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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…

Micro-robot Addresses Challenges of Bladder Cancer Surgery
04/04/13 — Although bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most expensive to treat, the basic method that doctors use to treat it hasn't changed much in more than 70 years. An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities intends…

The Robot Will See You Now
03/27/13 — IBM's Watson—the same machine that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy—is now churning through case histories at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, learning to make diagnoses and treatment recommendations. This is one in a series of developments suggesting that technology may be about to disrupt health care in the same way it has disrupted so…

Humanoid Simulates Vomiting to Test Spread of Noroviruses
03/20/13 — This robot vomits so we don’t have to. Larry the projectile vomiting robot spews all over the place, and it’s for a good cause. Larry was created by microbiologist Catherine Makison-Booth at the United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Laboratory in the Occupational Hygiene Unit. The lab’s scientists hope this robot can show exactly how the…

The EU’s CORBYS Corrects the Gait of Stroke Victims in Rehab
03/13/13 — Of the various effects that a stroke can have on a person, one of the most common is paralysis of one side of the body – needless to say, this has a severe impact on the victim’s ability to walk. Treatment often consists of therapists retraining the person’s body by…

Magnetic Microbots to Fight Cancer
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The Story of Kinova and Its Assistive Robot, Jaco
02/27/13 — When he was a child, Kinova's co-founder and CEO Charles Deguire used to spend his summer vacations with his family in the beautiful region of Gaspesie in Quebec, Canada. Among the family members were three uncles who lived with muscular dystrophy. This muscle disease, which weakens the musculoskeletal system, caused Charles' uncles…

2013 National microMedic Contest Announced
02/21/13 — The U.S. Army Medical Research & Material Command’s (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), along with Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center and Parallax Inc. are offering over $25,000 in awards to inspire the next generation of medical innovation. The 2013 National microMedic contest is an opportunity to…

Cyberdyne’s HAL Robot Suit Begins Hospital Trials
02/14/13 — While climbing mountains and helping disabled tourists are fine pursuits, Cyberdyne's HAL robot suit has found an even nobler occupation: helping patients rehabilitate from debilitating nerve and muscle illnesses. Cyberdyne has been developing and testing its HAL suit and various other exoskeleton technology for the service and health care industries for several years now. Straigh from…

Korea’s Robotic Nurse to Begin Hospital Trials
02/07/13 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have recently approved iRobot's telepresence robot RP-VITA for use in hospitals, but as far as medical robots are concerned Japan and Korea remain ahead of the curve. The latest in a line of nurse droids is the KIRO-M5, a compact transportation robot that can carry…

GE to Develop Robotic System Prototype for Tracking, Cleaning Surgical Tools
01/31/13 — Imagine an intelligent system managing the surgical tool sterilization process in a hospital – ensuring safe delivery of care, enabling new levels of hospital efficiency, and delivering with surgical accuracy all of the medical devices doctors need to perform life-saving procedures. At GE Global Research, the technology development arm for the…

Doctors Praise Robot in Hospital Pharmacy
01/22/13 — A new robot which controls the pharmacy at Craigavon Area Hospital has revolutionised services, healthcare bosses have claimed. The $580,000 automated storage and dispensing machine is 1.5 miles long and holds 850 shelves. It uses lasers and barcodes to identify medicine. Dr Tracey Boyce, Southern Trust director of pharmacy said…

GIN Debuts Delilah EMB Robotic Dispenser
01/16/13 — Global Innovation Network (GIN) is bringing another new product to the global laboratory automation market, and its name is Delilah. At SLAS 2013, GIN will debut its new automated dispenser technology, the Delilah EMB dispenser. In a market set to reach $4.1 billion by 2015, the new dispenser could not come at…

Robots a Huge Asset to Laboratory Automation, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Drug Discovery
01/10/13 — Tasks in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biomedical industries have always been complex and time-consuming. With the advent of new diseases and medical disorders, these undertakings will only grow in complexity. Due to their speed and precision, robotics are called upon to meet the ever-increasing scope and range of chores in…

Scientists Test the Benefits of Robotic Assisted Cystectomies
01/03/13 — About 30 percent of the more than 70,000 bladder cancer cases expected in 2012 are muscle invasive. In such cases, radical cystectomy is the preferred treatment. In a pilot trial, a team of investigators assessed the efficacy of open radical cystectomy (ORC) vs. robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical cystectomy (RARC). While there…

BrainGate: A Breakthrough Study for Healthcare Robotics
12/26/12 — Cathy Hutchinson is a quadriplegic patient who is able—for the first time in fifteen years— to reach and grasp with a robotic limb linked to tiny sensor in her brain.  As reported in a recent study in the journal Nature, the device, called BrainGate, bypasses the nerve circuits broken by…

Parker Hannifin Commercializes Vanderbilt’s Exoskeleton Technology
12/19/12 — Technology being developed by Parker Hannifin won’t repair the damage done by a car accident that paralyzed Michael Gore. But it could let him walk again Like something out of a science fiction movie, the Parker mobility device attaches motorized joints to a patient’s hips and knees. With a bit…

Robotic Surgery Saves a British Soldier from Amputation
12/12/12 — Captain James Murly-Gotto faced the prospect of amputation after being hit by machine gun fire during a 10-day mission in Helmand province. One bullet passed straight through the flesh of his left leg, but the other tore through the bones in his right. The inside of his knee was destroyed,…




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