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Virtual Hand Model Could Improve Prosthesis Development

October 7th 2019

Whatever our hands do -- reaching, grabbing or manipulating objects -- it always appears simple. Yet your hands are one of the most complicated, and important, parts of the body. Despite this, little is understood about the complexity of the hand's underlying anatomy and, as such, animating human hands has…

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University Students Improve Their Robotic Exoskeleton

September 20th 2019

This week students from TU Delft's Project MARCH presented the fourth edition of their robotic exoskeleton that is intended to help people with paraplegia walk again. This new version, the MARCH IV, includes a new hip with which users can also step sideways - a first in this type of…

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Paralympic Athlete Wants to Compete with Able-bodied Athletes

September 4th 2019

Two-time Paralympic long jump champion Markus Rehm is pursuing able-bodied athletes' world record in the hope it will help change perceptions about people with disabilities.

While society is getting more open-minded about disabilities these days, many still treat disabled persons as individuals who need to be protected, said Rehm, who…

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Small Vessel Disease Leaves Patients Vulnerable to Leg Amputation

August 26th 2019

No matter where it occurs in the body, microvascular disease ups the risk of leg amputation, a new study finds. Microvascular disease damages very small blood vessels. Researchers analyzed data from more than 125,000 U.S. veterans who were followed for an average of nine years.

During follow-up, those with microvascular disease…

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Triple amputee skateboarding star to appear at X Games

August 6th 2019

Justin Beauchesne will never forget the first time he rode a skateboard. "It felt like freedom," the triple amputee said, taking a break from tearing up the skate park at St. Pete's Campbell Park. "Man, it was awesome, so much better than I ever expected," he said.

When Justin was…

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Diet/exercise May Help Prevent Progression to Diabetes

July 22nd 2019

An initiative that consisted of weight loss and physical activity markedly reduced the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes in a cohort of adults with prediabetes, according to study data presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. 

“We have known for many years that lifestyle change can…

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Lawmakers Unveil bill to make Airport Screening easier for Wounded Vets

July 5th 2019

Lawmakers unveiled a bill last week that would make Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening faster and easier for wounded and disabled veterans in an effort to "remedy concerns" injured veterans have when traveling through the nation's airports.

The bipartisan bill, titled “Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act” or the “VETS Safe…

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The 21 Best Stretching Exercises for Better Flexibility

June 25th 2019

Stretching may not be the most exciting part of working out, but doing flexibility work is just as important for a well-rounded fitness routine as strength and cardio work. Incorporating some stretching exercises into your workout schedule will help you improve flexibility, reduce tightness, and ultimately, make your workouts more efficient…

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Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Reduces Limb Pain After Amputation

June 11th 2019

Is there a satisfactory method for reducing the frequency or intensity of phantom or residual limb pain after amputation? In a paper published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Valerio and colleagues[1]presented their results on performing a targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) procedure, a technique of suturing a transected…

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A New Artificial Joint RESTORES WRIST-LIKE MOVEMENTS to Forearm Amputees

May 24th 2019

Most of us probably take it for granted, but the simple turn of the wrist is an essential movement that we use every day. Consider using a door handle, a screwdriver, a knob on a cooker, or even turning a page. For those missing their hand, these are much more…

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