Navigation Links
NASA technology helping injured US troops

Patented NASA technology that originally enhanced robotics and sounding rockets is now aiding U.S. soldiers returning from overseas duty with spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The revolutionary new physical therapy device named SAM, for the Secure Ambulation Mode, is based on technology originally developed and honed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The late James Kerley created and patented the technology, consisting of short segments of flexible cable that connect to hardware, all of which allows joint-like, multidirectional movement and shock absorption. Allen Crane and Wayne Eklund teamed with Kerley in the 1990s to incorporate this "cable-compliant" system into a patented walker that supported the pelvis and imitated hip joint movement, which ultimately alleviated pain to injured patients by reducing the amount of weight placed on the legs.

In 2003, Enduro Medical Technologies, East Hartford, Conn., licensed these patented NASA technologies and modified the cable-compliant system into an advanced walker with a flexible harness that embraces the lower torso. "We felt SAM would be an ideal fit for Walter Reed because it makes the rehabilitation process less taxing on both the patient and the medical staff," said Enduro's president Ken Messier. According to Messier, SAM allows patients to stand or walk bearing various amounts of their own weight whether they have a sense of balance or not. "It allows them to stand without having three or four therapists helping them," explained Messier. "So it gets the patient up sooner in the rehabilitation process without a fear of falling and without injuries to the patient or staff."

According to Messier, one active military patient at Walter Reed who was wheelchair-bound for two years due to a spinal cord injury is now up and walking with SAM. "When we first put him in the walker, he was up and going for 25 minute
'"/>

Source:NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Novel technology detects human DNA mutations
2. Novel antiviral technology inhibits RSV infection in mice
3. The BIOS Initiative - open source biotechnology is born
4. Revolutionary nanotechnology illuminates brain cells at work
5. Study: homemade gene expression technology unreliable
6. First technology to remove prions that cause vCJD from blood launched
7. Integration of Agilents MS technology, Proteome Systems software to help scientists in proteomics research
8. Agilent Technologies new genome analysis technology set to accelerate Australia fight against mesothelioma
9. Recombinant DNA technology may enable oral, rather than injectable, delivery of protein drugs
10. First production of human monoclonal antibodies in chicken eggs published in Nature Biotechnology
11. Vietnam war technology could aid elephant conservation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: NASA technology helping injured troops

(Date:7/23/2014)... State University shows that urban "heat islands" are slowly ... factor is that researchers have found warmer temperatures increase ... insect a significant tree pest by 300 ... adult gloomy scales on urban trees. , "We,d been ... scale in cities, and now we know why," says ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... lab experiments using tissue samples cultured from cystic fibrosis ... the UNC Marsico Lung Institute have shown that a ... of another CF drug. , The finding, published today ... how a mutant CFTR protein becomes unstable and loses ... of the two drugs. The research offers several insights ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... drought that has the entire country in its grip is ... also be responsible for the proliferation of a heat-loving amoeba ... and hot springs, which the drought has made warmer than ... of an infection caused by this parasite after swimming in ... nose of an individual and travels to the brain. Nose ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples 2Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples 3UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies 2UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies 3UNC researchers find unsuspected characteristics of new CF drugs, offering potential paths to more effective therapies 4Diseases of another kind 2
... Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, ... same viral diseases as honey bees and that these ... on December 22nd in PLoS ONE, an online open-access ... medical research. This multi-institutional study provides new insights ...
... Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered ... antiviral protein called APOBEC3F. The results suggest that a ... effective antiviral agent and that shielding of a common ... outcome. This discovery highlights the potential for a ...
... can scientists learn from watching a group of people ... new friends? Quite a lot, says University of Melbourne, ... of group in a fatigue management study he and ... the Acoustical Society of America. Their report shows ...
Cached Biology News:Movement and threat of RNA viruses widespread in pollinator community 2University of Minnesota discovery suggests a new way to prevent HIV from infecting human cells 2Measuring fatigue through the voice 2
(Date:7/23/2014)... 2014 Last year, Formedix ... leading global provider of data management solutions for clinical ... leading-edge system for electronic data capture (EDC) and clinical ... and study execution tools added TrialMaster to its Transform ... version of Transform for TrialMaster, is being released this ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... , 23 de julio de 2014 ... la Compañía) ha anunciado hoy una asociación con ... (ABIA o el Instituto), para el propósito ... dispositivo de terapia de señal bioeléctrica (el E-QURE ... El Instituto, que tiene una importante experiencia en ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... TEL AVIV, Israel , July 23, 2014 ... Ltd ., a portfolio company of Trendlines ... with one of Israel,s ... (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140121/666259-a) , Valentis,s technology combines ... from plant pulp waste, with additional nanoparticles to ...
(Date:7/23/2014)... - BioAmber Inc. (NYSE: BIOA ), ... that the underwriters of its common stock offering ... additional 420,000 shares of common stock at the ... underwriting discounts and commissions, in connection with its ... of common stock, bringing the expected net proceeds ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Formedix and OmniComm Systems® Partnership Strengthened with the Release of Enhanced TrialMaster® Integration for EDC Build 2Formedix and OmniComm Systems® Partnership Strengthened with the Release of Enhanced TrialMaster® Integration for EDC Build 3ADB International Group Inc. anuncia una asociación con Austen BioInnovation Institute 2ADB International Group Inc. anuncia una asociación con Austen BioInnovation Institute 3ADB International Group Inc. anuncia una asociación con Austen BioInnovation Institute 4ADB International Group Inc. anuncia una asociación con Austen BioInnovation Institute 5ADB International Group Inc. anuncia una asociación con Austen BioInnovation Institute 6Valentis Nanotech Signs MOU to Integrate Technology in Thermoplastics Production 2BioAmber announces exercise in full of underwriters' option in connection with previously priced follow-on offering 2BioAmber announces exercise in full of underwriters' option in connection with previously priced follow-on offering 3
... Quarter ... Salesforce ... Insulet Corporation,(Nasdaq: PODD ), a leader in wearable insulin ... for,the first quarter ended March 31, 2008., First quarter 2008 ...
... 13 Hospira, Inc.,(NYSE: HSP ), a ... that Barbara L. Bowles, CFA, has been elected ... investment,management and finance expertise from leadership positions held ... advisory,firms. The addition of Bowles expands Hospira,s board ...
... Angiotech Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI , TSX: ANP), ... announced the appointment of Dr. Hank,McKinnell to its ... former Chief Executive Officer and former Chairman,of the ... currently Chairman of the,Accordia Global Health Foundation, an ...
Cached Biology Technology:Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 2Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 3Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 4Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 5Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 6Insulet Reports First Quarter 2008 Results 7Hospira Expands Board of Directors 2Angiotech appoints Hank McKinnell to its Board of Directors 2
... bath, with a comprehensive array of accessories. ... baths with seamless, splash-water protected keypad offer ... (LED) indicating up to 6 temperature values ... MICROPROCESSOR technology with PID temperature control eliminates ...
... Provides a buffered anti-freeze environment for ... Maintains a liquid, low viscosity solution at ... is necessary and sampling is convenient ... during long-term storage Protect enzyme conjugates ...
This buffer is Specifically formulated to be used with Endogen's Poly-HRP Streptavidin...
... SearchLight® Array Analyst Software has been ... arrays. Mathematical algorithms allow the software to ... spot within each well of an ELISA ... SearchLight® Array Analyst Software has been customized ...
Biology Products: