The Free University of Brussels' Robotics & Multibody Mechanics research group is developing an improved interface for lower-leg exoskeletons using 3D scanning to map the bony prominences of the limb. "The main goal here was to reduce migration, which will lead to increased comfort and increased efficiency," said the research group's Kevin Langlois.
Designer Dominic Siguang Ma developed a specialized drumming prosthesis that enabled amputee musician Greg Anton to control the bounciness of the drumstick. Anton can adjust the length of a polycarbonate spring, which controls bounciness, by pushing his leg against the control bar.
An Israeli startup is developing a way to use patients' brain waves to create a customized treatment plan for stroke victims. The company, BrainQ, uses a brain-computer interface-based EEG database for motor tasks that enables it to interpret brain waves.
Quick detection and diagnosis is vital to limiting the damage of strokes, but current methods can take hours. A head-worn portable device developed by Cerebrotech Medical Systems can do it in seconds, using something called volumetric impedance phase-shift spectroscopy (VIPS) to send low-energy radio waves through the brain to detect fluid patterns characteristic of a stroke.
Researchers in Sweden have begun recruiting patients who will be part of the world's largest study on the effect of a low-carbohydrate diet on type 1 diabetes management, which will officially begin in autumn.
An interim final rule released by the CMS increases durable medical equipment payment rates to Medicare providers in rural regions from June 1 to Dec. 31, translating to an estimated $290 million more in benefit payments and $70 million in beneficiary cost sharing during the period. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the move will ensure that Medicare beneficiaries in rural communities don't lose access to life-sustaining durable medical equipment.
A 69-year-old Chinese bilateral below-knee amputee reached the summit of Mount Everest on his fifth try. Xia Boyu lost both feet to frostbite in his first attempt 43 years ago and later had his legs amputated below the knee as a result of cancer.
The Labor Department, which outlined its goals as part of the latest Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, said that a notice of proposed rule-making on overtime regulations will not likely come until January of next year. Meanwhile, the National Labor Relations Board noted that it is "considering engaging in rulemaking to establish the standard for determining joint-employer status."
What, after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them.