Navigation Links
RA sufferers armed with kitchen safety tool
Date:3/7/2011

His design has earnt a spot on the first-round shortlist of one of the world's most prestigious design competitions - the Australian Design Award/James Dyson Award.

Twenty-four-year-old Ching-Hao (Howard) Hsu, who graduated with a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) at the end of 2010, designed the 'arthritis handle' after observing several sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis performing cooking tasks in their own kitchens.

RA is a chronic disease affecting one percent of the population - about 500,000 Australians. It involves inflammation of the joints, which can lead to stiffness, swelling and sometimes disablement in the hands.

"After several observations and lots of interviews, I found that lifting was a major problem for sufferers of RA during cooking preparation," Mr Hsu said.

"It was difficult for sufferers of RA to lift things with their hands, due to having limited strength and flexibility. So they had to lift with their forearms. This limited them to using cookware with handles on both sides.

"If a saucepan only had one handle, most people put a towel over their other forearm to grasp the opposite side of the pot, but this was a slippery and dangerous way of lifting, exposing the person to the risk of burns.

"The arthritis handle allows sufferers of RA to use any kind of cookware, and not be limited to double-handled products.

"Due to the limited flexibility of a hand with RA, the ergonomically-designed finger holder at the front of the arthritis handle fits comfortably on the user's hand without twisting the user's fingers.

"The shape of the arthritis handle is also ergonomic, in that it spreads the weight of the cookware across the user's forearm."

Mr Hsu said the arthritis handle featured a silicone coating with heat resistance up to 200 degrees celsius, to prevent heat from being directed to the forearm.

"The TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) used in the product provide grip, while a magnetic strip enhances the stability for people lifting metal cookware," he said.

"I want to make sure that the arthritis handle is eventually made available in various colours. People using assistive technologies often hate sticking out as being a 'special' person. So I want this to look like a normal kitchen tool, with the inner frame available in bright orange, yellow or green, with a white outer frame."

Mr Hsu, who grew up in Taiwan, began his masters in lighting engineering at QUT in February, and hopes to work on environmentally friendly products in the future.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michaela Ryan
michaela.ryan@qut.edu.au
61-731-384-494
Queensland University of Technology
Source:Eurekalert  

Related medicine news :

1. ThermaSkin Offers Free Natural Pepper Remedy To Acne Sufferers
2. Brain Balancing Gives Hope for Sufferers of Depression, Stress, and Insomnia at New Life Brain Center
3. Olympic Mental Trainer, Dan Vitchoff of PA Hypnosis Center Helps Both Athletes and Sufferers of PTSD
4. Thrush Sufferers Seek Out Safe, Natural Remedies for Thrush, Driving a 237% Increase in Sales for "The 3 Day Thrush Cure"
5. Allegheny Medical Integrated Health Services Offers Complimentary Consultations for Sufferers of Chronic Back Pain
6. Some Allergy Sufferers Can Skip the Sneezing Season
7. Spring is a Headache for Allergy Sufferers
8. Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup Wins Medical Design Excellence Award, Helps Autism Spectrum Kids and Dysphagia Sufferers Take Medications With No Problem
9. Spouses of dementia sufferers have a 6-fold increased risk of dementia onset
10. Massage Envy Offers Relief for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
11. New Laser Technology Combined with Manual Physical Therapy Offer Pain Relief to Chronic Pain Sufferers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
RA sufferers armed with kitchen safety tool
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... GlycoMark, Inc. announced today a ... the Northeast U.S. , GlycoMark is the only clinically available blood test ... a clinically proven one- to two-week measure of hyperglycemic excursions, often related to ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Datta Endoscopic Back ... joined the revolutionary endoscopic practice under Dr. Datta. Patel is a Board Certified ... The patented, revolutionary eDiscSculpt Technique created and used by Datta Endoscopic is unlike ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... could substantially improve drug safety and minimize the cost of development. In this ... channel inhibition using cell lines and for cardiac toxicity using induced pluripotent stem ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Researchers at Moffitt Cancer ... CentrePoint Data Hub in a sample of participants enrolled in an ongoing ... sleep monitoring solutions for the global scientific community. The company’s new CentrePoint Data ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... NuevaCare, a ... as diverse as Millbrae, Burlingame, and Palo Alto, is proud to announce information upgrades ... persons to bookmark and read organized content on topics such as home care (generally) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CRH Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) (NYSE ... Bloom Burton & Co. Healthcare Investor Conference 2017 at the Sheraton ... Edward Wright , Chief Executive Officer of the Company is scheduled ... CFO, Richard Bear and the Chairman of the Board, ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... that it will release financial results for the first ... May 3, 2017.  The Company,s management team will host ... / 5:30 p.m. ET. Investors interested in ... dialing (844) 707-0665 for domestic callers or (703) 326-3030 ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017  Vanderbilt University Medical ... patients in Nashville , Tennesse have ... Esophageal Sphincter Stimulation for GERD (LESS GERD) trial. The ... provide long-term reflux control by restoring normal function to ... 65 million people in the United States ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: