Tag: Science & Technology

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Long-Term Stable Natural Touch Perception Restored in Hand Amputees

Researchers with the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (Cleveland VA), Ohio, and at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, have found a way to provide sensory feedback for a prosthetic hand via a direct interface to the residual peripheral nerve. The results of their most recent study show...

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High Heels a Snap with New Prosthetic Foot

A team that includes U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers is developing a new prosthetic foot that will give individuals with lower-limb amputations the option to wear shoes of varying heel heights. “Sixty-two percent of women say they wear heels over five centimeters,” said Andrew Hansen, PhD, director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program...

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UMich Seeking Volunteers for Upper-Limb Prosthetics Survey

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are continuing to seek volunteers to take an online survey relating to upper-limb prosthetics technology. The survey was first announced in April, and will be open at least through October, according to graduate student Susannah Engdahl, who is working on the survey. The research team is seeking...

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Yoga May Help Train the Brain to Control a Prosthesis

New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota (U of M), Minneapolis, shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. They say the research could have implications for treatments...

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Alex Minsky: From Marine to Model

Retired Marine Cpl. Alex Minsky’s life took an unexpected turn this year as he sat on a couch next to Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy during an appearance on the television show The View. While he’d been awarded the Purple Heart, he did not garner this attention for his military service. The reason...

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Tips for Dealing with the Healthcare System

As they approached their golden years, one problem Philip and Ruth Barash didn’t foresee was having to struggle through their country’s healthcare system. “Philip’s health problems began in 1988 and steadily continued until his death in 2012,” says Ruth Fenner Barash, who shares the couple’s harrowing healthcare experiences in her book, For Better or Worse:...

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Various Diets Help with Weight Loss?If You Stick to Them

Study Finds Little Difference in Effectiveness between Branded Diets Amputees who have an increased risk for weight gain because of a sedentary lifestyle might find some comfort in the results of a recent study of various branded or trademarked diets. According to the study, these diets have similar levels of effectiveness, and the key is...

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Conference to Highlight Efforts to Provide Inexpensive 3D-Printed Prostheses

Several nationally recognized organizations are coming together to sponsor a full-day conference that will highlight and mainstream the work of e-NABLE, an online volunteer community of humanitarian technologists that is leading the way by designing, building, and disseminating inexpensive 3D-printed prostheses. The conference, titled Prosthetists Meet 3D Printers, is set for Sunday, September 28, in...

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IU Graduate Wins $100K to Improve Prostheses, Hearing Aids

An Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, master’s of business administration (MBA) graduate has been named the winner of IU Bloomington’s third annual Building Entrepreneurs in Software and Technology (BEST) competition. He will receive $100,000 in start-up funding for his new company, Analog Computing Solutions, which will focus on technological improvements for prosthetic...

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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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In Memoriam: Dudley S. Childress, PhD

Dudley S. Childress, PhD, passed away on August 6, after a long illness. He was 79. Childress was born on a farm near Archie, Missouri, the first child of Stephen T. and Virginia Dudley Childress. He was valedictorian of his class and an all-state player in high school. He won a football scholarship to the...

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Amputee Veteran Finds New Career in 3D Printing

New Training Program Prepares Veterans, Others to Enter Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Grabianowski at the DOE Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. He is holding a 3D-printed DOE seal and the plastic material from which it was made. Photograph courtesy of ORAU. While 26-year-old wounded veteran Joseph Grabianowski has inspired Americans with his harrowing war story, someday he may...

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Implantable Sensors Improve Control for Prosthetic Limbs

Illustration of the IMES System courtesy of The Alfred Mann Foundation. When a muscles contracts, it generates electricity. This electrical activity remains in the muscles of an amputated limb. It has long been a goal to use these natural muscle signals to enhance the control of hand and arm prostheses. Previously, researchers did this by...

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People with a Disability More Likely to Be Obese, Have Chronic Illnesses

Adults with a disability are more likely to be obese or extremely obese than those without a disability, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas School of Public Health, which is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Approximately 54 million Americans live with a...

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Zoo Camp Attendees Help Create Mobility Test for TSRHC

A researcher from TSRHC’s Movement Science Laboratory times a camper’s as she runs. Photography courtesy of the Dallas Zoo. Children attending a summer camp at the Dallas Zoo, Texas, have been helping researchers at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) develop a mobility test to measure the functional ability of young patients with amputations....

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Visit To The Doctor

“A good doctor-patient relationship is essential to achieving the best possible care, but the reality is, most doctors have less and less time to spend with each patient,” says Paul Griner, MD, professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and author of The Power of Patient Stories: Learning...

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Do ?Walkable? Neighborhoods Reduce Obesity, Diabetes?

Studies Show More Sprawl Associated with Higher Incidence of Poor Health Outcomes Posted June 24, 2014 People who live in neighborhoods that are conducive to walking experienced a substantially lower rate of obesity, overweight, and diabetes than those who lived in more auto-dependent neighborhoods, according to a pair of studies presented at the American Diabetes...

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VA of Western New York Renovates Prosthetics Facility

Posted June 19, 2014 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12 for its newly renovated Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service department. As part of the renovation, space was added to the prosthetics lab and waiting room, and the department now has...

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Amputee Coalition Elects New Board Member

Photograph courtesy of the Amputee Coalition. Posted April 24, 2014 The Amputee Coalition has elected Miles O’Brien, a veteran freelance broadcast and web journalist who focuses on science, technology, and aerospace, to its board of directors. Based in Washington DC, O’Brien is the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS...

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Cybathlon Will Allow Athletes to Compete Using Powered Prostheses, Exoskeletons

Image courtesy of NCCR Robotics. Posted March 27, 2014 The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics, Lausanne, is organizing a new competition designed specifically for those who use devices such as powered knee prostheses, wearable arm prostheses, powered exoskeletons, and powered wheelchairs. On October 8, 2016, Zurich, Switzerland, will host the Cybathlon,...

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Myoelectric Signals, VR Ease Phantom Limb Pain

Posted February 28, 2014 Max Ortiz Catalan, a doctoral student in the biomedical signals and systems research group at Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Gothenburg, Sweden, has developed a new method for the treatment of phantom limb pain after an amputation. The method is based on a combination of several technologies, including the use of...

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VA Program Aims to Enhance Care for Veterans with Amputation

Posted November 19, 2013 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated the Prosthetics Patch 101 Program with the goal of improving the VA’s oversight and management of prosthetic purchasing and inventory management. Creative Computing Solutions Inc. (CCSi), Rockville, Maryland, a provider of program and project management services, health services, cybersecurity services, and enterprise...

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