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There are a variety of tools and equipment designed to help a patient undergoing rehabilitation. Learn about the treatment tools, patient-monitoring systems, and testing instruments supporting physical therapy today.

To win the battle against heart disease, cardiologists need better ways to identify the composition of plaque that is likely to rupture and cause a heart attack....

News: Medical
New Exoskeletons and Exosuits Standards Group Outlines First Steps

ASTM International’s new committee on exoskeletons and exosuits (F48) held its first meeting Feb. 13–14 in Philadelphia, PA, near the organization’s global headquarters. The need for technical standards has grown alongside the rising use of exoskeletons in manufacturing,...

Tech Briefs spoke with Dr. Lishan Aklog about an innovative pediatric ear treatment: antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes.

Engineers have developed an instrumented cane that not only provides added support but can also analyze a patient's gait to determine risk of falling. The "IntelliCane" can quantitatively calculate...

For many of us, life is complicated enough without having to be constantly reminded about our medical situations. Living with a disease that requires frequent doctor visits and...

A brain-machine interface that combines brain stimulation with a robotic device controlling hand movement increases the output of pathways connecting the brain and spinal cord,...

To reduce total cost of care, healthcare providers are increasingly turning toward home and ambulatory infusion pumps to free the patient from the...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

The field of soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers worldwide have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to...

R&D: Medical
Combining Machine and Nanoparticles for Better Transplant Outcomes

A team of experts in rehabilitation robotics used a robotic system — the Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (TPAD) — to study whether or not Parkinson’s disease affects patients’ balance and diminishes their ability to react and adapt to walking with perturbations.

The integration of robotics into medical devices has seen explosive growth in recent years with new applications in areas such as prosthetics and...

Features: Medical
2017 Winner Revolutionizes Arterial Suturing, Reducing Costs and Time in the OR

The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., and Mouser Electronics, drew 1,150 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category...

R&D: Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Robots in Patient Rehabilitation

Researchers have begun to discover preferences in human-robot interactions and the need to personalize those encounters to fit both the human’s preferences and the designated task. The researchers tested user preferences when interacting with a robot on a joint movement task as a first step toward...

A novel, pencil-sized device now provides surgeons with an alternative to traditional methods of suturing arteries. The Arterial Everter, Medical Category winner of the 2017 “Create the...

A researcher is developing methods using functional MRI and wrist-controlled robots to assess brain activity in response to a changing set of rehabilitation exercises in stroke patients.

R&D: Medical
Smart Garment Prevents Back Stress

A team of engineers has combined the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech to create a smart, mechanized undergarment. The team’s testing proves that the smart clothing offloads stress on the low back.

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new kind of TNT — a "Tissue Nanotransfection" device that generates specific cell...

R&D: Medical
BrainGate and Electrical Implant Stimulate Muscle Movement

New research from Brown University (Providence, RI) describes how the BrainGate brain-computer interface, combined with a functional electronic stimulation system implanted in the arm of a Cleveland man with quadriplegia, allowed him to move his arm and hand again to eat mashed...

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (ARMC), Sheffield, UK, are developing an advanced mobility aid that could change the lives of millions of...

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life — even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. There are often no elevators in a building...

R&D: Medical
New Sensors Detect Single Protein Molecules

Chemical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) have developed arrays of carbon nanotube sensors that detect single protein molecules as they are secreted from cells, or even an individual cell.

R&D: Medical
Bone-Repair Technology Advances Toward Clinical Trial

Orthopedic device company OrthoMend Research Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) acquired the rights from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) to commercialize an innovative bone-repairing material. The nanodiamond technology, developed by Bioengineering Chair Peter Lelkes, creates novel orthopedic...

People confined to a wheelchair are still confronted with insurmountable obstacles in everyday life – even in today’s more wheelchair-accessible society. While there are already...

For veterans who have lost a limb, a prosthesis is a lifeline. An artificial device not only provides mobility and enables routine activity, it can be life giving —...

A device commonly found in living rooms around the world could be an inexpensive and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D...

Clutches can be used to enhance the functionality of springs or actuators in robotic devices. A research team headed up by Steve Collins, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at...

R&D: Medical
Smartphones Help Improve Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke patients must typically undergo arduous and repetitive rehabilitation to relearn the basic skills they lose. A team of students from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, is using smartphones to improve the process.

R&D: Medical
Knee Monitor 'Listens' for Cracks, Pops

A knee band from the Georgia Institute of Technology uses microphones and vibration sensors to listen to and measure the sounds inside the joint. The sounds will help doctors determine whether a convalescing joint is healthy or requires more therapy.

News: Medical
Researchers Propose New Framework for Medical Device Evaluation

An international team of scientists led by Oxford University in the UK and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY, has proposed a new evaluation framework to make sure that medical devices receive better scrutiny. They compared existing approaches to medical device evaluation in...

A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has developed an integrated, wearable system called the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET), that, they say, can monitor a user’s...

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