Smart clothing can prevent back pain

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According to research by the National Institutes of Health, as much as 20 percent of people between the ages of twenty and fifty-nine may suffer from chronic lower back pain. On top of this, back pain is estimated to cost billions in medical expenses and lost productivity in the U.S. each year. Now, a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University is doing its part to tackle back pain with a performance-boosting supersuit. Researcher Karl Zelik, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt, came up with the idea for the smart clothing after experiencing back pain when lifting his toddler son. The…

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