Leg amputees feel and use nerve-stimulating leg prosthesis as a real limb

A European consortium led by ETH Zurich and SensArs Neuroprosthetics reports that tiny electrodes implanted in a patients’ thigh nerve allow them to feel natural sensations of touch and movement from a prosthesis. Amputees can then walk freely while thinking about activities other than controlling the device. The details of the work were published in Science Translational Medicine and represent […]

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Cancer sufferer reveals she was made to feel like a ‘hypochondriac’

Cancer sufferer, 29, reveals she was made to feel like a ‘hypochondriac’ for three years by her GP who repeatedly dismissed her ‘constant thrush’, night sweats and armpit pain Rebecca Hetherington started to lose her appetite and feel ‘fluey’ in 2013  Locum doctor eventually referred her for an ultrasound scan in April 2016 Diagnosed with stage two metastatic papillary thyroid cancer on […]

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This serotonin-boosting workout promises to make you feel happier

Start standing straight, with your feet together and arms down by your side, once comfortable begin to shift your weight to your left foot. Then, bend your right knee, reaching down to clasp your inner right ankle and using your hand to draw your right foot alongside your inner left thigh. Be sure to rest the foot above or below […]

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‘Short sleepers’ can get just 4 hours a night and feel fine. But is their health at risk?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain “Sleep is overrated.” So proclaims Stephen Klasko, who throughout his life has taken pride in sleeping only four or five hours a night. Those extra few hours away from his pillow, he believes, have allowed him to write books, run marathons, and achieve his lofty professional goals. An obstetrician and gynecologist, he’s the president and CEO […]

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No, crying doesn’t release toxins, though it might make you feel better… if that’s what you believe

Crying is a big part of being a kid. As you grow older, you may find you’re crying less than during childhood and adolescence. Studies show, on average, adult women tend to cry two to three times in a given month, and men only once. Although research is limited, it suggests crying frequency is highly influenced by social and cultural […]

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