The device, which is the size of a small paperclip, is implanted into a blood vessel next to the brain and is designed to read electrical signals from the motor cortex that are transmitted to an exoskeleton or wheelchair. (Photo courtesy of the University of Melbourne)
Australian researchers have created a minimally invasive brain interface that they suggest may someday enable paralyzed patients to control an exoskeleton via their thoughts.
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Minneapolis-based OPTP releases the latest edition of its professional catalog.
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URise Products LLC releases the StandUp Walker, which is engineered to help users independently lift themselves from a seated position.
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Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc announces that AST-OPC1, its drug in development to help treat spinal cord injury, has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA.
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The new Rebound DUAL Knee Brace from Iceland-headquartered Össur is designed to deliver functional support for patients with ligament instabilities and osteoarthritis.
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A new Transparency Market Research report on global electric wheelchairs predicts double-digit growth by 2020.
Steven Sanchez, wearing SuitX’s Phoenix, was paralyzed from the waist down after a BMX accident. (Photo courtesy of SuitX)
SuitX, a company spun off from UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, unveils the Phoenix robotic exoskeleton.
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The NeuroRecovery Research Center, on the Houston-based TIRR Memorial Hermann campus, is now open.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America announces the receipt of a $913,000 donation from Penske Automotive Group.
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A recent study may be able to back up the suggestion that amputees may be experiencing various sensations and neuropathic pain while they are near cellphone towers and other technologies that produce radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.
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A pair of recent studies suggests that a specific circuit in the brain controls walking, and that input to this circuit may be disrupted in Parkinson’s disease.
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Post-acute care healthcare software provider Mediware Information Systems Inc is set to unveil the next release of its CareTrend Software at Medtrade.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has listed the details about a study using the ReWalk Personal 6.0 Exoskeleton Systems on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website.
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A community-based study suggests there may be a dose-response relationship between the amount of weight loss achieved and the level of knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptom improvement.
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QuicStick announces the availability of its new QuicStick Portable Hand Controls, which are engineered to help physically challenged drivers operate a vehicle by hand.
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The Amputee Coalition announces its board of directors and officers for 2016.
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Join Frank Long, editorial director of Rehab Management and Physical Therapy Products as he speaks with Doreen M. Stiskal, PT, PhD, Fellow, APTA Educational Leadership Institute, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Seton Hall University, about using gait analysis as a tool for improving treatment, education, and research.
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Bionik Laboratories Corp announces it is working with IBM to develop a cognitive computing analytical system to improve outcomes of neurological rehabilitation.
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ProtoStar, headquartered in San Diego, announces its debut as a manufacturer of “upright medical walkers.” Its first product is the LifeWalker Upright.
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United Health Foundation announces a $750,000 grant to help create The Blue Star Cares: Military Caregiver Online Interactive Program.