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Looking for a video covering the latest developments in the interface between flesh, mind and machine, from fully functional transplants to limb replacements offering superhuman capabilities?Looking for a video covering the latest developments in the interface between flesh,... more
Added On November 8, 2010
Shipments of prosthetic limbs are headed for Haiti. Affiliate WSVN reports.
Posted: Today at 6:20 pm EST
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A huge shipment of prosthetic limbs is set to bring hope to a nation that has experienced a ton of turmoil this year.
In January, a major earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. Then, a deadly cholera outbreak claimed the lives of hundreds and continues to run rampant in the country. Just last week, Haiti was hit by Hurricane Tomas, which caused major flooding in a nation that is still recovering from the earthquake.
In spite of all the hardships Haiti has faced in 2010, hundreds of prosthetic limbs from Hialeah are scheduled to arrive in the country this week. About 2,000 people lost their limbs in the January earthquake. "This I-beam construction fits onto that, providing the fit for the prosthetics," Biosculptor Adam Finnieston said.
Knights of Columbus made a $1 million donation to help purchase the limbs from Finnieston's company. "I was touched with what I saw, and I'm blessed that I have the opportunity to continue to help," said Finnieston.
Project Medishare is also a part of the special delivery to Haiti, which should take care of 600 women and children for the next two years. Medishare provided treatment to over 30,000 patients at a number of field hospitals in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, and remains on the island. Dr. Bob Galey of Project Medishare said, "The stigma of those that have lost limbs is that somehow, something occurred in their life, and that they have been marred as having been a bad person. Imagine being a child and being faced with this for the rest of your life?"
"If they're not up on their feet, they're not going to survive, and they're not going to have normal opportunities, so this is really what we call evening the playing field," added Dr. Barth Green, the founder of Project Medishare.
The shipment is set to leave Hialeah on Tuesday.Added On November 8, 2010 Shipments of prosthetic limbs are headed for Haiti.... more
As a cat lover i had to add this, even if its out of character for me .
When Oscar the cat lost both his hind paws in a farming accident, it was feared he'd have to trundle around in one of those wheeled-cat apparatuses. But Noel Fitzpatrick, a neuro-orthopedic veterinary surgeon in Surrey, pioneered a groundbreaking technique instead, installing weight-bearing bone implants to create a bionic kitty.
Custom-engineered metal implants -- called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics (ITAPs) -- are fastened directly to Oscar's little ankle bones, inside his fuzzy little legs. From there they protrude directly through the skin and fur, using a biomimicking design inspired by the way that deer's antlers anchor to bone and then extend out through the skin. Prosthetic paws attach to the ends of the implants and let Oscar (no relation to Oscar Pistorius) walk normally.
"The real revolution with Oscar is [that] we have put a piece of metal and a flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone," Fitzpatrick told BBC News.
"We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an 'exoprosthesis' that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal's limbs to give him effectively normal gait."
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A cat which lost both back paws after a traumatic accident involving a combine harvester has regained a spring in its step after being fitted with prosthetic limbs.
In a groundbreaking surgery carried out by Noel Fitzpatrick, a Surrey-based veterinary surgeon, the custom-made implants "peg" the ankle to Oscar's foot and mimic the way in which deer antler bone grows through skin.
The prosthetic legs, called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics (Itaps) were developed by a team from University College London, led by Professor Gordon Blunn.
"The real revolution with Oscar is [that] we have put a piece of metal and a flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone," Fitzpatrick said of the operation which took place last November.
"We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an 'exoprosthesis' that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal's limbs to give him effectively normal gait," he added.
The veterinary surgical team took three hours to insert the pegs by drilling into one of the cat's ankle bones in each of the back legs.
The Itap technology has already been used to create a prosthetic for a woman who lost her arm in the July 2005 London bombings.
Oscar's recovery will feature as part of a six-part BBC One documentary series, The Bionic Vet, starting later this month.;_ylt=A2KIKvRp6yRMRjgBri6s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFpZTl2MmN2BHBvcwMzOQRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX21vc3R... more
Support and Action for the victims of the Earthquake(S.A.V.E.)509 put on an amazing event in support of Haitian amputees. Produced by REEL MCKOY Media.Support and Action for the victims of the Earthquake(S.A.V.E.)509 put on an amazing... more
This is real, and not a clip to a dystopian horror film about monkeys taking over the world with robots. It looks like the trained monkey isn't being harmed, but is controlling the robotic arm with it's mind to get treats. University of Pittsburgh has doomed us all to a robot monkey future.
or maybe heading towards improving medical science.
"Hooking up the brain directly to machines could one be instrumental in the creation of prosthetics, perhaps even allowing paralyzed people to walk again."-kotakuThis is real, and not a clip to a dystopian horror film about monkeys taking over the... more
British scientists have unveiled what they say are the world's first bionic fingers, suggesting they could change the lives of thousands.
http://bombsfromtheleftcoast.blogspot.com/2009/12/first-bionic-fingers-unveiled.htmlBritish scientists have unveiled what they say are the world's first bionic... more
New prosthetic hand allows the brain the feel it--the Smart Hand !!!
« Treating Parkinson’s and other brain diseases could be just the beginning. Optogenetics has amazing potential, not just for sending information into the brain but also for extracting it...
...Existing neural technologies are strictly one-way. Motor implants let paralyzed people operate computers and physical objects but are incapable of giving feedback to the brain. They are output-only devices. Conversely, cochlear implants for the deaf are input-only. They send data to the auditory nerve but have no way of picking up the brain’s response to the ear to modulate sound.
No matter how good they get, one-way prostheses can’t close the loop. In theory, two-way optogenetic traffic could lead to human-machine fusions in which the brain truly interacts with the machine, rather than only giving or only accepting orders. It could be used, for instance, to let the brain send movement commands to a prosthetic arm; in return, the arm’s sensors would gather information and send it back. Blue and yellow LEDs would flash on and off inside genetically altered somatosensory regions of the cortex to give the user sensations of weight, temperature, and texture. The limb would feel like a real arm. Of course, this kind of cyborg technology is not exactly around the corner. But [with optigenetics] it has suddenly leapt from the realm of wild fantasy to concrete possibility.
And it all began with pond scum. »« Treating Parkinson’s and other brain diseases could be just the... more
"Recent breakthroughs in bionics and lab-grown body parts — along with news last month that a Swiss research team aims to recreate the intricacies of the human brain within a decade — show science is rapidly creating many of the parts needed to build a fully functional human almost from scratch.
While the ultimate goal remains years if not decades away, and some aspects may be ethically questionable, the work is already helping people live more bearable and productive lives."
The article continues by going through body parts and describing how close we are to being able to create them; for example "the first prototype of an artificial liver was grown in a lab in 2005. UCLA researchers are working on a wearable artificial kidney. Scientists at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation expect to have a portable pancreas on the market in a few years" and "It is not impossible to build a human brain and we can do it in 10 years," Henry Markram, who leads the Blue Brain project, told the BBC."
What do you think about the future of humans? Are you ready to become part man, part man made?"Recent breakthroughs in bionics and lab-grown body parts — along with news... more
"Yu-Chan, a 20-year-old loggerhead sea turtle that lost her front flippers to a shark (left), tested the waters with her new limbs (right) in Japan in June 2009.
The Sea Turtle Association of Japan outfitted the reptile with sample flippers—made by the Kawamura Gishi Company—for a trial swim in a saltwater pond near the Kobe airport.
If Yu-Chan takes to her new limbs, she will be released back into the wild. Without them, the disabled turtle can move at only about 60 percent of her former speed, making her vulnerable to more shark attacks, the conservation group told the Mainichi Daily News.
The turtle's new limbs would be a "global first" if they work, conservationists say: The only other known attempt at turtle prosthetics was made last spring on a U.S. green sea turtle named Allison, whose stump was ultimately not big enough to hold a fake flipper.
From false fins to replacement beaks, see pictures of the various advanced prosthetics that have given injured animals new leases on life in recent years.""Yu-Chan, a 20-year-old loggerhead sea turtle that lost her front flippers to a... more
I, like every nine-year-old, wanted to be a dolphin trainer when I was a young'un. Now that I've seen a dolphin with a prosthetic flipper, that desire has strangely returned ...I, like every nine-year-old, wanted to be a dolphin trainer when I was a... more
"People who have lost an arm have not traditionally had much hope of ever regaining meaningful function. Prosthetic arms have been controlled in a rudimentary way, by transforming residual shoulder movements or muscle signals into the simplest movement commands. These artificial arms cannot do two things at once, much less three or four. Amputees often toss them in the closet out of sheer frustration, somewhat stung by the fact that leg amputees have far better products available to them.
But the situation is starting to change, thanks to a team led by Todd Kuiken, director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Bionic Medicine. Kuiken has developed a novel surgical technique that, when paired with both motorized prosthetic arms already on the market and experimental bionic arms developed through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program, affords amputees a remarkable degree of dexterity. Claudia Mitchell, who lost her arm in a motorcycle wreck in 2004, remembers putting on a prosthesis after undergoing Kuiken's procedure and seeing it work for the first time: "You could not wipe that grin off of my face. I can now iron a shirt again like nobody's business." Mitchell has become a hit at parties. "People can't believe how this thing works," she says. "They want to see me do things with it."
The device is activated by commands from surviving arm nerves that have been transplanted and rewired to muscles elsewhere--typically, as in Mitchell's case, in the chest. The nerves send electrical signals to control the prosthetic arm, with results so natural that observers often don't realize the arm is bionic until they listen closely for the sound of whirring motors. Called targeted muscle reinnervation, the procedure is unique because it permits intuitive control over the robotic limb. After about six months of healing, patients can move the arm merely by thinking about what they want it to do, just as they once did with their real arms. Tell Mitchell "Bend your arm," and the muscles in her chest flinch instantaneously--a most peculiar sight. But she is not thinking about moving her chest muscles. Rather, she is thinking about bending her arm, and that thought moves the chest muscles to make the robotic arm do her bidding.""People who have lost an arm have not traditionally had much hope of ever... more
Cassidy was three-legged when rescued from the shelter. Now Cassidy has four legs thanks to engineers and veterinarians at NC State University. For Cassidy, NC State really does mean go!Cassidy was three-legged when rescued from the shelter. Now Cassidy has four legs... more
Athlete, actress and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actress and activist for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.
More at http://www.ted.com/index.php/speakers/aimee_mullins.htmlAthlete, actress and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs --... more
This is a story about Jerry Jalava, a Finnish software developer who lost part of his finger in a motorcycle accident last July. According to his friend, Henri Bergius, when the surgeon assigned to work on Jalava's prosthetic finger discovered his hacking history, he made a clever suggestion: incorporate a USB key into the new digit.This is a story about Jerry Jalava, a Finnish software developer who lost part of his... more