Interesting Trivia About Prosthetics and Amputations
Over 2 million people in the U.S. are living without a limb. This is, of course, a rough estimate, and similar statistics say that roughly 1 out of every 200 people in the United States has lost a limb. The Amputee Coalition estimates that around 185,000 lower extremity amputations happen every year. Across the world, 300–500 amputations are estimated to happen every day. A majority of amputations are performed on males. The reasons for this trend aren’t entirely clear, but various studies have all reached the conclusion that men are more likely to become amputees than women. Regardless of gender, however, the most common reasons for amputation are cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Prosthetics are still changing and developing. Late last year, army captain Carey DuVal helped test a new robotic prosthetic hand, with which he can control his gestures by simply flexing his arm inside the cuff. Because of this new prosthetic, he was able to return to his job in the infantry — the first amputee to have passed the Special Forces assessment selection. It just goes to show that as prosthetics continue to become more advanced, the chances of amputees returning to life as they knew it only become better and better.
Jan. 4 was National Trivia Day — a day to celebrate all the random, unrelated facts you’ve stored away in your brain. They might be related
to something you enjoy, whether that’s baseball, biology, or blockbuster
movies, but they might also be little tidbits of information related to nothing in particular you’ve accumulated over your life.
In honor of this holiday, we thought we’d share some interesting facts with you about prosthetics that you might not have known. Feel free to share them with family and friends, whether they’re related to the topic of conversation or not! Did you know that … The oldest prosthetic ever discovered is over 3,000 years old? It was found in the year 2000 in Cairo, Egypt, and its creation and use dates back to the days of the pharaohs. It wasn’t anything super extensive — just a prosthetic toe made from wood and leather — but it’s incredible to think that the Ancient Egyptians had the technological savvy to create any sort of prosthesis thousands of years ago.
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CASSEROLE
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8 chicken thighs or drumsticks, lightly salted
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 onion, finely sliced 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced
2 carrots, thickly sliced 1 leek, thickly sliced
1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut in large chunks
2 garlic cloves, sliced 14 oz chicken stock
1 sprig rosemary
Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1. In a large frying pan, heat oil and fry salted chicken on high until brown. 2. Transfer chicken to the slow cooker. Add flour and stir. 3. In the frying pan on high heat, fry the onion, celery, carrots, leeks, and potatoes until lightly browned. Add garlic and fry for 30 seconds. 4. Transfer vegetables to the slow cooker and add the stock, rosemary, and lemon zest. 5. Cook on high for 2.5–3 hours or until chicken is tender. 6. Check seasoning and add lemon juice to taste. Top with parsley before serving.
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