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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...

2009-11-18 13:15:35

Conclusion of lead scientists of Pistorius' appeal study The artificial lower limbs of double-amputee Olympic hopeful Oscar Pistorius give him a clear and major advantage over his competition, taking 10 seconds or more off what his 400-meter race time would be if his prosthesis behaved like intact limbs. That's the conclusion "” released to the public for the first time "” of human performance experts Peter Weyand of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Matthew Bundle of...

2009-11-04 14:11:47

A study by six researchers, including a University of Colorado at Boulder associate professor and his former doctoral student, shows that amputees who use running-specific prosthetic legs have no performance advantage over counterparts who use their biological legs. A debate on the matter was spurred when Oscar Pistorius, a bilateral amputee, was barred from the 400-meter dash at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and other able-body races. The International Association of Athletics...

2009-10-14 13:47:32

Animal studies at University of Michigan also show potential to restore sense of touch Modern tissue engineering developed at the University of Michigan could improve the function of prosthetic hands and possibly restore the sense of touch for injured patients. Researchers will present their updated findings Wednesday at the 95th annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The research project, which was funded by the Department of Department of Defense, arose from a need...

2009-09-16 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amputee Coalition of America and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association today announced that Senators Tom Harkin and Olympia J. Snowe and Representatives Robert E. Andrews, George Miller, and Lincoln Diaz-Balart are recipients of their joint organizations' 2009 Legislative Appreciation Awards. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/aopa/40117/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090916/NY76561...

2009-09-16 06:02:56

Again and again, 71-year-old Marjorie Brasier walked on the treadmill using an instrumented prosthetic leg, and again and again she tripped or slipped. Sometimes she recovered on her own and kept walking, while at other times the harness she wore was all that kept her from tumbling to the floor. Brasier's trips and slips occurred by design as part of a University of Rhode Island research study that seeks to improve the safety of prosthetic legs by developing a reliable and responsive stumble...

2009-09-15 11:09:00

LIVINGSTON, Scotland, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Touch Bionics, developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, is proud to announce that its i-LIMB Hand has won silver in the 2009 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards and also won top honors in the Medical-Devices category. Competition was extremely intense with over 500 entries received from innovative companies from all around the world. The Wall Street Journal Innovation Awards focus on the overall innovation of...

2009-08-11 07:42:09

A new analysis suggests patients and physicians should rethink the pros and cons of limb-sparing surgery versus amputation for bone and soft tissue sarcomas of the lower limb. Patients with tumors of the bone or soft tissue in their arms and legs require surgery to remove their cancer. To compare the costs and benefits of amputation compared with limb-sparing surgery in these patients, Canadian researchers Ronald Barr, M.D., M.B., Ch.B., of McMaster University and Jay Wunder, M.D., M.Sc., of...

2009-08-10 10:26:59

Limb-sparing surgery, which has been taking the place of amputation for bone and soft tissue sarcomas of the lower limb in recent years, may not provide much or even any additional benefit to patients according to a new review. The analysis, published in the September 15, 2009 issue of Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, indicates that patients and physicians should rethink the pros and cons of limb-sparing surgery and amputation.Patients with tumors of the bone or...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.