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New Technology Gives 'Feeling' to Prosthetic Arms

Posted 6 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A new way to provide sensation and natural hand movement in a prosthetic arm improves a person's ability to control the arm, researchers say. Led by Cleveland Clinic researchers, the team used what they described as "small but powerful robots" to vibrate specific muscles to "turn on" the sensation of movement. This allowed people with a prosthetic arm to feel that ...

New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome. A new study involving roughly 46,000 people with restless legs syndrome turned up 13 new gene variants that appear to raise the risk for the condition, which affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. and European populations. "We were able to identify a total of 19 risk-associated genetic ...

Living With Purpose May Help Seniors Sleep Soundly

Posted 10 Jul 2017 by

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Seniors who believe they have a purpose in life may sleep better, researchers say. Those who have good reasons to get up every day are less apt to have problems that keep them awake at night, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, according to a new study. People tend to have more trouble sleeping as they age, the researchers added. "Helping people cultivate a ...

Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – It may be possible to use the sun's energy to power artificial limbs, U.K. researchers report. The University of Glasgow team previously developed an "electronic skin" covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, a transparent substance that is stronger than steel. Graphene's transparency allows around 98 percent of the light that strikes its surface to pass ...

Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women aged 50 to 79. The investigators found that 31 percent had insomnia, and a little more than half (56 percent) said they were somewhat or very satisfied ...

Study Finds Genetic Link Between Sleep Problems and Obesity

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – There seems to be a genetic link between poor sleep and some medical conditions, including obesity, restless legs syndrome and schizophrenia, researchers report. "This clinical science is an important step forwards in understanding the biological basis for these conditions, so it's very exciting," said study co-author Dr. Martin Rutter. He is senior lecturer in ...

Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Amputees who experience what is known as phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, a small study suggests. "Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients' quality of life," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan. He is an assistant professor at Sweden's ...

Exercise Speeds Seniors' Recovery From Disability

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Elderly adults who regularly exercise are less likely to suffer a disability – and if they do, they tend to recover faster, a new clinical trial finds. Researchers found that when they got sedentary older adults into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness. And those who did develop a physical disability were one-third more ...

Amputee 'Feels' With Bionic Fingertip

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – A bionic fingertip enabled an amputee to feel different textures, researchers report. The fingertip was linked to electrodes surgically implanted into nerves in Dennis Aabo Sorensen's upper arm. Sorenson was able to feel smoothness and roughness with the fingertip, the researchers said. A machine controlled the movement of the fingertip over pieces of plastic with ...

Health Tip: Do You Have Restless Legs Syndrome?

Posted 4 Jan 2016 by

-- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that's characterized by an itchy twitching of the legs during rest that's relieved by moving them. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says typical symptoms include: Feeling a crawling, tingling, burning, aching, pulling or itching sensation in the legs. Having the urge to move worsens when you are still. Walking and other ...

Health Tip: What's Behind Muscle Cramps?

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by

-- Nothing can end a workout faster than muscle cramps. But have you ever wondered what causes them? The Mayo Clinic mentions these common factors: Straining or overusing muscles. Being dehydrated. Keeping a muscle in the same position for a long time. Having poor blood supply to affected muscles. Having compressed nerves in the spine. Getting less-than-required amounts of dietary minerals, such ...

Artificial Skin Could Bring Sense of Touch to Prosthetics

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – In a step toward giving prosthetic limbs a sense of touch, scientists have developed an artificial skin that can "feel" pressure and send those signals to brain cells. Reporting in the Oct. 16 issue of Science, researchers say the plastic skin mimics the ability of human skin to tell the difference between a firm handshake and the dead-fish variety. It can then transmit ...

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