| Mar 4, 2011
| 5:25 AM
To some, a Wii is a fun way to play virtual sports and video games. Students in a Notre Dame computer science course have found the game system also has the potential to help recovering stroke patients. The students have developed an application for...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 11:19 PM
This story could serve as a plot for an episode of the 1970's TV hit, "The Six-Million-Dollar man" -- minus the millions.
Meet Tom Valenti. He's giving hope to people who -- for whatever reason -- have lost a limb or limbs to war, disease, an accident or...
| Jun 10, 2011
| 7:22 AM
This story by William Mullen orginally ran in the Aug. 17, 1986, Tribune Sunday Magazine.
At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13, three men left the entrance to Navy Pier and began moving west along Grand Avenue. The three were old soldiers, the point men...
| Jun 11, 2011
| 4:06 PM
On the morning of Easter Sunday 2009, Army Specialist Brendan Marracco's vehicle was hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile as he returned to his base in Iraq. Two years later and after several surgeries resulting in the amputation of both arms and legs,...
| May 31, 2011
| 7:55 PM
A 763-mile bike trip can be a tall order for most people, but a group of amputees are doing what may seem impossible, and they are inspiring people all over the country with their will to make a difference to children who have lost a limb.
| May 19, 2011
| 3:41 PM
Sad news to report at the Woodland Park Zoo this week: The zoo lost a 14-year-old Steller’s sea eagle after she re-injured a broken wing.
What is worse, is that the bird doesn’t even belong to Woodland Park Zoo — she was on loan from...
| May 14, 2011
| 12:21 PM
Nearly seven months have passed, yet there are moments it's all happening again. As he's drifting off to sleep, that play — a jet sweep coming right at him — flashes in his brain.
He can't watch a game on television anymore without...
| May 16, 2011
| 1:50 PM
Sean O'Connor is like a lot of 8th graders - he loves video games.
But, unlike a lot of 14-year-olds, he's learned how to play these games one handed.
Sean was born without his right hand and forearm.
Throughout the year he tried prosthetics - but...
| Oct 16, 2011
Olivia Kalindjian had to find alternative ways to get around. At 1, she crawled and scooted while other toddlers learned to walk. And during years of corrective surgeries aimed at fixing the severely underdeveloped tibias she was born with, there were...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 10:44 AM
When psychiatrists diagnose mental illness, they turn to an unwieldy book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short.
First published in 1952, the tome also is used as a standard by researchers, the health...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 2:45 PM
Beaches, Disney World and a bottlenose dolphin named Winter. Those are on the to do list for four-year-old Ashlyn Fowler.
"We're going to swim in the swimming pool and we're going to swim at the beach and play with sandcastles," said Ashlyn, who lives...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 3:22 PM
Three Aurora siblings have been charged with criminally neglecting a 77-year-old relative, whose medical condition required her to undergo a partial leg amputation, authorities said.
The Kane County State’s Attorney’s office filed charges of...