Superhuman

The Superhuman show by Freethink is an original series about the amazing advances in medical innovation that are making the present look more like a sci-fi depiction of the future. Join us as we meet the engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors and patients who are giving people a new lease on life today, while building our superhuman future of tomorrow.

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Touch is a sensation that connects us all. This scientist created electronic skin that lets people with prosthetic limbs feel.More Info about Electric skin gives sensation back to amputees
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Alec McMorris is testing one of the world’s most advanced prosthetics - an AI powered bionic leg.More Info about The emerging cyborg
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Walking after complete spinal cord injury used to be a far-fetched dream. But, with advances in spinal cord implants for paralysis, even paraplegics have been able to regain mobility and walk again.More Info about Spinal implants: Helping the paralyzed walk again
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How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.More Info about The exoskeleton marathon racer
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Your T cells already know how to kill cancer. These doctors can train them to hunt it down.More Info about Reprogramming your immune system to fight cancer
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A virtual world offers a new way to engage with kids on the spectrum.More Info about Using virtual reality to help kids with autism
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Exoskeletons aren't just science fiction anymore. Wearable robots are helping kids with cerebral palsy walk.More Info about Helping kids walk with wearable robots
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When it comes to rare diseases, doctors often don’t have enough patients to determine the effectiveness of various treatments. Now, scientists are breeding pigs with the same genetic code as people with a disease in order to create a pool of test "patients" unlike any before.More Info about Can genetically modified pigs be the key to treating rare diseases?
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VR has long been seen as an escape from the real world. But recently researchers have been putting an unexpected twist on that. They’re now exploring how VR could provide an escape from an unfortunate reality many face everyday: chronic pain.More Info about Can virtual reality help fight the opioid crisis?
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Through "passive haptic learning", these gloves can teach you how to play the piano in an hour. Braille in four hours. Now researchers want to see if victims of traumatic brain injuries can use these gloves to re-learn critical skills.More Info about These gloves can teach you to play the piano. And maybe heal your brain.
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When a young boy was facing a complicated and dangerous heart operation, his doctors created an exact model of his heart to plan the surgery. And it probably saved his life.More Info about How 3D printing is revolutionizing heart surgery
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Bonnie D'Ettorre suffers from a nerve disorder causing uncontrollable shaking. Doctors at Ohio State are about to "burn it out" using a thousand beams of ultrasound.More Info about These doctors are performing brain surgery … using sound
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Jason Barnes lost his arm in a horrible accident. Then he became the fastest drummer in the world...More Info about The world’s first bionic drummer
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The incredible movement of shared designs and tech that’s making prosthetics better and cheaper for everyone.More Info about 3D printing prosthetics for kids
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A father’s quest to help his son with diabetes could change the lives of millions of people who suffer from the disease.More Info about Father creates bionic organ for son
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When a father’s daughter was diagnosed with a heart disease, he set out to design an innovative 3D model of a heart that doctors could explore in virtual reality to save her life and thousands more.More Info about Father makes 3D heart for daughter
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Could an injection of embryonic stem cells into the spinal cord reverse paralysis?More Info about Stem cells give paralyzed man movement
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A brain implant connected to electrodes could offer hope to those who have lost function in their limbs.More Info about Brain implant gives quadriplegic movement
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Jerral was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq and left paralyzed. Now he's partnering with researchers to regain his independence. »More Info about Gaining independence with the world's most advanced prosthetic arm
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Vanna was legally blind. Now she can see. Hear her inspiring story and meet the amazing doctors who gave her back her sight.More Info about Reversing blindness
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Robert is paralyzed. But thanks to a robotic exoskeleton, he can walk again.More Info about A life changed by robotic legs
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After losing part of his arm to cancer, Johnny now has one of the world's most advanced prosthetics.More Info about The real bionic man
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Open BCI has developed a 3D-printed headset that allows your brain to interact with computers in amazing ways.More Info about Open sourcing the brain
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When Karen was told her daughter had an incurable disease, she started a gene therapy company to find a cure.More Info about The promise of gene therapy
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