Neuroscience

New surgery may enable better control of prosthetic limbs

MIT researchers have invented a new type of amputation surgery that can help amputees to better control their residual muscles and sense where their "phantom limb" is in space. This restored sense of proprioception should ...

Medical research

Early prevention of neuropathic pain

An unpleasant tingling in the hands and feet, numbness, fuzzy and burning sensations—these symptoms may indicate a neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system. If the pain persists for several months, it is referred to ...

Medical research

Feeling legs again improves amputees' health

While walking, people with intact legs can feel when they move their knee or when their feet touch the ground. The nervous system constantly draws on sensory feedback of this sort to control muscles precisely. People using ...

Medical research

A prosthetic arm that decodes phantom limb movements

About 75 percent of amputees exhibit mobility of their phantom limb. Using this information, in collaboration with physicians, researchers from CNRS and Aix-Marseille University have developed a prototype capable of detecting ...

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