The Monday Memo
October 13, 2014 PITT DPT STUDENTS
“A Touching Story”
Recently, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, have successfully restored the “sense of touch” to two individuals using prosthetic hands. Implementing a process that involves wrapping severed nerve endings in cuffs containing contact points, the researchers were able to relay senses of texture and pressure. These nerve endings were associated with 16 to 19 contact points on the prostheses. The users were able to perform tasks such as pluck the stem of a cherry without crushing the fruit and squeeze a tube of toothpaste. Along with restoring functional sensation, this system has also been highly effective in eliminating phantom limb pain, although the researchers are unsure at this point as to why. They hope to develop this device into a take-home model within the next few months, and hopefully progress to international distribution within the next 5 to 10 years. No doubt this will also lead to further intervention and training of physical and occupational therapists should this project move forward, and with any luck, may lead to a new and expanded field of therapy.
Star of the Week: Jessie Young, rugby player – Jessie and the Pittsburgh Rugby Football Club celebrated the Club’s 50th anniversary and a win, bringing the team to 4-0 in Division I play this past Saturday.
– Michael Turnwald
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