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Humanoid Robot Teaches Autistic Kids to Recognize Emotions

Children with autism often seem to want to socialize with robots more than humans, something that researchers at MIT want to harness as a pathway for therapy. The team, partnering with others at Chubu University in Japan and Imperial College London, have given a popular humanoid robot, called NAO, the ability to see what the kids playing with it are doing and to respond in an intelligent fashion.

“The long-term goal is not to create robots that will replace human therapists, but to augment them with key information that the therapists can use to personalize the therapy content and also make more engaging and naturalistic interactions between the robots and children with autism,” said Oggi Rudovic, an MIT postdoc and first author of the study...

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AdvaMed Raises Questions With FDA’s Combo Product Proposed Rule

AdvaMed is taking issue with the US Food and Drug Administration’s product jurisdiction proposed rule, which the device group thinks strays from how the 21st Century Cures Act defined combination products, according to comments released Monday. Some of the proposed revisions run counter to the plain language and intent of Section 3038 of the Cures Act , AdvaMed said. The group is seeking to clarify that a combination product’s primary mode of action shall not be determined to be that of a drug or biologic solely because the product features “any chemical action” in or on the body. “Given the...

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Stimulation of Brain’s Reward System Leads to Reduction in Cancer Tumors

Scientists at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology have come up with a surprising way of fighting tumors and in the process showed that our brains have a role in preventing the growth of cancers. The researchers, who reported their findings in journal Nature Communications , artificially stimulated the reward system of mice stricken with cancer. What the investigators showed is that over time, the mice that received stimulation had significantly smaller tumors than control mice that were not administered the therapy. The team believes that their stimulation affected the nervous system so...

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Register as a manufacturer to sell medical devices

Register a manufacturer or authorised representative (agent) for a manufacturer, to sell medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices. Overview If you place certain medical devices on the EU market you or your designated authorised representative must register with the competent authority (national health regulator) in the EU state where you have an office or place of business. In the UK, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the competent authority for the registration of medical devices. MHRA will only register manufacturers or authorised...

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