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Amputee Veterans Enjoy The Outdoors Thanks To Nonprofit

Amputee Veterans Enjoy The Outdoors Thanks To Nonprofit

October 27th 2020

For the past ten years, the Arkansas Freedom Fund has continued to honor our state's veterans. "I would say it's in the thousands," said board member Jim Sawyer.   The non-profit is all about getting veterans into nature. "The outdoors is just a peaceful place," he said, to restore their mental and…

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Researchers Develop Prosthesis Similar To Human Hand

Researchers Develop Prosthesis Similar To Human Hand

October 14th 2020

Replacing the human hand with artificial devices of equal capability and effectiveness is a long-standing challenge. Even the most advanced hand prostheses, which have several active degrees of freedom controlled by the electrical signals of the stump’s residual muscles, do not achieve the complexity, dexterity, and adaptability of the human…

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Star Wars Inspires a Mind-Controlled Prosthetic

Star Wars Inspires a Mind-Controlled Prosthetic

September 22nd 2020

Significant technological accomplishments have been achieved in prosthetics in recent years. For example, sensors placed on the skin can detect neural signals that trigger motion in prosthetic devices. Although this is significant, the resultant motions are basic and do not provide tactile sensations, so vision is required for tasks such…

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Double Amputee Finds Her Purpose

Double Amputee Finds Her Purpose

September 9th 2020

A life-altering accident changed Keisha Green’s life, but she says that God gave her a purpose to inspire and guide people.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Green was raised by a single mother. She grew up in poverty but also in a family-orientated household. She dropped out of high school because…

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Implants To Control Pain Can Restore Sense of Touch

Implants To Control Pain Can Restore Sense of Touch

August 27th 2020

Upper arm prostheses that give their users a sense of touch have been developed in the past (see flashbacks below). These require careful surgical placement of electrodes near the remaining nerves within the stump and precise stimulation of said nerves. Now researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have achieved a…

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Reducing Stress May Lower Blood Glucose In Diabetes

Reducing Stress May Lower Blood Glucose In Diabetes

August 11th 2020

A new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds that stress reduction is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle to help manage Diabetes and control blood sugar levels.They have found a clear link between the stress hormone cortisol and higher blood sugar levels in…

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Cool Historical Prosthetics That Made Us Say 'Whoa'

Cool Historical Prosthetics That Made Us Say 'Whoa'

July 30th 2020

Prosthetics are an amazing feat of science for people who need replacement limbs. Thankfully, through technology, people today in need of prosthetics can get highly intelligent bionic limbs - which are extremely close to the real thing. But because of that technology, it seems wild that prosthetics are not something only available…

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Amputee Fulfills Dream of Becoming a Firefighter

Amputee Fulfills Dream of Becoming a Firefighter

July 14th 2020

An East Texas fire academy has ‘one for the books’, as an extraordinary cadet comes through its ranks. Over the years the Kilgore fire academy has trained thousands of cadets to become firefighters, but a recent cadet, 28 year old Cris Brown, a volunteer with San Augustine VFD, is one…

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Researchers Hope to Develop Muscle-Driven Endoprostheses

Researchers Hope to Develop Muscle-Driven Endoprostheses

June 23rd 2020

For the more than 2,000,000 people in the US alone who have suffered an amputated limb or have had to have one removed for medical reasons, prosthetics have offered a solid, albeit limited, way of coping.

While the use of prosthetics dates back many centuries, recent years have seen a…

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Transtibial Osseointegration Patient Encounter

Transtibial Osseointegration Patient Encounter

June 10th 2020

Adriana Medina-Teter O&P prosthetist helping Three Rivers patient. "This a very cool and unique patient that received a transtibial osseointegration, and we were able to provide him with prosthetic services. It is a rare occasion that we encounter patients that have undergone this procedure, as there aren’t that many out…

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