Health & Innovation Highlights in 2013

Dec 26, 2013

Jan Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia, brings a chocolate bar to her mouth using a robot arm she is guiding with her thoughts.
Credit UPMC

From robotic arms to treating high blood pressure, in 2013 we delved into many stories dealing with health innovation.

We'll revisit our conversation with Dr. Michael Boninger and a quadriplegic woman named Jan Scheuermann. A robotic arm surgically attached to her brain allows her to perform basic tasks with focused thought.

We'll also hear from Allegheny General Cardiologist Dr. Indu Poornima, who's trying to reverse the trend of high blood pressure being a silent killer of African Americans in Allegheny County.

And we'll learn what new research is telling us about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Listen to some of our favorite segments, and let us know about some of your favorites from 2013 at

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