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January 2022

PROCESS TURNS ORDINARY CLOTHING INTO BIOSENSORS

The University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Huanan Zhang, PhD, and his team have developed a process that turns ordinary textile made of a cotton/polyester blend into sensors that measure electrical impulses generated from muscle movement. Continue reading

January 2022

ULTRASOUND USED TO BETTER CALIBRATE ASSISTIVE EXOSUITS

Researchers from Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a new approach in which robotic exosuit assistance can be calibrated to an… Continue reading

January 2022

UNCOVERING THE DEGENERATIVE BASIS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Northwestern University investigators have discovered the molecular signature of a subset of dopaminergic neurons with an increased vulnerability to degeneration. The findings shed light on the mechanisms at play within a small subsection of the brain’s substantia nigra, called the… Continue reading

April 2022

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN O&P COMING TO SALUS UNIVERSITY

Salus University, Elkins Park, PA, will be launching a new master’s program in Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P), which will be housed within the College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation. The university is seeking accreditation by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). Continue reading

April 2022

AOPA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 1

The 105th annual National Assembly of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will be held September 28 – October 1, 2022, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. New for 2022 is a 2-day education track on orthotic and prosthetic digital care, a 2-day education… Continue reading

April 2022

WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF GAIT ANALYSIS DATA OF HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS PUBLISHED

Biomechanical gait analysis can be a helpful tool when it comes to diagnosing gait problems and subsequently treating them. However, “until now there has been a worldwide lack of reference data for healthy persons,” said Fabian Horst, PhD, of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany. Continue reading

April 2022

INTACT KNEE TEACHES PROSTHESIS TO ACT MORE REALISTICALLY

The intuitive process of walking is difficult to imitate in a natural, comfortable way for people who use robotic prostheses and exoskeletons. Toward this end, to better teach a prosthetic knee to act as naturally as possible, research collaboration based at Arizona State University (ASU) and North Carolina State University… Continue reading

April 2022

HYBRID ASSISTIVE LIMB (HAL) IMPROVES GAIT IN ALS PATIENTS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease that presents with various symptoms, such as muscle weakness, dysphagia, dysarthria, and respiratory failure, leading to death in 3–5 years. As ALS remains incurable, patient care including rehabilitation is important for maintaining… Continue reading

April 2022

IDF DIABETES ATLAS 2021 AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas 10th edition is available for download. This publication provides detailed information on the estimated and projected prevalence of diabetes, globally, by region, country, and territory, for 2021, 2030, and 2045. It draws attention to the growing impact of… Continue reading

March 2022

HANGER RECOGNIZES 2021 PARTNER AWARD WINNERS

Hanger, Austin, TX, has awarded its 9th annual Partner Awards to 5 companies for their role in providing products and services used to deliver orthotic and prosthetic care and empower patients’ lives, as follows… Continue reading

March 2022

PRINTING TECHNIQUE CREATES SKIN EQUIVALENT, HEALS WOUNDS

Researchers from the University of Birmingham and University of Huddersfield, both located in the UK, developed an approach to print skin equivalents. The material may play a future role in facilitating the healing of chronic wounds. The technique is said to be the first of its kind… Continue reading

March 2022

CLINICAL OUTCOME MEASURES TOOLKIT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

The Clinical Outcome Measures Electronic Toolkit (COMET) for prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) is available for free download. The COMET provides a database of validated outcome measures geared toward prosthesis and orthosis users and practitioners; it simplifies and standardizes the… Continue reading

March 2022

TECHNOLOGY TAKES TEMPERATURE OF THE FEET OF DIABETICS

Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), New Zealand, received funding to do a pilot study to trial a portable temperature-sensing technology they developed to detect the early signs of complications of the feet among people with diabetes. Continue reading

March 2022

AOPA, COPL REQUEST PILOT GRANT PROPOSALS FOR O&P RESEARCH

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) have announced a Request for Pilot Grant Proposals in Orthotic and Prosthetic (O&P) research. Continue reading

February 2022

DARCO, SENSORIA HEALTH PARTNER TO CREATE SMART DIABETIC FOOTWEAR

DARCO International, Huntington, WV, and Sensoria® Health, Redmond, WA, have partnered to jointly develop smart diabetic footwear that is powered by mobile and cloud patient monitoring technology, to deliver remote patient monitoring–connected podiatry solutions to… Continue reading

February 2022

U-M, HUMOTECH PARTNER TO BRING OPEN-SOURCE BIONIC LEG TO RESEARCH LABS

The open-source, artificially intelligent prosthetic leg designed by researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) will be brought to the research market by Humotech, a Pittsburgh-based assistive technology company. The goal of the collaboration is to speed the development of… Continue reading

February 2022

MOLECULIGHT RECEIVES $10M USD TO SUPPORT GLOBAL EXPANSION

MolecuLight, Toronto, Canada, and Pittsburgh, PA, which provides point-of-care fluorescence imaging technology for real-time detection of wounds containing elevated bacterial loads, announced that it has received $10M USD in structure debt from SWK Holdings to support… Continue reading

February 2022

ÖSSUR PRESIDENT/CEO TO RETIRE; SUCCESSOR ANNOUNCED

Össur, Reykjavik, Iceland, announced that president and CEO Jon Sigurdsson will retire from his position after serving the company for 26 years. The company’s board of directors has appointed Össur CFO Sveinn Sölvason to succeed as president and CEO… Continue reading

February 2022

SMART BANDAGE DETECTS BIOMARKERS FOR ONSITE CHRONIC WOUND MONITORING

A research team led by Lim Chwee Teck, PhD, from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech), in collaboration with clinical partners from Singapore General Hospital… Continue reading

February 2022

‘COMPUTER ON THE BONE’ DEVELOPED TO MONITOR, PROTECT BONE HEALTH

A team of University of Arizona (UArizona) researchers has developed an ultra-thin wireless device that grows to the surface of bone and could someday help physicians monitor bone health and healing over long periods. The devices are called osseosurface electronics. Continue reading

January 2022

NATIONAL BIOMECHANICS DAY GRANTS: DEADLINE JAN. 31

The Biomechanics Initiative has announced 4 grant programs to support minority sponsored events for National Biomechanics Day, to be held on April 6, 2022. The day-long event is designed to introduce biomechanics to high school students around the globe. Continue reading

January 2022

VARIAN RECEIVES FDA BREAKTHROUGH DEVICE DESIGNATION FOR KNEE OA TREATMENT

Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company Breakthrough Device Designation for its Embozene® microspheres for genicular artery embolization (GAE), a minimally invasive procedure, for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA). Embozene … Continue reading

January 2022

OSU-CASCADES LAUNCHES DPT PROGRAM

Oregon State University – Cascades (OSU-Cascades) launched the first doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree program at a state public university this fall, welcoming an initial cohort of 45 students. Continue reading

November 2021

TEAM TREATING PARKINSON’S FOG WITH AI

An interdisciplinary research team from William & Mary is developing an innovative new treatment for the movement-related symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which affects more than 10 million people worldwide. The treatment uses a combination of hardware and software to administer targeted… Continue reading

November 2021

AMPUTATION DECISION AID WEBSITE LAUNCHED

A team from Australia’s La Trobe University’s School of Allied Health, Human Services, and Sport, Discipline of Prosthetics and Orthotics, recently launched an Amputation Decision Aid website, which includes a collection of freely available resources to help people make more informed… Continue reading