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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…

3D Printed Robohand Brings Low-Cost Prosthetics to the World
05/09/13 — The idea of a robotic hand goes back a long way, though mostly as a fictional concept. But thanks to the 3D printer, the robotic hand is getting a whole new life, as are those who are benefiting from the combination of Robohand and MakerBot, who are bringing out a…

New Study Finds Little Resistance to Robots Among Personal Caregivers
05/02/13 — As technology continues its steady march onward to the future, the question isn’t always “can” it be done, but rather “should” it be done. And this isn’t always asked from the ethical perspective. We humans often have to come to an understanding of just what we will and will not…

Mobiserv Project Reaches Three-Year Mark Positive Results for the Elderly
04/23/13 — As people enter old age it can become increasingly difficult to maintain a good quality of life without help. Perhaps a faltering memory leads to missed meals or drinks, or a decrease in mobility leads to loneliness and social isolation. Many elderly people are lucky enough to have a carer,…

Virtually-Interfaced Robotic Ankle and Balance Trainer Delivers Rehabilitative Service
04/18/13 — An ankle is necessary for standing, walking, running and keeping you stable. It performs these functions while bearing the weight of your entire body, which makes it highly susceptible to injuries. Beside physical trauma, strokes and cerebral palsy, other neurological impairments can cause ankle injuries that require rehabilitation. Each year,…

Software Verification Method Detects Bugs in Surgical Robots
04/11/13 — Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying…




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