Walter Reed in Bethesda Testing New Technology for Amputees

Walter Reed in Bethesda Testing New Technology for Amputees

Plus: Commuters can expect road repairs on Clara Barton Parkway; 11 flu cases confirmed in Maryland

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Walter Reed testing new technology for amputees

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda is testing new technology that would allow veterans to feel things through their artificial limbs.

In the clinical trial, doctors fuse a titanium implant with a removable rod directly into the bone. Three months later, the rod is removed and the prosthetic limb latches onto the implant.

By connecting the limbs to the bone, patients become more sensitive to surfaces, which allows them to feel things with the prosthesis, doctors say. [NBC 4]

Road repairs scheduled on Clara Barton Parkway

Commuters into Montgomery County can expect evening lane closures on the Clara Barton Parkway.

The National Park Service began repairing sections of the road on Tuesday night.

The repairs will take place between the Chain Bridge and MacArthur Boulevard. Drivers can expect single-lane closures between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. [WTOP]

11 flu cases confirmed in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed 11 flu cases in Maryland since Sept. 1. The majority of those cases have been influenza A, a common form of the virus.

The infections were announced early in the season, but the department still can’t determine if this year will be worse than others. Health officials are urging Marylanders to get their flu shots, especially vulnerable residents such as young children, pregnant women, and seniors. [WDVM]

Today’s weather

Wednesday will be overcast and chilly with a high of 61 degrees.

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