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More Veterans Lose A Limb to Chronic Disease, Study Says

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A recent study found that more veterans are more likely to lose a limb to disease postservice than in conflict. The researchers perused data on 253,000 nonveterans and 78,000 veterans born between 1945 and 1995. The study is published in the BMJ Journals.

Chronic disease, not conflict, is the leading cause of amputations among veterans.

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10 Years of LLAM: Empowering Ourselves by Empowering Others

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This April, we celebrate the 10th Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month (LLAM). It has been a decade since the Amputee Coalition first sought to raise awareness on limb loss through a 30-second video shown in a Times Square billboard. And a lot has happened that improved limb loss awareness in that decade.

Amputee Coalition's Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness month marks 10th year.

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Manhattan Beach Is Now More Accessible With a Mobi-Mat

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More people can now enjoy Manhattan Beach in Southern California as officials from the Department of Beaches and Harbors installed a Mobi-Mat across the sand. It has made the beach more accessible to people who use prosthetic legs, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices.

Officials installed Mobi-Mats on the sands of Manhattan Beach, making it accessible to prosthetic users.

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Re-Gaining Proprioception with Prosthetic Limbs

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The sense of proprioception refers to a person's ability to determine where their limbs are positioned in space without needing to look. This enables you to point where your nose is even when your eyes are closed. Having this sense also makes it easier to balance, move, and manipulate objects.

Amputees can re-gain their sense of proprioception with the AMI surgical technique.

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First Female Pilot Amputee Paves the Way for Future Pilots

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Maj. Christy Wise, a United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) graduate, is the first woman amputee to return to flying duty. Wise lost her leg about five years ago in a boating accident while on vacation after coming home from deployment to Afghanistan.

Major Christy Wise is the first female pilot amputee to return to duty.

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