October Issue #42

October Issue #42

The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

Sensory Disabilities




In this issue, you’ll read about how the developing field of neuroprosthetics has the potential to work miracles and restore amputees’ sense of touch, help the blind partially see again and the paralyzed walk again. Don’t miss our in-depth interview with Stratasys after their recent launch of a new 3D printer capable of printing ultra-realistic and functional human anatomy models. You’ll also get a taste of some of the innovative products at REHACARE 2019 in late September. Last but not least, we talked to the founders of Botkin.AI, a Russian project based on artificial intelligence that promises quick diagnosis of cancer. Happy reading!

Hot Topics
Building on research into how images and sounds are transmitted and represented in the brain, scientists are now developing neuroprosthetic technologies that can at least partially restore sight and hearing.
Electrodes attached to the scalp detect electrical activity among brain cells. (Credit: Bill Diodato / Getty Images)

With brain-machine interface technology now developing rapidly, neuroprosthetics—implants containing multi-contact electrodes that can replace certain nerve functionalities—have the potential to work miracles. They may be able to restore amputees’ sense of touch, help the paralyzed walk again by stimulating spinal...


The implanting of bionic eyes to restore sight to blind people is fast becoming a routine and successful surgery. (Credit: disclose.tv)

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Once the stuff of science fiction, the implanting of bionic eyes to restore sight to blind people is fast becoming a routine―and successful―surgery.    For Terry Byland, an early recipient, the artificial eye has greatly improved his quality of life. “It can be little things but to a blind person, it’s a huge...


The new J750 Digital Anatomy Printer can produce ultra-realistic and functional cardiovascular models. (Credit: Stratasys)

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Stratasys will premiere its new J750 Digital Anatomy Printer at the Medica/COMPAMED trade show in November in Düsseldorf. It is Stratasys’ first 3D printer specifically designed for the medical sector. With the joint launch of three new materials, it will be possible to produce ultra-realistic and functional vascular...


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Events
After seeing how archery bows worked, we realized this might be a way of reducing vibrations from within the wheel.
Loopwheel's carbon fibre wheelchair wheels at their manufacturing facilities. (Credit: Loopwheels)

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New lightweight wheels employing revolutionary shock-absorbing technology are significantly reducing vibrations for wheelchair users.    Loopwheels, featuring springs resembling traditional archery bows, offer users improved suspension resulting in smoother rides and greater comfort. Ian Abbott, Sales and Marketing...


The Trets trike (Credit: Hase Bikes)

Mobility has been stepped up a gear with the launch of new equipment at REHACARE 2019, in late September in Düsseldorf. High-performance scooters and therapeutic trikes are among the latest models to prove mobility products are quickly moving forward.   New from KYMCO and offering exceptional levels of comfort are the...


The fuelService app for disabled people (Credit: fuelService)

When Niall El-Assaad struggled to get his car filled up at petrol stations in the UK he decided to find a solution to keep disabled drivers on the move. Now his fuelService app is being used by an ever-increasing number of drivers in other European countries too, as well as in Canada.   El-Assaad came up with the...


American archer Matt Stutzman (Credit: Tokyo 2020)

As Paralympians and sports enthusiasts look ahead to Tokyo 2020, many are suggesting the event is already challenging and changing the stigma around disability.   Scheduled to be held from 25 August to 6 September, the next Paralympic Games promise to build on the achievements of previous games. With less than one year...


Spinal nerves form new connections after electrical stimulation. (Credit: EPFL)

Scientists have discovered that stimulating damaged spinal cords with electricity brings back movement to limbs that have been damaged through accidents.    Last year, teams at separate research centers in America used electrical stimulation of the spine to recover movement in seven people. At the same time,...


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Medical Research
I felt like the first man on the moon.

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A young 28-year-old quadriplegic was able to walk again thanks to a revolutionary exoskeleton and neuroprosthesis. A world first. The results of this clinical trial were presented on October 7 at the Clinatec biomedical research center in Grenoble, France.   Two devices with 64 electrodes each were implanted on each...


The Decro non-invasive jacket for laboratory animals. (Credit: Etisense)

Etisense is a startup born in a research laboratory at the University of Grenoble. They just launched Decro, a non-invasive jacket equipped with sensors to perform cardiac and respiratory measurements on small laboratory animals. The objective: to adapt to increasing societal pressure for animal welfare but also to...


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Artificial Intelligence
We started with lung cancer, but our medical imaging technology can be applied to many other diagnostic pathologies from mammography, radiography, CT, and in the future perhaps ultrasound.
Lung cancer cells (Credit: The Wellcome Collection)

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Sergey Botkin, the most famous Russian doctor of the 19th century, dreamed of becoming a mathematician. A century and a half later, an application bearing his name puts his computing power at the service of medicine. The Botkin.AI project, an assistance platform for radiologists, uses artificial intelligence to...


Artificial intelligence concept (Credit: iStock)

Jean-Michel Besnier is a French philosopher who teaches at the Sorbonne University in Paris. His research focuses on the philosophical and ethical impact of science and technology on individual and collective representations and imagination. We met with him to talk about artificial intelligence.   MedicalExpo...


Industry News
Doctors are now being solicited as lead consultants for home development projects.
The DreamHomes project in Cyberjaya, Malaysia (Credit: E-Storyworld)

Last year, wellness real estate shot up to a $134 billion industry worldwide. Doctors are now being solicited as lead consultants for home development projects. DreamHomes is a cooperative community development project in Cyberjaya, Malaysia which integrates wellness and healthcare into the construction.   Property...


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Camille Rustici

Camille Rustici is a Video Journalist and the Editor-in-Chief for DirectIndustry e-magazine. She has years of experience in business issues for various media including France 24, Associated Press, Radio France…


Katherine Whelan

Katherine Whelan is a British journalist based in London. She has been health correspondent for The Times and has written for a variety of other national newspapers and magazines.


Brian Beary

Brian Beary is an independent writer, journalist, and editor based in Washington DC. He writes for, and appears on, a diverse range of print and audiovisual media outlets.


Abigail Saltmarsh

Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).


Dimitri Dubuisson

Journalist for 12 years, Dimitri Dubuisson is based in Brussels and covers mainly medical, health and social topics.


Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.


Erin Tallman

Erin Tallman, writer for MedicalExpo e-magazine and Editor-in-Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine.


Celia Sampol

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation). She’s now the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

 

 


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