This low-cost prosthetic foot replicates natural walking mechanics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a low-cost prosthetic foot that can be modified to fit specific body types, making it possible for user’s to walk with an able-bodied gait. Prosthetic limb technology with limbs controlled by microchips or limbs with sensors and artificial intelligence are costly and are not readily accessible to many

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

These bandages change color based on pressure

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a bandage that changes colors to indicate if the bandage is applying enough pressure on limbs to stimulate blood flow during compression therapy. Compression therapy is a form of treatment for patients who have venous ulcers and other conditions that make it hard for veins to return blood

This algorithm analyzes medical images 1,000 times faster than usual

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that makes it easier and 1,000 times quicker to analyze medical images and 3D scans. Medical image registration is a technique that uses two medical images, such as MRI images, to compare and analyze the anatomical differences in detail. In this technique, doctors overlay images from

These building blocks are making plug-and-play diagnostic devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a set of modular blocks that can be connected in different configurations to create diagnostic devices. The devices are considered plug-and-play and can test blood glucose levels, detect viral infection and other diseases. “Our long-term motivation is to enable small, low-resources laboratories to generate their own libraries of

This portable device detects low white blood cell counts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a portable device that has the potential to be used to monitor white blood cell levels at home without the need for blood samples. A sharp drop in white blood cell counts is a major side effect of chemotherapy, leaving patients with the potential of developing a serious

How MIT researchers think calcium-based MRIs could boost brain imaging

MIT scientists have created a new magnetic resonance imaging sensor that monitors neural activity deep inside the brain by tracking calcium ions. Calcium ions are known to be directly linked to neuronal firing, which is different from the changes in blood flow that other MRI sensors detect. The new sensing method from MIT could let

This research advance could boost blood vessel growth and improve endurance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers think they’ve developed a way to promote new blood vessel growth to reverse age-related endurance loss that comes with blood vessels losing their capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue. The MIT researchers developed a compound that reactivates longevity-linked proteins also promotes the growth of blood vessels and muscle

Drug delivering contact lenses win MIT’s top healthcare innovation prize

Contact lenses that deliver medications directly to the eye over a period of days or weeks were the recent grand prize winner of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize. The MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize competition had 8 finalists who pitched their healthcare innovations to judges from Optum and other local venture

This startup is bringing vision care to developing countries

PlenOptika, an MIT startup, has developed a portable autorefractor device that measures refractive errors of the eye and is able to estimate prescriptions in 10 seconds, bringing vision care to less accessible areas. The device, known as QuickSee, is more cost-effective than current technology and is currently on the market in India. “People at the

Tiny hair-like fibers help create interconnections between brain regions

MIT researchers have used a single flexible fiber about the size of human hair to deliver optical, electrical and chemical signals back and forth into the brain to create an improved way of learning about the functions and interconnections of different brain regions. The fibers replicate the softness and flexibility of brain tissue which allows

How targeting a gene mutation could treat aggressive lung cancer

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a gene mutation that could help treat an aggressive form of lung cancer that is known to be “undruggable.” Gene mutations in the KEAP1 gene could help treat mutations in the KRAS gene that causes certain lung cancer types to be undruggable. KEAP1 mutations occur with

This paper-based test quickly diagnoses Zika

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a paper-based test that is able to diagnose the presence of Zika virus in 20 minutes. The MIT-developed test is a cheap, portable and easy-to-use diagnostic test that could be used in countries where Zika is prominent, but tests that measure viral RNA in the bloodstream are not.

MIT robot adapts by putting on new exoskeletons

A new robot from MIT can adapt its capabilities with a simple outfit change. The tiny robot called Primer, developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, puts on different exoskeletons allowing it to roll, float, drive and even glide. Primer starts as a cube, but uses heat to put on the new exoskeleton,…

This smart mat can predict the onset of foot ulcers

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology hackathon participant developed a smart mat that helps detect early warning signs of foot ulcers. Jon Bloom, co-founder of startup company Podimetrics, developed a mat that can detect foot ulcers before they happen and reduce the number of amputations occurring. Bloom completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in