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New medical device may help stroke victims recover use of legs

Stroke patients striving to walk normally may get a lift from a bionic leg developed by venture-backed Tibion Corp. Tibion’s device, worn around the leg during physical therapy, supplies the power needed to stand or walk, and may enable more intense therapy sessions. As strength and control returns, it assists the leg less. Tibion’s device, worn around the leg during physical therapy, supplies the power needed to stand or walk, and may enable more intense therapy sessions. As strength and control returns, it assists the leg less.
     The company’s product, which wraps around the leg and extends from the thigh to the ankle, amplifies a patient’s effort, adding just enough mechanical lift to enable him to stand or take a step. Sensors in the patient’s shoe detect weight distribution and trigger the robot to deliver the amount of assistance that a therapist has programmed in.  
Read all about in Wall St Journal  http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2010/10/08/tibions-bionic-tech-may-give-stroke-survivors-a-leg-up/?mod=rss_WSJBlog&mod=tech

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