HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
MIT brace aids stroke recovery

The study showed that the severely impaired patients' arm function improved, on average, 23 percent after using the brace, and the arm muscle tightness typical of stroke victims was significantly reduced.

Cost-effective rehabilitation

In the US, there are 5.7 million stroke survivors and 700,000 new cases per year. Stroke is the single leading cause of disability in the US. Many of the medical devices aimed at treating patients afflicted with neurological disorders have not fundamentally changed in decades, or require costly, high-risk brain implants.

The robotic therapy device was one of the first recipients of a grant from MIT's Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. The center funds novel early-stage research and connects MIT's innovators with the resources needed to increase their commercial viability. The robotic therapy device received Deshpande grants in 2002 and 2003.

"We saw this as a novel technology with the potential to have a significant impact on the quality of life for people," said Charles Cooney, faculty director of the Deshpande Center and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. "This study proves we were right."

The wearable, portable, lightweight robotic brace slides onto the arm. By sensing the patient's electrical muscle activity through electromyography (EMG)--which detects muscle cells' electrical activity when they contract--and sending that data to a motor, it allows stroke patients to control their affected limbs.

When used under the supervision of an occupational or physical therapist, the device can be used to help patients progress from basic motor training, such as lifting boxes or reaching for a light switch, to more complex tasks such as carrying a laundry basket or flipping a light on and off while holding an object with the unaffected limb.

According to the study researchers-Dr. Joel Stein, Kathryn Krebs and Richard Hughes of Harvar
'"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Thomson
thomson@mit.edu
617-258-5402
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
22-Mar-2007


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Message to older adults: embrace, dont fear the effects of sensible exercise
2. Britain must embrace psychological therapy for mental health problems
3. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
4. Women with migraines and visual symptoms may have higher stroke risk
5. Warfarin better than aspirin at stroke prevention in elderly people with atrial fibrillation
6. Trial stops after stroke and mortality significantly reduced by blood
7. Future therapies for stroke may block cell death
8. Study outlines how stroke, head injury can increase risk of Alzheimers disease
9. QBI scientist looks at why stroke causes vision problems
10. Explaining a link between strokes and Alzheimers
11. Folic acid supplementation lowers stroke risk

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/11/2019)... ... 11, 2019 , ... PatientPay, the leading end-to-end patient payment ... of a patent to reduce the level of effort a medical group must ... visit patient statements. , At the core of “Instant Integration for Installment Payments” ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... , ... September 11, 2019 , ... Executives at health ... of change in the healthcare industry over the past several years has been intense. ... worse. The future of healthcare in America will depend largely on how these executives ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Women’s Excellence is pleased to welcome Dr. ... highly skilled Obstetrician/Gynecologist. She approaches patients compassionately and offers comprehensive obstetrical and ... visit is comfortable, patient-focused, and that every patient feels her concerns have been ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... NEW YORK (PRWEB) , ... ... ... expertise of industry leaders to explore solutions to problems facing the ever-changing ... edition of their campaign, “Employee Benefits and Engagement.” With topics ranging from ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... , ... September 11, 2019 , ... Dimensional Insight®, ... the registration table at the annual St. Jude Walk/Run Boston. To be held on ... of participants to raise a goal of $650,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2019)... ... September 18, 2019 , ... U.S. Dermatology Partners was ... water swim Saturday, September 14th. The event took place at Lake Ray Hubbard ... and Jim Montgomery. The money raised helps fund phase 1 clinical trials ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... New Zealand (PRWEB) , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... in in Fast Company’s 2019 Innovation by Design Awards Students category. , It was ... at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. , Muss-Bits is comprised of two parts. A “sensor ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... proud to establish a new partnership with NextGen Healthcare Inc., a leading healthcare ... of partners, which include Nextech, DrChrono, Symplast and Azalea, with additional partnerships to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: