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Eating Nuts May Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk For People With Diabetes

April 4th 2019

Eating more nuts, particularly tree nuts, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research in Circulation Research, an American Heart Association journal.

In the study, researchers found eating all kinds of nuts offered some heart-healthy benefits, with tree nuts showing the strongest…

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Solar-Powered Prosthetics For Amputees A Real Possibility

March 20th 2019

Solar-powered prosthetics for amputees are becoming a real possibility thanks to a breakthrough in energy storage technology. The new technology could pave the way for a new generation of flexible electronics, say researchers from the University of Glasgow

They wrote about their work in the prestigious journal Advanced Science (citation below). The…

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Students Create 3D-printed Prosthetic Hands for Children in Need

March 5th 2019

The printers whirred on a table inside Molly Graham’s internet business class at Northshore High School, their robotic arms tirelessly working through an 11-hour process that would result in the creation of hands from a spool of plastic-like fiber called PLA filament.

Authement smiled. Groom smiled. Watching the hands emerge from…

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Man Gets New Hand that is Controlled by Downloadable App

February 19th 2019

Nearly five decades later, Tommy Rowland, 55, of El Dorado, Arkansas is getting what he calls a second chance at life. "Anybody who lost an arm or a digit or a few fingers and could get those back - it's unbelievable the feeling that you can have," says Rowland. 

Rowland lost…

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AI System Translates Stroke, Paralysis Patients' Thoughts Into Speech

February 5th 2019

In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone's brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new…

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Ski Spectacular Draws Hundreds To Breckenridge

January 22nd 2019

Sunny skies, chilly temperatures, and a mountain of snow provided perfect conditions for the 31st annual Hartford Ski Spectacular December 3-9, 2018, at Beaver Run Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. 

More than 800 participants registered for the event, hosted by Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), including more than…

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Diabetic Amputations on the Rise in the U.S.

January 9th 2019

A growing number of people with diabetes in the U.S. are losing toes and feet to the disease by the time they reach middle age, according to a study that suggests a reversal after years of progress against diabetes.

When people with diabetes have poorly controlled blood sugar, over time…

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Being Bionic: How Technology Transformed My Life

December 18th 2018

I was born with the usual set of limbs. When I was nine months old, I contracted meningococcal septicaemia, a dangerous infection of the blood, which very nearly killed me. I survived, but because I had sustained major tissue damage, it became necessary to amputate my right leg below the…

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New Prosthetic Hand System Allows User To 'Feel' Again

December 11th 2018

Researchers have developed a new prosthetic hand system with a fully implanted, wirelessly controlled neurostimulator that has restored "feeling" to a person with a hand amputation. Arizona State University researcher James Abbas is part of the multi-institutional research team. The ground-breaking research was revealed today at the annual meeting of…

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Man Is By Nature A Social Animal: Social Integration Following Lower-Limb Amputation

November 28th 2018

This article reviews recent literature related to the value of social support among those who have experienced a lower-limb amputation as it relates to physical function and quality of life; the participation, satisfaction, and value of socialization in the first year after lower-limb amputation; and quality and characterization of relationships…

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