21 Nov 2016: prosthetics news of the day

06:30 AM GMT Groundbreaking amputation method developed

A new way to perform amputations allows doctors to preserve nerves of the limbs, which have been surgically removed. This revolutionary method of limb amputations will significantly improve the use of prosthetics. It was developed by Dr. Matthew Carty with help from the MIT media lab. New amputation procedure allows surgeons to use innovative prosthetic devices that may be attached directly to the nervous system of a user.

Dr. Matthew Carty
Dr. Matthew Carty

In this case, the patient doesn’t use own muscle movements to control prostheses but can control prosthetics more precisely with the brain signals. Read more>>


04:00 AM GMT Hugh Herr describes near future of prostheses

Hugh Herr, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and founder of BionX Medical Technologies Inc, said at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in New Jersey, that the near future of prostheses will include neural control of innovative bionic limbs and patient’s nerves and muscles. Hugh Herr hopes to give patients a full sense of touch, feel and movement in a year or two. His team of researchers at MIT are developing fast and effective electrical interface between the bionic limbs and the nervous system of humans brain and muscles.

Hugh Herr, a professor at MIT
credit: Bryce Vickmark

Hugh Herr said:

“We have not yet normalized speed, but that is a key goal. We are now building a 4-degree-of-freedom bionic transfemoral prosthesis. It will have a powered knee, a powered ankle and a powered subtalar joint”.

11:30 AM GMT The world’s first factory to print human organs

Next year in Brisbane, Australia, will be opened The Herston Biofabrication Institute, the world’s first factory for 3D-printing human organs: tissue, bones, cartilage and even organs. This amazing technology will help patients recover much more quickly. Professor Mia Woodruff of the Queensland University of Technology is the head of the project. She plans to employ 60 researchers and to attract $15 million of investment.

The factory for 3D-printing human organs
credit: Mark Calleja

Mia Woodruff said:

“The future of healthcare will be more personalized. It will be automated, it will be low cost, low labor and it will be customized to the patient”.

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