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2009-07-17 09:36:23

TECNALIA Corporaci³n Tecnol³gica and the Valencia Institute for Biomechanics (IBV) have designed made-to-measure solutions to improve adaptation to replacements for amputated legs "“ the prime objective of the new health biomaterials project, FABIO, financed by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The FABIO project aims for the total integration of the chain of design and manufacture of implants and necessary elements for enhancing the quality of life of patients. To...

2009-06-29 09:19:05

U.S. scientists say brain signals controlling arm movement can be detected by using microelectrodes that are positioned on the brain, but don't penetrate it. The unique thing about this technology is that it provides lots of information out of the brain without having to put the electrodes into the brain, University of Utah Assistant Professor Bradley Greger, a co-author of the study, said. That lets neurosurgeons put this device under the skull, but over brain areas where it would be risky...

2009-05-27 16:15:00

New Mobility for Veterans, Service Members, Other Americans WASHINGTON, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a three-year study of an advanced artificial arm that easily allows those with severe limb loss to pick up a key or hold a pencil. "This arm is a high-tech example of how VA researchers are continually modernizing the materials, design, and clinical use of artificial limbs to meet Veterans' lifestyle and medical needs," says Dr. Joel...

2009-05-18 09:00:00

HDT Engineering Services Discusses the Future of Prosthetic Capabilities FREDERICKSBURG, Va., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Experts from HDT Engineering Services (previously known as New World Associates), a world-class engineering and product development provider to military and homeland security markets, recently participated in a live interview with Arlington, Va.-based News Channel 8. The prime-time discussion centered on the future of robotics and prosthetic technology and its potential...

2009-04-29 19:49:00

WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- VA Research is dedicated to restoring injured Veterans to their greatest possible functional capacity in their families, communities, and work places. For those who lost limbs from combat traumas or because of complications such as diabetes, VA researchers are designing and building lighter, more lifelike prostheses using leading-edge technologies such as robotics, tissue engineering, and nanotechnology, and are studying how to best match available...

2009-03-05 11:54:00

"Winter, The Dolphin that Could" Available Now! CLEARWATER, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) announces the release of its first-ever documentary. "Winter, The Dolphin that Could" recounts the true story of Winter, the tailless dolphin, who was not expected to survive after her tail was caught in a crab trap line and eventually fell off. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive...

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2009-02-11 15:20:47

U.S. researchers said on Tuesday that a new type of surgery might give amputees better control over their artificial arms, allowing them to point a finger, grasp a baseball bat or even give someone a pinch, Reuters reported. "Targeted muscle reinnervation" is a technique that involves taking the nerve fibers that remain after an arm is amputated and connecting them to muscles in the chest, using electrical impulses from those nerves to operate a special motorized artificial arm. The chest...

2009-02-02 06:20:00

General Assembly Votes Tuesday on SB 1116, and whether to cover cost of artificial limbs ROANOKE, Va., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Virginia's insurance lobby continues to fight hard against passage of a bill that would require insurance companies to offer coverage for artificial limbs as an option to their policyholders. The insurance industry wants to continue treating prosthetic limbs as a medical luxury while amputees demand that the costs be treated the same as other major...

2008-12-11 14:51:40

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in inducing people with an amputated arm to experience a prosthetic rubber hand as belonging to their own body. The results can lead to the development of a new type of touch-sensitive prosthetic hands. The illusion of having a rubber hand was achieved by the scientists by touching the stump of the amputated arm out of sight of the subject while simultaneously touching the rubber hand in full view of the same...

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2008-10-03 14:40:00

German athlete Wojtek Czyz, running with a space-tech enhanced prosthetic leg, set a new world record at the Paralympics 2008 in Beijing, reaching an amazing 6.50 m and beating the previous world record by 27 cm. In spring 2004, ESA's Technology Transfer Program (TTP) technology broker MST Aerospace met with Wojtek Czyz and his trainer to perform a pre-screening of the most crucial elements of the prosthesis used by Czyz. Having lost part of his left leg three years before in a sports...


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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'