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Magnetic Microbots to Fight Cancer
03/06/13 —

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,…

Report Finds a Majority of Prostatectomy Patients Satisfied with Robot-Assisted Surgery
12/05/12 — The majority of patients undergoing RALP (robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy) surgery for localized prostate cancer do not regret their treatment decision, according to findings published in The Journal of Urology, December 2012. Analysis indicates the primary factors contributing to postoperative quality of life, and therefore satisfaction or dissatisfaction with treatment choice, are pre- and postoperative sexual potency and…

Thought-controlled Robotic Limbs to Reach First Patients in Early 2013
11/29/12 — A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling “the future of artificial limbs”. The first volunteers will receive their new limbs early in 2013. “The benefits have no precedent,” Max Ortiz…

Tele-operated Robot Offers Immobile Patients More Autonomy
11/21/12 — Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to drive a robot with their thoughts alone. The technology could one day give a paralyzed patient greater…

Where are the Eldercare Robots?
11/14/12 — In December, 2003, BusinessWeek Magazine interviewed Joseph Engelberger, the robotics pioneer. The article was entitled “How Robots Lost Their Way.” Included in the article was a plea for money to build an eldercare robot which Engelberger thought could be built with then-current technologies, rented for $600 per month, operated at…

Man Fitted with Bionic Hand After Industrial Accident
11/08/12 — Nigel was employed as a precious metals smelter. Around five years ago, he was involved in an accident at work involving an industrial blender. This led to a severe crush injury of his right forearm. He underwent six months of operations and infections before deciding to have an elective trans-radial…




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