effective non-invasive treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.   

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

October 22, 2013 4:27 pm | by Erin Vollick, University of Toronto | News | Comments

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into. The technology could have potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development.  

A Laboratory for All (Cleaning) Situations

October 21, 2013 4:37 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When it comes to cleanliness, we tend to think of "dust bunnies" cheerfully frolicking through the home, or perhaps of a vacuum cleaner designed to put an end to their merriment. But cleanliness is a topic of concern for automobile technicians, dental ...

Eyes-Free Yoga

October 18, 2013 10:52 am | by Kyle Rector | Videos | Comments

People who are blind or low vision may have a harder time participating in exercise classes due to inaccessibility, travel difficulties, or lack of experience. Exergames can encourage exercise at home and help lower the barrier to trying new activities...

Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Microsoft Kinect-Based Program

October 18, 2013 10:48 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington...

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Thermoelectric Bracelet Helps People Maintain a Comfortable Body Temperature

October 17, 2013 11:04 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Heating or cooling certain parts of your body—such as applying a warm towel to your forehead if you feel chilly—can help maintain your perceived thermal comfort.Using that concept, four MIT engineering students developed a thermoelectric... 

Photos of the Day: Keeping Your Cool

October 17, 2013 11:00 am | by Franklin Hobbs, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Four MIT engineering students developed a thermoelectric bracelet that monitors air and skin temperature, and sends tailored pulses of hot or cold waveforms to the wrist to help maintain thermal comfort. For this invention, the team, called Wristify...

Suited for Treatment of Brain Damage

October 14, 2013 10:26 am | by KTH The Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For those with brain damage or neurological disorders—such as MS or Parkinson's—treatment could be as close as the wardrobe.Improved range of motion and reduced pain for people with brain injuries and neurological disorders may now be available...

Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

Robots that Make You Stronger

October 10, 2013 2:19 pm | by TEDxTalks | Videos | Comments

William Durfee is Professor and Director of Design Education in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received the A.B. degree in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard University and the M.S. and Ph.D...

Partnership Marks Next Phase for ReWalk Exoskeleton

September 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by ARGO Medical Technologies | News | Comments

ARGO Medical Technologies has partnered with innovative robotics experts YASKAWA Electric Corporation as it continues the global expansion of its ReWalk exoskeleton device which enables individuals with lower limb disabilities such as paraplegia to walk.

Medical Innovation, One Brick at a Time

September 23, 2013 4:52 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I can be a kid at heart. And when I say that, I state it with an almost literal meaning. I still enjoy toys. Now, I’m not the 40-year-old virgin character from the movie of the same name, but I can’t admit to not still tinkering with Lego bricks and finding enjoyment from it.

Photo of the Day: Helping the Blind to 'See' the Way...Everywhere

September 20, 2013 12:15 pm | by Draper Laboratory | News | Comments

Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device...

Helping the Blind to Navigate Anywhere

September 20, 2013 10:53 am | by Draper Laboratory | News | Comments

Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device that can address both problems...

How Technology Allowed Me to Read

September 12, 2013 10:46 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read – and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers...

Researchers Hit Virtual Heads to Make Safer Games

September 12, 2013 9:56 am | by Lloyd Smith, Washington State University | News | Comments

In many sports, balls are standardized for consistency and performance. But, researchers haven't understood specifically how the balls' different properties and materials affect player safety. They haven't been able to measure just how much or how it hurts when a ball hits a head.

Designing Medical Electronics

August 27, 2013 3:16 pm | by Guy Francfort, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, MEGA Electronics Inc. | Mega Electronics, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Guy Francfort, vice president of sales and marketing for MEGA Electronics Inc., was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

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