Young inventor developing robotic prosthetic arm and exoskeleton | Israeli tech sector making a big difference in lives of people with disabilities | First patient in world fitted with artificial pancreas
January 22, 2015
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Young inventor developing robotic prosthetic arm and exoskeleton
Easton LaChappelle, who invented his first robotic hand out of Legos when he was 14, is now, at 19, working for NASA on the Robonaut project. He invented the 3D-printed Anthromod robotic arm and recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to further refine the device, which is controlled by brainwaves transmitted to sensors through a wireless headset. LaChappelle also founded Unlimited Tomorrow, a company that has developed an exoskeleton to help people who are paralyzed walk. (1/20)
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Israeli tech sector making a big difference in lives of people with disabilities
Israel has an entire tech sector devoted to enabling people with disabilities that has made significant contributions to the field over the past few years, according to this article. Startups are developing and quickly producing tools such as the ReWalk bionic exoskeleton and Upsee, a device to help children with neuromuscular disorders stand and walk with parental assistance. Forbes (1/20)
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The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

Medical News
First patient in world fitted with artificial pancreas
The first patient in the world to receive an artificial pancreas is a 4-year-old from Australia who has type 1 diabetes. The implanted pump is able to monitor glucose levels and stop the release of insulin to prevent hypoglycemia, which can cause seizures, coma or death. (China) (1/22), (1/23)
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Study blocks autoimmune process to prevent type 1 diabetes
Scientists at St. Louis University were able to prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in mice by blocking the autoimmune process that leads to the illness. The results confirm the role of TH17, a type of T cell, in the development of diabetes, suggesting that drugs targeting these cells could treat the disease. The Times of India/Press Trust of India (1/22)
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Medtronic launches insulin management system
Medtronic has introduced its MiniMed 640G system meant to bolster insulin management in diabetes patients by suspending and restarting insulin delivery, depending on a patient's blood glucose levels. (Boston) (1/21)
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Legislative and Regulatory
Congress promises strong oversight of VA medical centers
The chairmen of the Veterans' Affairs Committees in the House and Senate said they will keep a close eye on the Department of Veterans Affairs as officials implement the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. The law funds the hiring of more staff at VA medical centers and allows veterans to see civilian doctors in an effort to clear a backlog of medical cases and reduce patient wait times. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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McCoy to become ONC's first CHIO
Dr. Michael James McCoy was appointed the first chief health information officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In his role, McCoy will serve as the ONC's interoperability expert and oversee the agency's clinical policy for standards and regulatory plans. McCoy's health IT experience includes serving as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' HIT specialist. McCoy is set to begin his position Monday. Healthcare Informatics online (1/21)
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Business and Finance
Loan approval rates rise at big banks, data show
Big banks are stepping up their lending to small businesses, having approved 21.1% of loan applications in December, an increase from 20.8% during the previous month. However, the rate fell slightly at small banks, which approved 49.8% of small-business loan requests in November and 49.7% in December, Biz2Credit said. Small Business Trends (1/15), Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/15)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Call to action: Policy Forum 2015. Earn CE credits and stay in the know. Updated Medicare interest rate released. Call for Papers: Become a presenter at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly. Do you know all the ways to participate in Mobility Saves? Exhibit at the 2015 AOPA National Assembly in San Antonio. Sign Up for the Mastering Medicare Webinar: Find Success: Tips, Strategies and Understanding the Appeals Process. All this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News!
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