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How Robots Are Helping in the Fight Against Paralysis

World Health Organization statistics show that 250,000 to 500,0000 people suffer spinal cord injuries every year. Falls, car accidents and violence rob people of their ability to walk, or in some cases, move at all. Today’s blog has some exciting news. Researchers in a US-Brazilian study used virtual reality and a robotic exoskeleton to help people with spinal cord injuries reactivate their damaged spinal nerves. Can these researchers cure paralysis? How Does This New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Work? How does this potential treatment work? Virtual reality and the robotic exoskeleton trick the brain into thinking it is controlling limb movement. Users put on an Oculus (a virtual reality headset), where they control a digital avatar of their legs. The Oculus headset and robotic legs help trick the brain into thinking it is responsible for the movement. Over time, simulated movements help repair damaged spinal nerves, which allows participants to…
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The Bad Driving Habit That Costs the US $109 Billion Every Year

A new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Organization (GHSO) claims drowsy driving killed 5,000 Americans last year. The report also claims drowsy driving accidents costs the US $109 billion annually, not including property damage. This number is greater than the gross domestic product (GDP) of many countries. According to the GHSO, drivers who have been awake for 21 hours are impaired in a way that is comparable to someone who is legally drunk. Drowsy drivers have memory problems, impaired judgement, inability to pay attention, slower reaction times and increased levels of risk-taking. Sound familiar? These are many of the same characteristics the Centers for Disease Control lists for drunk drivers. The GHSO report suggests that we must understand why sleep is important to reduce the number of drowsy driving accidents. However, there are other solutions that may help people avoid falling asleep behind the wheel. For example, it…
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Study Finds Red Light Cameras Prevent Fatal Traffic Accidents

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) claims red light cameras can reduce fatal traffic accidents. You may be thinking, “I seriously hate those things”, but the research claims these cameras save hundreds of lives each year. The cameras are frequently used at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. There has been controversy surrounding whether these cameras are being utilized to maximize public safety or to collect revenue through issuing tickets. To gather data for its study, IIHS compared 14 cities that banned the cameras with 29 that kept their camera programs in place. Researchers then looked at crash data between 2010 and 2014. After researchers accounted for other causes of car accidents, they concluded removing the cameras led to a 30 percent increase in crashes involving drivers running red lights while passing through intersections. Many people killed by these accidents are cyclists and pedestrians,…
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