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Poop and pee. Everyone does it, but no one’s comfortable talking about it. It’s a conversation not suitable for your first date (I would hope), or one to have with your colleagues, but it’s completely normal, a vital bodily function, and is a universal part of the human experience. Plus, it tells you a lot about your health.

Being aware and educated by what your body outputs is as, if not more important than what it inputs. Several variables throughout one’s day, including diet, medication, stress even, can affect when, how, and what you excrete. It may include undigested food particles, bacteria, salts, and other substances.

And because of how the enteric nervous system works, you often don’t feel ...

Torque control
Power assist wheelchairs work best when there is a torque feedback, measuring the user input torque and using it to determine the torque the motor needs to supply to the wheels. But this method has not been able to reach the masses especially in developing countries because torque sensors are comparatively very expensive and are not affordable for customers from below the upper class. Soft-sense uses a new alternative to torque sensors which can be made much cheaper and also allows for other functions. Series elastic actuators are an area of research in robotics that has enabled among other functions, torque control by using a series element with the motor and measuring displacements. Using this in wheelchairs ...

Certs U is a mobile app and web-based database that houses a plethora of certifications held by personnel in the medical profession and beyond.

My story and experience is not limited to DeOnte Taylor. Working in the medical profession is very rewarding, it is impactful, it comes with heartache and pain when you lose a patient, or you console a hurting family, or simply have to work through unforgiving moments on any given day. Having the additional weight and worry to keep track of my four certifications has been overwhelming. My mind and focus is on providing excellent care. In sharing my dilemma with colleagues I learned that they had similar issues and frustrations. For that reason Certs U became ...

The occurrence of wounds or deep injuries in patients located in very distant places, places in conflict or even, in outer space, where the transportation of the patient can be very complicated or it can take days to carry the patient to an attention place, generates risk for lives of people located in these places or circumstances.

In this context, it is necessary to stop the bleeding, protect the wound or injurie and provide a way for the beginning of the tissue repair from the moment the treatment is started. This implies that, in a device, it is necessary to include a solution for hemostasis, providing support at the cellular level for tissue growth and initiation of repair through ...

Someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds (nearly 800,000 strokes per year) and stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability. When brain damage occurs after a stroke, it can disrupt the nerve messaging between the brain and muscles, causing paralysis. People who suffer a stroke often experience arm and hand paralysis, which can lead to a loss of independence if they cannot adequately care for themselves, and result in the need for long-term care either at home or in a nursing home.

The approaches to coping with and restoring lost hand function can include using physical rehabilitation, braces, assistive devices, and hand exercise devices. A supportive brace helps with weakness and preventing painful muscle cramps, ...

Vascular Perfusion Solutions (VPS) has developed a new, unique, and innovative medical device that extends organ and limb viability — the Universal Limb/Organ Stasis System for Extended Storage, or ULiSSES™. VPS is working with a team of world-class scientists to advance ULiSSES™ through FDA clearance and into the clinic. ULiSSES™ will provide organ and limb resuscitation, preservation and transport capabilities both civilian and military environments.

The ULiSSES™ device operates using a combination of fluidics, and mechano-elastic principles for the hypothermic, oxygenated, perfusion, preservation, of limbs and vascularized tissue. The device does not rely on electrical power to operate. Instead, it harvests energy from expanding compressed oxygen to simultaneously drive pulsatile perfusion of vascularized tissue and oxygenation of the preservation ...

Early detection of incipient failure and excessive wear in knee implants is essential to avoid revision surgery and hence lower medical costs. Self-powered embedded implants sensors could provide a new in vivo capability to reduce these clinical complications. A feasibility study is conducted on a self-powered embedded sensor. Passive body motions are converted to electricity through triboelectric transducers to operate low power load sensors.

The self-powered embedded sensor will be instrumented in TKR between the UHMWPE bearing and the Tibial tray, Figure1. It consists of a package designed with mechanical springs. Two identical triboelectric generators and power digitizing circuit embedded in knee implants inside the package. The generator consists of an upper electrode with micropatterns and the lower electrode ...

Our solution is a portable genetic lab that fits in the pocket. Combines mobility, ease of use and speed of analysis with professional amplification and detection of specific DNA and RNA fragments, useful for pathogen or mutation detection. The lab-on-chip analyser in just 15 minutes is capable of 100% detecting the presence of DNA or RNA in almost any biological sample with the lowest currently possible limit - 5 copies of genetic material.

The test material can be, e.g., whole blood, swab, cerebrospinal fluid. Our solutions operate based on the innovative INNAT nucleic acid amplification technology (Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Technology), which is based on the amplification and detection of specific DNA and RNA fragments - the "gold standard" ...

The Untethered Project aims to provide the ultimate freedom and ease of mind for above the knee amputees by providing their electronic prosthetics with regenerative energy.

We are able to do that by installing an attachment over microprocessor knees; this attachment harvests the negative biomechanical energy of the user and converts it into electrical energy that charges the prosthetic's battery.

This attachment is needed as 50% of amputees fear falling, and 49% of all amputees are injured in falls injury each year. Depleted batteries are the main cause of microprocessor knees collapsing, which lead the wearer to fall and get injured. Furthermore, the battery life of microprocessor knees quickly deteriorates after 3 months of use, making them last as ...

Finger Ring!, a hand rehabilitation painting aid designed for children with cerebral palsy, allows them to create 3D paintings, helping them improve hand convulsions and insufficient tension.

It contains a finger cot, an artboard and a pigment box. The finger cot can be stained with colors and support patients to paint. According to the level of patient’s tension, they are given a series of teaching materials, such as surface textures, 3D blocks, bump paintings and story design. With the help of others, patients can carry out finger tension, hand grasp and muscle endurance rehabilitation. It can also help patients with stroke to ...

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