Exoskeleton developed in Spain can help quadriplegic children walk | Amputee serves as subject for prosthetic research | Study: Prediabetes also poses risk of peripheral neuropathy
February 19, 2015
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Exoskeleton developed in Spain can help quadriplegic children walk
Spain's Center for Scientific Research designed an exoskeleton for quadriplegic children called ATLAS 2020, which features intelligent joints that can control rigidity levels. Challenges remain, including giving the device the ability to calibrate itself, improving battery power and securing funding for further research. El Pais (Spain) (2/12)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Amputee serves as subject for prosthetic research
Johnny Matheny lost his arm above the elbow in 2008 and underwent targeted muscle reinervation surgery. He has become a frequent test subject for advanced prostheses, including Johns Hopkins' modular prosthetic limb and a sensory prosthesis developed at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University. PBS (2/18)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Study: Prediabetes also poses risk of peripheral neuropathy
Patients 40 to 60 years old with prediabetes have a similar risk of developing peripheral neuropathy as those with new-onset type 2 diabetes, according to a Canadian study. The findings suggest that patients with prediabetes should be monitored for signs of nerve damage to prevent problems with their feet. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (2/13)
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Post-dinner workout cuts diabetes patients' glucose, fat levels
Obese type 2 diabetes patients who exercised after dinner exhibited lower blood glucose and fat levels while those who worked out before dinner had only lower blood glucose levels, a study found. The results appear in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Examiner.com (2/17)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Legislative and Regulatory
ACA enrollment reaches 11.4M
The White House announced Tuesday that enrollment in private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act reached 11.4 million. Individuals who were not able to enroll due to a technical glitch will have an enrollment extension, HHS said. Reuters (2/17)
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British postage stamp honors i-Limb prosthetic hand
Britain's Royal Mail released eight new stamps commemorating British inventions, including one featuring the i-Limb prosthetic hand, which has individually powered digits. The Daily Mail (London) (2/19)
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Former Marine, double-leg amputee summits Western Hemisphere's highest mountain
Colton Carlson, a double-leg amputee and former Marine lance corporal, climbed to the top of the tallest mountain outside of Asia, the nearly 23,000-foot Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes, in January. He battled blisters on his residual limbs and leakage of mechanical fluid from one of his prostheses, but he made it to the summit. KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (2/19)
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