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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....

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...

Sperm Extractor Helps Patients Overcome Embarrassment

August 8, 2014 10:46 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Chinese company says its automatic sperm extractor is helping clinics collect semen from...

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IntelliWheels Receives Grant to Develop Multispeed Geared Wheels for Wheelchairs

August 6, 2014 3:02 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign | News | Comments

A $1.5-million grant will enable IntelliWheels, Inc. to advance development of ultra-lightweight, multi-geared wheels for manual wheelchairs. This new innovation will further wheelchair functionality, allowing manual wheelchair users to be...

Motion Capture Software and Medical Innovation

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jeffrey Dawson, Health and Medicine Writer | Articles | Comments

The phrase “motion capture software” generally brings to mind blockbuster, special-effects-laden films or the latest high-tech mechanical simulation of the latest automobile prototype. However, motion capture software has been leaving its...

DeXcellence Places Second at Innovation Challenge

August 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

A team of recent Rice engineering graduates took second place in the annual Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge with the DeXcellence motion-analysis device developed for cerebral palsy patients. The Rice team of Sonia Garcia, Shaurya Agarwal...

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Technology Enables ALS Patients to Gain Greater Control of Their Lives

August 5, 2014 10:05 am | by Royal Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture have announced that they have developed proof of concept software connecting a wearable display to Emotiv Insight Brainware that could ultimately give more independence to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

GEARing Technology for Developing Markets

August 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Brown, MIT Industrial Liaison Program | News | Comments

Several years ago, as a graduate student at MIT, Amos Winter spent a summer in Tanzania surveying wheelchair technology. What he found was a disconnect between products and the lives of their customers. “You had normal wheelchairs that...

Medtronic Receives FDA Approval for PRESTIGE LP Cervical Disc System

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by Medtronic, Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease (radiculopathy and/or myelopathy). The PRESTIGE® LP Cervical Disc is the third clinically proven artificial cervical disc in the Medtronic portfolio and ...

Molecule could lead to new way to repair tendons

July 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Dan Krotz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

It's an all-too familiar scenario for many people. You sprain your ankle or twist your knee. If you're an adult, the initial pain is followed by a long road of recovery, with no promise that the torn ligament or tendon will ever regain its full strength.

Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed in Penn study

July 25, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it's easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating....

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Gene Inhibitor, Salmon Fibrin Restore Function Lost in Spinal Cord Injury

July 24, 2014 11:32 am | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists at UC Irvine's Reeve-Irvine Research Center have...

The Pulse: Reading Minds with Google Glass and Walking with Toyota

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we’re using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair...

InformationWeek Finds 10 Healthcare-Friendly Robots

July 23, 2014 9:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When it comes to welcoming our new robot overlords, InformationWeek editor David Wagner is ready to roll out the red carpet. Healthcare is one of the major reasons to welcome an influx of HAL 9000-like robots into our human sphere. With...

Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have...

Photos of the Day: Seven Fingers Are Better than Five

July 18, 2014 10:47 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables...

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Photos of the Day: Making a Mental Match

July 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech has created a functional MRI-compatible rehab device for stroke patients that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. A pneumatic actuator tendon hammer hits a person's wrist while a transcranial...

Device Helps Rebuild Neural Connections for Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they...

3D Printed Anatomy to Mark New Era for Medical Training

July 14, 2014 11:06 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematical. The '3D Printed Anatomy Series...  

Photos of the Day: Angry Birds, Robots, and Rehab

July 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A robot plays Angry Birds using a tablet. Researchers see their system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. Kids teach the robot how to play Angry Birds, dragging their finger on the tablet...

Rehabilitation Robots Play Angry Birds with Kids

July 11, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve...

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

July 11, 2014 9:10 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ReWalk Robotics Ltd. has announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its ordinary shares. The number of shares to be offered...

Breg Introduces Knee Brace to Help Runners with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

July 11, 2014 9:07 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, has launched the FreeRunner knee brace with new innovations to help people, particularly runners, who suffer from patella mal-tracking return to active lifestyles...

Next Generation Crutch Exhibited at White House Maker Faire

July 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Better Walk | News | Comments

Better Walk was selected to participate in the first ever White House Maker Faire. This event featured over 100 Makers from more than 25 states and included more than 30 exhibits. At the event, Better Walk CEO, Partha Unnava, was chosen to...

The Robotic Exoskeleton Helping People Walk Again

July 7, 2014 3:55 pm | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

ReWalk Robotics CEO Larry Jasinski explains how the company's robotic system is helping people walk again. He speaks with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock."                

Eye-Tracking Wheelchair Helps the Severely Disabled Steer New Course

July 7, 2014 3:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Scientists in London have developed an algorithm-based decoder system that enables wheelchair users to move around simply by looking to where they wish to travel. The researchers at Imperial College London say the system is inexpensive and...

Blind Lead the Way in Brave New World of Tactile Technology

July 2, 2014 8:12 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research...

Tourniquets Make Comeback with American Police

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Ramit Plushnick-masti, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart, and cardiac arrest was just...

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