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Boy Leaves Hospital With New Hands

The first child to ever get a double hand transplant went home from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday, his hands still bandaged but working well enough to let him play with action figures.<p>Zion Harvey, 8, lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was just 2. He …

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Is crossing your legs bad for you?

Should you avoid sitting on a chair with your legs crossed?<p>How do you like to sit on a chair? Many people prefer to cross one leg over the other. In the 1980s, British comedian Kenny Everett even made it his trademark – extravagantly crossing, uncrossing, then recrossing his legs while dressed in a …

High Blood Pressure

The teen who made a revolutionary robot arm

In the video above, watch the story of how a 19-year-old inventor came up with a truly remarkable robotic limb.<p><i>Over the next month, we’re celebrating technology and innovation in a new series called Bright Sparks. As part of the series, we’re bringing back some of our favourite articles about the</i> …

Loneliness

The geniuses who invented prosthetic limbs

Moments of genius can strike at unexpected times. Here we look at some of the fearless inventors who pushed forward prosthetic technology.<p>Easton LaChappelle's brainwave for building a new prosthetic arm came after he was bored in class.<p>He stumbled across a cheaper alternative to the expensive …

Prosthetics

Multiple sclerosis patient walks after taking HIV drugs

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/south_east/1203000/1203634_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524622441_accf6dd16f141bd5531b7041325be20b<p><b>A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) says her symptoms improved so dramatically she was able to walk again after being prescribed HIV …

Medicine

Pediatrics Group Says Young Football Players Can Tackle If Done Safely

A leading pediatrics group says young football players should be allowed to tackle on the gridiron, but only if proper technique is enforced.<p>In new …

Coping With Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Inside students' heavy backpacks, why it's too much and how to help

<b>(CNN) —</b><p>When they head off to school every morning, the students of today need their laptops and tablets and a charger for both. Yes, they still have to bring books for calculus, history, science and French.<p>Notebooks? Check. Binders, too, and agendas and planners and bundles of sharpened pencils and …

Education

Why your doctor won't 'friend' you on Facebook

Doctors' practices are increasingly trying to reach their patients online. But don't expect your doctor to "friend" you on Facebook -- at least, not just yet.<p>Physicians generally draw a line: Public professional pages -- focused on medicine, similar to those other businesses offer -- are catching …

Health Care

MIT Makes A Robot With Human Reflexes

Thanks to a remote-control human pilot<p>The world as made by humans is designed for bipedal bodies, ones capable of navigating the world while maintaining balance on two precarious legs and manipulating objects using a pair of arms. Sometimes, human-made spaces become hostile, but still need a human …

Robotics

Underwater Greenhouses Offer Creative Solution To Food Crisis

Our little (horticultural) hideaway beneath the waves<p>There actually is an octopus in this garden.<p>For the past few years, from May-September, a few small transparent enclosures pop up on the seafloor off the coast of Italy.<p>The structures are underwater greenhouses, anchored 20 feet below the surface …

Why Do Seahorses Have Square Tails?

Scientists use a 3D printer and a hammer to find out<p>We’ve got a lot to learn from a seahorse’s tail. Unlike other animals, these fishes' tails are square, not round--a fundamental difference in shape that scientists believe could lead to new developments in medicine, robotics, and even defense.<p>In a …

Biology

Gear To Keep Bikers Safe

Suit up, road warriors<p>For all the fun it offers, biking can be dangerous. In 2012 some 49,000 cyclists in the United States were injured in traffic accidents, and cyclist deaths from automobile crashes increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. But it doesn’t have to be that way. New road gear can …

Cycling

Will humans keep getting taller?

We’re much loftier than we were 150 years ago. How has this happened, asks Adam Hadhazy, and what will people look like a century from now?<p>Humankind has transformed in the last century-and-a-half. Our global population has soared from a mere billion to more than seven billion. In developed …

Geography

Toddler Walking With New Prosthetic Leg - NBC News

Parenting

The Dangers of Using Google to Self-Diagnose

"Everybody googles their symptoms, their diagnoses, and their treatments—and that's enabled people to be a lot more knowledgeable," says Lyle Dennis, M.D., chief of neurology at Bon Secours Charity Health System in Suffern, New York. "But the flip side is people are getting scared." Nearly half of …

Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here

No, really. Amputees have been testing them for over a year<p>For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That's because it wasn't there. Olafsson's amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. …

Muscle

Run Like An Animal With Bionic Boots [Video]

These boots were made for bounding<p>For 25 years, inventor Keahi Seymour has dreamed of running with the speed and loping gait of an animal. His inspiration struck at age 12, while he was watching a program about kangaroos. “The announcer said it moves at such an efficient gait by using its Achilles …

Prototypes

How to Have a Good Knee Replacement

<i>If you are due to have total knee replacement surgery, here are some tips on how to help control your own outcome.</i><p>Artificial joint replacement is the last resort for most people when their knees have worn out. Fortunately, the procedure itself has become much less painful, far quicker, and more …

Strap It On! 3 Great Moves With a Strap for Your Shoulders, Hips and Back!

<i>Read at the risk of your own benefit!</i><p>Sit up straight for this one -- literally! Everyone wants great posture, but it's one of most difficult goals to achieve -- especially if you sit a lot. Despite the best ergonomic chair or other tools, prolonged sitting can negatively impact our muscles and …

4 Fashion Habits That Are Bad For Your Health

To explain which fashion habits could be doing major damage, we enlisted Will Torres, a health and fitness expert and owner of Willspace, a private training studio in New York City. Read on to educate yourself:<p><b>1. Teetering On High Heels</b><br>You’ve heard it before, but wearing high heels really is one of …

Could electric biorocks save coral reefs?

In Indonesia, ecologists have created ‘biological rocks’ on the ocean floor using an ingeniously simple technology. Katie Silver investigates.<p>Just metres off the beach, beneath the clear water, is a giant motorbike, sitting atop a big steel structure in the shape of a speedbump. It is covered in …

Seafloor

The Great Space Twins Study Begins

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Robots Used In Long-Distance Surgery Can Easily Be Hacked

Telemedical security could really use a facelift<p>In 2001, a doctor in New York completed what may seem like a routine surgery to remove a patient’s gallbladder. But in fact that procedure wasn’t routine at all, because the patient was in France. That was the first successful long-distance robotic …

Robotics

Five billion people 'have no access to safe surgery'

<b>Two-thirds of the world's population have no access to safe and affordable surgery, according to a new study in The Lancet - more than double the number in previous estimates.</b><p>It means millions of people are dying from treatable conditions such as appendicitis and obstructed labour.<p>Most live in low …

Medicine

Lower back pain linked to chimpanzee spine shape

<b>People with lower back problems are more likely to have a spine similar in shape to the chimpanzee, our closest ape relatives.</b><p>A lesion which forms in the disc between the bones of the spine is the reason for the differing shape.<p>It would have caused the vertebrae to change as humans evolved from …

Anthropology

What Could Go Wrong When Doctors Treat Their Own Kids?

Famed doctor and medical educator William Osler once said, "A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient."<p>What, I wonder, does that say about us doctors who treat our own kids?<p>This past winter, my daughter got the flu. She was miserable: daily fevers, achiness, sore throat, stuffy head …

Medicine

Cancer: The mysterious miracle cases inspiring doctors

A few patients have made rare and unexpected recoveries leaving doctors scratching their heads, says David Robson. Can these cases provide vital clues for tackling cancer?<p>It was a case that baffled everyone involved. The 74-year-old woman had initially been troubled by a rash that wouldn’t go away. …

Cancer

Robert Downey Jr. presents child with his own 'Iron Man' robotic arm

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robert Downey Jr. may be Iron Man in the popular Marvel superhero films, but he recently dealt in some advanced bionic technology himself.<p>Downey recently presented a robotic arm to young Alex Pring, a Central Florida boy who is missing his right arm from just above his elbow. The arm was …

Iron Man

Is it bad to crack your knuckles?

It’s so satisfying, but is it dangerous? Greg Foot explains.<p>If you ‘“crack” the joints of your hand regularly, you may wonder if it’s doing any damage. Some would have it that “you’ll get arthritis” in the long-term, but is there any truth to this?<p>To find out, Greg Foot and the BritLab team …

Arthritis