The robotic glove has helped improve the lives of many stroke victims by advancing rehabilitation. The robotic therapy helps restore motor skills after a stroke occurs. How does the robotic glove work? It starts when a person has a blood clot that blocks the blood from reaching the brain. Brain cells die when the brain does not get its oxygen and nutrients. According to Discover Fit and Health Journal, 12 million cells die during each minute of blood loss. Every minute the brain does not get oxygen; the brain loses its ability to control the body’s movements. This can leave stroke survivors unable to move fingers, arms, or legs. In many cases the stroke victim becomes handicap and dependent on others.
Stroke survivors are often responsible for completing their own therapy. They participate in fingering exercises at the doctor’s office that will help them regain the use of their motor skills. Doctor office visits can be very expensive and time consuming. So, doctors give stroke survivors instructions on how to practice at home. The problem that doctors identified is that stroke survivors are not motivated to complete their therapy at home.
The winners of the 2017 EngineerGirl Essay Contest have been announced! NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. said, "Students’ devotion to protecting endangered animals is always inspiring to me, and their doing so through engineering, which is about solving problems of people and society, is doubly so. Congratulations to the winners!" Check out the link below to read the wonderful essays.