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Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

Light Switches to Help Restore Muscle Movement in Paralyzed

Published: September 15, 2009

opto_x220Molecular light switches are a fairly recent technological advancement that allows scientists to selectively activate cellular function using a light source, which in turn allows for more control when conducting biological experiments. The therapeutic potential of light switches is that they may be a good option to regulate muscles in paralyzed patients such as the diaphragm for breathing or the detrusor for bladder control.

Now LucCell, a new spinoff company of Case Western University, is actively working to commercialize molecular switches to meet clinical needs.

New robotic therapy helping children with cerebral palsy walk

Published: September 15, 2009

It’s a larger than life robot that’s working to improve balance and gait and teach children the right way to walk. The legs are specially designed for children.

It affects 8,000 babies every year — more than 750,000 kids and adults in the United States are living with cerebral palsy.

It’s a neurological condition that affects body movement and coordination. Many kids have to rely on a wheelchair or walker to get around, But now, technology is helping kids feel secure on their own two feet.