Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gemini Research News from NTNU

I've recently received my first issues of Gemini Research News - in excellent translation - from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  

The latest edition reports on a new type of exercise bicycle for paraplegic patients.  Developed (in part at NTNU) for actor Christopher Reeve, it works together with electrodes attached to the patient's thigh and seat muscles.  Electrical impulses trigger a response from the muscles and this movement increases blood flow as it raises the pule rate.  The result is a workout that improves cardiac health and circulation.  Patients who can use their arms independently incorporate an arm cycle into their training.  With hard workouts, fewer reps are required for encouraging results.  Read more.

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