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Three state-run veterans' nursing homes in Kentucky might be receiving some robotic backup, courtesy of the University of Louisville. The robots feature a video camera, microphone and LCD screen. This allows doctors at the university to control them remotely using just a computer and a joystick. Specialists at the university can steer the robots up to a resident's bed and conduct exams. Nursing home residents would no longer need to travel to universities or large cities to receive needed care, the university notes. This breakthrough comes at the same time as an ominous report from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Investigators predict a nursing shortage of 500,000 people by the year 2025.

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