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ReWalk exoskeleton allows paraplegic to walk the streets and stairs

ReWalk exoskeleton allows paraplegic to walk the streets and stairs

ReWalk Robotics has an exoskeleton that is designed to allow paraplegics to walk again. That exoskeleton is called the ReWalk Personal 6.0. The man strapped on the exoskeleton and used it to walk up and down the streets of New York City. ReWalk says that it always intended the exoskeleton to be used in the community and that it didn't want to create a device only usable in physical therapy settings.

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Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Prick-free way to monitor glucose might be the future

Diabetes is nothing to take lightly but many of its life-threatening dangers can be avoided by vigilance. Sadly, despite our hi-tech age, monitoring blood sugar levels still feels almost medieval, drawing a drop of blood to feed into portable glucometers. Luckily, science and technology might be on the verge of coming up with less invasive means to measure glucose levels. At the University of Leeds in the UK, a small device utilizes lasers to do all the measuring, and it's low-powered enough not to do any damage to your skin, much less prick it.

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Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

Researchers use bone powder, bio-glue to 3D print bones

This Friday's dose of macabre comes courtesy of researchers in China who are testing a new method to 3D print bones. The bones aren't like past 3D printing attempts we've heard of, however -- they are being printed using powered bones and a biological glue. Past efforts have seen researchers using metal elements for printing 3D bones as potential medical implants, but this latest method is producing potentially implantable bones that made entirely of, you know, bones ground into a powder.

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Ultrasound stimulates, speeds up wound healing

Ultrasound stimulates, speeds up wound healing

Cut yourself and, assuming you're somewhat young and otherwise healthy, it'll heal in a reasonable amount of time. Older age and certain conditions like diabetes can interfere with this healing process, though, and could result in wounds that won't heal or that take a very long time to heal. Researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Sheffield may have a solution, however, in the form of low-intensity ultrasounds. A study detailing their effort reveals their technique both speeds up healing time and restores to the body a youthful/healthy healing ability.

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This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

This prosthetic arm is expandable with Lego

A design student from Sweden's Umeå University has created what is quite possibly the coolest prosthetic arm imaginable for kids. Simply put, the arm is directly compatible with Lego, letting kids replace the standard hand-like gripping attachment for one they can easily start snapping plastic bricks onto. The prosthetic is specifically designed to be simple for kids to use, with little more than a twist-and-lock mechanism. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, the student who created the arm, even got Lego FutureLab and disabilities organization CIREC to collaborate on the project).

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Researchers turn small swarm of robots into Gauss gun able to penetrate tissues

Researchers turn small swarm of robots into Gauss gun able to penetrate tissues

Science is to the point today where we can build tiny nano machines that are capable of being injected into a human body. The challenge now is to make those tiny machines usable for treating different conditions inside the body. One way that researchers are controlling tiny robots inside the body is by using an MRI machine that allows the delivery of control signal to the machines and allows researchers to see what the robots are doing and where they are going.

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Synthetic blood to be tested with human volunteers soon

Synthetic blood to be tested with human volunteers soon

Blood shortages could soon be a thing of the past, with the UK’s NHS announcing that some time in the next two years human volunteers will be given blood that, rather than being drawn from human donors, will have been created within a laboratory. This doesn’t entirely remove the human element, though — the synthetic blood is made from the blood of donors or from umbilical stem cells. This serves as a clinical trial, and it is believed to be the first ever of its kind, perhaps ushering in a big shift in our medical future.

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Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

Google develops health wearable for medical, research tracking

The unmonitored period between doctor visits can make it difficult for medical professionals to adequately treat patients with chronic issues, and to fill that void are various medical gadgets designed to monitor some aspect of one's daily life or health metrics. Google has decided to enter that market with a new health wearable, one that will be targeted at doctors and those performing clinical trials rather than the average consumer. The wearable was developed by Google X.

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BrainPort V100 allows the blind to see using their tongue

BrainPort V100 allows the blind to see using their tongue

A device that sounds very strange has won FDA approval to come to market. The device is called the BrainPort V100 and it is a sensory substitution device that is designed to give the blind vision of a sort. Seeing in this case is done via an electrode that stimulates the tongue of the user. The FDA cleared Wicab, the maker of the device, to bring it to market last week.

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Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Scalevo wheelchair uses retracting treads to go up and down stairs

Most public buildings around the US have ramps that allow those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues to get where they are going without having to use the stairs. At times, the issue for people bound to wheelchairs is that the ramps might be at different entrances to the building making it a hassle to get in and out. A new wheelchair has debuted called the Scalevo that makes it easy for wheelchair users to get up and down stairs.

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