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Diamonds are a girl's best friend
A WOMAN has modelled in a Marilyn Monroe inspired photoshoot - wearing a running blade encrusted with crystals. 
Belina Gatland wanted the shimmering prosthesis for a charity photo-shoot. Prosthetist Bob Watts worked closely with GlamSticks to create the glamourous end result. 
Belinda modelled the crystal leg to re-enact one of the most iconic images of the 20th Century; the infamous moment when Marilyn's white dress blows up as she stands over a subway grate.  
She said: 'I feel a bit like Cinderella as I am the only person in the world whom it fits. It is quite surreal as people come and take photographs of it, it is truly beautiful.' 
Belinda had her left leg amputated after years of operations to try and correct damage that resulted from a horse-riding injury.  
Now, with a standard running blade from Dorset Orthopaedic she lives an active life in Dubai and continues to work with horses as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist, keeping horses in good physical health.

Touch-sensitive technology developed by scientists
Touch-sensitive technology developed by scientists
SCIENTISTS are developing a pressure-sensing technology that could lead to touch-sensitive skin for prosthetic devices. 
A team at Stanford have invented a sensor that uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure which has already been tested in lab mice with brain injuries. 
But the underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to create skin-like materials that can sense pressure, leading to prosthetic devices with the electronic equivalent of a sense of touch. 
A nine-member research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Zhenan Bao detailed two medical applications of this technology in Nature Communications. 
In one simple demonstration they used this wireless pressure sensor to read a team member's pulse without touching him.

Rogue trader is jailed over mobility goods con
A MAN who conned disabled and elderly customers out of their much needed mobility goods has been jailed and fined. 
Rogue trader Scott Keeley, 26, of Sincil Mobility, was investigated by Lincolnshire Trading Standards following a complaint by one of his customers.  
He had sold the man a mobility scooter as an ex-demonstration when it was actually over seven years old. Registration documents from the DVLA had been faked and he had taken payment for insurance, despite not arranging any. 
Mr Keeley also sold defective scooters to other customers and if anyone complained, he failed to offer repairs or a replacement. On one occasion a victim received a cheque for a full refund of approximately £2,500, but it bounced.

Studies to repair damaged spinal cord set to start
Studies to repair damaged spinal cord set to start
CLINICAL studies will start next year in a pioneering project that uses cells from the nose to repair damaged nerves in the spinal cord and potentially 'cure' paralysis. 
A state of the art clean room to culture cells is currently being completed at the UCL Institute of Neurology which will lead the research into use of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) to repair brachial plexus avulsion, an injury common in motorcycle accidents when the nerve roots are pulled out of the spinal cord and the arm is left paralysed. 
The prioneering research from Professor Geoff Raisman was plunged into the spotlight last month when it appeared on BBC One's Panorama programme.

Bionic leg improves balance, mobility and quality of life
Bionic leg improves balance, mobility and quality of life
AN innovative bionic leg is set to help patients of a leading physiotherapy and healthcare practice recover from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions. 
BWT, which operates physiotherapy and healthcare centres across Dorset, secured £13,000 from asset finance specialist Academy Leasing to purchase the state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. 
'The leg is a wearable device that can dramatically improve balance, mobility and quality of life,' said BWT Partner Linda Whike. 
'Thanks to lease funding from Academy Leasing we can now offer the very latest treatment innovation for patients - and provide a therapy that is currently unavailable from the NHS.'

Robotic Speech allows Irving to walk at daughter's wedding
Robotic Speech allows Irving to walk at daughter's wedding
A PARALYSED man has manage to walk and deliver the speech at his daughter's wedding standing up thanks to a robotic suit being developed in the UK. 
Irving Caplan was paralysed in a biking accident in 2012 and was worried he would have to give his father of-the-bride speech sitting down. 
But thanks to a £100,000 device from Rex Bionics - he was able to walk across the venue to address the guests. 
The exoskeleton suit has legs that contain 29 computer processors which communicate 3,000 a messages a second to each other. 
The motors can carry a person weighing up to 15 stone have been used by 50 people, clocking up 4,000 hours of walking.
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