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Phantom Pain In Amputees Linked To The Brain
2013-03-06 05:38:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new brain imaging study from Oxford University reveals that the phantom pain many amputees feel in the missing limb is linked to changes in the brain that occur following amputation. Arm amputees who maintained strong representations of the missing hand in their brains — to the point where it was indistinguishable from persons with both hands — experienced the most phantom limb pain. The research team hopes that...

2013-03-03 23:00:34

Provides Comprehensive Wound Care and Limb Salvage to Greater Los Angeles (PRWEB) March 03, 2013 Dr. Bill Releford, a leader in the field of diabetic limb preservation and wound care, is pleased to announce the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute has found a new home at 9735 Wilshire Boulevard. From this central location, the Institute will be able to better serve those in need of foot and ankle care. “At the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute, we treat diabetic neuropathy, non-healing...

2013-03-02 23:00:58

Platelet-rich plasma therapy relieves chronic swelling, reduces pain. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 02, 2013 Until now, patients with lymphedema turned to compression and/or physical therapy for relief from this chronic inflammatory condition and its associated wounds. Thanks to a pioneering treatment developed by Dr. Bill Releford, D.P.M, they have another option: platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). By using proprietary PRP injections, Dr. Releford´s protocol reduces the pain and...

2013-02-21 08:30:47

NORTHVALE, N.J., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reinforces the long-term benefits of shoe inserts in significantly reducing diabetes-related amputations. According to experts at Orthofeet, a leading designer and manufacturer of therapeutic footwear, the findings are the latest in a series of international studies that validate the importance of proper footwear for adults with diabetes. In the Swedish study, the use of...

New Bionic Hand Capable Of Feeling
2013-02-18 13:35:18

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Those who have lost a limb such as a hand have long had the option of using a prosthetic to restore some lost functionality. Though these prosthetics can be beneficial to these patients, studies have shown that as many as 50 percent of prosthetic wearers rarely use them due to appearance and poor controllability. For all the good these prosthetics are capable of, nothing can replace the fact that these patients have lost a part...

2013-02-18 12:23:46

DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Come out to the InterContinental Dallas Hotel the evening of Saturday, Feb. 23, "because you're good enough, you're smart enough, and dog gone it, people like you." The Limbs for Life Foundation is channeling its inner Saturday Night Live with their 2013 fundraiser, "Live from New York, it's LFL!" More than 400 people are expected to attend, donning outfits from their favorite Saturday Night Live characters for a night of dancing, dining, auctions, casino...

2013-02-18 10:18:11

For an amputee, replacing a missing limb with a functional prosthetic can alleviate physical or emotional distress and mean a return of vocational ability or cosmetics. Studies show, however, that up to 50 percent of hand amputees still do not use their prosthesis regularly due to less than ideal functionality, appearance, and controllability. But Silvestro Micera, of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, is paving the way...

2013-02-13 17:42:01

Large study shows continued improvement with longer follow-up, reports Neurosurgery For many patients with difficult-to-treat neuropathic pain, deep brain stimulation (DBS) can lead to long-term improvement in pain scores and other outcomes, according to a study in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. About two-thirds of eligible...

2012-11-07 20:23:25

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Freedom Innovations, LLC, a leading developer of high technology prosthetic medical devices, announced today that research participant Zac Vawter utilized the world's first neurally controlled, powered prosthetic limb to climb 103 floors (2,109 steps) of Chicago's Willis Tower at the SkyRise Chicago fundraiser. In this most grueling test of the technology to date, Vawter demonstrated that this advanced research is quickly on its way to becoming...

World's First Neural-Controlled Bionic Leg Unveiled At Fourth Annual Skyrise Chicago Event
2012-11-06 10:14:36

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Seattle area resident was joined by nearly 3,000 others in North America´s tallest stair climb Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) research participant Zac Vawter made history on Sunday, November 4, 2012, by climbing 103 floors of Chicago´s Willis Tower using the first “thought-controlled bionic leg”, a neural-controlled prosthetic leg driven by his own thoughts. Vawter, 31, of the Seattle area, was joined by nearly 3,000...