Sensor Developed That Controls Prosthesis' Movement
February 25th 2021
A wearable device engineered by researchers from the University of California Berkeley, IBM Research Zurich and University of Bologna (Italy) recognizes hand gestures based on electrical signals detected in the forearm. The system, which combines biosensors with artificial intelligence (AI), could one day be used to control prosthetics or to…
20 Easy and Sweet Valentine's Day Games Kids Will Heart
February 11th 2021
Halloween has bobbing for apples. Christmas has the great gift swap. Hanukkah has the dreidel. So, what's the game that's most associated with Valentine's Day? There isn't really one. There are notable Valentine's desserts, some fun Valentine's Day crafts and DIY Valentine's Day cards to make, but there aren't really built-in games. That means if…
Study Examines the Brain's Response to Bionic Limb Use
January 27th 2021
Advances in neuroscience and engineering have generated great hope for Luke Skywalker-like prosthetics: robotic devices that are almost indistinguishable from a human limb. Key to solving this challenge is designing devices that not only can be operated with a user's own neural activity, but can also accurately and precisely receive…
Paralympic Cheers On 2-year-old With Prosthetic Leg
January 13th 2021
A heartwarming video shows Kingsport native and 8-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist Blake Leeper encouraging a 2-year-old child who was using a prosthetic leg. Leeper is seen encouraging the child named KJ.
Leeper told Good News Movement that he was trying on his new running legs and setting…
Digital Controllers Give Paralyzed Patients More Control
December 21st 2020
Wearable robots such as exoskeletons are often used in the rehabilitation of paretic patients (people with paralysis, for example after a stroke or spinal cord injury). However, these exoskeletons work more or less without knowledge of the patients' body internal information. Ph.D. candidate Guillaume Durandau of the University of Twente is…
Amputee Completes 8-mile Trail On Horse
December 9th 2020
Dana Lawson is a one-legged horse rider, who, despite living with a painful tumor under what she calls her “sit bone,” has a “can do” attitude and a contagious sense of humor. The latter two are what helped her endure a grueling 8-mile trip up the rocky, slippery and oftentimes…
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…
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…
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…
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.