New electronic skin senses temperature, pressure | Technology fair features advanced prosthetic, orthotic devices | Naval research program focuses on osseointegrated prostheses
February 13, 2018
AOPA In Advance SmartBrief
News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession
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New electronic skin senses temperature, pressure
A study in the journal Science Advances details a new electronic skin that can measure temperature, pressure, humidity and air flow. The self-healing material, which could be used to improve prostheses, robots and other biomedical devices, is made of a polymer network and silver nanoparticles and can be recycled, according to researchers.
Newsweek (2/10) 
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High-Tech Hands
Technological advances have given orthotic and prosthetic professionals a wealth of new options for helping patients with limb loss to regain function. However, O&P practices have had far fewer options for patients who have experienced amputation of one or more fingers. Read the full article.
Science and Technology
Technology fair features advanced prosthetic, orthotic devices
Among the advanced devices presented at the Hanger Education Fair in Las Vegas were the enhanced bebionic hand, which features eight grip patterns and an attachment that can perform activities requiring additional strength, and the Rheo knee, which senses and corrects when users lose balance. Other devices exhibited include the Comfort Flex Adapt Socket System, which responds to fluctuations in the residual limb, and the ExoSym, which offloads pressure on a leg that has lost function to help patients avoid amputation.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/11) 
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Naval research program focuses on osseointegrated prostheses
The Monitoring Osseointegrated Prostheses program headed by the Office of Naval Research is developing an artificial skin to close gaps between soft tissue and an implanted rod as well as a synthetic immune system to sense infection in the implanted prosthesis. Researchers are working on a prototype that can be tested on an amputee.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (2/11) 
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Medical News
Protein improves wound healing in animal studies
A study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that increasing levels of the protein CXCL12 "strongly accelerated" wound healing in mice by attracting immune cells. Researchers delivered the protein using lactic acid-producing bacteria, which provided a more beneficial pH environment for the protein.
Labiotech (Germany) (2/13) 
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Study identifies stroke risk factors in women
Research published in the journal Stroke found risk factors for stroke in women include menstruation before age 10, menopause before 45, low dehydroepiandrosterone levels and use of oral contraceptives. Women with a history of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension before and after pregnancy, also may have a higher risk of stroke.
HealthDay News (2/8) 
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Gender-based study finds women fare worse after stroke
A review of data from 22 studies found women who had a stroke had poorer outcomes, more limitations on activity and worse health-related quality of life, compared with men, researchers reported in the journal Stroke. Cognitive impairment did not seem to be worse among women than men.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (2/8) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
Trump budget proposal calls for ACA repeal, HHS funding cut
President Donald Trump urged Congress in his 2019 budget proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act by passing legislation that would convert Medicaid expansion and premium assistance funding into state block grants. The administration also included measures that would target drug costs under Medicare and Medicaid and would slash HHS programs by $1.7 trillion and funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $213.5 billion over the next 10 years, while increasing funding to combat the opioid abuse crisis.
USA Today (2/13),  Vox (2/12),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/12) 
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Trend Watch
Airline, hospital sponsor ski trip for teen amputee patients
Airline, hospital sponsor ski trip for teen amputee patients
(American Airlines)
American Airlines partnered with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for its 37th annual ski trip, sending 14 teens on a weeklong trip to Winter Park, Colo., to receive individual instruction and connect with new friends. The flight received a special "shower of affection" on the ramp at DFW Airport in Texas on its way to Colorado.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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Business and Finance
4 ways meetings can be costly and how to make them less so
Although it's hard to gauge the extent, work meetings are generally acknowledged to be costly in terms of time lost and the cost to productivity. Entrepreneur Renzo Costarella looks at the four principal reasons for wasted time and money in meetings and suggests improvements.
Due Payments Blog (2/9) 
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