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    Researchers at Oxford University have found that people who had their hands amputated—even decades earlier—still maintain the representation of those hands in their brain. The findings of their study, published in the journal eLIFE, could have implications for the control of next-generation prosthetics. This team of...

    OrthoNOW, an orthopedic urgent care center created by a group of orthopedic surgeons in South Florida, presented at FIME its brand new app called “On My Way NOW.” The app helps locate the nearest OrthoNOW center. It then sends a custom alert to the center, letting the doctors and staff know that a patient is en route,...

    The new Peak Scoliosis Bracing System from the California-based company Aspen is an unloader brace designed to unload the spine, relieve pain and enhance the quality of life for adult scoliosis patients. This adjustable brace is made to improve posture, enhance mobility and increase a patient’s ability to perform...

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    Thanks to a new generation of prosthetic arms, patients can take a sensory step forward and “feel” again.   With approximately 10 to 15 million amputees in the world, those without arms or legs make up a significant percentage of our society. But these numbers don’t make everyday existence any less of a...

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    According to a current WHO estimate, more than 100 million people worldwide need a prosthesis or orthosis, and 9 in 10 of them have no access to these relatively expensive devices. Several organizations are currently trying to fill this dramatic medical supply gap with the help of 3-D technology.   Born without fingers...

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    Prosthetics have been in use for thousands of years. Although early devices cannot be compared with contemporary ones, we know that ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were able to replace missing body parts as long as 3,000 years ago.   The first milestone in the subsequent evolution of prosthetics was the...

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    Beware of crackling knees! Research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working on a special stethoscope to detect knee injuries. The device consists of microphones and a film-based vibration sensor that is stuck to the leg to listen to crunchy sounds coming from the joints. Acoustic electronics then...

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    Imagine diagnosing osteoporosis at the point-of-care—without radiation. That’s what Finnish company Bone Index is proposing with its Bindex ultrasound device. It evaluates the cortical bone thickness of the tibia and immediately calculates the density index, which has historically been obtained using large dual-energy...

    Same-day hip replacement is a new procedure which allows patients to receive an endoprosthesis without having to spend the night in the hospital. Such accelerated treatment is possible by combining the highly-efficient minimally invasive anterior approach total hip replacement method with meticulously organized...

    Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Southern Denmark have been testing a new, non-invasive method of spinal assessment that uses vibrations to identify conditions that may be invisible to MRI and other imaging techniques. This technology, sold by VibeDx, employs a small probe to...

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    A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants using a 3D printer. More and more implants are created with 3D printing techniques and successful osseointegration (properly integrating the implant into existing...

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    Smaller and sleeker, the BeBionic prosthetic hand claims to push back the limits of multi-articulated myo-electric hands a little bit farther. It is lighter and 30% smaller than other hands because it has been designed with women and teenagers in mind. The prosthetic experts at Steeper who developed the product...

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    This breakthrough mind-controlled technology developed by the Icelandic company, Össur, works by using sensors the size of a matchstick surgically implanted into specific remnant muscles in the limb stump. The sensors instantaneously trigger the desired movement via a receiver located inside the prosthesis that picks...

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    When a designer and an orthopedic surgeon meet, they create… a stool. Zami Life, a stool designed for healthy sitting and posture, was one of those smart innovations hidden in Medica’s corridors. This curved stool intends to re-position the spine with its natural S-curve, contrary to the standard flat chair, which...

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    The British startup Open Bionics created low-cost 3D-printed bionic hands to “arm the masses.” According to the company, there are an estimated 11.4 million hand amputees worldwide. Some have hooks, a few have robotic hands but most have no prosthesis at all. However, the robotic option is too expensive for most...

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