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High Schoolers 3D-Print a Hand for 9-Year-Old

Illinois girl was born without fingers on left hand

(Newser) - A 9-year-old born without fingers on one hand is getting a gift from Illinois high school students: a new hand, Fox News reports. The students are 3D-printing the prosthetic device, which works through wrist movement, notes. Typically, prosthetics can run up to $50,000, says Kylie Wicker's...

For First Time, Bionic Hand Can Feel
 In First, Bionic Hand Can Feel 

In First, Bionic Hand Can Feel

Sensors send real-time feedback to brain

(Newser) - In an amazing leap forward for prosthetics, a Danish man has become the first person ever to feel something with a bionic hand. The hand contained sensors directly connected to nerves in the upper arm of Dennis Aabo, whose left hand was blown off in a fireworks accident nine years...

Scientists Create Super-Strong Micro 'Muscle'

Vanadium dioxide-based device is super fast, and the size of a microchip

(Newser) - A team of government scientists has created a microchip-sized robotic muscle capable of throwing objects 50 times heavier than itself a distance five times longer than its length in less than 60 milliseconds. The key to this wonder device is a material called vanadium dioxide, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Boston Marathon Victim Shows Off Prosthetic, With Heels

'I can't believe how much it looks like a real foot,' says Heather Abbott

(Newser) - Heather Abbott rarely wore flats before she became one of the many people to lose a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings. She calls herself a "professional heel-wearer" and preferred heels that reached the towering height of 4 inches. Today, she showed off a new prosthetic that will help...

Boston Victims Get Free Prosthetics

Industry group offers to help those whose insurance won't pay enough

(Newser) - People who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing don't need to worry about paying for prosthetics if they aren't covered by insurance, an industry group has pledged. The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has promised to supply prosthetics and initial services for the estimated 20 to 25...

Feds Might Not Certify Boston as 'Act of Terror'

Property damage too low for certification, but health care costs could top $9M

(Newser) - President Obama has called the Boston Marathon bombings terrorism, but apparently insurance companies aren't inclined to agree. After 9/11, Congress enacted the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program to help stabilize terrorism insurance premiums, and under that federal law, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew must certify violent incidents as an "act...

'Bionic Man' to Climb Skyscraper

He'll walk up all 103 flights to show off the new prosthetic leg

(Newser) - This Sunday, when Zac Vawter thinks "climb the stairs," he'll take the first step in what could be a very big development for prosthetic science. Vawter lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident in 2009, and has since been fitted with a prototype of the first...

Egyptian Cleric Pleads Not Guilty in NY Court

Abu Hamza al-Masri accused of backing US terror training camp

(Newser) - Abu Hamza al-Masri has pleaded not guilty of conspiring to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The Egyptian cleric entered the plea in New York City today after being extradited from Britain , the AP reports. Two others who arrived from the UK, Khaled al-Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary,...

'Signal Sending' Glasses Could Restore Lost Vision

Technology helps blind mice see

(Newser) - More good news for the estimated 20 million people who have lost or will lose their eyesight worldwide. Researchers have found a way to restore lost vision in mice, and they say the same technology can likely be developed for humans within two years, pending funding, reports Bloomberg . Scientists focused...

Why Today's Amputees Often Amputate More

More sophisticated prosthetics sometimes require a sacrifice

(Newser) - Increasingly, amputees who have already lost limbs are going to their doctors to ask them to remove more. The choice, which the New York Times calls "once unthinkable," comes as artificial limbs are becoming vastly more sophisticated. For people like Ann Kornhauser, whose prosthetic foot left her in...

Feds: Hospital Scammer Sold Patients' Prostheses

Health worker replaced working artificial limbs, sold them online: probe

(Newser) - Seeing this health worker could literally cost you an arm and a leg. A hospital official may have tricked his patients into replacing quality prostheses so he could trade the originals for cash on eBay, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The FBI is looking into whether the head of prosthetic...

Dolphin With Prosthetic Tail Goes Hollywood

'Winter' stars in soon-to-be-released film with Morgan Freeman

(Newser) - If you've never heard of Winter the dolphin, get ready. She's about to be a movie star, reports the Huffington Post . Dolphin Tale, with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, tells the true-life story of how Winter lost her tail in a crab trap at age 3 months. Doctors...

Mercedes Gives Racing Fan Bionic Hand

Teenage F1 fan receives $40K prosthetic

(Newser) - Maybe this is just the first step toward a cyborg Formula One driver: The Mercedes F1 team helped outfit a 14-year-old fan born without a left hand a new high-tech prosthetic hand, reports the Telegraph . The British teen wrote to the head of the Mercedes Benz team last June, and...

Mini Horse Gets Fake Leg
 Mini Horse Gets Fake Leg 

Mini Horse Gets Fake Leg

Texas sanctuary gets rescued horse galloping

(Newser) - A miniature horse has a new leg and a new lease on life thanks to a Texas horse rescue group and a company that usually makes prosthetic limbs for people. Midnite, who was born missing a portion of his rear right leg, arrived at Ranch Hand Rescue after law enforcement...

Roger Ebert Writes About His New Prosthetic Chin
 Roger Ebert Gets a Chin 

Roger Ebert Gets a Chin

He'll wear prosthetic on new TV show

(Newser) - Roger Ebert has a new prosthetic chin, he writes at the Chicago Sun-Times . "That's not to fool anyone, because my appearance is widely known," he explains. It's more of a "pleasant reminder of the person I was for 64 years." Cancer surgeries left Ebert's face disfigured,...

Cat Walks Again Thanks to New Surgery

Experimental procedure mimics deer antlers

(Newser) - A British cat is up and walking after a first-of-its-kind experimental surgery that could have implications for human medicine, too. Oscar, who lost his back paws in a farm accident, has two prosthetics fitted directly into holes drilled into his bones at the amputation sites. The pegs were coated with...

Robotic Arm Obeys Thought Commands

Advanced prosthetic limb transfers feeling back to amputee

(Newser) - Electrodes implanted into an amputee allowed him to control a robot arm with his thoughts, scientists said today. Over the course of a month, 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello learned to manipulate the hand through a series of electronic implants connected to his nervous system, reports AP .

NM Calf Frolics With Fake Legs

Family pays for prosthetics after adopting frostbitten calf

(Newser) - The first calf ever fitted with prosthetic legs now spends her days frolicking at a New Mexico farm just months after losing her back hooves and part of her hind legs to frostbite. Rancher Nancy Dickenson's step-daughter found the frostbitten black Angus, named Meadow, on a neighboring property and the...

Documentarian Films Through Prosthetic Eye

(Newser) - A one-eyed documentarian is planning a film on privacy shot using a camera implanted in his prosthetic organ, the AP reports. Rob Spence, who plans to become a "human surveillance machine," got the idea when he realized how small his cellphone camera was. His eye muscles will move...

New Robotic Arm Takes Cues From Brain
New Robotic Arm Takes Cues From Brain

New Robotic Arm Takes Cues From Brain

Improvements in field have given amputees dexterity, independence

(Newser) - Artificial limbs have come a long way from the wooden legs and plastic arms of old: Today's prosthetics take messages directly from the brain. Their performance far exceeds that of the previous generation of devices, which required concentrated effort to make ungainly motions. "You think, and then your muscles...

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