San Francisco-based D-Rev received a grant worth approximately $100,000 from the UK government to develop an inexpensive, polycentric, four-bar prosthetic knee to help users navigate uneven surfaces. The knees are intended to help young people in developing countries continue living active lives, according to product manager Rob Weiss, who added that the next phase of research will focus on incorporating hydraulics or microprocessors into the device.
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Microsoft engineer Easton LaChappelle used 3D scanners and computers to map the residual limb and full arm of a 9-year-old girl who was born missing her right hand and forearm. LaChappelle developed a lightweight, battery-powered robotic arm with individual finger movement and muscle control that works and looks like a human hand, down to the paintable fingernails.
Innovations introduced at the European MedFIT conference included Japet Medical Devices' Atlas exoskeleton, which decompresses the spine during physical therapy exercises to relieve lower-back pain, and Linksium's Grapheal bandage, which uses graphene to encourage cell growth and healing in advanced wounds.
Two years after undergoing the country's first pediatric double hand transplant, Zion Harvey, now 10, can write, hold food, zip his pants, make his lunch and grip a baseball bat, his doctors report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. "He really has gained tremendous independence, which is what we all strive for in our personal lives," said his surgeon, L. Scott Levin, surgical director of the hand transplantation program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
As of 2015, 9.4% of the US population, or 30.3 million people, have diabetes, while 84.1 million have prediabetes, according to the CDC's 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report. Researchers also found increased rates of diagnosed diabetes with age, with 25.5% of adults ages at least 65 having diabetes, compared with 4% of those ages 18 to 44.
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The Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it would cause 32 million Americans to lose insurance coverage within 10 years, compared with 23 million under the House-passed American Health Care Act and 22 million under the Senate-proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. Simple repeal would also cause insurance premiums to nearly double by 2026 and compel insurers to exit individual markets as soon as next year, the CBO found.
John Pulliam of Georgia was not a competitive athlete before losing his leg in a motorcycle accident, but he has since competed in road races, marathons and a triathlon with a running blade. "Hopefully, I can encourage someone else to get up and get out and to keep moving forward," he said.
Small-business owners can use the same technology Wikipedia uses to create a collaborative employee handbook, writes Andreas Rivera, who describes two ways to create a "wiki" handbook. "The collaborative nature can bring the team together, and save you time training new employees on company policies, new employee guides, document templates and anything else you require," Rivera writes.