Boston bombings focus attention on multiple issues for amputees

06/12/2013 | Christian Science Monitor, The

The Boston Marathon bombings highlighted the situation of the approximately 2 million amputees in the U.S., including roughly 1,800 who lost a limb from military causes and 300 to 400 new amputees a day from accident or disease. Research "is not linear, it is exponential because there are so many more people working on these problems," according to double amputee Hugh Herr, head of the Biomechantronics Group at MIT. But while innovation is high, so are costs, and the Amputee Coalition is lobbying for passage of the Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act to ban reimbursement caps for prostheses.

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