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Surgeon’s Innovative Technique Helps Young Amputee To Walk

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Dr. Panagiotis Glavas recently performed a new surgical technique in pediatric orthopedic surgery. This new approach allowed a child amputee to walk again.

Dr. Panagiotis Glavas performs historic surgical procedure on young amputee.

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A Double Amputee’s Olympics Chances Look Bleak

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Blake Leeper, one of the world's fastest bilateral amputee runners, needs to run on a shorter set of running-specific prosthetic legs if he wants to bid for a spot on the US Olympic team.

Blake Leeper's chances to join the U.S. Olympic team looks bleak.

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Researchers Test Prosthetic Leg That Helps Users Feel Every Step

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Sensory feedback in prosthetic limbs helps people move better. Researchers embedded sensors on a prosthetic leg, allowing users to feel when it flexes and contacts the ground. Regaining the ability to feel through their prosthetic limbs allowed users to walk quickly and confidently. It also decreased phantom limb pain.

Prosthetic legs that offer sensory feedback improves movement.

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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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