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September 28, 2020

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Space Station Motors Make a Robotic Prosthetic Leg More Comfortable, Extend Battery Life

A new robotic prosthetic leg prototype offers a more natural gait while also being quieter and more energy efficient than other ...

Mathematician Identifies New Tricks for the Old Arch in Our Foot

Walking and running subjects our feet to forces in excess of body weight. The longitudinal arch of the feet was thought to be the reason the feet do not deform under such load. However, researchers ...

Amputees Merge With Their Bionic Leg

Scientists have helped three amputees merge with their bionic prosthetic legs as they climb over various obstacles without having to look. The amputees report using and feeling their bionic leg as ...

Our Human Ancestors Walked on Two Feet but Their Children Still Had a Backup Plan

More than 3 million years ago, our ancient human ancestors, including their toddler-aged children, were standing on two feet and walking upright, ...
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Speeding Up Nerve Regrowth for Trauma Patients

Researchers have found a treatment that increases the speed of nerve regeneration by three to five times, leading to much better outcomes for trauma surgery ...

Potential New Target for Treatment of Gout

Researchers have identified a new therapeutic target for the treatment of gout, a common type of arthritis that causes episodes of painful and stiff joints. Their study suggests that blocking a ...

Large Genome-Wide Association Study Illuminates Genetic Risk Factors for Gout

Researchers, using a method called genome-wide association study, have illuminated the genetic underpinnings of high serum urate, the blood condition that brings on gout. The study will inform ...

Smart Insole Can Double as Lifesaving Technology for Diabetic Patients

Researchers are developing a graphene sensing system that detects early signs of foot ulcers before they form so people living with diabetes can access preventative healthcare and confidently manage ...

Step Forward in Falling Research

New research shows there is more at play than just a sinking feeling when you stumble during movement or trip in a hole in the ...

Feeling Legs Again Improves Amputees' Health

Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, which was developed by an international team of ...

Gout 'More Than Doubles' Risk of Kidney Failure

Patients with gout are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure, according to new ...

Evaluating Blood Flow Is Key to Early Diagnosis and Treatment for People With Critical Limb Ischemia

The strengths and limitations of non-invasive and other imaging techniques used to diagnose critical limb ischemia are reviewed in a new statement. Sex and ethnic disparities exist in the diagnosis ...

Prescribing Opioids for a Sprained Ankle?

A new research report shows an increase in patients being prescribed opioids after experiencing an ankle sprain. The authors urge fellow physicians to be aware of the current treatment ...

Certain Strains of Bacteria Associated With Diabetic Wounds That Do Not Heal

Whether a wound -- such as a diabetic foot ulcer -- heals or progresses to a worse outcome, including infection or even amputation, may depend on the microbiome within that ...

Despite Transition Period, Maximal Running Shoes May Still Increase Risk of Injury

A six-week transition period did not help wearers adjust to ''maximal'' running shoes, indicating that increased impact forces and loading rates caused by the shoe design do not ...

What and Where in the Processing of Body-Part Information

Our brain tells us where parts of the body are in space. We know without looking if our arm is in the air, our foot is in front of the other or beside it. It is called proprioception or body ...

Ankle Exoskeleton Fits Under Clothes for Potential Broad Adoption

The device does not require additional components such as batteries or actuators carried on the back or ...

Slower Runners Benefit Most from Elite Methods

How much do high-tech shoes, special diets and exercises, drafting behind other runners and other strategies to improve your 'running economy' actually improve your finish time? A new study ...

Step Forward in Understanding Human Feet

Scientists have made a step forward in understanding the evolution of human ...

Ulcers from Diabetes? New Shoe Insole Could Provide Healing on-the-Go

Researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15 percent of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of ...

New Anatomic Structure in the Ankle Described

Researchers describe a new ligament in the lateral side of the ankle. The ligament complex would explain chronic pain after an ankle ...

Nail Polishes With 'N-Free' Labels Are Not Necessarily Free of Toxic Compounds

Consumers are growing more knowledgeable about the potential health effects of nail polish, and manufacturers have taken action. They have started removing potentially toxic ingredients and labeling ...

Gout Drug May Protect Against Chronic Kidney Disease

New research finds that the drug allopurinol used to manage gout may offer protection against the development of kidney ...

Lawnmower Injuries a Persistent Source of Serious Injury and High Costs, New Study Affirms

In what researchers call an unusually comprehensive analysis of nationwide data, they conclude that the rate of lawnmower injuries persists at close to 6,400 a year, most of them requiring surgery ...

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