2007 Press Releases

  • Thinking Makes It So: Science Extends Reach of Prosthetic Arms

    Released November 11, 2007 - Motorized prosthetic arms can help amputees regain some function, but these devices take time to learn to use and are limited in the number of movements they provide. A researcher has pioneered a technique known as targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), which allows a prosthetic arm to respond directly to the brain’s signals, making it much easier to use than traditional motorized prosthetics.
  • The Eyes Have It: Eye Muscles May Provide Clues To Muscular Dystrophy

    Released May 1, 2007 - The eye, often called the window to the soul, may become a window to the mysteries of muscular dystrophy, a debilitating muscle disease that often leads to death in early adulthood. Physiologists are intrigued that muscular dystrophy spares a few muscles of the body -- notably the vocal cords, some muscles of the pelvic region and the eye muscles. What is it that allows these muscles to escape the effects of this deadly disease while other skeletal muscles are so profoundly affected?
  • Free Weight Training Gets Workers With Rotator Cuff Injuries Back On The Job

    Released April 29, 2007 - Rotator cuff injuries involve those muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder and can be caused by pulling the arm out of place, by falls and other accidents. Researcher describes studies involving workers suffering work-related rotator cuff and lumbar fusion injuries, and the use of free weight training to help them return to work.