3D Tele-Rehabilitation: Beyond Today’s Internet

submitted by: nsf
At the Beyond Today’s Internet Summit, researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas showed a working prototype of a next generation communication system that uses 3D video and force feedback devices to virtually recreate a physical therapy session between a patient and a therapist.   3D models of the two participants are captured using off the shelf Microsoft Kinect 3D Cameras and the models are placed in a shared virtual environment of one’s choosing. To simulate the physical...

"WeHab" system helps stroke patients during physical rehabilitation

submitted by: nsf
An engineer, a computer scientist, and a psychologist walk into a rehabilitation clinic carrying a video game system. Rather than the beginning of a bad joke, this is an apt description of a Smart and Connected Health (SCH) research project.      Stroke is a major health problem affecting nearly 800,000 Americans annually and necessitates novel scientific approaches for prevention, treatment, and restorative care.   Smart and Connected Health investigators have successfully...

Shoe-based sensor system smartens up gait rehabilitation and therapy

submitted by: nsf
It may look like an insole, but this Smart Shoes system developed at the Mechanical Systems Control Lab at UC Berkeley could help physical therapists get their patients walking better, faster. Sensors capture information to create a detailed picture of the patient's gait and walking abnormalities, while real-time visual feedback helps patients and therapists see and measure change and progress. The result: made-to-order physical therapy for maximum impact. Credit: National Science...

Role of Video Games in Improving Health-Related Outcomes

submitted by: brianprimack
Context: Video games represent amultibillion-dollar industry in the U.S. Although video gaming has been associated with many negative health consequences, it also may be useful for therapeutic purposes. The goal of this study was to determine whether video games may be useful in improving health outcomes. Evidence acquisition: Literature searches were performed in February 2010 in six databases: the Center on Media and Child Health Database of Research, MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, EMBASE,...
Authors: Brian A. Primack, Mary V. Carroll, Megan McNamara, Mary Lou Klem, Brandy King, Michael Rich, Chun W. Chan, Smita Nayak

Joint efforts in the fight against stroke

submitted by: COMED2010

The exploration of neurovascular dysfunction and the perfection of thrombolytic therapy in stroke are two core areas of research pursued by scientists of the European Stroke Network.

Topsail Turtles

submitted by: dehartclark
Topsail Island, North Carolina is a northern nesting beach of threatened Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Here the residents have helped protect the turtles that visit the island during the nesting season. Beach walkers watch for turtle nests, pick up trash and report injured turtles. The island commerce has decided not to import new sand like most beaches, so the composition of the sand for incubation of turtle eggs doesn't change. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center...