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Mechanical thumb offers extended hand abilities

Mechanical thumb offers extended hand abilities
  Dani Clode, a grad student at the Royal College of Art in London, has created what she calls the 'Third Thumb'—a system that adds a mechanical thumb to the opposite side of a natural thumb on a human hand. She showcased her invention at this year's RCA graduate exhibition.
7th July 2017

Cooling cap reduces hair loss during chemotherapy

Cooling cap reduces hair loss during chemotherapy
  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the expanded use of a cooling cap, DigniCap Cooling System, to reduce hair loss (alopecia) during chemotherapy. This is the first cooling cap cleared by the agency for use in cancer patients with solid tumours.
7th July 2017

Microneedle patches succeed in first human clinical trial

Microneedle patches succeed in first human clinical trial
  Despite the potentially severe consequences of illness and even death, only about 40% of adults in the United States receive flu shots each year; however, researchers believe a new self-administered, painless vaccine skin patch containing microscopic needles could significantly increase the number of people who get vaccinated.
28th June 2017


Exoskeletons incorporate direct feedback from the body

Exoskeletons incorporate direct feedback from the body
Researchers at the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel design approach for exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs that incorporates direct feedback from the human body. The findings were published in Science. This technique, called human-in-the-loop optimisation, customises walking assistance for individuals and significantly improves energy economy during walking. The algorithm that enables this optimisation represents a landmark achievement in the field of biomechatronics.
23rd June 2017

Inspiring people to take 'digital' control of their health

Inspiring people to take 'digital' control of their health
The availability of a large line of connected consumer health products has been announced by Nokia. Completing the transition of products from the Withings brand, Nokia trackers, scales, vital health products and home products will now be available in-store and online through top retailers. Brad Rodrigues, Interim President at Nokia Technologies, said: “Nokia’s global expansion into digital health builds on Nokia’s unmatched track record of quality, reliability and trust, which are characteristics that are all critical to success in the health industry.
22nd June 2017

Stroke rehab device deduces intention directly from brain

Stroke rehab device deduces intention directly from brain
Stroke patients who learned to use their minds to open and close a device fitted over their paralysed hands gained some control over their hands, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. By mentally controlling the device with the help of a brain-computer interface, participants trained the uninjured parts of their brains to take over functions previously performed by injured areas of the brain, the researchers said.
7th June 2017

VR can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain

VR can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain
VR can relieve the sensation of phantom limb pain. A new test devised by researchers at Aalborg University shows that VR technology can trick the amputee's brain into thinking that it is still in control of a missing limb. If a hand, an arm or a leg is amputated due to accident or disease, eight out of ten amputees experience a feeling of discomfort in the limb that is no longer there. The phenomenon is called phantom limb pain.
1st June 2017

Freaking out?! Wear your heart on your sleeve

Freaking out?! Wear your heart on your sleeve
Research published in Scientific Reports shows that a heartbeat-like vibration delivered onto the inside of the wrist can make the wearer feel significantly less stressed. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London assessed the calming effects of a new wearable device called doppel - a wristband designed to actively reduce stress by using the intuitive responses that we all have to rhythm, and especially to heartbeats.
30th May 2017

Respiratory rate sensor built into a cotton t-shirt

Respiratory rate sensor built into a cotton t-shirt
At the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, researchers have developed a respiration sensor built into a t-shirt that can be sampled by a nearby radio device. The idea is that patients in a hospital would wear a lightweight, comfortable shirt that doesn’t have any wires, while their breathing rate would be discreetly monitored in real-time. The sensor itself is simply a spiral antenna made out of multi-material fibres.
22nd May 2017

Helping those with limited mobility go mobile

Helping those with limited mobility go mobile
Komodo OpenLab has released a new device that lets severely paralysed people operate Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, as well as other devices, using standard accessibility tools such as sip and puff controllers, buttons, and switches. The new Tecla-e provides wireless connectivity with the devices it controls, which can also include lights, powered doors, and smart television remotes.
8th May 2017


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