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Robot-Assisted Surgery the New Way to Go with Broken Bones?
09/25/13 — The system is being developed at Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in collaboration with a leading orthopaedic surgeon, a company specialising in orthopaedic devices and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trusts . Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol. The project, led by Dr Sanja…

Non-Invasive Microrobot Drug Delivery System Unveiled
09/18/13 — Small enough for injection without leaving a wound, new microrobots could revolutionize the way modern medicine treats certain hard-to-reach areas of the body. The eyes and brain are extremely tricky places for surgeons, and a non-invasive solution to certain ailments has long been sought. The impediments to this are numerous,…

New-Fangled Assistive Technology
09/11/13 — Hoaloha Robotics founder Tandy Trower spent 28 years at Microsoft, during which time he managed Windows 1.0 and 2.0 before being appointed as a member of Bill Gates’ strategic staff. He began developing connections with people from across the robotics industry and became fascinated by a question: How will the…

Robotic Endoscope Makes Surgeries More Efficient
09/04/13 — This is a flexible endoscope which can be operated by one person, instead of by two or three, as is often the case with the current endoscopes. PhD candidate in Industrial Design, Jeroen Ruiter, University of Twente, designed this endoscope along with technology provider DEMCON. With the flexible robotic endoscope,…

New Sleep Apnoea Treatment Uses Robotic Surgery
08/28/13 — A special type of robotic surgery could help to alleviate sleep apnoea, a researcher has discovered.Dr Ho-Sheng Lin, a fellow with the American College of Surgeons, investigated treatment using transoral robotic surgery (TORS), which is already established as a method of removing cancerous throat tumours.The researcher was able to use…

Robot for Performing Cardiac Surgery is Created
08/21/13 — Researchers in Poland have created cardiac surgery robots. The 10 year old project at the Foundation of Cardiac Surgery Development in Zabrze, Poland has built medical robots for carrying cardiac surgery with semi-automatic movements and a 3D virtual training system. Called the Robin Heart tele-manipulator, the system is designed to…

Robot Eliminates Blood Clots with Steerable Needle
08/14/13 — Blood clots in the brain are a growing health problem with devastating effects. These clots have a 40 percent mortality rate, and survivors can suffer from brain damage. Treatment is extremely challenging, but researchers at Vanderbilt University hope a new robot will be able to help. The bot uses a steerable…

Robotic Bodysuits and Bionic Limbs to Replace Physical Therapy?
08/07/13 — A person who has suffered from a stroke or spinal-cord injury might need to use crutches or a wheelchair as they gradually regain lost motion through physical therapy. But these patients could see drastically different effects strapping on a robotic bodysuit or a bionic limb and walking around like Iron Man…

Robot Phlebotomist Draws Blood Faster and Safer than a Human
07/31/13 — According to the group of former Stanford engineers turned entrepreneurs who founded Veebot, up to 25% of all venipuncture procedures don’t draw blood on the first stick. In case you’re wondering, venipuncture is what a phlebotomist does – draws blood, normally from your arm with a needle and that chubby rubber…

Robot Uses UV Rays to Disinfect Hospital Rooms
07/24/13 — Hospitals are synonymous with cleanliness and now Loyola University Health System is the first academic medical center in Illinois to take disinfection to futuristic levels. Nicknamed "Ralph" by the housekeeping staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and "little Joe" at Loyola University Medical Center, 3-foot upright cylindrical robots provide the finishing…

Robot Alleviates Child’s Distress During Medical Shot
07/16/13 — Health care workers have a new tool to ease needle anxiety in children: a talking robot. The robot, named MEDi, is programmed to greet a child with a high-five, collect toys from a tray and ask questions like “Do you like movies?” Children who engaged with the robot while receiving…

Robotic Ultrasound Probe Improves Surgical Precision and Control
07/10/13 — DETROIT – While the use of ultrasound to identify tumors during kidney cancer surgery is gaining acceptance, a research team at Henry Ford Hospital has successfully taken it a step further by showing an added benefit when the procedure is done robotically. Simply put, the kidney surgeon who performs the…

New Robotic Animals Help Dementia Patients (And Are Unbearably Cute in the Process)
06/25/13 — Scientists at England’s Northumbria University introduced several people with mid- to late-stage dementia to PARO, an interactive animatronic harp seal. PARO respond to touch and sound, responds to its owner’s voice, and can give emotional responses. An overview of the study was published yesterday by the university’s press office. PARO’s cuteness wasn’t…

Bionic (Hu)Man: the Future of Robotic Prosthetics?
06/19/13 — Bertolt Meyer is used to being viewed as not fully human. Born with a stump where his left hand should have been, he spent his childhood wearing a hook connected to an elaborate pulley and harness. "To open the hook and grasp things I had to flex my shoulders like…

Eldercare Robot Rolls into More Real Homes
06/12/13 — A safer and healthier old age – that is the aim of GiraffPlus, an international project led by researchers at Örebro University, Sweden. With a focus of developing sophisticated aids for the elderly in close collaboration with the intended users, the project is now about to test the new technology…

Intuitive Surgical Beats Claims of Negligent Training Practices
05/30/13 — Intuitive Surgical’s stock shot up 5 percent last Friday after a Washington State jury found that the company did not fail to properly train a doctor who used its robotic surgery system, handing the company a victory in the first of more than two dozen similar lawsuits to go to trial.…

Researchers Build Robots to Traverse Patients’ Internal Abdominal Walls
05/23/13 — Researchers at the University of Leeds are using the feet of tree frogs as a model for a tiny robot designed to crawl inside patients' bodies during keyhole surgery. The tiny device is one of a growing stable of bio-inspired robots being built in the University's School of Mechanical Engineering.…

Robots Fight Hospital Superbugs
05/13/13 — They kill at least 100,000 people every single year, and the collective medical costs associated with treating people who contract them tops $30 billion a year, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics. But hospital "superbugs" have a new contender in the fight for people's lives that involves…




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