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How can robots help people with physical disabilities?

Until recently, wearable robotic devices that could enhance a user’s physical abilities were largely the stuff of science fiction. Real-life prototypes existed, but were too costly, cumbersome, and uncomfortable for  “practical,” everyday use. However, new research hints at an imminent revolution in the design of robotic exoskeletons and other devices. Here, we review two studies…

Preventing Medical Errors in the NICU

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, preventable medical errors cause at least 210,000 deaths per year. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, mistakes made in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) represent a significant part of those numbers. The Archives of Disease in…