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Do you think bionic limbs will increase the quality of life for amputees?

Posted by on Oct. 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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New Bionic Limbs Will Help Wounded Amputees Control Their Body Again Themselves

by Jenny Erikson

It’s like real life RoboCop! Ok, maybe not really, but the latest prosthetic limbs are pretty darn cool. Researchers have just rolled out a cutting edge bionic leg that can be controlled by your mind.

A report published last Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine describes how a high-tech team of software and biomedical engineers, neuroscientists, surgeons, and prosthetists has designed a prosthetic leg that can bend and flex at the knee, ankle, and even toes with commands from your brain.

The project was funded by an $8 million grant from the Army, with the hope of helping the roughly 1,200 service personnel who have lost lower limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as up to a million other amputees.

Bravo, scientists. Our soldiers that lose limbs in service to this country deserve to have as much normalcy restored to their lives as possible.

The lead author of the report, Levi J. Hargrove, said that the goal is to “restore full capabilities” to amputees, and that they’re committed to developing the technology for our wounded warriors and others that have lost limbs in accidents.

Guinea pig Zac Vawter, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2009, spent countless hours with his leg wired up, imagining making certain movements. Tiny electrodes learned the signals for different movements from muscle contractions in his thigh, and pattern-recognition software digitized the results to catalog the intended motions.

And what does Vawter think of the new robo-leg? He said, “With this leg, it just flows ... The control system is very intuitive. There isn't anything special I have to do to make it work right." He also said that the increase in speed and agility would be helpful for keeping up with his 5-year-old and 3-year-old sons. Once he can convince them to let him wear the new technology home, that is.

Do you think bionic limbs will increase the quality of life for amputees?

by on Oct. 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM
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AmaliaD
by Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Sure but I would rather them go to the Boston victims first. They didn't sign up for war, just a marathon.
UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I don't know it they will increase the quality of life but i think they'll give people more mobility and dexterity. I think quality of life is subjective.

erika9009
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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Quoting AmaliaD:

Sure but I would rather them go to the Boston victims first. They didn't sign up for war, just a marathon.

nobody deserves it more than another.

Alayna - Wife to Sanjay and mommy to Anjali

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:21 PM

of course they would.  


Quoting erika9009:

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.



Alayna - Wife to Sanjay and mommy to Anjali

erika9009
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM


What would be their incentive to develop it???

Sure, there are some that do this kind of work for the betterment of everyone.  Typically, those are in Universities and need grant money.  Companies do it to sell. 


Quoting LaughCryLive:

of course they would.  


Quoting erika9009:

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.





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Erika..

Children are a blessing and are never inconvenient.............

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

they will still sell it and there will always be scientists who push beyond.


Quoting erika9009:


What would be their incentive to develop it???

Sure, there are some that do this kind of work for the betterment of everyone.  Typically, those are in Universities and need grant money.  Companies do it to sell. 


Quoting LaughCryLive:

of course they would.  


Quoting erika9009:

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.







Alayna - Wife to Sanjay and mommy to Anjali

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I think it depends on the patient-  goals and outcomes generally do.


erika9009
by Bronze Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM


There will always be those that push beyond. 

I wonder about the incentive to sell though.  The government go involved with the flu vaccine in the 90's and did some price setting or something.  Then, like 5 yrs ago there was a big shortage as the there wasn't many companies making vaccine anymore.  No profit in it since the prices were fixed.


Quoting LaughCryLive:

they will still sell it and there will always be scientists who push beyond.


Quoting erika9009:


What would be their incentive to develop it???

Sure, there are some that do this kind of work for the betterment of everyone.  Typically, those are in Universities and need grant money.  Companies do it to sell. 


Quoting LaughCryLive:

of course they would.  


Quoting erika9009:

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.









____________________________________________________

Erika..

Children are a blessing and are never inconvenient.............

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Oct. 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

hmmmm


Quoting erika9009:


There will always be those that push beyond. 

I wonder about the incentive to sell though.  The government go involved with the flu vaccine in the 90's and did some price setting or something.  Then, like 5 yrs ago there was a big shortage as the there wasn't many companies making vaccine anymore.  No profit in it since the prices were fixed.


Quoting LaughCryLive:

they will still sell it and there will always be scientists who push beyond.


Quoting erika9009:


What would be their incentive to develop it???

Sure, there are some that do this kind of work for the betterment of everyone.  Typically, those are in Universities and need grant money.  Companies do it to sell. 


Quoting LaughCryLive:

of course they would.  


Quoting erika9009:

Cool,

And many Progressive's say we have such an unfair medical system.  I really have to wonder if a company would have even tried to develop this with ObamaCare in place or a single payer system.











Alayna - Wife to Sanjay and mommy to Anjali

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