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Woman Walks A Mile Using Robotic Exoskeleton

Woman Walks A Mile Using Robotic Exoskeleton

July 22nd 2021

For 10 years, Diana Pelletier has had one day that has been mostly about herself. Every year in June, she has taken part in some activity celebrating life to help reclaim the day that left her paralyzed from the chest down. She calls this annual event Reclaiming the Day.  This year,…

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Michigan Amputee To Use Adaptive Bike In Race

Michigan Amputee To Use Adaptive Bike In Race

July 8th 2021

The Michigan Adventure Race - Cannonsburg Edition, is all set for this weekend near Grand Rapids. Among the competitors this year is West Michigan Veterinarian Dr. Jim Kober. His involvement is noteworthy outside of the adventure elements of the event. Dr. Kolber lost a good portion of his right arm in a…

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Puppy Without One Paw Helps Boy With Foot Amputation

Puppy Without One Paw Helps Boy With Foot Amputation

June 23rd 2021

 A Minnesota golden retriever puppy has been special since birth.  Marvel was the only puppy from her Litchfield litter born without a front right paw, says Barb Felt, the breeder of Rolling Oaks Goldens. “When she was born, we knew right away she had a special purpose,” Barb said.

Right away,…

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Dancers Incorporate Prosthetics Into Their Moves

Dancers Incorporate Prosthetics Into Their Moves

June 8th 2021

The word "prosthesis" refers to an artificial, supplemental device that attempts to return a disabled body to a state of "normalcy." A prosthetic hand resembles and functions as a "normal" hand; a prosthetic foot resembles and functions as a "normal" foot. Such technologies are laden with political expectations, namely, the…

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Exercise, Healthy Diet in Midlife May Prevent Serious Health Conditions in Senior Years

Exercise, Healthy Diet in Midlife May Prevent Serious Health Conditions in Senior Years

May 25th 2021

A diet of vegetables and other healthy foods combined with a routine of regular physical activity may be key to middle-aged adults achieving optimal cardiometabolic health later in life, according to new research from the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cardiometabolic health risk factors include metabolic syndrome, a cluster of…

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Army Researchers Invent Device To Improve Orthoses

Army Researchers Invent Device To Improve Orthoses

May 11th 2021

Army scientists have developed rate-activated tethers (RAT) to incorporate into orthotics, braces, and compression garments that provide variable support depending on the wearer’s speed and movement intensity. The tethers stretch and recover quickly during moderate extension rates and resist during extreme extension rates, providing a unique balance of comfort, performance,…

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Paralyzed Football Player Learns To Walk With Exoskeleton

Paralyzed Football Player Learns To Walk With Exoskeleton

April 20th 2021

A 27-year-old football player is one of the first in the country to use a new exoskeleton to help him overcome paralysis.
Shaun Greentree, from NSW, was injured on the sporting field last October and is now a quadriplegic.
"I was playing AFL football on the central coast and had…

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Limb Loss Doesn't Stop Teen From Playing Sports

Limb Loss Doesn't Stop Teen From Playing Sports

April 6th 2021

Greg Robinson had just started his second tenure in 2016 as basketball coach at South Central High, a 214-enrollment school serving the communities of Elizabeth and Laconia and the surrounding countryside in the rolling hills of Harrison County in Southern Indiana.

Robinson was running a youth camp for elementary students…

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Michelle's Experience At Our Kalamazoo Office

Michelle's Experience At Our Kalamazoo Office

March 25th 2021

Michelle was recently seen in our Kalamazoo office for evaluation, fit, and delivery of an RGO (Reciprocating Gait Orthosis) after sustaining a T7 spinal cord injury about one year ago. This device allowed her to independently stand and take steps for the first time since her injury.

After the injury,…

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Female Amputee Air Force Pilot Back In The Air

Female Amputee Air Force Pilot Back In The Air

March 23rd 2021

A United States Air Force Academy graduate who is the first woman amputee to return to flying duty is now helping future pilots.

"I am an amputee pilot." Major Christy Wise is a United States Air Force Academy grad and the first woman amputee to return to flying duty. "About five years…

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