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Soldier makes a beeline for fund-raising challenge
Soldier makes a beeline for fund-raising challenge
A BRITISH soldier is leading a team of fund-raisers on a unique fund-raising challenge that will see them aim to get from Land's End to John O'Groats - by making a beeline for the finish in a straight line. 
BLESMA Member and London Paralympian Nick Beighton, 32, is part of a team of four taking on the challenge that has already raised almost £7,000 for charity with funds still coming in. 
Nick, from Shropshire, is currently serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers, and lost both his legs above the knee while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in October 2009. 
Having gone through rehabilitation at Headley Court, Nick began training full-time as a Trunk and Arms rower for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, finishing fourth in his event with partner Sam Scowen.

Quadruple amputee tackles The Matterhorn
A MAN who almost died after being stranded in the Alps has featured on a Channel 5 documentary after taking on The Matterhorn - even though he?s a quadruple amputee. 
Jamie Andrews starred in "The Limbless Mountaineer- and was filmed while he embarked on the epic challenge that had always been his lifetime ambition. 
He said: "To anyone the Matterhorn is an iconic mountain, a symbol of the Alps. However it is a huge to challenge to attempt the climb, even today it is still a serious mountain for climbers to scale.  
"There is no easy way up or down the mountain but it has always been in my thoughts as a challenge to attempt. Since the accident I did think that it would be out of the question but my attitude is always 'never say never'."

Mirror therapy helps upper limb motor recovery
Mirror therapy helps upper limb motor recovery
MIRROR therapy is being used to help upper limb motor recovery in patients with acquired brain injuries at a rehabilition centre in Bristol. 
The occupational therapy team at The Huntercombe Group?s specialist Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Frenchay are exploring the use of mirror therapy to aid motor recovery in patients who are suffering from hemi-paresis (loss of control and weakness).  
A trial use of mirror therapy, with a 20 year old man who had sustained a traumatic brain injury, demonstrated an improvement in distal upper limb function. The Chedoke arm and hand inventory was used as an outcome measure, and results showed a reduction in the level of assistance required.

Darren is first to be fitted with Genium X3
Darren is first to be fitted with Genium X3
A YOUNG dad has become the first UK civilian to be fitted with a technologically advanced prostheses that was originally developed for injured soldiers returning from Afghanistan. 
Darren Pugh, 37, was been fitted with the revolutionary Ottobock Genium X3 - which has a microprocessor- controlled knee, is waterproof and completely submersible - by Dorset Orthopaedic.  
Darren became a through knee amputee, after a motorcycle accident in 2007 and with a todder son wanted to be as active as he could be.

New ankle support orthosis launched
New ankle support orthosis launched
A NEW low profile ankle support orthosis has been introduced to the market that will aim to help stroke and muscular dystrophy sufferers. 
The splint from Ottobock offers improved walking speed and stability for weak dorsiflexion and is designed to help lift and support slight to severe drop foot.  
The WalkOn Reaction Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) is made from carbon fibre prepreg material and allows users to walk naturally, whether on a level pavement or tackling steep terrain while hiking.

Firm announces range of enhancements at Congress
Firm announces range of enhancements at Congress
TOUCH Bionics has announced a range of enhancements to the livingskin product line at the OTWorld 2014 International Congress taking place in Leipzig, Germany. 
Key developments include my livingskin - a revolutionary iPad color capture system designed for easy and fast ordering of passive functional prostheses or customized coverings. 
There's also an improved design on the i-limb skin natural coverings - offering 18 different shades, more realistic nails. 
Ian Stevens, CEO of Touch Bionics, said: "The release of my livingskin represents significant progress towards streamlining the fitting process for our livingskin prostheses and i-limb skin match coverings.  
"We are confident that the innovative mobile system will result in delivery of the highest quality products designed to closely match a patient's skin tone and appearance."

Latest version of fracture brace launched - medi 1
Latest version of fracture brace launched - medi 1
Latest version of fracture brace launched - medi 1 
medi UK are delighted to announce the launch of the latest version of their Humeral Fracture Brace. 
Available in 3 sizes and left/right versions the medi Humeral Fracture Brace has been widely used across the UK. 
Newly improved strapping configurations, enhanced padding and wrist support configuration ensures a comfortable fit for patients, providing an improvement in compliance during healing and rehabilitation. The lateral strap panel provides a low profile covering that protects patients clothing and enables clothes to be worn over the brace comfortably and without fear of velcros rubbing or catching.  
The scalloped axilla section of the brace in conjunction with the different breathable materials used in the manufacture also ensures that the patient remains as comfortable and cool as possible. 
For more information or for a demonstration, please contact us: 
medi UK Limited, Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0EL | Tel. 01432 373400 | | |
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