British boy receives advanced prosthetic leg
When 5-year-old Eddy Parry, suffering from osteosarcoma, needed to have his leg amputated, his doctors retained the muscles and replaced his thigh bone with a metal rod so that he would be able to use a power-assisted artificial leg. The procedure was a first for a U.K. child. "Now I'm trying to get a company on board to develop a child's power-assisted leg," said Eddy's father, Jon Parry. "These do exist but only for adults." The Daily Mail (London)
Advanced 3D method designed to create tiny pancreas
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have devised a process that could enable them to grow a mini human pancreas using a 3D culture that allows pancreatic cells to expand more efficiently. Researchers hope the technique can be used to help treat diabetes and enable rapid drug testing without the need for animals. MedCityNews.com
Woman with ossification disease receives bionic arm
As a child, Ashley Kurpiel, 31, lost her right arm and shoulder to the rare genetic disease fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, in which muscles and connective tissue slowly turn to bone. Now physicians at the Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk have attached to her torso a myoelectric arm and hand prosthesis that is controlled by sensors that detect small muscle twitches. The prosthesis has enabled Kurpiel to handle cellphones and eat and drink without help. LiveScience.com
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Ohio amputee organizes adaptive sports expo
Above-knee amputee Juanita Mengel organized an adaptive sports expo in Ross County, Ohio, that featured representatives of adaptive sports groups and equipment makers. Attendees tried out adaptive bikes, ascended a rock-climbing wall, and viewed demonstrations of kayaking and other activities. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio)
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