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Oscar Pistorius And The Problem With Modern Prosthetics

Technology has transformed the world of prosthetics. But are all the bells and whistles, and the hefty price tags they require, really what ordinary patients need?

Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius, back in 2010
Oscar "Blade Runner" Pistorius, back in 2010
Fabien Goubet

LAUSANNE — Given everything that's happened since, it's easy to forget that back in 2008, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was involved in another attention-grabbing case that went well beyond the world of athletics.

That year, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Pistorius, nicknamed "Blade Runner," could participate in international competitions. The decision overturned a ban previously issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Bertrand Hauger.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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