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Finding "BigFoot": UCLA Researchers Create and Offer Medical Monitoring Software Free Online
December 3, 2012
Internet users searching for "Bigfoot" are likely to turn up thousands of tales about sightings of a near-mythical apelike creature thought to inhabit the forests of the Pacific Northwest. But now, they'll also find something far less mysterious and more useful: free software developed by UCLA researchers designed to help patients with potential foot problems.
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