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Docs rewire nerves in paralyzed man’s arm giving him limited hand use

Docs rewire nerves in paralyzed man’s arm giving him limited hand use

Doctors in the United States have made a surgical breakthrough that could one-day help millions of people around the world who have been paralyzed from automotive accidents or other spinal cord injuries. When people are paralyzed and lose the function of their legs and arms, nerve damage is typically the culprit. A team of US doctors were able to give a man who was paralyzed in a car accident four years ago limited use of his hands after rewiring nerves in his arms.

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ReWalk Exo-skeleton gets paraplegics walking again

ReWalk Exo-skeleton gets paraplegics walking again

We have seen robotic exoskeletons in the past that are designed to help the disabled walk. Some devices of this type are also being studied to allow soldiers and other people who carry heavy loads to do so more comfortably. A rehabilitation center in California called Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is using a robotic exoskeleton called the ReWalk.

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Facebook organ donation push results in instant spike in donors

Facebook organ donation push results in instant spike in donors

We have talked a bit about the new Facebook tool that allows users of the social network to sign up to become organ donors in their state. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wondered if the move by Google would result in an increase in organ donation registration. According to organ donor registries in 10 states the new Facebook tool has resulted in a significant increase in new donors.

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Robotic legs to help woman run London Marathon

Robotic legs to help woman run London Marathon

After a freak horse riding accident six years ago, equestrian Claire Lomas was told she would never walk again. But she was determined to go against the odds, and thanks to her determination - and some help with incredible advancements in medical technology since 2006 - Lomas is prepared to walk in the London Marathon tomorrow. She'll be an inspiration for paralyzed medical patients everywhere.

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Researchers develop Dr Who inspired sonic screwdriver

Researchers develop Dr Who inspired sonic screwdriver

The Sonic Screwdriver. It’s a curious tool that seems to work miracles for the Doctor and his companions. Want to open a door? No problem. Fix some kind of alien technology in a couple of second? Piece of cake. While it doesn’t quite have the range of skills as the fictional version, researchers have created their own version of the sonic screwdriver that could help in certain surgeries.

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Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

Stem Cells vs Open Source: The 2012 Millennium Tech Award

It's no secret that this year's candidates for the Millennium Technology Prize are set to be controversial outside scientific circles. On the other hand, the prize committee at the Technology Academy Finland are quite sure of themselves: Linus Torvalds and Dr Shinya Yamanaka are this year's laureates. The prize this year for this prestigious award will exceed a a lovely 1 million Euros - certainly a pot to be sought after.

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Face transplant recipient recovering well post surgery

Face transplant recipient recovering well post surgery

An American man named Richard Lee Norris has lived as a recluse for the last 15 years after suffering devastating facial injuries after a gun accident. The devastating injuries left Norris without lips and most of his nose and with very limited movement of his mouth. His facial transplant was the most extensive ever performed included giving the man new teeth, nose, tongue, and a new jaw.

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Fortinet sees future where computer virus and biological virus combine

Fortinet sees future where computer virus and biological virus combine

What we know today as a "computer virus" might eventually evolve into the point where it's able to affect human biology. And no, we're not talking about a forgettable 1999 Jamie Lee Curtis flick. In one of those cases where science fiction could turn into fiction, researchers legitimately see a future where someone who's able to make a computer virus today is able to make a biological weapon tomorrow.

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Nintendo Wii Remote can help diagnose ocular torticollis

Nintendo Wii Remote can help diagnose ocular torticollis

Who knows what scientists at the Seoul National University College of Medicine were thinking when they decided to use Wii technology to help diagnose an eye disorder? Called ocular torticollis, patients end up tilting their head to one side to compensate for inefficiencies in one of their eyes. A well established method already exists for a diagnosis test, but researchers decided to try it with a couple Wii Remotes pointed at the subject, and Bluetooth connectivity to track movement.

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