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Movement thanks to grasping intelligence

Dear Sir or Madam,

did you know that in your mind it could only take one of two movements to control a hand prosthesis? Researchers at the Institute for Orthopaedic Movement Diagnostics in Hanover are working on a flexible prosthetic hand that functions without the previous gripping patterns. In our current interview, you can read exactly what SoftHand 3.0 is all about and why grasping intelligence plays an important role.

I wish you a relaxing week,

Katja Laska
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Topic of the Month: Back to health
Interview: SoftHand
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Back to health – when electrical pulses provide healing

Topic of the Month

Image:Woman with electrodes in her neck; Copyright: panthermedia.net/microgen
Strengthening and healing thanks to the power of electrical pulses - is that really possible? When mobility is restricted or muscles are no longer as strong as they used to be, electrical treatment options can lead to improvement or even cure of diseases. But why are more and more people turning to these alternatives, what are the advantages and what are their limitations and drawbacks?
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Back to health – when electrical pulses provide healing
Electrical Effectiveness - healing methods alongside conventional Medicine
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Research & Technology

Shape shifting cell breakthrough

A new computational model developed by researchers from The City College of New York and Yale gives a clearer picture of the structure and mechanics of soft, shape-changing cells that could provide a better understanding of cancerous tumor growth, wound healing, and embryonic development.
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Digital mammography increases breast cancer detection

The shift from film to digital mammography increased the detection of breast cancer by 14 percent overall in the United Kingdom without increasing the recall rate, according to a major new study.
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Research & Technology

Whole-brain imaging of mice during behavior

In a study published in Neuron, Emilie Macé from Botond Roska’s group and collaborators demonstrate how functional ultrasound imaging can yield high-resolution, brain-wide activity maps of mice for specific behaviors. The non-invasive technology has promising applications for ophthalmologic, neurologic and psychiatric diseases.
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Cancer cells distinguished by artificial intelligence-based system

Osaka University researchers have developed a system using artificial intelligence that can automatically differentiate between different types of cancer cell.
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Research & Technology

PET scans to optimize tuberculosis meningitis treatments

Tuberculosis of the brain - or tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) - is often deadly, always hard to treat, and a particular threat to young children. It may leave survivors with lifelong brain damage. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report they have used PET scans, a rabbit model and the TB drug rifampin to advance physicians' understanding of this disease.
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SoftHand: grasping intelligence for lower arm prostheses

Interview

Image: hand prosthesis squeezes a small ball; Copyright: Alina Kettenbach
So far, lower arm prostheses often only functioned as a cosmetic disguise to conceal the missing body part. While newer models help the wearer with grip patterns, every hand grip has to be readjusted and newly activated. There is still no prosthetic device that is easy to control and allows a flexible response to objects the wearer is grasping.
Read the interview here:
SoftHand: grasping intelligence for lower arm prostheses
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