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Leading Edge Research Underway in Fall Prevention for Seniors
Date:10/25/2007

AFrame Digital, Inc. Awarded Grant to Develop an Innovative Fall Detection

and Prevention System

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ --- Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded AFrame Digital, Inc. a Small Business Innovation Research grant entitled "Non-Intrusive Locomotion and Gait Stability Analysis Monitoring System for the Elderly". The research aims to establish the feasibility of a non-intrusive wearable monitor worn on the wrist that can detect falls and continuously monitor an individual for instability during regular activities of daily living.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related visits to emergency departments in the United States and the primary etiology of accidental deaths in persons over the age of 65 years. "A fall is often a precursor to an end-of-life event," according to Sunil Saxena, MD, FACEP, AFrame's Chairman and Chief Medical Officer. "I regularly see the devastating effects a fall can have on an individual in my medical practice."

AFrame Digital is working with a team of researchers led by Dr. Thurmon Lockhart of Virginia Tech's Locomotion Research Laboratory. Previous research has relied on the use of sensors located at the trunk and lower extremities with good results. This current research will focus on the feasibility of new sensors at the wrist since this location is more acceptable to most individuals. AFrame Digital's current wrist-based wireless monitor, the MyPHD, includes an impact sensor that is an indicator of some types of falls. As part of this new NIA/NIH research program, the wearable monitor will be enhanced with additional sensors and monitoring algorithms. The ultimate goal is to be able to continuously and non-intrusively monitor individuals to prevent falls and the medical complications that follow.

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