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2010-02-11 07:00:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Grant Medical Center recently completed the nation's first published study of a new procedure that may give hope to millions of patients facing lower limb amputations from peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a painful circulatory problem in the legs that affects 10 million Americans. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as stroke, amputation and death. The December issue of The Journal of Vascular Surgery has published...

2010-02-01 12:50:51

Pediatric amputations cost more than $21 million in hospital charges annually According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, there were more than 950 cases of traumatic amputations among children aged 17 years and younger in the United States in 2003. Of these cases, finger and thumb amputations accounted for the majority of the injuries (64 percent). Data from this study, published in...

2010-01-07 13:49:52

The space within reach of our hands "” where actions such as grasping and touching occur "” is known as the "action space." Research has shown that visual information in this area is organized in hand-centered coordinates "” in other words, the representation of objects in the human brain depends on their physical location with respect to the hand. According to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, amputation of the...

2009-12-15 06:26:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- An innovative surgical technique called Bone Transport is being used to save limbs. Dr. Austin Fragomen, Fellowship Director for the Institute of Limb Lengthening and reconstruction surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, uses an evolution of techniques originally developed in Russia. Only a handful of surgeons in the world use the procedure routinely. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2009-12-14 15:17:04

The most comprehensive study to date of the proteins in a species of salamander that can regrow appendages may provide important clues to how similar regeneration could be induced in humans. Researchers at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and colleagues investigated over three hundred proteins in the amputated limbs of axolotls, a type of salamander that has the unique natural ability to regenerate appendages from any level of amputation, with the...

2009-12-09 01:20:21

Blood vessel blockage, a common condition in old age or diabetes, leads to low blood flow and results in low oxygen, which can kill cells and tissues. Such blockages can require amputation resulting in loss of limbs. Now, using mice as their model, researchers at Johns Hopkins have developed therapies that increase blood flow, improve movement and decrease tissue death and the need for amputation. The findings, published online last week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National...

2009-12-08 08:00:00

ProDigits is the first ever motor-powered system for patients with missing fingers NOTE TO EDITORS, PHOTO EDITORS: Additional background material, photos are available at www.touchbionics.com/prodigits-press Use of materials is free to accredited media LIVINGSTON, UK and HILLIARD, OH, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ - Touch Bionics, developer of advanced upper-limb bionic technologies, today announced the commercial launch of ProDigits, the world's first powered bionic finger solution for patients...

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2009-12-02 14:58:39

A robotic hand has been successfully connected to an amputee, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, a group of European scientists said Wednesday. The experiment lasted a month, and the scientists say it was the first time a patient has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanic hand connected to his nervous system. At a news conference in Rome on Wednesday, The Italian team said last year they implanted...

2009-12-02 10:00:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AlloSource, one of the nation's largest non-profit providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures and the world's largest processor of live cellular bone growth substitutes, today announced its sponsorship of a truly iconic symbol of hope as a float rider aboard the annual Donate Life float in the January 1, 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade®. Manuel Salazar, a 29-year-old quadruple amputee...

2009-12-01 14:46:00

PLYMOUTH, Mass., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Harvest Technologies Corp. (www.harvesttech.com) announced today results from the company sponsored 60-patient clinical trial conducted at Sri Ramachandra Medical Center in Chennai, India using the company's BMAC System to treat patients with non-reconstructable Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). Sri Ramachandra Medical Center is a Harvard Medical international-associated institution based in Chennai, India and one of the largest private healthcare...


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