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Medtech Company Studying Robotic Wearable In Veterans

Medtech Company Studying Robotic Wearable In Veterans

January 11th 2022

San Francisco-based Roam Robotics is partnering with San Francisco VA Health Care System and San Francisco-based Northern California Institute for Research and Education to evaluate its Ascend smart brace in veterans.

Ascend is a knee orthosis designed to relieve pain and support motion, according to a Dec. 7 news release.

"Veterans suffer…

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VA Expands In-Home Care Program For Veteran Amputees

VA Expands In-Home Care Program For Veteran Amputees

December 21st 2021

The Department of Veterans Affairs in 2021 has expanded a pilot program in prosthetic care to reach more veterans nationwide.

Launched as a pilot in 2019 at VA’s Puget Sound medical network, VA's Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotics Care (MoPOC) program was so well received by local veterans that the agency quickly worked…

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6-Year-Old Amputee Loves Playing Flag Football

6-Year-Old Amputee Loves Playing Flag Football

December 7th 2021

Montrale “Money” Collins is a six-year-old double-amputee with a love for flag football and big dreams. 

He was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare condition that affects only one in a million kids, but that has not stopped him from playing flag football in the FNA league at First Baptist Bossier…

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Amputee Football Player Shines On The Field

Amputee Football Player Shines On The Field

November 15th 2021

A Pine Belt athlete is inspiring others by moving beyond limitations. Ethan Belk, 14, is a football player at Purvis High School. The ninth grader is a running back, who doesn’t let his disability stop him from getting on the field. “I was about 5 years old when it happened, and it…

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NIH Allocates $1.7M For Research On Lower-Limb Exoskeleton

NIH Allocates $1.7M For Research On Lower-Limb Exoskeleton

November 4th 2021

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Michigan $1.7 million to develop a special powered exoskeleton designed for the lower limbs.

U-M’s team aims to create a modular exoskeletal system for use on one or more leg joints -- a less bulky alternative to full-body suits. According…

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Study Evaluates Diabetic Footwear And Balance

Study Evaluates Diabetic Footwear And Balance

October 26th 2021

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major problem worldwide, especially among elderly. Diabetic patients are prone to develop neuropathy at their feet and ankles. The incidence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) among newly diagnosed diabetic patients is approximately 30%. This increases to approximately 50% in patients diagnosed with DM for more…

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Researchers Develop Prosthetic Ankle To Help With Balance

Researchers Develop Prosthetic Ankle To Help With Balance

October 13th 2021

Prosthetics can greatly improve an amputee’s quality of life, yet current lower-limb devices can’t provide continuous neural control of balance or posture, which can lead to a variety of consequences, such as difficulty walking on certain surfaces or an increased likelihood to fall. Now, NIBIB-funded researchers are working on an…

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Bombing Survivor Competing in Paralympic Games

Bombing Survivor Competing in Paralympic Games

September 21st 2021

Haven Shepherd's life could have ended shortly after it started. She was born in Vietnam, the result of an affair between her married father and another woman. For reasons that may never be fully clear — from potential societal shunning to financial hardship — her biological mother and father decided to…

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9-year Old Amputee Breaking Junior Paralympian Records

9-year Old Amputee Breaking Junior Paralympian Records

September 7th 2021

To fully understand Ayla’s most recent wins, let's go back seven years. She was two years old. Born without most of her right foot and fibula, Ayla had her leg amputated so that she could wear prosthetics. Five years later, it's time to run. "She tried out for the team and made it…

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Bilateral Amputee Recogonzied First To Complete NYC Marathon

Bilateral Amputee Recogonzied First To Complete NYC Marathon

August 24th 2021

We've all heard the saying in life: It's a marathon, not a sprint.

That certainly was the case for Deb Marcuccilli, 66, a Mendon resident, when she finished the 1994 New York City Marathon in 13 hours and 58 minutes. Twenty-seven years after walking the New York City Marathon on a…

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