Brain training, robotics help paraplegics regain some movement

Complete spinal cord paralysis is thought to be irreversible, but new research suggests brain-controlled robotics with tactile feedback may reactivate circuitry between the brain and nerves, effectively restoring some lower-body movement and sensation. In a study published Thursday in the

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Visually impaired musicians overcome obstacles with technology at Napa camp

Music has been called the “universal language,” but becoming a serious musician may require more than just picking up an instrument. Being able to read and write music is important, for example, if you want to perform with an orchestra

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‘Brain training’ technique restores feeling and movement to paraplegic patients

Eight paraplegics – some of them paralysed for more than a decade by severe spinal cord injury – have been able to move their legs and feel sensation, after help from an artificial exoskeleton, sessions using virtual reality (VR) technology

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Robotic legs could power up physical therapy for kids with cerebral palsy

Kids suffering from cerebral palsy may soon have a powerful new physical therapy technique in the form of robotic assistance for their legs. A study is being conducted on the potential benefits of the system, newly adapted for the use

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An engineer uses IoT to tackle illness

Daniel Strabley’s day job is helping to protect the U.S. from weapons of mass destruction. He works on a software suite that interacts with sensors to detect chemical and radiation threats. The sensor information, as you may imagine, is complicated,

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With Robotic Exoskeleton, Scientists Teach Kids to Crawl

To detect cerebral palsy in infants, researchers at the University of Oklahoma have developed a motorized robot for children to wear, tracking brain activity and muscle coordination using artificial intelligence. The robot—a cross between an exoskeleton, a skateboard, and a

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Texas A&M student 3D prints tactile maps of campus for the visually impaired

3D printing technologies have helped to make a difference in the lives of many people across the globe, and in so many ways. Soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a freshman engineering student, the lives of the visually impaired at

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A New Approach to Parkinson’s Disease: How Robotics Can Help

There are many insidious diseases that debilitate people, but one of the worst is Parkinson’s. Its level of importance has been highlighted by celebrities including Michael J. Fox and Mohammed Ali, who recently died from complications from the disease. About

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IBM launches lab-on-a-chip technology to spot cancer before symptoms appear

IBM scientists revealed new technology that can help physicians detect diseases such as cancer before symptoms appear. The company also said it is working with Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine to test the lab-on-a-chip on prostate cancer “The ability

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MACHINE LEARNING IS HELPING US FIND THE GENETICS OF AUTISM

The genetic cause of autism spectrum disorder is notoriously hard to research. Genetic markers for the disorder are tough to match from patient to patient because they’re so rare—one of the most common genetic signifiers is only found in less

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