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Medical robotics: exoskeleton used for rehabilitation


Narrator:        This is Science Today. Engineers at the University of California, Santa Cruz have developed a prototype of wearable exoskeleton arms that can be used for rehabilitation and physical therapy for people disabled by stroke or degenerative diseases. Jacob Rosen, an associate professor of computer engineering, is an expert in medical robotics.

Rosen:             Medical robotics is a subfield of robotics in which the robot has some effect on your health, whether improving it or facilitating a treatment like a surgical robot for surgery or exoskeleton for rehabilitation.

Narrator:        Rosen explains that the more stroke patients move, the better they can recover because in a sense, the brain is being retrained.

Rosen:             Nowadays, the amount of physiotherapy that a stroke patient can get is limited by if the therapist is tired or not. So, the robot would keep doing the same movement over and mover again for as many times as the therapist would want.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.