Making a New Robotic Prosthesis a Reality

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital November 23, 2016



Two years ago, Jim Ewing fell nearly 50 feet from a cliff while rock climbing. The injuries he sustained left him with severe damage to the bones and nerves in his left leg.

This past July, Jim decided to take part in a first-of-its-kind surgical amputation procedure with Dr. Matthew Carty, director of the Lower Extremity Transplant Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, who created a robotic prosthetic, and funding from the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, Jim is set to embark on a new journey that could enable his brain to interact with a specially made prosthetic.

“In its uninjured state, the human body is a dynamic machine, comprised of many moving parts that function in balance and enable us to do amazing things, like running and dancing, through the coordinated interaction of our brain and our muscles,” Dr. Carty explained in a press conference. “Traditional amputations disrupt this dynamic state. As a result, lower limb amputees lose the ability to finely control the muscles in their residual legs and, more importantly, lose the ability to perceive where their limb is in space without looking at it.” Read More »

Planning for a Safe and Healthy Summer

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 30, 2016

Summer has finally arrived and many of us are busy planning celebrations, barbecues, and outdoor activities.  Follow these tips from our experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to have a healthy and safe summer.

Summer-3Deceptively Dangerous – Avoiding Burn Injuries from Sparklers

Sparklers can cause serious injury because they can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fireworks are banned in Massachusetts, but you may be traveling to a state where sparklers and other fireworks are allowed. Learn how to avoid injuries and treat burns from sparklers.


Summer-2Grilling Food Safely

Use a  thermometer to determine if food has been cooked to the correct temperature. To kill bacteria, hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, ground poultry to 165 degrees, and poultry parts to 180 degrees. Follow these tips and more to safely prepare foods at your next barbecue.


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Summer Feet: Five Tips for Protection

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 14, 2016

When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

Contributor: James Ioli, DPM, is Chief of Podiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

As summer approaches, the season for flip-flops and sandals also arrives. In this post, Dr. Ioli  advises caution when making the switch to sandals from closed-toe shoes and offers some helpful tips to protect your feet during these warmer months.

  • Invest in your summer footwear.

“You get what you pay for,” says Dr. Ioli. “Instead of a cheaper pair of flip-flops, opt for sandals or flip- flops that offer more support.”  Look for a deep heel cup, arch support, and a metatarsal pad (under the balls of the feet), which helps protect and support the foot when walking.

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