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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...

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...

Guidelines Help Amputees Perform Better
2012-10-31 17:58:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new progress tracking system could help to provide amputees the ability to perform everyday tasks better with their prosthetic arm. A research team unveiled a new index that clinicians can use to asses their patients' progress and they described the process in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Typically, amputee patients work with a team of doctors, prosthetists and therapists to learn how their limbs can...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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