MAY 01, 2018 06:38 AM PDT

A Marathon Tragedy Advances Medical Treatment


It's been five years since the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and in that time, advances in artificial limbs and treating amputees have made it possible for some of the victims to lead full and active lives. There were 17 victims of the bombing that lost limbs and for those survivors having the best technology is vital to continuing to heal after such a traumatic event.

In addition to better tech for prosthetic limbs, new surgical techniques were found after research dollars were used to study how to preserve some mobility when amputating limbs. One particular method now allows surgeons to keep tendons in the lower leg from being cut. These tendons can then attach to an artificial leg, and the patient has better control and better sensory input from the prosthesis. Researchers at MIT are working on limbs that can receive brain signals, so movements are more natural. The victims of the bombing have lost so much, but medical science has gained advances that can hopefully allow them a better quality of life.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
OCT 19, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 19, 2019
Watch a Baby Kangaroo Take its First Hops
When Kangaroos are first born, the bones and muscles in their legs aren’t strong enough for them to stand on their own. This is why baby kangaroos re...
OCT 19, 2019
Health & Medicine
OCT 19, 2019
A Skin Patch Might be the Most Effective Melanoma Treatment
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a fast-acting skin patch that effectively delivers cancer-fighting medicati...
OCT 19, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 19, 2019
ESA's Upcoming Euclid Space Telescope Could Teach Us About Dark Energy
The European Space Agency is currently developing a new visible to near-infrared space telescope dubbed Euclid, which is expected to tell us more about the...
OCT 19, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 19, 2019
North American Bird Populations Fell 29% Over 50 Years, But is it Too Late?
Birds are often at the forefront of interest when it comes to wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Sadly, new scientific research suggests that bird pop...
OCT 19, 2019
Space & Astronomy
OCT 19, 2019
Elon Musk Shows Off SpaceX's Shiny New Starship
If you’ve been paying any attention to SpaceX lately, then you’ve undoubtedly caught wind of the plethora of controlled launching and landing t...
OCT 19, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 19, 2019
Imagine a World Without Insects...
People tend to dislike insects, especially ant, beetle, cockroach, and mosquito varieties, but before suggesting that a world without insects would be a wo...
Loading Comments...