First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)

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The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance – and prevents falling – has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center “Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi” in Florence.

Wearable machines that enhance your movement and endurance no longer belong to the realm of science fiction. They are being developed today in the laboratory, and in this controlled setting, already prevent the elderly from falling.

Scientists at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have built a prototype of a smart, light-weight and easy-to-personalize exoskeleton that counteracts the loss of balance and promotes balance recovery after an accidental slip. This is a first in wearable machines, which are normally used to assist or enhance regular movement, instead of preventing an unexpected event like falling. The results are published on May 11th in Scientific Reports. Continue reading “First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)”

Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

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Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative

Estonia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2017. Its main focus is related to the Digital Society and the free movement of data in the European Union, as the fifth freedom of the European Union.

Today, healthcare systems are transformed by digital technologies, and most of the European policy makers have defined strategies to implement digital health solutions, even if some barriers are still to be overcome.

The Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia, supported by the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), is thus launching the present Digital Health Society (DHS) Declaration, as a call for actions on ‘Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health’.

Because a holistic view is needed, this document has integrated input from all the stakeholdersinterested in the development of digital health, sharing a vision, between citizens and patients, policy makers, health professionals and healthcare services managers, scientists, companies, startups, insurers and mutual funds, investors, etc. about the strategies and actions to achieve the digital transformation of healthcare systems. Continue reading “Health in the Digital Society and the Digital society for health – New EU initiative”

World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+

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World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+

Surgeons operate on lymphatic vessels of 0.3 millimeters using Microsure surgical robot

Plastic surgeons at Maastricht UMC+ have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8 millimeter in the arm of the patient. The robotic device, created by Eindhoven company Microsure, enhances the surgeon’s precision, making this type of procedure easier to perform. The patient is doing well and the surgeons are enthusiastic. The news of this extraordinary operation has been announced on 27 September, at the 26th World Congress of Lymphology, in Barcelona. Continue reading “World’s first super-microsurgical intervention with ‘robot hands’ at Maastricht UMC+”

Swiss Researchers Develop Procedure that Mimics Structure of Biological Composite Materials

Materials researchers from ETH Zurich (the Swiss federal institute of technology) have developed a new procedure that allows them to mimic the structure of biological composite materials, such as teeth and seashells. Using the new technique, they produced an artificial tooth whose surface is as hard and structurally complex as a real tooth, while the layer beneath is softer, just like natural dentine. Continue reading “Swiss Researchers Develop Procedure that Mimics Structure of Biological Composite Materials”

API for the Human Body, Launched by 3D Modeling Startup BioDigital

Imagine a reality where surgeons practice difficult procedures on virtual renditions of their patients before walking into the operating room, and professional athletes review their exact muscle movements on a 3D game tape after they walk off the field.

Now that BioDigital, a 3D human body modeling startup, is releasing its API to the public, this is possible. Continue reading “API for the Human Body, Launched by 3D Modeling Startup BioDigital”

Prof. Dr. Matthias Born, Royal Philips N.V., Presents: “Light & Health”

Since many years, treatment of diseases using light, e.g. in chronic skin diseases such as Psoriasis, are known. However, new opportunities in phototherapies are emerging due to new research insights and recently developed technologies such as high power LEDs or LED-in-textile platforms. The presentation gives an overview of activities including fundamental phototherapy research and examples of related Philips Light & Health products, such as Philips BlueControl – the innovative UV-free treatment of Psoriasis vulgaris using blue LED light. Continue reading “Prof. Dr. Matthias Born, Royal Philips N.V., Presents: “Light & Health””

Healthcare Industry is One of Biometrics’ Most Promising Opportunities, Report States

Healthcare Biometrics Revenue to Total $12.5 Billion Worldwide by 2024, Driven by Home/Remote Patient Access, Care Provider Authentication, Patient Identification and Tracking, and Pharmacy Dispensing. The healthcare industry is one of biometrics’ most promising opportunities, according to a new report from market intelligence firm Tractica. Worldwide healthcare spending is about 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP). Continue reading “Healthcare Industry is One of Biometrics’ Most Promising Opportunities, Report States”