Posts tagged medical
Girl Who Couldn't Move Her Arms Helped By 3D Printed Exoskeleton

At the age of 2, Emma wanted to play with blocks.  But this wasn't possible due to a condition called arthrogryposis, meaning she couldn't lift her arms with her own strength.  Traditional hospital treatment for this was superseded by a 3D printed exoskeleton (she calls them her "magic arms"), which aids her with all her movements.

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Brain-Activated Muscle Stimulation Restores Movement After Paralysis

All nerves and brain signals to operate your limbs go through the spinal cord, so most forms of paralysis occur due to damage of this area.  But what if this was bypassed entirely, and your brain directly controlled these otherwise motionless limbs instead?  This is a feat that researchers at Chicago's Northwestern University have been successful in carrying out.

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$10m Reward Proposed To Inventor of Star Trek-esque ‘Tricorder’

Aiming to “make 23rd Century science-fiction a 21st Century medical reality”, X Prize Foundation’s organizers have offered up a prize of $10 million (£6.5m) to anyone who can invent a Star Trek-alike medical ‘tricorder’ – influenced by the tool used by Spock and Bones in the popular sci-fi show. Launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the foundation’s competition page for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize reads: 

“Imagine a portable, wireless device in the palm of your hand that monitors and diagnoses your health conditions. That’s the technology envisioned by this competition, and it will allow unprecedented access to personal health metrics. The end result: Radical innovation in healthcare that will give individuals far greater choices in when, where, and how they receive care.” 

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