3D-printed pediatric bionic arm in clinical trials | Jaipur Foot developing prosthetic hand | Study will test acupuncture effect on diabetic neuropathy
May 17, 2018
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3D-printed pediatric bionic arm in clinical trials
Limbitless Solutions is testing its pediatric 3D-printed bionic arm, which is controlled by sensors on the residual limb and has silicone fingertips. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Central Florida in Orlando recruited 20 children to wear the arm for a year to evaluate its effectiveness and impact on their quality of life.
KGW-TV (Portland, Ore.) (5/16),  Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (5/15) 
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Science and Technology
Jaipur Foot developing prosthetic hand
Jaipur Foot, which provides prosthetic feet to amputees in developing countries, is collaborating with a US university to develop a low-cost prosthetic hand, according to its founder, D.R. Mehta. The prosthesis would be myoelectric, and Jaipur is teaming up with the Frugal Innovation Hub of Santa Clara University in California on the project, said O.P. Choudhary, the project coordinator.
The Economic Times (India)/Indo-Asian News Service (5/15) 
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Medical News
Study will test acupuncture effect on diabetic neuropathy
Researchers will examine the effects of acupuncture on patients with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, testing laser and needle acupuncture against a control group. The study protocol was published in the journal BMC Neurology.
Endocrinology Advisor (5/15) 
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Medicare program aims to stop prediabetes progression
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, which was established to help prevent the progression of prediabetes by educating patients about the benefits of increased physical activity, long-term dietary changes and behavior-change strategies for weight control, builds on success seen in a CDC program often covered by private payers. Participants in Medicare's prevention program must be enrolled in Medicare Part B; have no diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or end-stage kidney disease; have a body mass index of at least 25; and have had an abnormal blood glucose reading within 12 months of the start of the first session.
HealthDay News (5/16) 
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Register for the 2018 AOPA Assembly Sept. 26-29, 2018
Join us in Vancouver, BC, Canada to enjoy the breathtaking scenery while you network, learn, and advance your career at the oldest and largest meeting for the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic profession in North America. AOPA has local travel partners to make it easy to book an Alaska Cruise, daytrip or city tour to make the most of your time in Vancouver. Register now.
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Legislative and Regulatory
CMS draws line on lifetime limits for Medicaid coverage
CMS draws line on lifetime limits for Medicaid coverage
Verma (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the administration will not allow states to impose lifetime limits on Medicaid benefits. Verma said the agency wants the program to serve as a safety net for people as circumstances change, but she said the agency supports states seeking to impose work provisions on Medicaid beneficiaries.
MedPage Today (free registration) (5/15),  The Hill (5/15) 
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OCR proposal would give part of HIPAA settlements to breach victims
Victims of data breaches would receive a percentage of HIPAA settlements under a proposed rule by the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which will release the proposal in November along with an advance notice of proposed rulemaking. However, some lawyers have raised concerns about the proposal, including the possibility of higher penalties being imposed and the small amount that would be awarded to affected individuals in cases where there are many victims.
Health IT Security (5/16) 
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Trend Watch
Drew Brees gives high-school football player prosthetic leg
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave a high-school quarterback his first walking prosthetic leg and promised to later finance one for athletic training. Alex Ruiz, who wears a No. 9 jersey because he's a fan of Brees, lost his leg below the knee after a severe injury in a high-school game.
ESPN (5/17) 
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Teen with 4 fingers plays piano at Carnegie Hall
Teenager Darrius Simmons, who has only three fingers on his right hand and one on his left, played the piano at Carnegie Hall in New York. The 17-year-old is missing both legs below the knee from a congenital condition and plays the piano pedals with prosthetic feet.
The Epoch Times (5/17) 
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Business and Finance
Visualize with goals in mind for better outcomes
Visualizing involves imagining desired outcomes and every step it takes to achieve them, writes LaRae Quy. "To gain clarity, you will need to sit down and think about how you want events or relationships to unfold, exactly where you want to end up, and exactly what you need to do to get there," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (5/16) 
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How to cope with rising interest rates
The strong economy is good news for small businesses, but the Federal Reserve's plan to continue raising interest rates could increase borrowing costs. Entrepreneurs can respond by improving their credit scores and reviewing their strategic plans.
The Associated Press (5/15) 
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