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NIH-Funded Modern “White Cane” Brings Navigation Assistance To The 21st Century

Equipped with a color 3D camera, an inertial measurement sensor, and its own on-board computer, a newly improved robotic cane could offer blind and visually impaired users a new way to navigate indoors.

When paired with a building’s architectural drawing, the device can accurately guide a user to a desired location with sensory and auditory cues, while simultaneously helping the user avoid obstacles like boxes, furniture, and overhangs. Development of the device was co-funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Details of the updated design were published in the journal IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica.

“Many people in the visually impaired community consider the white cane to be their best and most functional navigational tool, despite it being century-old technology,” sai

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NYU Langone Orthopedic Surgeons Presented Latest Clinical Findings & Research at AAOS 2021

Experts from NYU Langone Orthopedics presented their latest clinical findings and research discoveries at the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference, August 31 to September 2, in San Diego.

Topics presented: when not to operate on spinal deformity in adults; patient satisfaction using telemedicine for arthroscopic surgery follow-up; and representation of women in academic orthopedic leadership.

"The diversity of our research interests, the quality of our clinical teams and the expertise in knowing when or when not to operate are on full display this year," said Joseph Zuckerman, MD, the Walter A. L. Thompson Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone, and former president of AAOS. "We also thank Dr. Joseph Bosco, vice chair for clinical affairs, for completing his AAOS presidency during an exceptionally chall

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What You Need To Know About The Delta Variant

For more than 40 years, UCI infectious disease researcher Michael Buchmeier has studied coronaviruses, and he’s one of the leading experts on SARS-CoV-2, the version of the virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic. As a more lethal mutation of the virus, called the delta variant, sparks another wave of cases, he offers his expertise about this threat.

How does the delta variant differ from the original form of the COVID-19 coronavirus?

The form of the original coronavirus is really not clear. If, as we think, SARS-CoV-2 appeared in humans after jumping from an animal host, such as a bat, then the sequence may have already contained mutations in its genome that allowed that species jump. Many of the so-called emerging diseases represent jumps from a zoonotic animal host to humans.

The power of this genetic flexibility is characteristic of RNA viruses. This flexibility results in the produ

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Fight-or-Flight Response is Altered in Healthy Young People Who Had COVID-19

New research published in The Journal of Physiology found that otherwise healthy young people diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of their symptom severity, have problems with their nervous system when compared with healthy control subjects.

Specifically, the system which oversees the fight-or-flight response, the sympathetic nervous system, seems to be abnormal (overactive in some instances and underactive in others) in those recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

These results are especially important given the emerging evidence of symptoms like racing hearts being reported in conjunction with “long-COVID.”

The impact of this alteration in fight-or-flight response, especially if prolonged, means that many processes within the body could be disrupted or affected. This research team has specifically been looking at the impact on the cardiovascular system - including blood pressure and bl

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