Scientists test injected stem cells to toughen skin at leg amputation sites | Startup wins funding for prosthesis cleaning system | Study links neuropathy to distress, depression in older diabetes patients
May 23, 2017
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Scientists test injected stem cells to toughen skin at leg amputation sites
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine are testing whether injecting autologous stem cells derived from the hands and feet can toughen the skin at leg amputation sites, preventing skin deterioration and extending the time amputees can wear their prostheses. The skin at those sites is not meant to bear weight and is prone to breakdown and pressure sores, says study leader Luis Garza.
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Science and Technology
Startup wins funding for prosthesis cleaning system
BI Medical won $40,000 in cash and $53,900 in professional and consulting services in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition for its liquid cleaner and applicator for removing bacteria from prosthetic liners.
The Westerly Sun (R.I.) (5/19) 
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Medical News
Study links neuropathy to distress, depression in older diabetes patients
Older adults with type 1 diabetes and neuropathy had a higher prevalence of distress and depression, compared with those without neuropathy, according to a study in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications. Canadian researchers evaluated 323 patients who had type 1 diabetes for at least 50 years, mean age of 65, and found an association between neuropathy and higher scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale and Problem Areas in Diabetes scale.
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2 weeks of inactivity can lead to muscle loss, fat gain
2 weeks of inactivity can lead to muscle loss, fat gain
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Research presented at the European Congress on Obesity found young, healthy people can start losing muscle and developing visceral fat after limiting physical activity for only two weeks. Lead researcher Kelly Bowden-Davies said returning to an active lifestyle reversed the physical decline within two weeks.
HealthDay News (5/17) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
HHS releases 3rd update for health care cybersecurity guidance
HHS' third update of its "International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations" guidance details how health IT personnel can receive intelligence from InfraGard, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit group, and contains links to other resources on cybersecurity. The guidance also reiterates how health care organizations can obtain a scan of their public IP address from the National Cybersecurity Assessment & Technical Services.
Becker's Hospital Review (5/17) 
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Senate bill designed to improve Medicare chronic disease care
Senate bill designed to improve Medicare chronic disease care.
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Bipartisan legislation designed to improve care while reducing costs for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions was unanimously passed by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill would promote care coordination, expand telehealth reimbursement eligibility beyond rural areas and let Medicare Advantage plans tailor benefits to chronically ill members.
Morning Consult (5/18) 
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Trend Watch
Airline asks man with prosthetic leg to move from exit row
San Francisco-area resident Tim Seward said he was asked to move from the seat for which he had paid extra on an Asiana Airlines flight from Beijing to Seoul because the flight attendant was unsure Seward could assist in an emergency. According to Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, "If a passenger with prosthesis is being evaluated for assignment to an exit seat, the presence of the prosthesis would not be the determinant for being able to meet the criteria but rather the physical ability to perform the exit seat duties."
KGO-TV (San Francisco) (5/22) 
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Celerity Prosthetics introduces girl, dog with prosthetic legs
Ten-year-old Averie Mitchell, who wears a prosthetic leg after hers was amputated at age 2 because of pseudarthrosis of the tibia, found true love when she went to get fitted for a new prosthesis. Hattie Mae, a Labrador-pit bull mix that had also lost her right leg, was at Celerity Prosthetics for a fitting, arranged by a local rescue group, and Celerity owner Andy Anders and his wife timed the appointments so Averie and Hattie could meet.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (5/22) 
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3rd-graders use 3D printer to make hands for kids in need
Lorraine Campbell's third-grade class at The Green Vale School in Old Brookville, N.Y., has been using 3D printing and a tutorial by Enabling the Future to make prosthetic hands for children around the world. "It's for kids who don't have a part of their hand, so it's helping them, because we already have our own hand," said Sofia, 9, one of Campbell's pupils.
WCBS-TV (New York City) (5/17) 
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Business and Finance
Fast loading is key for business websites
If business websites fail to load quickly -- in less than two or three seconds -- visitors may look elsewhere to answer their questions, writes Wasp Barcode's Brian Sutter. Loading speed can also be a factor in search engine rankings, writes Sutter, who offers tips and tools to evaluate your site's performance.
Entrepreneur online (5/19) 
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