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FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The DEKA Arm System,
which reacts like a human arm via electrodes when nearby muscles
are contracted, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
The device, about the same size and weight as a human arm,
allows most people who have lost all or part of an arm to perform
complex tasks such as using keys and locks, preparing and eating
food, using zippers and brushing the hair, the agency said Friday
in a news release.
The device was clinically tested in a Department of Veterans
Affairs study involving 36 people. About 90 percent of participants
were able to complete tasks that were not possible with a current
prosthesis, the FDA said.
The device can be configured to suit many types of amputation,
although it cannot be used by people with limb loss at the elbow or
wrist, the agency said.
The DEKA Arm System is produced by DEKA Integrated Solutions,
based in Manchester, N.H.
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