Tag: prosthesis

Brain Implant Restores Decision Making In Drugged Monkeys

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 18, 2012 12:30 pm

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Neuroscientists have made a brain implant that restored decision-making ability in laboratory monkeys whose faculties had been experimentally addled by cocaine. Eventually, researchers hope, such prostheses could boost cognitive abilities of brain-damaged patients.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Mind & Brain, Technology

From Toes to Gas-Powered Arms, A Peek at Prosthetics Through the Ages

By Veronique Greenwood | March 8, 2012 12:43 pm

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The prosthetics sported by military veterans and others today are high-tech masterpieces, but they are the evolution of a simple, and age-old, idea. To illustrate that point, the BBC News Health site has gone through the London Science Museum’s wonderful archive of historical medical devices and put together a slideshow of prosthetics dating from seven centuries BCE to the mid-twentieth century. Our favorites: The factory work’s arm with four attachable hammers, the Egyptian toe prosthesis, and the gas-powered arms for a twelve-year-old boy.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine
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