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10-year-old Reaches Out To Prosthetic Users Around The World by Repurposing Used Artificial Limbs

December 11th 2018

A 10-year-old Winnipeg boy is collecting and repurposing used prosthetic limbs for people just like him. Iahnijah Opaleke who uses an artificial leg says he was inspired to recycle the devices during a trip to Jamaica when he was five years old, before one of his surgeries. "I saw a man, he had no legs and he was…

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Invictus Games Competitors Showcase The Future Of Prosthetics

November 26th 2018

When Able Seaman Mark Daniels's foot hits the ground, a few things happen. A microprocessor-controlled knee kicks into action, adapting to the terrain. A carbon fibre-titanium foot absorbs energy and returns it, so he can go from standing to a sprint. An above-knee amputee after a motorbike accident, he is…

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Preventing Age-Related Muscle Loss

November 7th 2018

Shortly after age 50, the rate at which a person loses muscle mass begins to accelerate. Age-related muscle loss is referred to as sarcopenia, which is Greek for “poverty of flesh.” Unfortunately, the prevalence of sarcopenia is increasing with each generation; the number of elderly individuals who are frail is…

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Why a Regular Bedtime May Benefit Your Heart and Metabolism

October 22nd 2018

New research which is now published in the journal Scientific Reports examines and highlights the importance of regular bedtimes for optimal heart and metabolic health. Going to bed at the same time each night may keep both your heart and metabolism healthy. The cardiometabolic health risks linked to sleep deprivation are numerous. These health risks include…

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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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