For Stroke Victims, Jintronix Software …

For Stroke Victims, Jintronix Software Turns Rehab Into a Game
Bloomberg Businessweek. May 08, 2014

the department of physical and rehabilitation medicine at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Bunnell’s hospital is among the first in the U.S. to test Jintronix, a subscription-based set of PC games and exercises designed to stimulate recovery using Microsoft’s (MSFT) Kinect, a motion-sensing camera created for use with the company’s Xbox game consoles. The Kinect’s motion tracker allows players to interact with what they see on the screen.

Ultrasound for patellar tendinopathy: no benefit (2008)

Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound for chronic patellar tendinopathy: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2008 Apr;47(4):467-71.
Warden SJ, et al.
Patellar tendinopathy (PT) is a common and significant clinical condition for which there are few established interventions. One intervention that is currently being used clinically to manage PT symptoms is the introduction of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS).

These findings suggest that LIPUS does not provide any additional benefit over and above placebo in the management of symptoms associated with PT.

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Working Your Brain To The Limit

After Brain Injuries, Troops Hit The Mental Gym
May 12, 2011

Working Your Brain To The Limit
The brain fitness programs are a lot like physical rehabilitation, says Katherine Sullivan, a speech pathologist who directs the Brain Fitness Center. The idea is to work your brain to the limit, she says.
“Just like going to a gym, you could stay here for 30 minutes and not really get a great workout,” she says. “But sometimes if you push yourself to that threshold that’s ideal and optimal for training, you’re going to see more benefit.”

But scientists caution that brain training remains experimental.

“These training programs are a work in progress,” says Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus and neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. Merzenich is also a co-founder of Posit Science, a company that makes one of the brain training programs used at Walter Reed and other military and veterans hospitals.

Merzenich says he is confident that brain training, like physical training, is doing something.
“That doesn’t mean that everyone is going to be in the tip-top shape they were in before they went over to Afghanistan,” he says. “But most of these people can be substantially better.”
However, the effectiveness of most brain training programs hasn’t been tested scientifically on normal brains, let alone injured ones, Merzenich says.
There are studies under way at Walter Reed and other institutions. The goal is to find out just how much difference a particular program makes and how it compares with other programs, Merzenich says.

“You don’t just evaluate whether or not they improve in the specific task you’re training them on,” Merzenich says. “Of course they improve at those.
The question is whether they improve in their general abilities that reflect their capacities, their operational abilities in everyday life. Because if you don’t improve that, you’ve done nothing useful.”

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Accessible Designs Could Help Us All

Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only If Firms Bite
September 24, 2013

Voice activated technology has a long way to go, including Glass,” she says, “but if I could talk to an appliance in my house, if I could say ‘OK, lamps, turn on,’ that would be a huge change.”

Today it’s possible to wire a house to respond to your voice.
But it’s expensive.
And when Alex Blaszczuk fantasizes about the kinds of technologies she wants, item No. 1 is robotic limbs.
“There is a lot of cool stuff that is already happening in robotics I think that allows people who don’t have use of their limbs to use robotic limbs,” she said.

While it’s possible that an affordable system might soon allow Blaszczuk to talk her lamps or her stove or other appliances in her house, the robotic exoskeleton seems like a distant dream.
There are just too few people who both need it and could afford it to make it commercially viable.

“People with disabilities are going to continue to be a very small percentage of the marketplace,”
complete cervical (C5) spine fracture

The i-limb ultra prosthetic hand really looks cyborg

The i-limb ultra prosthetic hand

The i-limb ultra prosthetic hand really looks cyborg
Jun 14, 2013

Peter Lee had his arm amputated because of cancer three years ago.
This week, he got a new, top-of-the-line prosthetic arm.
During his final fitting, he talks to Rio Bennin, who also has a prosthetic arm — but Rio’s is an older model, not as nearly as fancy as Peter’s. (3 1/2 minutes)

… an I-Limb Ultra. A top of the line prosthetic, it uses sensors on his biceps and triceps to tell the new artificial hand how to move. It’s really, actually, very cool.

robotic hand

The i-limb ultra prosthetic hand

First prosthetic hand to let owner feel sensations

Micera et al. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2011 8:53

First prosthetic hand to let owner feel sensations
May 2nd, 2013

Scientists in Italy have developed a bionic hand.

The prosthetic hand is able to “feel” thanks to electrodes implanted in the patient’s median and ulnar nerves.


original paper:

Decoding of grasping information from neural signals recorded using peripheral intrafascicular interfaces.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2011 Sep 5;8:53.
Micera S, et al.
BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers

3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers
June 18, 2013

a rare congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome

Liam’s Prosthetic Mechanical Hand
by Ivan Owen
Nov 23, 2012

Robohand (videos and pictures)

What had previously taken the pair a week’s time or more — milling finger pieces, adjusting and tweaking parts — now took 20 minutes to redesign, print and test.

with the 3-D printer, parts for the new hand could be replaced quickly. You can scale up the size of the hand as the child grows. So they put the design and instructions on Thingiverse, a website where anyone can download it and make a hand for themselves with parts costing just $150.