Entries by Darren Angerer

Neuroprosthetic Limbs: The Future Of Prosthetics

Neuroprosthetic technology that allows for articulate prosthetic limbs controlled by the brain is advancing rapidly. Every day, researchers at universities and private companies such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink announce new breakthroughs in mind-controlled technology. The technology is enabled by a brain-computer interface and it allows for input and/or output signals to travel between the brain […]

US Navy Amputee Inspires Others With Positive Mindset

A US Navy sailor who has been documenting his recovery online after having his leg amputated has said he is on “top of the world” after taking his first steps using a prosthetic limb. Sean Dougherty filmed the “game-changing” moment for his Instagram followers. Sean wrote: “It’s not much but my first few steps are […]

New Technology Could Lead To Solar Powered Prosthetics

In a paper published in the journal Advanced Science, a team of engineers from the University of Glasgow described how they used layers of graphene and polyurethane to create a flexible supercapacitor that can generate power from the sun and store excess energy for later use. The demonstrated the effectiveness of the new material by […]

Post-Op Pain Unrelated To Phantom Pain, Study Finds

Although pain management before amputation is important, the use of pre-emptive analgesia for prevention of phantom limb pain is controversial. A study published in the “Journal of Anesthesia” aimed to determine the factors associated with perioperative phantom limb pain. Researchers in the department of anesthesiology at Hirosaki University Graduate School reviewed the medical records of […]

Managing Foot Ulcers And Bunions With Orthotics

For people with foot problems, the consequences can range from minor pain to severe complications. Specialized care, including custom orthopedic shoes and orthotics, can keep these ailments under control. The skin sores known as foot ulcers are a serious risk to people with diabetes.  This is because the long-term complications of diabetes often include neuropathy […]

Brains Remember Missing Limbs Decades After Amputation

Researchers have found that the brain stores detailed information of a missing hand decades after amputation, regardless of whether amputees still experience phantom hand sensations. Their study, published in eLife, revealed detailed hand information in the brains of amputees compared with people who had been born with a missing hand. The research could pave the […]

Amputee Receives High Tech Arm Inspired By Video Game

Seven years ago, James Young lost his left arm after falling in between two train carriages. A recent contest held by Konami, a company primarily known for creating video games has allowed James to replace his limb with an extremely high-tech prosthesis. Applicants needed to be passionate about video games and live in the UK. […]