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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New hope for stroke patients in latest robotics

robotic elbow brace100.bmpA device first designed by two MIT graduate students in a 2002 robotics class is helping stroke patients regain motion in their arms, a story in today's New York Times says. Mechanical engineer John McBean developed the technology with Kailas Narendran, an electrical engineer and computer scientist.

A small study of their Myomo e100 device (shown in motion, left) and associated treatment, conducted with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and published in April in The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, found that patients who exercised with the arm brace for 18 hours over about six weeks experienced a 23 percent improvement in upper extremity function, the Times story says.

The device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is expected to reach the market in the next few months.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 08:15 AM
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