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Haiti's Amputee Footballers Seek Glory Abroad, Acceptance At Home

October 3rd 2018

Football has long been a national obsession in Haiti, and following the devastating 2010 earthquake, which spurred the creation of a national disabled team, the country is now dreaming of World Cup glory. A 15-member squad is in the midst of intense training for the Amputee World Cup set to…

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Coach Praises Football Player With Prosthetic Leg

September 20th 2018

There's one player for North Murray, who most likely, won't step on the field. But he's the heart of the Mountaineers team. Coach Preston Poag said, "Gabe Priest is probably one of the hardest workers on our team." Sophomore defensive lineman Gabe Priest said he loves football because of the…

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Solar Powered Synthetic Skin For Robotics and Prosthetics

September 4th 2018

A new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power synthetic skin could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Professor Ravinder Dahiya and colleagues from his Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group’s initial breakthrough was to develop a touch-sensitive covering…

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Study Shows Those with Artifical Hands and Arms Overuse Intact Arm

August 14th 2018

Thousands of people with prosthetic arms and hands are doing damage to their intact limbs, researchers fear. In the first major study of its kind, it was revealed patients with one prosthetic limb rely too heavily on their non-prosthetic limb. Salford University scientists today warned overusing the healthy limb may…

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The Impact of Additional Training and Resources on Functional Mobility and Balance

July 18th 2018

The impact of lower-limb amputation on physical activity and participation cannot be overstated. While some people who undergo lower-limb amputation have access to an initial rehabilitation program in the first few months after their amputations, for many, considerable apprehension persists, along with decreased strength, balance, endurance, and coordination. There have been…

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Strengthening the Interprofessional Approach to Fall Prevention

July 3rd 2018

Health care professionals who work with older adults are all too familiar with the devastating sequelae of falls, including injury and fear of falling that can lead to activity restriction and further risk of falls. Most worrisome is that death rates from falls have doubled between 2000 and 2014, which highlights…

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Boston Marathon Bomb Survivors Are Inspiring Medical Advances

June 19th 2018

In five years since the Boston Marathon bombing, medical science has made promising advances in amputations and artificial limbs, in part because of lessons learned from the victims and research dollars made available as a result of the attack. Some of the 17 people who lost limbs in the April…

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Double Amputee Summits Everest Decades After Losing Feet In Failed Attempt

June 4th 2018

It was roughly 43 years ago that Xia Boyu made his first attempt to scale Mount Everest. The Chinese climber had been in his mid-20s, serving in an expedition that came close to the peak before it unraveled under the force of high-altitude storms.

Xia lost his feet to frostbite…

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Vitamin D deficiency associated with increased type 2 diabetes risk

May 21st 2018

Being deficient in vitamin D could increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The research from US and South Korean scientists builds on existing studies linking vitamin D deficiency to type 2 diabetes risk, but the mechanisms behind this association are not fully understood. The study team now plans to investigate…

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STEM Student Perspectives

January 26th 2018

After spending roughly a month shadowing Brian, Rick and David at American Orthopedics, I have been completely blown away by the whole operation.

One experience in particular really stuck out to me, and it was an experience that I hope to never forget. I was able to see a patient…

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