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July 14, 2016
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Prosthetic engineer: Game-changer is link between brain and machine
Brain science is poised to offer insights that will inform attempts to create an interface between the brain and a prosthetic limb, according to Michael McLoughlin of Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. One reason upper-limb prosthetic advances are so expensive is that the number of amputee users is small, he noted, but by making the technology available to those who have had strokes and spinal cord injuries, among other conditions, he predicts the cost will begin to scale down.
STAT (7/13) 
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Science and Technology
Robot's more human-like walk could improve prostheses
The lower-body robot known as DURUS has transitioned from a flat-foot stride on the treadmill at the Georgia Institute of Technology to one where it strikes with its heel and pushes off with its toes. The change makes it walk much more like humans and could lead to improved robotic prostheses and exoskeletons.
TechCrunch (7/12) 
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Researchers find worsening health problems among obese US adults
Obese US adults had worse heart health and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in 2014 than they did in the late 1980s, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers evaluated data from the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 2014 involving 18,626 obese adults and also found that the proportion of people with all risk factors for heart disease -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol and impaired blood glucose control -- increased from about 16% in 1988 to about 22% in 2014.
Reuters (7/13) 
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Study links obesity to inadequate hydration
Study links obesity to inadequate hydration
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A study in the Annals of Family Medicine showed that adults with inadequate hydration had a 1.32 kg/m2 higher body mass index, on average, and increased odds of being obese than those who were adequately hydrated. Researchers evaluated 2009-2012 data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving 9,528 adults ages 18 to 64.
Medscape (free registration) (7/12) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
House bill would improve local coverage determination process
A bill that would improve the local coverage determination process through the addition of several requirements, including a reconsideration process, Medicare Administrative Contractor meetings that are open to the public and limitations on adopting other jurisdictions' determinations, has been introduced in the House of Representatives. "These process improvements will benefit Medicare patients by ensuring greater transparency, consistency, and objectivity in the LCD process," AdvaMed President and CEO Scott Whitaker said.
Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry online (7/12) 
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Trend Watch
Veteran amputee excels at powerlifting
K.C. Mitchell, 31, suffered severe injuries, including the loss of a leg, in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Today he wears a fiberglass-composite prosthesis and competes in powerlifting competitions against able-bodied athletes.
KGET-TV (Bakersfield. Calif.) (7/13) 
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Business and Finance
How to strike a balance between your job and your life
Naphtali Hoff shares eight traits of people who have found work-life balance, emphasizing that such people are always a work in progress. He recommends identifying your purpose and priorities and goals, along with a personal mission statement to guide decision-making and time management.
SmartBrief/Leadership (7/13) 
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AOPA News
The 2016 Operating Performance Survey deadline is tomorrow!
The deadline to complete the 2016 O&P benchmarking survey has been extended to July 15! This survey is an important tool to help strengthen a business by measuring financial performance, comparing your results to other O&P businesses of similar size and location, and developing strategies for growth or improvement. Your AOPA membership offers you this opportunity FREE. Complete the survey.
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AOPA's next Coding & Billing Seminar will be in Las Vegas! Don't miss this opportunity to get the most up-to-date information to advance your O&P practitioners' and billing staff's coding knowledge. Learn more about the seminar in today's AOPA's Breaking News.
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