Life Is About Perspective for Veteran Amputee
December 4th 2019
When you think of a veteran and quadruple amputee sharing their story of resilience you probably aren’t expecting comedy. But Staff Sgt. Travis Mills defies expectation.
Quinnipiac University’s Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences hosted Mills to talk about his life and recovery after losing portions of his arms…
Paralyzed Woman Will Use Exoskeleton To Participate in N.Y. Marathon
November 19th 2019
Nearly a decade ago, Terry Vereline — who’s paralyzed from the chest down — “[moped] around in the morning … not wanting to get out of bed.” Now, the Long Islander is prepping for her first New York City Marathon. The 65-year-old ex-Army sergeant (who formerly went by the last name…
Swimmer Undergoes Experimental Amputation That Preserves Leg Muscles
November 5th 2019
An elite swimmer from Bedford has undergone her second leg amputation due to a rare vascular condition. Morgan Stickney is the first person in the world to receive an experimental surgery in Boston on both her legs. Stickney had her left leg amputated in 2018 but continued to compete. She…
Helping Patients Get Back on Their Feet
October 29th 2019
Rick Nitsch has 36 years of experience in his profession — a profession that truly changes lives.
In one medical profession, the relationship begins at the lowest point
American Orthopedics in Columbus manufactures many of its own prosthetic parts to help eliminate wait times for patients
New Technology: Neuroprosthetic Leg Allows Natural Sensation, Movement
October 24th 2019
A new prosthesis powered by microscopic electrodes implanted in the thigh muscles of the wearer transmits natural sensations when the limb is touched, as well as with the movement of the limb. This allows the body to react as it usually does during walking to compensate for any gait irregularities…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…