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No Link Found Between BMI and Skin Problems in Persons With Lower-Limb Loss—New Study

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A new study sought to determine the prevalence of obesity in Dutch individuals with lower-limb loss. The study was published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal in September 2021. The researchers also investigated the link between body mass index (BMI), body weight, and skin problems in the residual limb with the frequency of prosthetic repairs.

A new study didn't find any link between BMI and skin problems in persons with lower-limb loss.

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The Roadmap to an AI-powered Prosthetic Future

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Before the arrival of robotic prostheses, prosthetic devices didn't evolve much since the oldest wooden toe, deemed to be about 3,000 years old, was discovered by archeologists in 2011. Since that discovery, newer prosthetic limbs were more like biological limbs, such as the Modular Prosthetic Limb in 2011 and brain-controlled arm prostheses that could experience touch in 2020. As prosthetic advancements continue along those lines, the future of prosthetics appears to lead to artificial intelligence (A.I.).

Artificial intelligence is crucial to the future of prosthetics.

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A Design Guide for DIY Prostheses

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Desiree Riny, a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), created a design guide that could benefit individuals with limb loss who don't have access to healthcare. Instead, they can use accessible materials, such as bicycle parts and other scrap materials, to create their own lower-limb prosthetic device. 

A design guide for DIY prosthetic legs uses bicycle parts and other scrap materials.

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This Cycling Clinic Wants To Help Amputees Regain Confidence

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People experiencing limb loss from different walks of life would come to Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., to do one thing: learn how to ride a bike again.

A cycling clinic in D.C. aims to help amputees learn how to ride a bike and regain their confidence.

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Engineering Freshmen Design Promising Prosthetic Hiking Foot

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The best things in life are often free, but sometimes, they are not accessible to everyone. This was the motivation behind “Pro-Toe-Type,” a project by Louisiana Tech University engineering freshman students Matthew English, Andrew Tucker, and Carter Ledbetter. Pro-Toe-Type concentrates on designing a prosthetic leg that makes hiking more accessible to prosthesis users.

Freshmen engineering students at Louisiana Tech University created a design for a prosthetic hiking foot.

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