TSUKUBA, Japan -- In America and other aging societies around the world, it has become common for the elderly to be cared for by their graying children or older workers. That's largely because the younger labor force is shrinking, and few want to do such low-paying, back-aching work. Japan sees an answer in robots. At Minami Tsukuba nursing home near Tokyo, caregiver Asami Konishi wears a robotic device on her hips that cuts the stress on her back when she bends and lifts someone. "It really helps when I have to pick up a heavier male patient," said the 34-year-old. The lumbar device and other cyborg suits made by Cyberdyne Inc. can help the wearer build strength and restore mobility, like standing up and walking. Cyberdyne's gear works by reading bioelectric signals from the brain to the muscles, thus mimicking and supporting the movement intended. "It fuses the human and robots and information systems," said Yoshiyuki Sankai, an engineer who founded Cyberdyne in 2004. Other bigger, … [Read more...] about In Japan, robots aid the aged
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Joint replacement procedures count over 100 years of operative history and we've come a very long way from 1822 London when the first excision joint arthroplasty was performed. Just consider what AMITA Health's state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Joint Replacement in Hoffman Estates offers in terms of extraordinary technology including the Stryker MAKO robotic arm for joint replacement surgery. AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center dedicated the entire second floor and $20 million for the brand new facility that offers everything a joint replacement patient needs in one convenient location: pre-op holding, surgery, recovery, patient rooms, therapy, a car simulator, kitchen simulator, a simulated bathroom environment, and even stairs that go nowhere. Patients can simulate their home environment before they leave the hospital to make sure that they will be safe at home. The Center for Advanced Joint Replacement is completely dedicated to their patients. "The OR, recovery room and … [Read more...] about AMITA Health offers state-of-the-art joint replacement
Pharmacies are chock-full of prescription drugs to treat high blood pressure, and so are patients’ medicine cabinets. They can work well to keep blood pressure down if taken as directed, which most patients do not do. Failure to take high blood pressure medication as prescribed is so prevalent that medical device companies, including Minnesota-run Medtronic and California’s ReCor Medical, think there’s a billion-dollar market in selling machines to treat it with a medical procedure called renal denervation. Minnesota is a hotbed for clinical research into using devices to treat high blood pressure, in part because of strong interest from the patients, said Dr. Yale Wang, a researcher at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Wang is an investigator in several such trials, including a ReCor Medical study that began in March. The results of these trials will be critical as proponents of renal denervation try to overcome resistance to the therapy in the medical … [Read more...] about High blood pressure is billion-dollar target for device makers
Actor Luke Perry died at age 52 after experiencing a stroke. The risk for stroke increases as you get older, but it can happen at any age. Experts told INSIDER that strokes among younger people are becoming more common, though we don’t fully understand why. “Riverdale” actor Luke Perry has died at age 52 after a stroke. TMZ first reported the news on Monday, and a representative for the actor confirmed the news to INSIDER in a statement. “Actor Luke Perry, 52, passed away today after suffering a massive stroke,” the statement said in part. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning.” Stroke, a medical emergency that can lead to brain damage, disability, or death, tends to be associated with older adults. While it is true that stroke risk climbs with age, experts told INSIDER that stroke can occur even … [Read more...] about Luke Perry died after having a stroke at age 52. Experts say strokes are becoming more common in younger adults.
Dec 24, 11:49 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Danny Vena 12/24/18 AT 11:44 AM When Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced the Apple Watch Series 4 in September, one of the biggest revelations was the addition of several groundbreaking health-monitoring functions. The device contains a next-generation accelerometer and gyroscope combined with algorithms that can detect when the wearer has fallen. It can analyze wrist trajectory and impact acceleration, sending a notice to the user, which can then be dismissed or used to contact emergency services.This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool.The other health-related feature is the watch's ability to detect a potentially life-threatening heart condition. The device contains an electrical heart rate sensor, with electrodes built into the digital crown, which can alert the user if it detects an unusual heart rhythm. It also has a built-in … [Read more...] about Is The Apple Watch Causing A Run On Emergency Rooms?