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ROBOTIC ARMS CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO BRAIN OF PARTIALLY PARALYZED MAN ALLOWS HIM TO FEED HIMSELF.

Two robotic arms – a fork in one hand, a knife in the other – flank a seated man, who sits in front of a table, with a piece of cake on a plate. A computerized voice announces each action: “moving fork to food” and “retracting knife.”

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Soft robotic wearable restores arm function for people with ALS

Some 30,000 people in the U.S. are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that damages cells in the brain and spinal cord necessary for movement. Now, a team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has developed…

NAAOP - NATIONAL ASSOC FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF O&P

The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics is a non-profit trade association dedicated to educating the public and promoting public policy that is in the interest of the O&P patient. Since 1987, NAAOP has shaped positive results in healthcare legislation and regulation through strong government relations advocacy and education of policymakers. NAAOP serves the profession…

AOPA - AMERICAN ORTHOTIC & PROSTHETIC ASSOC

A trusted partner, advocating for and serving the orthotic and prosthetic community, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) fosters relationships with decision makers, provides education, supports research, and advances equality to strengthen the orthotic and prosthetic profession and improve the lives of its patients. Since 1917, AOPA has been the largest non-profit organization…

AAOP – AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOTISTS AND PROSTHETISTS

The Academy is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and research for the orthotic and prosthetic profession, providing professional resources, continuing education, and advocacy to enhance the skill level and awareness of orthotic and prosthetic professionals…

Spinal stimulation can improve arm and hand movement years after a stroke

Pulses of electricity delivered to a precise location on the spinal cord have helped two stroke patients regain control of a disabled arm and hand, a team reports in the journal Nature Medicine. The success should give “a lot of hope” to hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who’ve been disabled by a stroke, says Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which helped fund the research…

Concerns About 3D-printed O&P Devices Slowing Adoption

A research team in Canada reviewed recent progress in the use of polymer-based additive manufacturing (AM) for 3D printing of O&P devices. They found that design and fabrication efficiency using AM techniques lowered the device’s cost compared to conventional methods, but O&P professionals expressed concern about the materials and structural strength of 3D-printed devices.

Women Have Different Prosthetic Care Needs Than Men

Research presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists found that women with limb loss reported worse residual limb health compared to men, but had significantly fewer activity restrictions, and reported less satisfaction with the usefulness/reliability of their prosthesis than men. Women with limb loss were also less satisfied with appearance compared to men, reported less ease in social situations, higher anxiety and depression, and worse body image perception than men.

Prosthetic Care Is Initial Focus of New Pediatric Blast Injury Center

Imperial College London and Save the Children launched the world’s first center for research dedicated to studying and providing lifesaving innovations to children injured by explosive weapons. The Centre for Paediatric Blast Injury Studies brings together medics, engineers, pain specialists, operational humanitarians, and prosthetics and rehabilitation experts who are already driving new research and innovations to meet the clinical needs of children with blast injuries. 

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