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Myomo e100 Neuro-Robotic System helping paralyzed patients

For the first time, the Myomo e100 Neuro-Robotic System has been implemented in the home care rehabilitation system, with a number of Northeast Senior Health nursing homes deciding to give the robotic technology a try. Myomo is an extremely helpful robotic arm brace which allows patients with brain injures to restore partial movements to their paralyzed limbs. Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Myomo uses a closed feedback learning system, which detects its user’s intentions to move, and sends electronic signals down the neurological and motor pathways, which engages the brain and body. Besides enabling artificial movement, this also speeds up the healing process in patients, tapping into the brain’s capacity to restore bodily functions naturally.

What is especially impressive about Myomo is that it can learn how best to stimulate the patient and provide just enough assistance as he or she needs to maximize the potential of healing. Michele Devlin, one of the therapists at the Northeast Senior Help organization working with the new technology, expressed her amazement: “It’s very hard as a therapist to know how much help to give. But Myomo knows how to give just enough. And the repetitious movement helps to reestablish the neuro-pathways that were damaged by the stroke. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

To put the usefulness of Myomo in perspective, previous medical knowledge suggested that stroke victims could not much extend their healing after the first six months of rehabilitation. The Neuro-robotic system, however, has been able to work on patients who suffered a stroke five years ago, and hopes are it can even go up to 20 years. More than anything, this will bring a lot of hope to people who had long since given up on ever being able to move again, which shows how incredible technology like this is getting.

I should also point out some other great work we wrote about in the past from researchers in the UK working on a computer vision system for helping people with dementia.

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