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OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy of gait training using a single-leg version of the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) on the paretic side with conventional gait training in individuals with subacute stroke. DESIGN Randomized open controlled pilot trial. SETTING Hospitalized care. PARTICIPANTS Convenience sample of 44 patients who met the criteria; 12(More)
We report on 2 cases of hypothyroidism presenting clinical symptoms that occurred after radiotherapy for cancer of the head and neck and on the results of estimating thyroid function in patients with head and neck cancer who received radiotherapy. The first patient underwent total laryngectomy for laryngeal cancer without sacrificing the thyroid gland and(More)
[Purpose] Most previous studies have shown that body weight support treadmill training (BWSTT) can improve gait speed poststroke patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of a short-term intensive program using BWSTT among community dwelling poststroke survivors. [Subjects] Eighteen subjects participated in this study. The treatment(More)
This article proposes a method of enabling users to share the sensation of walking with each other in a virtual environment (VE). Achieving this shared sensation requires physical equipment, with algorithms to control it. As an example of such physical equipment, a new footpad type of locomotion interface (LI), named GaitMaster2, has been developed and(More)
This paper describes the development of a gait rehabilitation system with a locomotion interface (LI). The LI consists of two 2 DOF manipulators equipped with footpads. These can move the user's feet while his or her body remains stationary. The footpads follow the prerecorded motion of the feet of a healthy individual. For gait training, the user(More)
OBJECTIVE We developed a footpad-type locomotion interface called the GaitMaster. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effects of gait rehabilitation using the GaitMaster in chronic stroke patients. DESIGN Randomized cross-over design. SETTING An outpatient department. SUBJECTS Twelve patients with chronic post-stroke hemiparesis. (More)