A 14-year-old from Florida who had part of his hip removed to treat a bone tumor can now flex his knee and walk more normally, thanks to a new electronic brace that uses computer technology and hydraulics. The C-Brace, which he received from the Hanger clinic in Tamarac, provides support for his limb and resistance to aid in walking. It is reportedly the first orthosis to use a hydraulic system, and the teen is the youngest patient to use the device.
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.
A new treatment for type 1 diabetes, called a "reverse vaccine" because it suppresses the immune system rather than stimulates it, has undergone successful human testing for the first time. The vaccine, developed by Dr. Lawrence Steinman of Stanford University, promotes insulin production by blocking the immune response. It still faces several more years of testing before it can be approved for the public.
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.
Attending the groundbreaking ceremony for a $550 million building at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., spoke about his own experience at the institute recovering from a stroke he had in January 2012. The new hospital will be organized around AbilityLabs, which are centers where clinicians and researchers in complementary specialties will work with patients. Kirk was part of the testing of the AbilityLab model during his rehabilitation.