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Barriers, Enablers Affect Lower-limb Amputees’ Community Walking

Since walking in the community is essential to participate in work, leisure, social activities and family roles, a study explored potential barriers and enablers for people with lower-limb amputations who use a prosthesis to walk in public. The study found many barriers, but enablers were also identified. Three focus groups (n = 14 participants) using purposive sampling...

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Study Looks at Impact of Balance Confidence on Lower-limb Amputees

A study published online June 28 in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice concluded that lower balance confidence is associated with less community participation, lower self-perceived mobility, and poorer performance among people with lower-limb amputations. The retrospective, cross-sectional study was conducted at an outpatient, multidisciplinary amputee clinic. Forty-five participants who were at least 18 years old, had...

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New Prosthetic Ankle Adapts to Rough Terrain and Stairs

Sasser tests the prosthetic ankle. Photograph courtesy of Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt University lab of Michael Goldfarb, PhD, has completed testing of a smart prosthetic ankle that can respond to varying terrain and stairs. The ankle’s motor, actuator, sensors, and chip work together to either conform to the surface the foot is contacting or remain...

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Pilot Study: Crossover Feet May Improve Mobility for Below-knee Amputees

A pilot study published May 19 in Prosthetics and Orthotics International compared crossover feet and energy-storing feet on performance-based tests using a range of low-level (e.g., sit-to-stand) and high-level (e.g., jogging) activities. Study results suggested that while crossover feet may improve low- and high-level mobility, intervention effects were small, and practice effects were observed in...

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Amputees Scheduled to Trek Across Sydney

Eight amputees will embark on a three-day trek across Sydney May 24-26. Some participants have undergone osseointegration surgery, while the others will be using sockets to attach their prosthetic limbs.   “About 40 years ago when I first became an amputee, walking 50 miles in three days would not have been possible due to the...

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AARP Response to President Trump?s Speech on Prescription Drug Prices

AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to President Trump’s address [May 11] on prescription drug prices:   “AARP is encouraged that the president is focusing attention on lowering prescription drug prices. Poll after poll shows the vast majority of Americans, across the political spectrum,...

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OPAF Names Champion Triathlete Director of First Swim

Costa, right, with a First Swim participant. Photograph courtesy of OPAF. The Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) named Mabio Costa to the role of First Swim Director. Costa, who has a congenital transtibial amputation, is a prosthetic technician with Prosthetic Orthotic Associates in Orlando, Florida. He has been a First Swim instructor since 2011,...

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Challenged Athletes Foundation Announces Distribution of 2,806 Grants

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) announced unprecedented financial support through its annual grant programs, which provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, specialized running prostheses, coaching, mentoring, travel, and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges of all ages and levels who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports. Logan Passe. Image courtesy...

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Hanger Clinic Introduces Virtual Reality Technology

Hanger, Austin, Texas, has launched MIGO, a virtual reality experience designed for people with limb loss and limb difference. The initial MIGO 360-degree immersive video experience offers users an opportunity to have a first-person point-of-view interaction with another person who has an amputation. Users can experience a variety of activities, from walking down stairs, driving...

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Get Up and Get Moving for National Get Fit Don?t Sit Day

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is encouraging people across the country to get moving in honor of its fourth annual National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on May 2. This event is celebrated each year on the first Wednesday in May and aims to increase awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting and the importance...

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NAAOP Selects Inaugural Fellow

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has selected Nicole Ver Kuilen as the recipient of the inaugural NAAOP Fellowship. Ver Kuilen lost her leg to bone cancer when she was 10. She recently completed a 1,500-mile triathlon down the Pacific coast to raise awareness about challenges people with amputations have...

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PTSD Therapies Offer Long-term Benefits

Civilians and military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reap long-term benefits from psychotherapies used for short-term treatment, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The findings suggest effective and lasting approaches for symptoms of PTSD—a typically chronic disorder that rarely diminishes spontaneously and is associated with significant distress, impairment, and economic...

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Study Suggests Cancer Survivors Are More Easily Fatigued

Adults who have undergone successful cancer treatment years or decades ago become fatigued more quickly than their peers who don’t have cancer histories, according to a new study in the journal Cancer from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). The scientists examined data from a long-running study of normal aging, which included periodic...

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Multitasking Adversely Affects Older Below-knee Amputees

Researchers found that gait and cognitive performance in older people with below-knee amputations were adversely impacted during dual-task gait testing. Velocity, cadence, stride time, and symmetry were compromised during the testing. Because many daily activities require the multitasking of motor and cognitive tasks, the research team used the dual-task paradigm to evaluate the participants performance...

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Weight Training May Beat Cardio for Many Older Adults

Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. Photograph courtesy of WFU/Ken Bennett. A study by researchers at Wake Forest University (WFU) suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle mass that can be lost through aerobic workouts. The...

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Research: Amputees Felt Safer With Prosthetic Foot

Study participants who tested a microprocessor-controlled prosthetic foot component with adjustable stance-phase characteristics, the Meridium, Ottobock, Duderstadt, Germany, reported improvements in walking on level and uneven ground, and on ramps compared to their previous prosthetic feet. Participants also perceived benefits with safe, comfortable, and natural walking. A study published online February 5 in Prosthetics and...

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Walking in Groups May Help Keep Exercise Goals on Track

People may be more likely to stick to exercise if they walk in groups, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. The research, led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), also found that group walking plays a part in improved physical activity and better quality of life. The review...

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Study: Above-knee Amputees Adjust Gait for Walking Conditions

A study published online December 24, 2017, in the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology depicted how people with above-knee amputations maintained stable gait over a variety of surfaces, including downhill and uphill, top-cross- and bottom-cross-slopes, medial-lateral translations, rolling hills, and simulated rocky surfaces. Ten people with above-knee amputations and ten without amputations walked in a virtual...

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Curbell Plastics Sponsors First Clinics

Curbell Plastics Inc., Orchard Park, New York, sponsored Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) First Dance and First Stride events in Dallas on November 18. The events were held at the Bachman Therapeutic Recreation Center in partnership with the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School. First Dance uses ballroom dancing as a means to...

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Thousands Watch and Participate in 24th Annual CAF Triathlon

Athletes, supporters, fundraisers, volunteers, and more than 50 sponsors participated in the 24th annual Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC) at La Jolla Cove, October 20-22. More than $1 million was raised over the weekend, making it one of the most successful events in the organization’s history. The funds...

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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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Study: Load-adaptive Devices Could Help Lighten Load for Amputees

Researchers conducted a study to test powered robotic devices among people with transfemoral amputations in more challenging real-world situations, such as when the user carries groceries or a backpack. The results suggest that this population could benefit from load-adaptive powered knee controllers.  “We wanted to first understand how load affects amputees’ walking with normal prosthesis settings that...

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October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” “This October, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Americans with disabilities as part of the American workforce,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “As the Trump Administration drives job creation, we are reminded...

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Study: Mobility Correlates With Amputees? Satisfaction and Quality of Life

Hanger, Austin, Texas, announced the results of the largest study of its kind that measured the correlation of mobility to quality of life and patient satisfaction among people living with lower-limb loss. The results of the Mobility Analysis of Amputees (MAAT I) study, published online October 8 in Prosthetics & Orthotics International, demonstrated a statistically...

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Study: PCAST Might Benefit Amputees in Developing Countries

In an attempt to develop affordable socket fabrication techniques that require little or no prosthetic skill for people living with lower-limb loss in developing countries, a study was conducted using a water-pressure casting technique (PCAST) to fabricate and fit transtibial prosthetic sockets. In the study, highlighted during the International Conference on the Development of Biomedical...

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AARP Supports Introduction of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

AARP issued a press release supporting the introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. The legislation (H.R. 3759) was introduced by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), along with original cosponsors Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY)....

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Hundreds Attend Professional Baseball Game and Mobility Clinics

Nearly 100 people attended an Össur-hosted night at the Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball game during the recent Amputee Coalition National Conference (ACNC). Jake Adams, who has an upper-limb amputation, threw out the opening pitch of the game, and Logan Seitz had the honor of calling “Play Ball!”   Össur hosted the...

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2020 Paralympics Information Announced

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 4,400 athletes who will compete in 537 medal events. The final medal event program and athlete quotas were approved by the IPC Governing Board on September 4. Key highlights include:•       At least 1,756 slots for female athletes, the most ever,...

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NAAOP Webcast: Congress Returns to Full Legislative Agenda

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) has released a webcast in which NAAOP General Counsel Peter Thomas, JD, discusses Congress’ return to work this month and the daunting set of challenges it faces. A summary of the webcast follows: The federal debt limit needs to be increased in order for...

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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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ÖSSUR Announces 2017 #MyWinningMoment Contest Winner

Photograph courtesy of R.J. Hartbeck. Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, announced that Alexander Schwartz, a bilateral amputee who was born with fibular hemimelia, is the winner of its 2017 #MyWinningMoment online contest. Össur received more than 400 entries for this year’s contest. Schwartz, of St. Louis, says the moment he began to embrace his adversity was the...

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Few Healthcare Consumers Price Shop, Studies Show

Americans extol price shopping for healthcare, yet few actually do it when given the means to, according to the findings of two studies led by investigators at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Shutterstock.com.   Results of the analyses, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, cast doubt on the increasingly popular notion that empowering consumers...

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Adaptive Sports Event Hosts 220 Athletes With Physical Disabilities

The Angel City Games, an adaptive sports festival in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, held its third annual event at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) June 22-25. This year’s event drew 220 athletes from 15 states. From Paralympians to amateur athletes—including military veterans and active-duty military personnel—participants ranged from 3 to 72 years...

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Amputee Athletes? Records to Reset After Rule Change

World and regional records held by athletes competing in the T43/F43 (bilateral below the knee lower limb amputations) and T42/F42 (unilateral above the knee lower limb amputations) classes will be reset on January 1, 2018, after World Para Athletics announced it will introduce new rules for people with lower-limb amputations. The international federation of Paralympic...

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Prosthetic Knee Type May Impact Cost of Care

Despite growing data that more advanced technology reduces falls and improves physical capabilities among patients with transfemoral amputations, patients with lower K-levels are usually ineligible for a microprocessor knee. Access to improved knee technology can help patients become more agile, more balanced, and less likely to fall; without access to such technology, they may become...

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To Help Veterans With PTSD, Emphasize Integration, Expert Says

Since 9/11, more than 2 million men and women have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict zones as part of the war on terror. With up to 20 percent now reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), both they—and their families—must cope with the invisible wounds of war. Symptoms of PTSD can include irritability,...

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Legislation Introduced to Improve O&P Care for Veterans and Service Members

On June 28, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced two bills to improve O&P care for service members and veterans. The legislation would enhance research in best practices and support colleges and universities seeking to establish degree programs to train specialists. The first bill, the Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act (S. 1467),...

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Four More Össur Running & Mobility Clinics Scheduled for 2017

Each year, hundreds of people with lower-limb loss participate in the Össur Running & Mobility Clinics presented across the United States by Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). These no-cost clinics are intended to help amputees achieve their mobility goals—whether they are learning to walk again or fine-tuning their speed skills in sprinting.   Image courtesy of...

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Student-led Group Modifies Cars for Children With Disabilities

Remember the simple joy of zipping around the yard in a toy car? Every kid should have that experience, and thanks to Lil’ Rhody Riders—an ongoing student leadership project at the University of Rhode Island (URI)— they can.   Lil’ Rhody Riders provides mobility, freedom, and plain-old fun by modifying toy cars so children with...

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Cancer Trials Save Millions of Years of Life

People diagnosed with cancer gained 3.34 million years of life thanks to cancer clinical trials run by SWOG and supported with public funds, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology. The dollar return on investment from federal funding, the study showed, was estimated to be just $125 for each life year gained.  ...

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AARP Opposes the White House’s Proposed Budget

In a statement on May 23 following the release of the White House’s proposed budget, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond opposed cuts that she says would harm American families: “AARP opposes the budget proposed today because it explicitly harms the very people we are counting on the President to protect. Today’s budget proposes to...

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Adaptive Sports Event Scheduled for June 22-25

The annual Angel City Games will be held June 22-25 on the campus of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). The adaptive sports event will feature   Image by Tiffany J Photography. a four-day festival of clinics, competition, activities, and celebration of Paralympic sports. The clinic and competition format allows athletes to receive instruction and...

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Research Team Developing Robotic Prostheses to Restore Balance

Photograph courtesy of Texas A&M College of Engineering. A research team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University is developing robotic prostheses and therapy devices to restore people’s balance. Pilwon Hur, PhD, and his team in the Human Rehabilitation Group focus on the biomechanical and neuromechanical aspects of human walking and balancing....

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Stretching May Reduce Walking Pain in PAD Patients

Simple calf muscle stretching may reduce leg pain when walking and increase blood flow for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to researchers.   PAD, which can lead to amputation, affects more than 8.5 million  adults in the United States and many are unaware they have it. The most common symptom in the lower...

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Penn State Student?s Prosthetic Foot Design Advances in 3D Challenge

Eric M. Miller, a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Pennsylvania State (Penn State) Berks qualified for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME’s) Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D (IAM3D) Challenge for a lightweight, low-cost, longer-lasting transtibial prosthesis he is designing and creating. Miller’s project was entered in the Global E-Fest North America East, held in April....

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Mouse Whiskers May Inform Prosthetic Touch

Touch is normally active, resulting from self-motion. Merkel afferents (top right, green and magenta) “fired” action potentials (white) during both movement and touch as mice ran on a treadmill and moved their whiskers to explore. Merkel afferents were identified by genetically altering them to fire when exposed to blue light (bottom left, bolt), not just...

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Self-efficacy Relates to Prosthesis Use, Mobility

Self-efficacy refers to a personal judgment about being able to succeed in reaching a desired outcome. Prosthetic rehabilitation is primarily focused on physical improvement rather than psychological interventions. Toward this end, a team of researchers in Sweden investigated the relationship between self-efficacy and prosthetic-specific outcomes including use, mobility, amputation-related issues, and global health. A second...

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