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Smart Mat Helps Prevent Foot Ulcer Recurrence

Smart Mat Helps Prevent Foot Ulcer Recurrence

November 17th 2020

A telehealth platform that enables providers to remotely monitor diabetic foot ulcers of patients at home helped eliminate major amputations and halve hospital admissions, according to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente.

The study, recently published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, highlights the value of connected care platforms in improving…

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Triple Amputee Inspirational Story

Triple Amputee Inspirational Story

November 4th 2020

It’s been a good life,” La Jolla Shores resident Linda Olson said of the one she’s built with the help of her husband after surviving an accident 41 years ago that left her a triple amputee.

Olson authored her first book, “Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back…

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An Open-Source Bionic Leg

An Open-Source Bionic Leg

October 14th 2020

Details on the design and clinical tests of an open-source bionic leg are now freely available online, so that researchers can hopefully create and test safe and useful new prosthetics.

Bionic knees, ankles and legs under development worldwide to help patients walk are equipped with electric motors. Getting the most from such…

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15 Months After Losing Limbs, Quadruple Amputee Walks 5K

15 Months After Losing Limbs, Quadruple Amputee Walks 5K

September 16th 2020

She DID it! Quadruple amputee completed her goal to walk a 5K without stopping.

Just 15 months after losing her arms and legs, Trisha Swenson completed her goal Saturday inside Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.

She helped inspire 8-year-old Gavin Carson, who is also a quadruple amputee.

Swenson said…

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Young Amputee Has Zoom Meeting With Basketball Star

Young Amputee Has Zoom Meeting With Basketball Star

August 27th 2020

In April 2014 when Staten Island-based Global Medical Relief Fund learned 9 year-old Aldrin Tadic lost his leg because of a flying piece of metal during a typhoon in the Philippines, Elissa Montanti, the organization’s founder, arranged for Aldrin and his mom to come to the United States to receive…

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The Future: AI Powers Prosthetic Leg

The Future: AI Powers Prosthetic Leg

August 11th 2020

For an estimated two million people in the U.S. living with limb loss, commercial-grade prosthetics can be bulky, unintuitive, and still make everyday activities, like stepping over a sleeping cat, a challenge.

A team of engineers has designed a new approach to prosthetic limb movement that uses artificial intelligence to mimic…

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Bionic Arm Opens Up New World For Teacher

Bionic Arm Opens Up New World For Teacher

July 28th 2020

A young teacher who was born without a right forearm has been able to eat a meal with a knife and fork for the first time - after being fitted with a bionic "Hero Arm". Vikki Smith, 25, had been unable to cut her own food and struggled to do…

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Brain Neurons Could Lead To Better Prostheses

Brain Neurons Could Lead To Better Prostheses

July 13th 2020

New Rochester research indicates some neurons may be more adept than previously thought in helping you perceive the motion of objects while you move through the world. The findings may have implications for developing future prosthetics and for understanding some brain disorders.

Our brains use various reference frames—also known as…

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Teen Finds Man's Prosthetic Leg Weeks After Lost

Teen Finds Man's Prosthetic Leg Weeks After Lost

June 25th 2020

Finding unusual objects on a scuba dive is not uncommon, but no one prepares you for finding someone else's leg.  It all started when 13-year-old Sebastian Morris went scuba diving with his dad in St. Andrews State Park, three miles east of Panama City, Florida. 

They were over in the…

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Exosuit Improves The Walking Potential of Stroke Patients

Exosuit Improves The Walking Potential of Stroke Patients

June 10th 2020

Researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College created a robotic exoskeleton that can help stroke patients increase their walking ability.

The soft robotic exosuit (shown here…

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