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Increased Mobility Thanks to Robotic Rehab

January 20, 2014 12:18 pm | by Angelika Jacobs, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

After a stroke patients often struggle with persistent paresis. ETH researchers examined whether robot-assisted therapy can help stroke patients. This form of therapy proved successful particularly with the most severely affected persons...

A Device to Prevent Falls in the Elderly

January 20, 2014 11:04 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

The EPFL spin-off Gait Up just put an extremely thin motion sensor on the market. It can detect the risk of a fall in an older person and is equally useful for sports and physical therapy. Falls are a major problem for the elderly. “We found...

Researchers Learning How Humans Walk for Improved Prosthetics

January 17, 2014 10:30 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Humans and some of our hominid ancestors such as Homo erectus have been walking for more than a million years, and researchers are close to figuring out how we do it. It’s never been completely clear how human beings accomplish the routine...

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Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

Made-to-Measure Sit Skis for Disabled Olympic Athletes

January 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Given the avalanche of sponsorship deals offered to Olympic ski stars, it comes as no surprise that they compete using highly customized equipment. But up to now, the situation has been very different for even the top disabled athletes. Indeed...

Smith & Nephew Co-Sponsors Competition for Entrepreneurial Medical Device Companies

January 14, 2014 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, is proud to announce it will co-sponsor the 2014 Massachusetts Medical Device Development (M2D2) Center's New Venture Competition. Designed to showcase innovative ideas coming out...

VC Funding in Healthcare IT Sector Reaches New Heights with $2.2 Billion in 2013

January 14, 2014 11:13 am | by Mercom Capital Group | News | Comments

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global communications and consulting firm, released its annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) sector in 2013. Venture capital (VC)...

Dance and Virtual Reality: A Promising Treatment for Urinary Incontinence in Elderly Women

January 14, 2014 11:03 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Virtual reality, dance and fun are not the first things that come to mind when we think of treating urinary incontinence in senior women. However, these concepts were the foundations of a promising study by Dr. Chantal Dumoulin, PhD, Canada...

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Video Game-Based Physical Therapy Platform Demo at CES

January 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SMK Electronics, a division of SMK Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of remote controls and consumer electronics accessories, has announced that it will demonstrate a new video game-based Physical Therapy platform utilizing...

Rehabilitation Robots, Active Prostheses, and Exoskeletons: Report for 2014 to 2020

January 8, 2014 11:29 am | by Transparency Market Research | News | Comments

Rehabilitation robot market size at $43.3 million is expected grow dramatically to reach $1.8 billion by 2020. Market growth is a result of the effectiveness of robotic treatment of muscle difficulty. The usefulness of the rehabilitation...

AAMI Releases Summit Report on Home Healthcare Technology

January 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by AAMI | News | Comments

A comprehensive new report from AAMI sheds light on the complex challenges associated with the use of healthcare technology in homes and other nonclinical settings, and sets forth a series of ideas for how to best address them. The release...

Cadet-Designed System Aids Stroke Victim Recovery

December 31, 2013 10:20 am | by Amy Gillentine, U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

An entrepreneurial collaboration between the Air Force Academy and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is creating a device to help patients recover their full range of motion after suffering a stroke or injury. The project - called Neumimic...

Game-Based Virtual Reality Training Promotes Brain Reorganization After Stroke

December 26, 2013 9:09 am | by Neural Regeneration Research | News | Comments

The Kinect-based virtual reality system for the Xbox 360 enables users to control and interact with the game console without the need to touch a game controller, and provides rehabilitation training for stroke patients with lower limb...   

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Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

3D Technology from the Film Industry Improve Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients

December 18, 2013 9:47 am | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

Researchers in Gothenburg have been using 3D technology from the film industry to analyze the everyday movements of stroke patients. The results, which are reported in a doctoral thesis at the Sahlgrenska Academy, indicate that computerized...

Technology Bestows the Power of Speech

December 13, 2013 10:55 am | by University of Sheffield | Videos | Comments

The voice input communication aid (VIVOCA) is being showcased to the public as part of the launch of the University’s new Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). Jon Toogood is one of the first five patients across...

Exercise Helps Women Tolerate Breast Cancer Drugs

December 12, 2013 3:36 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence. The study is the first major test of ...

Gel Pillow Mask for Sleep Apnea Patients

December 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips, continues efforts to improve therapy options for sleep apnea patients with the industry’s first and only gel pillows mask. Philips Respironics brings the comfort and sealing power of gel to nasal pillows. Light and airy, Nuance is ...

3D Printed Implants May Soon Fix Complex Injuries

December 12, 2013 9:53 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

In an age where 3D printers are becoming a more and more common tool to make custom designed objects, some researchers are using the technology to manufacture replacement parts for the most customized and unique object of all ...   

Changing Medicine Through Technology

December 11, 2013 2:56 pm | by Michael Lewis, Writer, Money Crashers Personal Finance | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices serve a number of purposes from the most mundane to the esoteric. Some are constantly being redesigned and updated to be more effective while others have remained little-changed for decades. Even bed pans—stainless steel...

Online Tool Aids Clinicians' Efforts to Treat Injured Workers

December 11, 2013 1:52 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

University of Alberta researchers have developed a new web-based tool to aid health professionals in determining the right treatment course for injured workers, helping them feel better and get back to work earlier. Researchers used a form...

Photos of the Day: Lend a [Robotic] Hand

December 10, 2013 11:51 am | by Jacqueline Larma, Associated Press | News | Comments

Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero's costume. But its creators say it's designed for ordinary people — those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job. In technical terms, the apparatus is...

PA Students' Robotic Arm Can Make You Stronger

December 10, 2013 11:45 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds. Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero's costume. But its creators say...

The Pulse: Medical 'Ro-Butt' & Reinventing Healthcare

December 5, 2013 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are giving virtual prostate exams, teaching kids with autism, launching a new style of mobility device, and reinventing healthcare with L.A. billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. This episode features:   

High-Tech Athletic Shoe for Pure Running Pleasure

December 4, 2013 10:57 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Jogging keeps you fit and is healthy. However, athletes that start training can overdo it and easily pull and tear ligaments. A new high-tech running shoe will evaluate running form in real time and thereby counter these injuries in future...

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