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Could prosthetic limbs one day be controlled by human thought?

June 27, 2019

A simpler technique for detecting electrical activity in the brain could help unlock the power of the mind…
Brain does not forget amputated limbs even after several decades

February 12, 2019

Human body is very adaptable to various changes that occur during your lifetime. You notice that when some…
Leg nerves activated by light offer new path to restoring mobility

January 2, 2019

For the first time, MIT researchers have shown that nerves made to express proteins that can be activated…
Making prosthetic limbs feel more natural

June 1, 2017

A new surgical technique devised by MIT researchers could allow prosthetic limbs to feel much more like natural…
Pig Model to Help Research on Human Knee Growth, Injury Treatment

May 17, 2017

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published research…
You think obesity only damages legs? Think again – shoulders are suffering too

May 9, 2017

Obesity is linked to many different health problems, some of them are related to bones and joints. When…
“Hand area” in the brain learns to support other tasks when person does not have one limb

April 22, 2017

It is not uncommon to see a person without one limb. Although in many cases it is a…
New Virtual Reality Technology May Improve Motor Skills in Damaged Limbs

December 16, 2016

A combination of traditional physical therapy and technology may improve the motor skills and mobility of an impaired…
Online gamers invited to tackle rare muscle disorder

October 3, 2016

Gamers who have helped scientists understand the structure of hundreds of complex proteins by playing an online protein…
Effective rehabilitation of phantom limb pain with virtual reality

September 7, 2016

A group of researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators showed that using a virtual reality…
Motorized prosthetics improves lives of amputees

August 15, 2016

When asked about her chosen field, Deanna Gates, director of the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of…
Unlocking the secret to growing new limbs

August 7, 2016

Scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory are deciphering the genetic code controlling limb regeneration Many lower organisms retain…
Surgeons Perform First Elbow Transplant Between Same Patient’s Arms

May 18, 2016

UCSF Health doctors have performed a first-of-its-kind elbow transplant between the same patient’s arms. Experts say the April…
Sonic hedgehog gene provides evidence that our limbs may have evolved from sharks’ gills

April 22, 2016

Latest analysis shows that human limbs share a genetic programme with the gills of cartilaginous fishes such as…
Evolutionary leap from fins to legs was surprisingly simple

March 10, 2016

The new finding overturns long-held views that the origin of vertebrates with legs (known as tetrapods) triggered an…
Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Moves Individual ‘Fingers’

February 16, 2016

Physicians and biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins report what they believe is the first successful effort to wiggle…
Scientists calculate dinosaurs’ need for speed

February 2, 2016

A new study in leg length among carnivorous dinosaurs has yielded a formula to identify adaptations for speed.…
Regrowing functional joints in frogs

January 16, 2016

Kyoto University paves the way for regeneration of amputated limbs In a first, Japanese researchers have regenerated functional…
A broken bone may lead to widespread body pain – not just at the site of the fracture

January 6, 2016

Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study…
Strategy Based on Human Reflexes May Keep Legged Robots, Prosthetic Legs From Tripping

November 20, 2015

Trips and stumbles too often lead to falls for amputees using leg prosthetics, but a robotic leg prosthesis…
Bats use weighty wings to land upside down

November 17, 2015

Compared to birds and insects, bats have heavy wings for their body size. Those comparatively cumbersome flappers might…
A Light Touch May Help Animals and Robots Move on Sand and Snow

October 13, 2015

Having a light touch can make a hefty difference in how well animals and robots move across challenging…
Evolution of Kangaroo-Like Jerboas Sheds Light on Limb Development

October 9, 2015

With their tiny forelimbs and long hindlimbs and feet, jerboas are oddly proportioned creatures that look something like…
Fusion vs. replacement surgery in study of ankle arthritis

October 8, 2015

UW Medicine researchers are leading a large, multicenter study to see whether joint-replacement surgery is better than fusion…
Self-management effective for uncomplicated ankle fractures

October 7, 2015

Self-management could replace traditional supervised exercise programs for treating uncomplicated ankle fractures if new research conducted by The…
Blueprints for limbs encoded in the snake genome

October 2, 2015

When researchers at the University of Georgia examined the genome of several different snake species, they found something…
New tech automatically ‘tunes’ powered prosthetics while walking

October 1, 2015

When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a…
Now printing: prosthetic limbs

September 15, 2015

Affordable open-source prosthetic limbs may be a step closer, thanks to the efforts of UQ Robotics Club students.…
Before nature selects, gene networks steer a course for evolution

September 12, 2015

Natural selection is a race to reproduce, a competition between individuals with varying traits that helps direct the…
Definitive mechanism of phantom limb pain

September 11, 2015

A University of Tokyo research group has successfully developed a method of measuring phantom limb movement experienced by…
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