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Prosthesis from Vanderbilt Helps Amputees Walk Faster

by Savitha C Muppala on  August 23, 2011 at 3:55 PM Medical Gadgets   - G J E 4
Engineers at Vanderbilt University have come up with a "bionic" above knee prosthesis which is a blessing for amputees in enabling fast movement.

The prosthesis comes with a powered knee, ankle and a microprocessor which helps in coordinating functions.  
Prosthesis from Vanderbilt Helps Amputees Walk Faster
Prosthesis from Vanderbilt Helps Amputees Walk Faster
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The other unique aspect of this device is the 'anti-stumble' mechanism, which helps the amputee regain balance when it senses that the user is about to fall.  

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This device is light and helps amputees walk 25% faster. The energy used is also 30-40% less as compared to traditional devices. The device also makes the actions of sitting, standing, going up/down stairs and ramps easier.



Source: Medindia
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