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Double-leg Amputee Cast on Upcoming Dance-based Series, Step Up: High Water

University of West Georgia (UWG) theatre alumnus and double-leg amputee Eric Graise (’15) never dreamed of adding dance—a talent that has made him a show business triple threat—to his resume. Eric Graise. Image courtesy of UWG. The actor and singer, who achieved fame as Stump Leg Walker and Fallen Tree Zombie in AMC’s The Walking...

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Free Caregiver Resources Available

Faced with a rapid increase in the number of caregivers in the workplace, Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) and AARP have launched Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers. The guide, the human resources industry’s first publication of its kind, contains a series of tools, resources, and guidance to help employers of all...

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Team Össur?s Running Blades Featured in Kennedy Center Exhibit

The Cheetah prosthetic running blade, developed by Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, is featured in an exhibition at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC through August 30. The exhibit, “Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology,” showcases Cheetahs worn by Team Össur Paralympic athletes April Holmes and Jerome Singleton, and notes that...

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New Surgical Procedure May Make Prostheses Feel More Natural

A new surgical technique devised by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel more like natural limbs. Through coordination of the patient’s prosthetic limb, existing nerves, and muscle grafts, people with amputations would be able to sense where their limbs are in space and to feel how much force is...

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Preventing Deaths Due to Medical Errors

How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors? While debate continues over estimates based on flawed data, the U.S. healthcare system can and must implement effective strategies to reduce adverse events and deaths, according to a perspective article in the Journal of Patient Safety. Three recent reports on deaths...

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New Amputation Procedure Allows Prosthesis to Be Controlled by Brain Waves

Ewing takes his first steps with a prosthesis. Photograph courtesy of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Communications and Public Affairs. Earlier this year, Jim Ewing, 52, underwent a first-of-its-kind, experimental surgical procedure to amputate his lower left leg at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Boston. If successful, the surgery will enable him to perform complex actions...

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Hugh Herr Wins Spanish Technical and Scientific Research Award

Hugh Herr, PhD, associate professor of media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been given Spain’s 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social, and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals,...

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Growing Skin in the Lab

Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Japan have, along with collaborators from Tokyo University of Science and other Japanese institutions, successfully grown complex skin tissue-complete with hair follicles and sebaceous glands-in the laboratory. To accomplish this, they used reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed...

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Safety-net Clinics May Remain Important Options for Many Patients

Safety-net clinics are likely to continue to play a critical role in meeting the needs of insured minority and low-income populations despite expanded insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a University of Texas (UT) Southwestern study suggests. Based on results of federal government healthcare surveys from 2006 to 2010, the study showed that...

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Soldier Mentors Others, Strives for Place on Army Team

Parks (far right) is thankful for the opportunity to act as a mentor at Fort Bliss. U.S. Army photo by Ronald Wolf. In 2015, when he competed in the U.S. Army Trials at Fort Bliss, Texas, 1st Lt. Christopher Parks made it clear that participating meant something special to him. He was grateful for a...

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Scientists Create Painless Patch of Insulin-Producing Beta Cells to Control Diabetes

For decades, researchers have tried to duplicate the function of beta cells, the tiny insulin-producing entities that don’t work properly in patients with diabetes. Insulin injections provide painful and often imperfect substitutes. Transplants of normal beta cells carry the risk of rejection or side effects from immunosuppressive therapies. Now, researchers at the University of North...

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Urgent Change Needed to Prevent Diagnostic Errors in Healthcare

Most people will experience at least one diagnostic error-an inaccurate or delayed diagnosis-in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report found that although getting the right diagnosis...

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Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp Increases Enrollment, Length

The Amputee Coalition announced that a record 115 campers will attend the 2015 Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, to be held July 10-15 at the Joy Outdoor Education Center, Clarksville, Ohio. The length of the camp has also been extended by one day. The traditional summer youth camp offers a full range of activities, including fishing,...

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OPAF Launches First Safeguard

Morgan, left, and a participant demonstrate a safety technique. Photograph courtesy of OPAF. OPAF launched First Safeguard on April 25 at Wright State University, as part of the EMRI Alliance’s Unlimited Abilities Expo. First Safeguard, the 12th OPAF First Clinic, was led by Ohio Peace Officer Doug Morgan, who underwent a transtibial amputation more than...

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OPAF Hosts McKeever?s First Ride in Georgia

Showers, Deenie McKeever, and Beatty. Photograph courtesy of OPAF. OPAF and the First Clinics hosted the seventh annual McKeever’s First Ride equine event at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville, Georgia, on April 18. Dale Beatty, an Iraq war veteran, and OPAF board member Reggie Showers, both of whom have bilateral lower-limb amputations, spoke at the...

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Bionics Expert Hugh Herr Describes Efforts to End Disability, Offers Hope

Hugh Herr. Image courtesy of UT Dallas. Last year, Kathryn Kuehn lost both hands and feet from a sudden bacterial infection that caused septic shock. The amputations left her in need of prosthetic limbs advanced enough to help in daily activities, including raising two children. When Kuehn saw that bionics expert Hugh Herr, PhD, would...

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Amputee Coalition Youth Camp: A Confidence-Building Experience

Attending the Amputee Coalition’s youth camp allows campers, such as (from left) Kylie Smith and Alexandra Jobe, to make new friends and reacquaint themselves with old friends. Photograph courtesy of Amy Di Leo. This year marked the 15th annual youth camp for the Amputee Coalition. The Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp was held July 19-23 at...

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Hugh Herr Named R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year

R&D Magazine announced that Hugh Herr, PhD, is the winner of its 14th Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognizes career accomplishments in scientific research and technology development, spanning disciplines from medical technology to information technology. Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences, heads the Biomechatronics research group at the Massachusetts Institute...

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