Smartphone music app can help improve gait | Pattern recognition gives greater control to amputees | Wound-care dressing gains FDA approval
February 16, 2017
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Smartphone music app can help improve gait
Researchers at the University of Miami have developed a music app that helps people using prosthetic legs improve their gait. The app, which should be commercially available in 18 months, reminds patients to adjust their gait by distorting music playing on their phones or giving them direct verbal cues.
WTAJ-TV (Altoona, Pa.) (2/15) 
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Science and Technology
Pattern recognition gives greater control to amputees
Blair Lock, co-founder and CEO of Coapt, believes that myoelectric devices with pattern-recognition capabilities will outpace other options because they can adapt to each patient, allowing authentic control of the device. Advances in algorithms should improve the technology, but barriers to wider acceptance include development costs, regulatory burdens and reimbursement, Lock said.
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Medical News
Wound-care dressing gains FDA approval
British wound-care product developer Crawford Healthcare received FDA approval for KerraCel AG, a medical dressing that soaks up fluid and bacteria in chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers and pressure sores. The dressing contains silver to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Abdominal fat tied to diabetes, CVD risks in genetic study
Study data link having a genetic predisposition for abdominal adiposity to a higher risk of elevated triglycerides, serum glucose and blood pressure, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers said those with the predisposition also have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Medscape (free registration) (2/14) 
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Call for Papers for AOPA World Congress Sept. 2017
Submit your clinical papers, technical papers or symposia to present at the AOPA World Congress in Las Vegas, NV Sept. 6-9, 2017. The deadline to submit is March 1. Learn more.
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Legislative and Regulatory
Uninsured rate hit new low in 2016
The uninsured rate fell to 8.8% in the first nine months of 2016, a historic low, according to the CDC. More than 20 million people have gained coverage since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, when 16% of Americans lacked insurance.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Trend Watch
Researchers develop clinical practice guidelines for O&P
A group of O&P professionals from the Hanger Clinic launched an effort to develop clinical practice guidelines for the industry by conducting literature reviews and studying information presented at conferences, then offering guidelines based on the findings. To date, they have created and published one set of guidelines for acute postoperative care after transtibial amputation and another for prosthetic foot selection for lower-limb amputees, and Hanger researchers plan to continue to study these and other best practices.
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Company donates cosmetic prosthetic hands to Texas woman
A Texas woman who lost both legs and her fingertips to sepsis is using lifelike silicone hands developed by ARTech. The company donated the hands when Jennifer Campbell learned the cosmetic prostheses would not be covered by insurance.
WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (2/15) 
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Kan. amputee is back at the gym and running
A Wichita, Kan., woman who lost her leg below the knee after surgical complications used physical therapy and determination to return to the gym, lead fitness classes and eventually get back to running. Her next goal is a 5-mile run in June.
The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (2/15) 
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