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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of prolonged and repetitive passive range of motion (PROM) stretching of the fingers on hand function in stroke survivors. PARTICIPANTS Fifteen chronic stroke survivors with moderate to severe hand impairment took part in the study. METHOD Participants underwent 3(More)
Respiratory diseases are among the most important and serious conditions that can affect the newborn baby. A cessation of breathing, longer than 15 seconds, or accompanied by hypoxia or bradycardia, is called apnea of prematurity (AOP) and has been found in more than 50% of premature infants. An apnea detector used in infant monitoring has been designed and(More)
Treatment options for stroke survivors with severe hand impairment are limited. Active task practice can be restricted by difficulty in voluntarily activating finger muscles and interference from involuntary muscle excitation. We developed a portable, actuated glove-orthosis, which could be employed to address both issues. We hypothesized that combining(More)
A pilot study was conducted to test the feasibility of using electromyographic signals to drive an active orthosis for hand therapy after stroke. Five stroke survivors with chronic hemiparesis completed 18 one-hour training sessions over 6 weeks. Activation patterns of a long finger flexor muscle and a long finger extensor muscle controlled an orthosis, the(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of rehabilitation after spinal cord injury is to enable successful function in everyday life and independence at home. Clinical tests can assess whether patients are able to execute functional movements but are limited in assessing such information at home. A prototype system is developed that detects stand-to-reach activities, a(More)
An externally actuated glove, controlled by a microprocessor, is being developed to assist finger extension in stroke survivors. The goal of this device is to allow repeated practice of specific tasks for hand therapy in a home environment. The user can control the device by three different means: voice recognition, electromyography, or manual control.(More)
Many mechatronic devices exist to facilitate hand rehabilitation, however few directly address deficits in muscle activation patterns while also enabling functional task practice. We developed an innovative voice and electromyography-driven actuated (VAEDA) glove, which is sufficiently flexible/portable for incorporation into hand-focused therapy(More)
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