An exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk again has won approval of the Food and Drug Administration. The ReWalk device responds to subtle movements of the upper body, allowing users to ambulate with balance and some assistance from crutches. Another version of the device had been approved for use in hospitals, but the FDA move means the ReWalk can now be sold for personal use to individuals experiencing lower-body paralysis because of spinal cord injuries.
By deactivating a single gene, scientists were able to modify gut cells to produce insulin, suggesting that one day a drug could retrain diabetic patients' existing cells to replace missing insulin-making pancreatic beta cells. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.
Christina Stephens, an occupational therapist and below-knee amputee, successfully took on the challenge of building an entire lower-leg prosthesis out of Lego bricks. She has documented the piece-by-piece construction of her colorful leg on Facebook and YouTube.
Kenya has announced a new campaign to vaccinate as many as 4.3 million children against polio after a recent outbreak affected six people. This was the country's fourth polio outbreak since 2006, according to Director of Public Health Shahnaz Sharif. The new campaign will run from Wednesday through July 10.
ControlCase has unveiled a compliance-as-a-service certification initiative to assist firms as they comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. The company can also help firms verify and oversee the compliance of their business associates that fall under the regulation.