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Herman J. Woltring
08-29-1989, 09:29 PM
Resent from: Health InfoCom Network News, Volume 2, Number 31, August 28, 1989
extracts from HICN231.NWS, retrievable from LISTSERV@ASUACAD.BITNET


NEW TEST FINDS RARE MS:

A new test for a rare type of muscular dystrophy can distinguish it from
other forms and avoid potentially life-threatening diagnostic errors. The
Muscular Dystrophy Association reports the test - for Becker muscular
dystrophy - analyzes the protein dystrophin for abnormalities that are unique
to Becker MS.

ROBOTS ASSIST DOCTORS:

A new generation of advanced robots is assisting doctors at Danbury (Conn.)
Hospital. The robots, trademarked "Helpmate," took two years and $2 million to
develop. One model can follow wheelchair-bound patients, carrying medication
and food, while another, more advanced model has assisted doctors performing
surgeries from hip replacements to brain surgery.

SEVEN TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE NOTED:

A Harvard University researcher claims there are seven different types of
intelligence, while the nation's schools test children for only two of them -
mathematical and verbal. Dr. Howard Gardner adds linguistic, logical,
musical, spacial and kinesthetic to the list in an article published in the
September issue of Working Mother.

VOICE COMPUTER HELPS IMPAIRED:

A new voice-controlled computer system is helping the handicapped operate
personal computers. The system, built from a Zenith Data Systems PC and Flat
Technology monitor, includes voice recognition software that allows the
severely handicapped to operate the PC. Producer Health/Zenith Educational
Systems says the system also recognizes slang words and dialects.