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Study Reveals Children, Adults Born Without Hand Have Brain Functionality To Control Advanced Prosthetics

Three Charlotte hand surgeons have discovered that people of any age born without a hand already have the functionality needed to control a prosthetic device using only their mind. The breakthrough research, led by Drs. Michael Gart , Bryan Loeffler and Glenn Gaston, hand surgeons at OrthoCarolina in conjunction with Brian Kaluf, a prosthetist from Ability Clinic, studied children and adults born without a hand to see whether surgery would be required to control a myoelectric prosthetic hand. The study concluded that despite missing a limb for the patients' entire lives, the upper extremities in both children and adults could reliably reproduce unique muscle contraction patterns that correspond to a variety of wrist and hand movements. This could allow them to use their brains to control a prosthetic hand.

"In layman's terms, we wanted to find out if the human brain can command a hand

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Nerve Transfer Surgery Restores Hand Function And Elbow Extension In 13 Young Adults With Complete Paralysis

13 young adults with tetraplegia are able to feed themselves, hold a drink, brush their teeth, and write as a result of a novel surgical technique which connects functioning nerves with injured nerves to restore power in paralysed muscles Nerve transfer surgery has enabled 13 young adults with complete paralysis to regain movement and function in their elbows and hands, according to the largest case series of this technique in people with tetraplegia (paralysis of both the upper and lower limbs), published in The Lancet.

During the surgery, Australian surgeons attached functioning nerves above the spinal injury to paralysed nerves below the injury. Two years after surgery, and following intensive physical therapy, participants were able to reach their arm out in front of them and open their hand to pick up and manipulate objects. Restoring elbow extension improved their ability to prope

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Local Teen’s Accident Highlights Need For Firework Safety

The sound of fireworks still makes Keon Johnson, 17, uneasy.

It’s been four years since the Shelbyville, Tennessee, teen nearly lost his left hand after an artillery firework exploded while he was lighting it.

While fireworks are synonymous with annual July 4 celebrations, it’s an activity the Johnson family says is best left to the experts.

“I grew up doing fireworks and my children did too, with adult supervision,” said Conswella Johnson, Keon’s mother. “But after the incident with Keon, my perspective on a lot of things changed.

“We do not do fireworks at home. We will watch them from our local park, which is a couple miles away from the house,” she said. “We don’t go to the fireworks displays because Keon is still cautious. He just doesn’t want to be around them at all.”

Thousands of people like Keon are injured each year using consumer fireworks. In 2018, the Consumer Product S

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T-Shirts, Cross-Functional Collaboration Create A Skin-First Culture At Temple University Hospital

3M and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) announce the Dermal Defense Team at Temple University Hospital has received the eighth annual 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety. Members of the Dermal Defense Team accepted the award at the WOCN Society’s annual education event, WOCNext, in Nashville on Sunday, June 23.

A 732-bed Magnet®-designated Philadelphia hospital, Temple University Hospital is one of the region's most respected academic medical centers as well as the chief clinical training site for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. As a Level 1 trauma center, the Dermal Defense Team has changed the conversation from one where skin was one of the later priorities in patient care to staff thinking about skin as soon as someone is admitted.

“Your skin is your first line of protection, and we are charged to protect it. Caring for skin helps p

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