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Japan paves the way in robotic research

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  • Japan is leading the way with advances in cutting-edge medical technology
  • Researchers have developed nurse robots that can assist in hospitals
  • The "Intelligent Toilet" can test blood pressure and give health advice
By Mark Tutton
For CNN
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Japan has long been the world leader in robotics research, but in recent years it's also been leading the way when it comes to cutting-edge medical technology.

A prototype "Finger Rehabilitation Glove," designed to aid recovery from paralysis.

A prototype "Finger Rehabilitation Glove," designed to aid recovery from paralysis.

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From robot nurses that can lift hospital patients in and out of their beds, to intelligent toilets that can dispense medical advice, Japanese researchers are developing radical new approaches to health care.

While many of these technologies are still at the prototype stage, it may not be long before they turn up in a hospital near you.

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