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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728602/robot-assisted-training-for-the-upper-limb-after-stroke-ratuls-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Helen Rodgers, Lisa Shaw, Helen Bosomworth, Lydia Aird, Natasha Alvarado, Sreeman Andole, David L Cohen, Jesse Dawson, Janet Eyre, Tracy Finch, Gary A Ford, Jennifer Hislop, Steven Hogg, Denise Howel, Niall Hughes, Hermano Igo Krebs, Christopher Price, Lynn Rochester, Elaine Stamp, Laura Ternent, Duncan Turner, Luke Vale, Elizabeth Warburton, Frederike van Wijck, Scott Wilkes
BACKGROUND: Loss of arm function is a common and distressing consequence of stroke. We describe the protocol for a pragmatic, multicentre randomised controlled trial to determine whether robot-assisted training improves upper limb function following stroke. METHODS/DESIGN: Study design: a pragmatic, three-arm, multicentre randomised controlled trial, economic analysis and process evaluation. SETTING: NHS stroke services. PARTICIPANTS: adults with acute or chronic first-ever stroke (1 week to 5 years post stroke) causing moderate to severe upper limb functional limitation...
July 20, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727560/a-multimodal-framework-based-on-integration-of-cortical-and-muscular-activities-for-decoding-human-intentions-about-lower-limb-motions
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Chengkun Cui, Gui-Bin Bian, Zeng-Guang Hou, Jun Zhao, Hao Zhou
In this study, a multimodal fusion framework based on three different modal biosignals is developed to recognize human intentions related to lower limb multi-joint motions which commonly appear in daily life. Electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyogram (EMG) and mechanomyogram (MMG) signals were simultaneously recorded from twelve subjects while performing nine lower limb multi-joint motions. These multimodal data are used as the inputs of the fusion framework for identification of different motion intentions...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724575/a-multidirectional-gravity-assist-algorithm-that-enhances-locomotor-control-in-patients-with-stroke-or-spinal-cord-injury
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Jean-Baptiste Mignardot, Camille G Le Goff, Rubia van den Brand, Marco Capogrosso, Nicolas Fumeaux, Heike Vallery, Selin Anil, Jessica Lanini, Isabelle Fodor, Grégoire Eberle, Auke Ijspeert, Brigitte Schurch, Armin Curt, Stefano Carda, Jocelyne Bloch, Joachim von Zitzewitz, Grégoire Courtine
Gait recovery after neurological disorders requires remastering the interplay between body mechanics and gravitational forces. Despite the importance of gravity-dependent gait interactions and active participation for promoting this learning, these essential components of gait rehabilitation have received comparatively little attention. To address these issues, we developed an adaptive algorithm that personalizes multidirectional forces applied to the trunk based on patient-specific motor deficits. Implementation of this algorithm in a robotic interface reestablished gait dynamics during highly participative locomotion within a large and safe environment...
July 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719996/efficacy-of-short-term-robot-assisted-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-hand-paralysis-after-stroke-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Jorge H Villafañe, Giovanni Taveggia, Silvia Galeri, Luciano Bissolotti, Chiara Mullè, Grace Imperio, Kristin Valdes, Alberto Borboni, Stefano Negrini
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effectiveness of robot-assisted motion and activity in additional to physiotherapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) on stroke patients with hand paralysis. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Thirty-two patients, 34.4% female (mean ± SD age: 68.9 ± 11.6 years), with hand paralysis after stroke participated. The experimental group received 30 minutes of passive mobilization of the hand through the robotic device Gloreha (Brescia, Italy), and the control group received an additional 30 minutes of PT and OT for 3 consecutive weeks (3 d/wk) in addition to traditional rehabilitation...
February 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712012/development-of-an-mr-compatible-hand-exoskeleton-that-is-capable-of-providing-interactive-robotic-rehabilitation-during-fmri-imaging
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Sangjoon J Kim, Yeongjin Kim, Hyosang Lee, Pouya Ghasemlou, Jung Kim
Following advances in robotic rehabilitation, there have been many efforts to investigate the recovery process and effectiveness of robotic rehabilitation procedures through monitoring the activation status of the brain. This work presents the development of a two degree-of-freedom (DoF) magnetic resonance (MR)-compatible hand device that can perform robotic rehabilitation procedures inside an fMRI scanner. The device is capable of providing real-time monitoring of the joint angle, angular velocity, and joint force produced by the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints of four fingers...
July 15, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708632/innovating-with-rehabilitation-technology-in-the-real-world-promises-potentials-and-perspectives
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Karen Sui Geok Chua, Christopher Wee Keong Kuah
In this article, we discuss robotic-assisted therapy as an emerging and significant field of clinical rehabilitation and its value proposition for innovating rehabilitation clinical practice. Attempts to achieve integration among clinicians' practices and bioengineers' machines often generate new challenges and controversies. To date, the literature is indicative of a sizeable number and variety of robotic devices in the field of clinical rehabilitation, some are commercially available; however, large-scale clinical outcomes are less positive than expected...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701533/treadmill-versus-overground-walking-different-response-to-physical-interaction
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Julieth Ochoa, Dagmar Sternad, Neville Hogan
Rehabilitation of human motor function is an issue of growing significance and human-interactive robots offer promising potential to meet the need. For the lower-extremity, however, robot-aided therapy has proven challenging. To inform effective approaches to robotic gait therapy, it is important to better understand unimpaired locomotor control: its sensitivity to different mechanical contexts and its response to perturbations. The present study evaluated the behavior of 14 healthy subjects who walked on a motorized treadmill and overground while wearing an exoskeletal ankle robot...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700324/usability-and-acceptability-by-a-younger-and-older-user-group-regarding-a-mobile-robot-supported-gait-rehabilitation-system
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Cornelia Eicher, Marten Haesner, Matthias Spranger, Olena Kuzmicheva, Axel Gräser, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to identify differences regarding usability, acceptability and barriers of usage of a robot-supported gait rehabilitation system between a younger and older group of patients with gait impairments. METHOD: A mobile robot-supported gait rehabilitation prototype was tested on a group of geriatric patients aged 60 and above, and on a group of young patients aged 59 and below in a clinical setting during five therapy sessions. The involved therapists received 2 days training with the system and could test it profoundly...
July 12, 2017: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697574/tdcs-does-not-enhance-the-effects-of%C3%A2-robot-assisted-gait-training-in-patient-with%C3%A2-subacute-stroke
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Daniel Leon, Mar Cortes, Jessica Elder, Hatice Kumru, Sara Laxe, Dylan James Edwards, Josep Maria Tormos, Montserrat Bernabeu, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique, which can modulate cortical excitability and combined with rehabilitation therapies may improve motor recovery after stroke. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to study the feasibility of a 4-week robotic gait training protocol combined with tDCS, and to study tDCS to the leg versus hand motor cortex or sham to improve walking ability in patients after a subacute stroke...
July 6, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677091/does-topical-hemostatic-agent-floseal-%C3%A2-have-a-long-term-adverse-effect-on-erectile-function-recovery-after-nerve-sparing-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy
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Eugenio Martorana, Bernardo Rocco, Shaniko Kaleci, Giacomo Maria Pirola, Luigi Bevilacqua, Luca Reggiani Bonetti, Stefano Puliatti, Salvatore Micali, Giampaolo Bianchi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term effects of Floseal(®) on erectile function recovery (EFR) after nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RALP). METHODS: We prospectively collected results of the self-administered International Index Erectile Function Questionnaire 1-5 and 15 (IIEF 1-5 and 15) of 532 consecutive patients who underwent RALP for prostate cancer in our institution between October 2007 and December 2015. Patients were divided into two groups according to Floseal(®) application after prostatectomy...
July 4, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673117/using-a-social-robot-to-teach-gestural-recognition-and-production-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Wing-Chee So, Miranda Kit-Yi Wong, Carrie Ka-Yee Lam, Wan-Yi Lam, Anthony Tsz-Fung Chui, Tsz-Lok Lee, Hoi-Man Ng, Chun-Hung Chan, Daniel Chun-Wing Fok
While it has been argued that children with autism spectrum disorders are responsive to robot-like toys, very little research has examined the impact of robot-based intervention on gesture use. These children have delayed gestural development. We used a social robot in two phases to teach them to recognize and produce eight pantomime gestures that expressed feelings and needs. Compared to the children in the wait-list control group (N = 6), those in the intervention group (N = 7) were more likely to recognize gestures and to gesture accurately in trained and untrained scenarios...
July 4, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673115/usability-testing-of-a-developed-assistive-robotic-system-with-virtual-assistance-for-individuals-with-cerebral-palsy-a-case-study
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Nooshin Jafari, Kim Adams, Mahdi Tavakoli, Sandra Wiebe, Heidi Janz
This paper presents a novel application of an assistive robotic system with virtual assistance to enhance manual performance of individuals with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy affects one's voluntary motor movements resulting in limited opportunities to actively engage in physical manipulative activities that require fine motor movements and coordination. Lack of object manipulation and environmental exploration can result in further impairments such as cognitive and social delays. The proposed assistive robotic system has been developed to enhance hand movements of people with disabilities when performing a functional task colouring...
July 4, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661914/exploration-of-two-training-paradigms-using-forced-induced-weight-shifting-with-the-tethered-pelvic-assist-device-to-reduce-asymmetry-in-individuals-after-stroke-case-reports
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Lauri Bishop, Moiz Khan, Dario Martelli, Lori Quinn, Joel Stein, Sunil Agrawal
Many robotic devices in rehabilitation incorporate an assist-as-needed haptic guidance paradigm to promote training. This error reduction model, while beneficial for skill acquisition, could be detrimental for long-term retention. Error augmentation (EA) models have been explored as alternatives. A robotic Tethered Pelvic Assist Device has been developed to study force application to the pelvis on gait and was used here to induce weight shift onto the paretic (error reduction) or nonparetic (error augmentation) limb during treadmill training...
June 28, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659856/do-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-derive-more-benefit-from-robot-assisted-gait-training-compared-with-conventional-walking-therapy-on-motor-function-a-meta-analysis
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Xiao Xie, Hao Sun, Qing Zeng, Pengcheng Lu, Yijin Zhao, Tao Fan, Guozhi Huang
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) is more effective in improving mobility, endurance, gait performance, and balance in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) compared with conventional walking rehabilitation treatment (CWT). DATA SOURCES: Sources included the Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase, and Science Direct databases. REVIEW METHOD: All possible articles were retrieved by two independent investigators and relevant articles were gathered...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659784/effects-of-assist-as-needed-upper-extremity-robotic-therapy-after-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-parallel-group-controlled-trial
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John Michael Frullo, Jared Elinger, Ali Utku Pehlivan, Kyle Fitle, Kathryn Nedley, Gerard E Francisco, Fabrizio Sergi, Marcia K O'Malley
BACKGROUND: Robotic rehabilitation of the upper limb following neurological injury has been supported through several large clinical studies for individuals with chronic stroke. The application of robotic rehabilitation to the treatment of other neurological injuries is less developed, despite indications that strategies successful for restoration of motor capability following stroke may benefit individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) as well. Although recent studies suggest that robot-aided rehabilitation might be beneficial after incomplete SCI, it is still unclear what type of robot-aided intervention contributes to motor recovery...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659660/robotics-in-lower-limb-rehabilitation-after-stroke
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Xue Zhang, Zan Yue, Jing Wang
With the increase in the elderly, stroke has become a common disease, often leading to motor dysfunction and even permanent disability. Lower-limb rehabilitation robots can help patients to carry out reasonable and effective training to improve the motor function of paralyzed extremity. In this paper, the developments of lower-limb rehabilitation robots in the past decades are reviewed. Specifically, we provide a classification, a comparison, and a design overview of the driving modes, training paradigm, and control strategy of the lower-limb rehabilitation robots in the reviewed literature...
2017: Behavioural Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654477/use-of-lower-limb-robotics-to-enhance-practice-and-participation-in-individuals-with-neurological-conditions
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Arun Jayaraman, Sheila Burt, William Zev Rymer
PURPOSE: To review lower-limb technology currently available for people with neurological disorders, such as spinal cord injury, stroke, or other conditions. We focus on 3 emerging technologies: treadmill-based training devices, exoskeletons, and other wearable robots. SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS: Efficacy for these devices remains unclear, although preliminary data indicate that specific patient populations may benefit from robotic training used with more traditional physical therapy...
July 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629390/results-of-the-first-interim-analysis-of-the-rapper-ii-trial-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury-ambulation-and-functional-exercise-programs-in-the-rex-powered-walking-aid
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Nick Birch, Jon Graham, Tom Priestley, Chris Heywood, Mohamed Sakel, Angela Gall, Andrew Nunn, Nada Signal
BACKGROUND: The RAPPER II study investigates the feasibility, safety and acceptability of using the REX self-stabilising robotic exoskeleton in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) who are obligatory wheelchair users. Feasibility is assessed by the completion of transfer into the REX device, competency in achieving autonomous control and completion of upper body exercise in an upright position in the REX device. Safety is measured by the occurrence of serious adverse events. Device acceptability is assessed with a user questionnaire...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626427/distinctive-steady-state-heart-rate-and-blood-pressure-responses-to-passive-robotic-leg-exercise-during-head-up-tilt-a-pilot-study-in-neurological-patients
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Amirehsan Sarabadani Tafreshi, Robert Riener, Verena Klamroth-Marganska
Introduction: Robot-assisted tilt table therapy was proposed for early rehabilitation and mobilization of patients after diseases such as stroke. A robot-assisted tilt table with integrated passive robotic leg exercise (PE) mechanism has the potential to prevent orthostatic hypotension usually provoked by verticalization. In a previous study with rather young healthy subjects [average age: 25.1 ± 2.6 years (standard deviation)], we found that PE effect on the cardiovascular system depends on the verticalization angle of the robot-assisted tilt table...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611621/whole-body-awareness-for-controlling-a-robotic-transfemoral-prosthesis
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Andrea Parri, Elena Martini, Joost Geeroms, Louis Flynn, Guido Pasquini, Simona Crea, Raffaele Molino Lova, Dirk Lefeber, Roman Kamnik, Marko Munih, Nicola Vitiello
Restoring locomotion functionality of transfemoral amputees is essential for early rehabilitation treatment and for preserving mobility and independence in daily life. Research in wearable robotics fostered the development of innovative active mechatronic lower-limb prostheses designed with the goal to reduce the cognitive and physical effort of lower-limb amputees in rehabilitation and daily life activities. To ensure benefits to the users, active mechatronic prostheses are expected to be aware of the user intention and properly interact in a closed human-in-the-loop paradigm...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
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