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2011-08-18 12:40:00

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a new lower-limb prosthetic that allows amputees to walk with a natural gait. The device uses new technology to give it bionic capabilities and is the first prosthetic with a powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison.  The prosthetic comes equipped with sensors that monitor its user's motion and has microprocessors to use this data to predict what the person is trying to do and operate the device in ways that facilitate...

2011-07-27 03:27:00

PARIS, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oscar Pistorius, who had both of his legs amputated when he was eleven months old and who now runs with the help of two metal prosthetics, qualified last Tuesday (July 19, 2011) for the World Championships in Korea this August, by running the 400 meter race in Lignano (Italy) in 45.07 seconds (the maximum qualifying time was 45.25 seconds). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20110727/471779-a ) (Photo:...

2011-07-14 00:00:30

At the end of this month, July 2011, above-knee amputee sailor John Silverwood will depart on his first major sea voyage since 2005, when his 55-foot catamaran Emerald Jane ran aground and broke apart on a South Pacific atoll while being pounded by 30-foot waves. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2011 At the end of this month, July 2011, above-knee amputee sailor John Silverwood will depart on his first major sea voyage since 2005, when his 55-foot catamaran Emerald Jane ran aground and broke...

2011-06-23 19:58:23

Valley Presbyterian specialist co-authors case study to highlight the danger of pets in the presence of open wounds In a case study that illustrates the need for people with diabetes to be cautious of foot injuries and to protect themselves from pets, a woman with numbness in her feet caused by diabetic neuropathy slept through a traumatic episode in which her Jack Russell terrier chewed off part of her slightly infected big toe, according to an article published in this month's issue of the...

2011-06-01 10:06:00

PHILIPPI, W.Va., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics will serve as the title sponsor of the upcoming Blue & Gray Reunion to be held June 2 - 5, 2011 - and several of its amputee patients, including an Army Ranger Veteran who lost his leg while trying to apprehend Manual Noriega, will share their stories and participate in the weekend's events. The iconic weekend commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with special focus on the 150th anniversary...

2011-06-01 00:06:48

'Ortho-Plastic Limb Salvage' Approach Can Reduce Amputations in Mass Disasters Arlington Heights, Ill. (PRWEB) May 31, 2011 A team of plastic and orthopedic surgeons achieved a high success rate in limb salvage"”minimizing the need for amputations"”among patients injured in last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, according to a study in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons...

2011-05-05 15:02:32

In a rare and medically remarkable operation, a multi-disciplinary team of surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center "“ Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC "“ James) removed the left leg, hip and pelvis of a cancer patient, and used the healthy, living bones from his amputated leg to completely rebuild the connection between his spine and remaining right pelvis to support a high-tech prosthetic leg. "This...

2011-05-03 10:39:00

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Congressman Norm Dicks, along with House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Congressman Adam Smith, senior House Ways and Means Committee member Congressman Jim McDermott, and Energy and Commerce Committee member Congressman Jay Inslee, sent a letter late on Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging the Department to approve coding for Orthocare Innovations' Smart...

2011-04-27 10:06:00

ROSEMONT, Ill., April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent study published in the March issue of Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official scientific journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) describes a possible amputation alternative for patients with neuropathic ulceration of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) or big toe joint. The findings are noteworthy as diabetes is the leading cause for non-accident/injury leg and foot amputations...

2011-04-26 00:00:28

Revolutionary High-Fidelity Interface proving successful for upper and lower limb prosthetic wearers. Thousand Oaks, CA (PRWEB) April 25, 2011 April is the first National Limb Loss Awareness Month, a campaign sponsored by the Amputee Coalition. More than 2 million Americans live with limb loss and that number grows by 185,000 each year, either through trauma, disease, or birth defect. Returning patients to a lifestyle they enjoyed prior to losing a limb is the goal of prosthetists. Due to...


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