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Health First Europe is comprised of patient organisations and believes that patients should be at the centre of all health policy in order to facilitate a better patient experience for every European citizen.  HFE continuously works to ensure improved healthcare through innovative solutions so that is it the patient who benefits from all policy derived at the European level.

Health First Europe values understanding how policy affects every day patients and welcomes your contributions concerning the experiences had in healthcare systems across Europe.

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  • World first: man with AMD receives bionic eye implant

    22 July 2015

    World first: man with AMD receives bionic eye implant An 80-year-old man from the UK has become the first person with dry age-related macular degeneration to receive a bionic eye implant, allowing him to regain some visual function. Mr. Flynn has become the first person with AMD to receive a bionic eye [...]

    Author : Honor Whiteman

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  • Artificial leg allows patient to feel

    08 June 2015

    Scientists in Austria have created an artificial leg which allows the amputee to feel lifelike sensations from their foot. The recipient, Wolfang Rangger, who lost his right leg in 2007, said: "It feels like I have a foot again. It's like a second lease of life." Prof Hubert [...]

    Author : Fergus Walsh

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  • Boy born with no ears gets sunglasses wish

    05 June 2015

    A boy who was born without ears has been granted his wish of wearing sunglasses for the first time. Kieran Sorkin, 9, from Hertfordshire, was told at a hospital appointment on Thursday that his new ears had healed sufficiently to support his shades. Kieran was born with bilateral microtia, [...]

    Author : BBC Stories

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  • 3D windpipe 'saves children's lives'

    01 May 2015

    Three babies have been saved from a life-threatening condition by using 3D printed windpipe splints to help them breathe, a pilot study reveals.The patients suffer from a rare illness that means their windpipes can collapse and prevent air getting in. The device was rapidly customised for each individual. And unlike most [...]

    Author : Smitha Mundasad

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  • 30-year-old Russian man volunteers for world's first human head transplant

    13 April 2015

    In February, Medical News Today reported that an Italian surgeon is to announce updated plans to conduct the world's first human head transplant within the next 2 years. Now, a 30-year-old Russian man is set to become the first person to undergo the procedure. Dr. Sergio Canavero, of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation [...]

    Author : Honor Whiteman

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  • 'Bionic' eye allows man to see wife for first time in a decade

    24 February 2015

    Affected by a degenerative condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, Allen Zderad was effectively blind, unable to see anything but a bright light. As the condition has no cure, Zderad, from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN, was forced to quit his professional career. He made adjustments to his lifestyle and was [...]

    Author : James McIntosh

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  • Incredible Medical Technology Gives Man New Arms 40 Years After Losing Them

    19 December 2014

    Leslie Baugh had both of his arms amputated at shoulder-level following an electrical incident more than 40 years ago. But thanks to modern medical technology he now has arms again. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has been developing the Modular Prosthetic Limbs (MPL) for more [...]

    Author : Ben Street

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  • Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame

    21 October 2014

    A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose. The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the journal Cell [...]

    Author : Kate Kelland

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  • Bionic arm restores sense of feeling

    09 October 2014

    Advances in bionic hands have restored a sense of touch to two patients for more than a year, report US scientists. The men can now delicately pluck the stalks out of cherries. Sensors on the artificial hand are used to send signals directly to the nerves, the study, published in Science [...]

    Author : James Gallagher

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  • Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

    01 September 2014

    Those with type 1 diabetes often say having the condition is like having a second job such is the stress of monitoring their blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin. Now a group of researchers in the US say they have developed the first bionic pancreas [...]

    Author : Lin Lin Ginzberg and Kate Dailey

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  • Amputee hails new prosthetic: 'It's like they've given me my leg back'

    27 August 2014

    Revolutionary technology at a north London hospital has transformed the lives of amputees taking part in a trial by allowing artificial limbs to be attached directly to their skeleton, giving them feeling and mobility far beyond that experienced by people with traditional prosthetics. Unlike traditional ball-and-socket joints [...]

    Author : Haroon Siddique

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  • Scots woman to be first in UK to have double hand transplant

    24 June 2014

    A Scottish woman is to become the first person in the UK to have a double hand transplant, BBC Scotland can reveal. Corinne Hutton had her hands and feet amputated last summer after a pneumonia infection led to blood poisoning. She will become the second person in the UK to [...]

    Author : Eleanor Bradford

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  • Paralysed men move again with spinal stimulation

    08 April 2014

    Four paralysed men have been able to move their legs for the first time in years after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, US doctors report. They were able to flex their toes, ankles and knees - but could not walk independently. A report, in the journal Brain, suggests [...]

    Author : James Gallagher

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  • Pioneering 3D printing reshapes patient's face in Wales

    13 March 2014

    A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts. Stephen Power, from Cardiff, is thought to be one of the first trauma patients in the world to have 3D printing used at every stage [...]

    Author : Hywel Griffith

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  • Virtual arm eases phantom limb pain

    28 February 2014

    Doctors have devised a new way to treat amputees with phantom limb pain. Using computer-generated augmented reality, the patient can see and move a virtual arm controlled by their stump. Electric signals from the muscles in the amputated limb "talk" to the computer, allowing real-time movement. Amputee Ture Johanson says his pain [...]

    Author : Michelle Roberts

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  • Bionic hand allows patient to 'feel'

    06 February 2014

    Dennis Aabo was able to feel what was in his hand via sensors connected to nerves in his upper arm. Scientists have created a bionic hand which allows the amputee to feel lifelike sensations from their fingers. A Danish man received the hand, which was connected to nerves in his [...]

    Author : Fergus Walsh

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  • Laser technology lets Parkinsonism patients walk again

    31 January 2014

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a device that re-routes brain signals in Parkinsonism disorder patients, allowing them to regain mobility. For at least one patient in Florida, the device is having a life-changing impact. With the help of a walker equipped with laser technology, Wayne Puckett can get around [...]

    Author : Ben Gruber

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  • Patients take control of their health online

    11 December 2013

    Not long ago, Sean Ahrens managed flare-ups of his Crohn’s disease—abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea—by calling his doctor and waiting a month for an appointment, only to face an inconclusive array of possible prescriptions. Today, he can call on 4,210 fellow patients in 66 countries who collaborate online to learn which [...]

    Author : Ted Greenwald

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  • Craig Hutto: Bionic leg helps shark-attack victim walk

    02 October 2013

    Craig Hutto lost his right leg in a shark attack when he was 16 years old. Soon after that he became one of the first people to test out a new prosthetic leg created at Vanderbilt University. Technology is result of 9-year research effort Soon after that he became one [...]

    Author : Matthew Gannon, CNN

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  • A day in the life of ... a head of outreach for people with spinal cord injury

    19 April 2013

    Jackie Bailey, paralysed from the waist down after breaking her back aged 17, and her team of peer support officers work with healthcare staff to improve care for people with spinal cord injury. Jackie Bailey is head of outreach services for Spinal Injuries Association. I'm up at 6am, and the first thing [...]

    Author : Jackie Bailey

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  • The Week I Had HIV

    05 April 2013

    “You should go ahead and assume that you have HIV,” the doctor said. It was just before 7 on a frigid January evening. I was alone in my apartment in Washington, D.C.; I hadn’t been expecting a call from the doctor. Several weeks earlier, I had come down with a fever [...]

    Author : Mark Joseph Stern

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  • Patient Story: Bone Cancer

    28 March 2013

    At age 17, Craig King was an athletic honor student, playing both football and baseball at his South Carolina high school. At the beginning of his senior year, Craig noticed a lump on his leg and overlooked it as a sports injury. Although the lump grew as his senior year [...]

    Author : Craig King

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  • Laser technology lets Parkinsonism patients walk again

    31 January 2013

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a device that re-routes brain signals in Parkinsonism disorder patients, allowing them to regain mobility. For at least one patient in Florida, the device is having a life-changing impact. With the help of a walker equipped with laser technology, Wayne Puckett can get around [...]

    Author : Ben Gruber

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