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    Women who get a prosthetic foot after losing a leg to disease or injury have limited shoe options, but an invention by five Johns Hopkins University students may change that. The university announced Wednesday that the “Prominence” could be the first non-custom prosthetic foot to adapt to high heels up to 4 inches high. “High heels have become an integral part of the female lifestyle in modern society, permeating through all aspects of life— professional and social,” the mechanical engineering students wrote in a report of their project. “For female veterans of the U.S. armed services with lower limb amputations, that seemingly innocuous, but so pervasive, and decidedly feminine part of their lives is gone.” Creating the ideal prosthetic proved challenging for the students, as the device needed to be easily adjustable for multiple shoe types, maintain its position without slipping, support a person weighing up to 250 pounds, weigh less than 3 pounds itself, and be slender enough to accommodate a woman’s shoe. Students developed their project in two semesters by evaluating its function with mathematical equations, as well as with tests by machines and people, according to the release. After trying multiple options— including a mousetrap spring and balloon— the team settled on a 28-layer carbon fiber footplate to form the base of the foot as it best gave the foot the spring it needed at the proper weight. The final device also uses a heel adjustment mechanism with two interlocking aluminum disks that opens and closes using an attached lever at the ankle. Alexandra Capellini, a Johns Hopkins University junior studying public health, lost her right leg to bone cancer and was one of seven participants for the prosthetic test, which involved four types of women’s shoes. “An adjustable ankle is useful in contexts even beyond high heels,” Capellini said in the release. “Ballet flats, sneakers, boots, and high heels especially, all vary in height, so an adjustable ankle opens up opportunities to wear a variety of shoes.” The team hopes their design will help the nearly 2,100 American women who lost a leg or foot in military service, as well as other women who have suffered from lower-body limb losses and want to wear high heels again. “I think the final prototype produced showed the way forward,” Nathan Scott, a senior mechanical engineering lecturer at Johns Hopkins University who advised the student group, said in the release. “As usual we just need to go around the design and prototyping loop one more time.”

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    A woman named Leslie, who had to go through hysterectomy, warns women about the contraceptive device, Essure and its side effects that include menopause. After she had her hysterectomy her gynecologist believes that this birth control device is not safe. Leslie’s gynecologist recommended the device as a safer alternative for preventing unwanted pregnancies. Leslie is a former policewoman and is in excellent health, she went off the pill once it started affecting her blood pressure so instead she had the device implanted. Some Essure side effects Soon Leslie was going through menopausal symptoms. She was also suffering from a stabbing pain on the right side of her abdomen. She checked the internet to see whether there were any side effects to the device, and she soon found herself finding a lot of them. Her gynecologist told Leslie to stop referring to the internet but when she was told by Leslie about how she would bleed after intercourse, her gynecologist ordered her to get a transvaginal ultrasound done. The ultrasound showed cervical polyps and a fibroid tumor that was growing outside of Leslie’s uterus. Her gynecologist soon arranged a surgery to have the device removed. Leslie then filed a lawsuit against the device. She claims that she is better after she had her hysterectomy done. Essure can cause nickel allergy Leslie also shared the story about her nickel allergy. She told how her husband got her an Apple watch. But after wearing it for two weeks she suffered from a circular rash on her arm from the metal on the watch fastener. So she stopped wearing the watch and it took about two weeks for those burn-like marks to go away. It was clear that Leslie was allergic to nickel. Now the question is what was the contraceptive device actually doing to her body? The Essure representative told her gynecologist that it was the doctor’s fault, the one who had not implanted the device correctly. Leslie is still under the care of her gynecologist. She feels disgusted by the fact that there is a contraceptive device in the market that is causing women to suffer from extreme health issues causing them to take drastic measures, hysterectomy included. And because of this defective device women have suffered from organ perforation, and have lost their organs. Leslie claims that these Essure adverse reactions and the risks associated with it are underreported, mainly because of the fact that they can mimic menopause, but these complications are still life-threatening. Leslie’s story has helped some gynecologists not recommend the product to their clients.

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    Hundreds of banana farmers from Central America and South America will again have their day in court, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday revived six lawsuits accusing several big fruit and chemical companies of sickening them with a toxic pesticide. By an 11-0 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia revived claims by 228 farmers from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Panama against such companies as Chiquita Brands International, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Dole Food, Dow Chemical, Occidental Chemical and Shell Oil. The court said a Delaware judge abused his discretion by dismissing the lawsuits instead of putting them on hold or transferring them, after another judge in Louisiana had rejected the same claims because they were brought there too late. Circuit Judge Julio Fuentes called it “untenable” to throw out litigation that began in 1993, without any U.S. court reviewing the merits of the farmers’ claims. The farmers are seeking damages from the defendants for exposure from the 1960s to 1980s to dibromochloropropane (DBCP), a pesticide they blame for causing sterility, kidney failure, elevated cancer risk, birth defects and other medical problems. Most uses of DBCP were banned in the United States in 1977. The farmers sued on their own after a U.S. court rejected their bid to pursue a class action. “I’m extremely gratified that a court of this stature has finally seen the truth,” and that the farmers will “have their day in court, which is what they have asked for two decades,” their lawyer Scott Hendler said in a phone interview. Other banana workers with similar claims have won multi-million dollar settlements. One case against Dole reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. Lawyers for the companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Friday’s decision reversed an August 2015 ruling by a three-judge 3rd Circuit panel, which had upheld dismissals of the six lawsuits by U.S. District Judge Richard Andrews in Delaware. Fuentes said he found merit to defense arguments that the farmers tried to “game the system” by shopping for a friendlier court after being shut out in Louisiana. But he said dismissal would be unfair, given that the farmers were indifferent as to which court heard their claims, so long as they were heard. Most of the lawsuits were returned to Delaware for further proceedings. Claims against Chiquita will move to New Jersey, where that company is incorporated.

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    Thailand has recorded about 200 cases of Zika since January, the health ministry said on Tuesday, making it a country with one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases in the region. It was the first time Thailand’s health ministry has confirmed the number of Zika cases this year. The announcement comes a day after health experts called on Thailand to be more transparent in reporting the Zika threat to the public after health officials played down risks from rising infections of the mosquito-borne virus. Health officials have expressed concern that disclosing information on Zika, which is linked to serious birth defects, would damage Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry. “Since January, we have recorded about 200 cases and over the past three weeks, we have confirmed an average of 20 new cases per week,” Ministry of Public Health spokesman Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai told Reuters. “The number of cases is stable,” he said, without giving further details. Island city-state Singapore reported its first locally infected Zika patient on Aug. 27 and since then, the number of reported infections has soared to more than 300. Malaysia and the Philippines have also reported cases. The virus, which is affecting large parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, has been circulating in Asia for years. The lineage of the virus circulating in Asia is different to the one in the Americas, researchers say. The level of population immunity to the lineage of Zika in Asia remains unknown, according to the World Health Organization. Suwannachai urged the public not to panic and reiterated a message aimed at reassuring tourists. “People shouldn’t be scared to visit provinces affected by the Zika virus,” Suwannachai said. Zika infections in pregnant women have been shown to cause microcephaly – a severe birth defect in which the head and brain are undersized – as well as other brain abnormalities. The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last year in Brazil, which has since confirmed more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly. Thailand has found no cases of microcephaly linked to Zika and it is monitoring about two dozen pregnant woman and about six who have given birth with no complications, the health ministry said. In adults, Zika infections have also been linked to a rare neurological syndrome known as Guillain-Barre, as well as other neurological disorders.

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    If you are considering laser hair removal but are hesitant because of the unknown cost for the treatments you might want to consider using a money saving device like a Groupon Coupon. I didn’t think I would find an board certified technician or clinic that would meet my standards so I kept putting off getting treatments thinking the day would come sometime in the future when I could afford it. Then one day a co-worker came back from vacation with such smooth skin I just had to know what had happened. This was a person who had razor bumps from shaving and was very self conscious about the look of her chin. Now she was outgoing and smiling like I’d never seen her before. I just had to know what she had done to change her appearance so drastically. At lunch she told me the story of using a Groupon to go to a clinic that was a very reputable place to have laser hair removal work done and she was very glad she did. All laser treatments have risk associated so you want to be sure you are told upfront what can happen. I think that is the part that scared me the most. I had already suffered for decades with hairy bumps and ingrown hairs and I was afraid of it getting worse if I got shoddy treatment. But she assured me this place was one of the best. What if I’m one of the few people who don’t respond to the treatments, I wondered. She said they really took time to explain all the options and that she had saved enough on her procedures to get twice the treatments she thought she could afford. When I looked up the Groupon and saw how many providers were near me I couldn’t believe it. There were deals for up to 60% off on multiple areas and deals for multiple treatments that met my exact needs. I scheduled an appointment and since I’ve started treatments I’m so happy I tell everybody I know about Groupon. And I got $25 off as a fist time customer when I entered the special money saving code. That really sweetened the deal. Do yourself a favor and get this deal if you need it, then do another favor and tell someone else about it.

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    After eight children in Washington state have been hospitalized for acute neurological illnesses, health officials are trying to determine whether the illnesses could be an extremely rare syndrome that causes varying degrees of paralysis similar to polio. The Washington Department of Health said the children all had a loss of strength or movement in one or more arms or legs with a range of types and severity of symptoms. Doctors say the syndrome is not contagious. Three of the children are currently hospitalized at Seattle Children’s, and five have been released. The syndrome, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), affects the nervous system — specifically the spinal cord — and can affect both children and adults. The Washington cases have not been confirmed as AFM, but are being investigated as such.

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    With just a few short weeks to go until 2017 arrives, millions of people will already be thinking about their to-do lists for next year. One of the most common items on the agenda will be to quit smoking. Giving up entirely is immensely difficult. But even if you’ve tried and failed in the past, vaping can be the ideal solution. Rather than waiting until January, you should look to take the plunge today. Here are some of the most compelling reasons why. See The Benefits Immediately Life is short, and you’ll never get anywhere if you keep putting things off until tomorrow. The calendar shouldn’t dictate your movements, and starting today will let you reap the rewards straight away. The first steps are often the hardest. However, it only takes a few weeks to adapt to a new habit. So you could be into the swing of things before the end of 2016. Given that the benefits of vaping compared to smoking are plentiful, this should offer huge motivation. When January arrives, you’ll be ready to attack 2017 like a pro too. Time To Adjust Acclimatizing to the new habit isn’t simply about training your mind. As a cigarette smoker, you appreciate that you have your personal preferences. Vaping should be a unique experience too, and starting now will give you time to discover your favorite elements before 2017 arrives. There are various types of vape mods available on the market. It may require a little trial and error. But finding the perfect solution for your needs and preferences will increase your enjoyment tenfold. It’s far better to work these things out now. After all, if you start in January and aren’t enjoying it by February, you’ll give up. Stick with it from now until February, and you should have discovered your ideal setup. Aid Other Resolutions Let’s face it; quitting cigarettes is just one of several improvements you’re looking to make. But vaping can often help you with several of those additional tasks. Take getting fit, for example. You’ll be far better equipped for HIIT workouts when you aren’t inhaling cigarette smoke on a daily basis. Likewise, ridding yourself of the addiction can leave you feeling more confident at work and in relationships. Essentially, this is your gateway to the life you’ve always wanted. Getting a head start on the job now can only further boost your cause. Help You Quit Altogether Ultimately, your main goal is surely to end your dependence altogether. In the meantime, vaping can reduce the damage to your wallet and body. Eventually, though, it should help you kick any type of habit. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll achieve that goal. Many vapers have found that this is their best option, especially when they’ve failed with outdated methods. Of course, you may find that hypnotherapy and similar ideas are still useful. Regarding your daily activities, though, this is the your greatest weapon. If that doesn’t give you the incentive to change immediately, nothing will?

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    The truth is that with each and every sport, comes a risk of injury. Some sports, such as weightlifting, come with higher risks than activities like pilates. However, every sport comes with a risk of injury, and no matter how small that risk may be, it’s important to be aware of it. The good news is that by determining what the main causes are of sports injuries, you can help to prevent them from occurring. Or, at least, in some cases, you can. Admittedly, there are some sports injuries that aren’t preventable, such as falls, for instance. However, many of the most common sports injuries are easily avoidable. Main causes of sports injuries: To work out how to prevent common sports injuries, it’s important to understand why they occur. Repetitive movements. One of the most common causes of sports injuries is due to repetitive movements. If you do the same type of activity day in, day out, such as swimming, running or playing racket sports, you’re putting yourself at risk. This is because overuse of a certain part of your body can lead to various joint, bone, and muscle problems. Twisting. Any sports that incorporate quick movements can lead to an ankle or knee being twisted, causing damage. Ankles are prone to ligament strains, for instance. While knees, shoulders, and elbows are prone to muscular tearing. Not allowing your body to recover properly. The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to exercise is not allowing your body to recover properly after a workout. If you try and get back to exercising too quickly, your body will be at higher risk of injury as your muscles will be tired, and more prone to tearing. Best ways to prevent yourself from getting hurt: Now that we’ve discussed the most common causes of injuries, it’s time to look at how we can prevent them. Don’t overwork yourself. As mentioned above, overworking your body can make you more prone to injuries. So, it’s important to have rest days where you allow your muscles and joints to rest, so that when you next workout, you’re in tip-top shape. Know your body. It’s important to get to know your body. Note down the areas that are weakest, and do what you can to protect them from injury. Say, for example, your left knee is prone to twisting and has been injured before, wear a knee sleeve to help support it when you’re exercising. Copper wear products tend to be good, as they’re infused with copper technology, and offer high levels of support. Always warm up. Last but not least, make sure to always warm up before working out. Many sports injuries occur simply because the muscles haven’t been properly warmed up. When you warm up, the body begins pumping more blood and oxygen to the muscles, ensuring that they’re ready for more vigorous activity. So, there you have it, the main causes of sports injuries and how to prevent them from occurring. Take note, and hopefully, you’ll have an injury-free future when it comes to working out.

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  • 11/19/16--01:14: Surgery? No Problem!
  • The idea of having part of your body cut open and played with by a complete stranger is a terrifying thought for most people. Any surgery can be a stressful and dread filled time, even for the bravest of us. Obviously, the thought of your insides being played with is scary enough. But, when you add on anesthetic and pain, it gets much worse. To help you with this terrible circumstance, this post is going to ease some of your pre op concerns. To get to their current position, your doctors and surgeons have dedicated a huge portion of their lives to studying medicine. The commitment to do such a thing usually comes from the desire to help people or make a difference. This means that the odds are that your doctor would never want to hurt you. They also operate and work with thousands of patients every year, who come away unscathed. In most cases, you can trust your doctor completely. They shouldn’t lie to you or give you false hope, but they won’t withhold anything from you either. Surgeons have their mortality rates heavily scrutinized with regular checks. This is to determine how much of their patient’s deaths are avoidable, and how many weren’t. Only surgeons who make very few mistakes will continue in the role. When you consider that you’ll have at least a handful of surgeons working on you, it becomes even less likely that a mistake will be made. If that isn’t enough to sooth you, try this. Look up the surgery that you’ll be having; they usually have a generic name that is used as a blanket term for the procedure and other similar ones. It’s a little bit morbid, but have a look at the mortality rates for your surgery. For most common surgeries, you’ll find the death toll to be quite low. A tonsillectomy, for example. This is a common procedure involving removal of the tonsils, usually due to excessive infections or other issues. Worldwide, the mortality rates for this surgery are staggeringly low at 1 in 15,000. This is a good example because it’s mortality rate sits at the higher end when compared to other routine procedures. You may have heard that in a select few, anesthesia can cause to death as the result of an allergic reaction. This is true. But, the reality is, you have a 1 in 100,000 chance to have a reaction to anesthesia. This is without considering that anaesthesiologists go through years of training, and will usually give you a test dose first. Minimally invasive surgery is common in hospitals worldwide. This sort of surgery can be done with a local anesthetic, with a tiny incision. The surgery itself is done by a small device controlled by a surgeon. This allows for greater precision and lower mortality rates. This is also known as keyhole surgery. Hopefully, this will stop those shaky hands and get you feeling confident about the big day. Don’t worry; you’re in safe hands when it comes to most qualified surgeons.

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    Two new cases of a dangerous and potentially fatal tick-borne illness have health officials in Maine on high alert as agencies across the nation brace for a particularly high-population tick season. The patients, who were not identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), contracted Powassan virus, which differs from Lyme disease as

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    After years of preliminary studies, researchers at the University of Tampere, in Finland, are finally ready to test their diabetes vaccine in clinical trials. Following evidence that the new approach prevented type 1 diabetes in mice, the team is ready to test its prototype on people. The work focuses on enteroviruses known to cause the disease.

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