High-school student works with teacher to create prosthetic hand for 6-year-old | Novel electromechanical prosthesis lets drummer keep the beat | Surgeons perform rotationplasty on young girl with cancer
October 1, 2015
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High-school student works with teacher to create prosthetic hand for 6-year-old
A 6-year-old Mississippi boy has a left hand thanks to Jackson Preparatory School senior Matthew Clay, teacher Marsha Hobbs and prosthetist Rick Psonak. Clay and Hobbs crafted the prosthetic hand on the school's 3D printer after Psonak contacted the school on the boy's behalf. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (10/1)
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Science and Technology
Novel electromechanical prosthesis lets drummer keep the beat
Drummer Jason Barnes worked with Georgia Tech professor Gil Weinberg to design an electromechanical prosthetic arm that functions by electromyography. The prosthesis is programmed to emulate the motion of drumming, and it picks up electrical signals from Barnes' upper arm to control grip, speed and movement. Digital Trends (9/28)
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Surgeons perform rotationplasty on young girl with cancer
Surgeons at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta treated a young girl's osteosarcoma of the leg by removing the knee joint and cancerous bone, then reattaching the foot and ankle backward to function as a new knee. After a year of physical therapy, the girl was fitted with a prosthesis and has taken up competitive swimming. The former runner and soccer player says she also hopes to run again. WAGA-TV (Atlanta) (9/30)
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Medical News
14-year-old loses leg to necrotizing fasciitis
A 14-year-old San Diego-area boy had his leg amputated at the hip to stop the spread of necrotizing fasciitis, a family friend said. The boy has undergone six surgeries since contracting the infection earlier this month, the friend said. The family has set up a crowdfunding account to raise funds for future care, including a prosthetic leg. KSWB-TV (San Diego) (9/29)
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Study links high blood pressure to increased risk of type 2 diabetes
People with high blood pressure had a 60% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but the association was weaker with increased age and body mass index, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers evaluated health records of 4 million people who had no diabetes and cardiovascular disease at baseline and also analyzed 30 previous studies on the risk factors of diabetes. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (9/29)
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Legislative and Regulatory
House lawmakers ask HHS to postpone MU stage 3
More than 100 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter asking HHS to delay the final stage of the EHR meaningful use program. According to the lawmakers, problems with stage 2 will be exacerbated if stage 3 is implemented in 2017. "We believe that the Stage 3 rule should be paused as it should rely on proven technology -- designed outside the limitations of current federal requirements -- that can support a shift to outcomes and interoperability rather than measures and objectives," the lawmakers wrote. BeckersHospitalReview.com (9/29), Health Data Management (9/29)
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US Paralympics coaches scout for top talent
US Paralympics coaches are holding four regional events to identify and recruit swimmers, rowers, skiers, and track and field athletes to the national teams. Many athletes train with the Paralympics in mind, but others are discovered by chance. The athletes often have trouble finding competition, but recent Department of Education requirements have given students with disabilities an equal opportunity to join school sports teams. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (10/1)
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Boston Marathon bombing victim shares his story
Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, related his experiences to an audience at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. He spoke about how he conquered anger and frustration during rehabilitation to experience triumph. He hopes to inspire others, including amputees, with his story and has co-written a book about his experience. MassLive.com (9/30)
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Prosthetic legs carry wounded warrior from mountain climbing to mountain pose
Dan Nevins lost both legs below the knee 11 years ago in Iraq when a device exploded beneath his vehicle. With the help of the Wounded Warrior Project, Nevins learned to play golf and climb mountains, and a friend suggested he try yoga when he began having flashbacks two years ago. Now he teaches yoga and inspires his students to achieve more. CBS News (9/28)
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Business and Finance
Survey shows increase in technology costs of physician-owned practices
A Medical Group Management Association survey showed the total technology-related operating costs of physician-owned, multispecialty practices increased by nearly 12% last year compared with 2013. According to MGMA, the practices' technology spending for every full-time equivalent physician rose by almost 34% since 2010. Respondents said they make technology investments to streamline workflow, boost records management and comply with HIPAA standards. Health Data Management (9/25)
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