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First prosthetic hand with sensations successfully implanted

A patient with an amputated hand in Sweden has received the first prosthetic, fitted with tactile sensations, researched and developed by Dr Max Ortiz, alongside other key universities such as Essex University. The new prosthetic hand is said to allow recipients to have greater levels of dexterity, not to mention the new ability to feel. It is able to do this by using titanium implants to send electrodes that mimic the ability to feel, sending the identical information to the brain. This is a significant breakthrough in the medical field as current prosthetic hands can only manage a limited amount of movements, such as opening and closing the hand, as well ass a limited amount of sensory feedback. Following this procedure, the patient is now learning how to load the hand alone wit

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Copper Bioactive Glass Implant to treat bone infection

A group of researchers for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have developed a form of glass implant which uses a high amount of copper - said to treat the bone infection osteomyelitis.  The team discovered that bioactive glass with copper is able to promote bone growth and kill bacteria simultaneously, and therefore no need for antibiotics or further treatment. It works by attracting blood cells and bone cells to the source so increase bone growth rapidly, whilst fighting the chance of bacteria growing and spreading. They have claimed it will speed the healing process and is a major improvement on current treatments.  “Osteomyelitis is notoriously difficult to treat,” said first author Emily Ryan, a recently qualified PhD student in the RCSI Department of Anatomy

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