The Takeaway

High Tech, Low Cost Artificial Limbs Could Be on the Way

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The high cost of prosthetics is prohibitive for many people who need them. But a team of graduate students found a way to build them on the cheap. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Prosthetics

Friday, September 28, 2012

Alena Grabowski, Assistant Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, and research scientists at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, and Mike McLoughlin, Research and Exploratory Development at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory describe the latest prosthetic design and technologies and how they allow amputees to regain mobility.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Prosthetics at the Olympics

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alena Grabowski, a researcher at the University of Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs, talks about the South African runner Oscar Pistorius (the Blade Runner), who will be competing in the Olympics using prosthetic legs—and what his participation means for the Olympics, sports and prosthetics.

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Studio 360

Walking Art: Bespoke Prosthetic Limbs

Friday, June 15, 2012

Today’s artificial limbs function better than they ever did, but from an aesthetic standpoint something is lacking. A standard leg prosthetic is a jointed metal pole with a plastic foot at the end. “It simply looks to me like a job that's half complete,” says Scott Summit ...

Slideshow: Custom Limbs


The Takeaway

Unapproved Hip Replacement Caused Pain Worldwide

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration rejected an artificial hip manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. However, the company continued to sell the hip replacement in Europe and marketed a related model stateside. More than 90,000 patients worldwide used these faulty devices, and resulted in painful corrective surgery for many. In the wake of an August 2010 recall and thousands of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has lost at least $3 billion.


Studio 360

Becoming the Bionic Man

Friday, November 04, 2011

Hugh Herr is a leading bionics developer at MIT and a double amputee following a mountain-climbing accident. Herr has developed legs that allow him to climb better than he could previously. With a generation of young injured veterans needing prostheses, the need to build mechanical ...

Video: iWalk PowerFoot Gait Animation

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Joao Silva: The Unstoppable Man

Friday, August 05, 2011

Photojournalist Joao Silva talks about adjusting to using prosthetic legs after a 2010 mine explosion in Afghanistan and his plans to compete in the New York City marathon and continue photographing crisis and combat. 

Buy Joao's photos and support his recovery here.

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The Takeaway

[Web Special] Femi Oke Visits a VA Prosthetics Lab

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mark Moffa shaves a cast in the Prosthetics lab of the VA Medical Center in New York.

Mark Moffa is lovingly caressing the leg of a Vietnam vet. His fingers linger on a little imperfection, so he gently shaves it smooth. It’s okay; you haven’t accidentally stumbled upon an R rated war blog!  Mark makes and fits prosthetic limbs, and the leg he is tenderly touching is made out of plaster of Paris. ( through to continue reading and hear our interview with Department Chief John Loosen)

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