Image: Sabine Ellerbrock during wheelchair tennis; Copyright: Luc Percival

Sabine Ellerbrock bids farewell to wheelchair tennis following successful career


After a dream career in wheelchair tennis, Germany's Sabine Ellerbrock announced her retirement from the courts. It was a decision that had been impending for a while and she gave a good thought to it before putting her racquet to rest, revealed Ellerbrock.
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Picture: Graphic explaining how the arm prosthesis works; Copyright: MedUni Vienna/A. Cserveny

Plug and Play: the world’s first ready-to-use bionic arm prosthesis developed and implanted


Next milestone in the development of bionic arm prostheses: Oskar Aszmann's team in the Clinical Laboratory for Bionic Limb Reconstruction at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Surgery has developed the world's first fully integrated bionic arm prosthesis that is ready to use – in keeping with the motto "Plug and Play".
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Photo: Child with the mind-controlled prosthesis holding a grape in his prosthetic fingers; Copyright: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology

Mind-controlled arm prostheses that 'feel' are now a part of everyday life


For the first time, people with arm amputations can experience sensations of touch in a mind-controlled arm prosthesis that they use in everyday life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on three Swedish patients who have lived, for several years, with this new technology – one of the world's most integrated interfaces between human and machine.
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Photo: Three technicians working on different auxiliary means in the Ottobock workshop during Rio 2016; Copyright: Ottobock

Coronavirus crisis strikes Paralympics: Ottobock embraces flexibility and fosters creativity


Coronavirus has heightened the importance of being flexible and creative. Two strengths that Ottobock, the Official Technical Service Partner of the Paralympics, has leveraged many times at its onsite workshop during the Games and now relies on in these strange times.
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Photo: Dagmar Marth in a consultation situation with a patient and other medical staff; Copyright: Scheurlen, ukb

Peer Counseling in hospitals: Empowering amputees


Whether it’s motivating patients throughout the lengthy fitting process for the prosthesis or sharing ways to make everyday life easier – there are many questions and challenges facing a person after amputation. The German project "Peers im Krankenhaus" (PiK, English: Hospital Peers) was created to support people after amputation, to encourage them in talks and give a positive perspective on life.
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