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Portable device provides rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis

A new glucose monitor for diabetics proves virtually painless and even more accurate

A more comfortable and reliable blood-sugar monitoring system is being designed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTHRInstTech) in Stockholm for people with diabetes (lat. Diabetes Mellitus). After successfully testing a prototype of a microneedle patch on a human subject, the completion of a system for clinical tests is now underway. Continuous monitoring is a way to safely and reliably lower blood glucose – giving the user a full picture of their glucose levels throughout the day and helping them avoid severe hypoglycemia. But the continuous glucose monitoring systems (known as CGMS) in use today have two main drawbacks: they are uncomfortable since they require a minimum 7mm needle that’s inserted into the skin; and, because of their size, they take measurements in the fat tissue – not the most ideal location.

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2019.01.30

Newly-developed exosuit reduces physical stress on waist and arms

Previous powered exoskeletons were mostly ones that supported the waist or those that used expensive and heavy actuators such as motors, making them unsuitable for longtime use. However, a researches' team, led by Professor Eiichiro Tanaka at the Waseda University in the collaboration with Asahicho Corporation developed the exosuit e.z.UP, which reduces physical stress on the waist and arms by the elasticity of the suit’s rubber belt and fabric when in a lifting motion. On top of being wearable in a minute, it is lightweight and can be worn for a long duration of time. The exosuit is planned to be used experimentally in a production line of Hino Motors.

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2019.01.24

MRegen - a novel device aids in muscle recovery

A scientific team, led by Associate Professor Alfredo Franco-Obregon, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel medical device capable of harnessing a magnetic field to make muscle rehabilitation quicker and more comfortable. MRegen is a non-invasive painless device that makes use of magnetic stimulation to produce energy which “tricks” muscle cells into thinking that they are exercising, amplifying the biological effect to promote muscle regeneration. This innovational device has already shown promising results in human trials.

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2019.01.24

Wireless ‘pacemaker for the brain’ could be new standard treatment for neurological disorders

A FitBit-like device for figure skaters

Pliable micro-batteries for wearables

Hands-free crutches alleviate pain and discomfort

A new kind of hands-free crutch aimed at helping injured people avoid obstacles typically associated with using crutches to get around has been developed by the students at Purdue University (PurdueU). Injured people are able to retain a natural movement, keep pressure away from the injury and avoid other obstacles typically associated with crutches. The founders of the device, Brett Adams, Sameer Saiya, Nikko Sadural, Jeff Cargill, Junyan Lim, and Andrew Fan, all graduated from Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering in May 2016. Their diverse backgrounds, passion and entrepreneurial spirit sparked a conversation on what they can do to solve a problem in today’s world. They began developing Clutch Crutch during their time as undergraduate students at Purdue.

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2018.12.24

Micro-manufacturing technology promises a revolution in blood testing

A 3D printed 'lab on a chip' could soon be used to conduct laboratory-scale blood testing that’s affordable, accessible and done in an instant. A scientific team at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) are working to perfect a fabrication process that will deliver an ID card-sized device that can perform multiple tests with a just few drops of blood. Currently, the device, created as a prototype in UTS’s Protospace 3D printing facilities, allows researchers to conduct multiple blood tests using only a few drops of blood. It promises less of a burden to patients requiring blood testing.

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2018.12.21

The world's lightest, least expensive motorized wheelchair

A special lightweight, inexpensive motorized wheelchair for kids who have a rare genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) has been developed by the researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU). Spinal Muscular Atrophy affects the ability to crawl, walk, control the heads, lift the arms and even breathe. Because of this degenerative disease, children use wheelchairs. However, since SMA affects most of their muscles, wheeling themselves around is extremely tiring. Motorized wheelchairs would seemingly help, but they are prohibitively expensive, difficult to transport and dangerously heavy. That's where BYU's Engineering Capstone program comes in with their new motorized wheelchair. 

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2018.12.19

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