Solar-powered graphene could form touch-sensitive prosthetic skin | UK company fabricates body orthoses for cerebral palsy | Paraplegic patient demonstrates exoskeleton
March 23, 2017
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Solar-powered graphene could form touch-sensitive prosthetic skin
Scientists at the University of Glasgow's School of Engineering are developing an electronic skin with graphene that can generate electricity using solar power. The ultra-thin, strong and flexible material, described in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, could mimic sensory receptors and allow users of prosthetic limbs to gain a sense of touch.
Reuters (3/23),  Tech Times (3/23) 
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Science and Technology
UK company fabricates body orthoses for cerebral palsy
The UK firm Andiamo, founded by Samiya and Naveed Parvez after their child died of cerebral palsy, uses 3D scanning and printing to make lightweight body braces for patients, eliminating the need for plaster casts. Andiamo hopes to manufacture 40,000 3D-printed orthoses in the next five years. (Netherlands) (3/22) 
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Paraplegic patient demonstrates exoskeleton
Sebastian Erhardt, who has paraplegia, demonstrated the Ekso exoskeleton at the CeBIT computer expo in Hanover, Germany.
Deutsche Welle (Germany) (3/21) 
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Medical News
Researchers harvest umbilical T cells for diabetes treatment
University of Florida Health researchers have collected and multiplied regulatory T cells from umbilical cords that could be frozen and used for later treatment of type 1 diabetes. The cells are used to repair an imbalance in the number or function of specific immune cells, which may be a factor in the disease. (U.K.) (3/23) 
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PAD, CLI treatments focus on wound healing
The treatment of peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia has advanced significantly, writes Mehdi Shishehbor, who cites the success of the team approach, as well as new devices and technical advances. Changes in reimbursement have sparked an increased focus on wound healing, time to ambulation, reduction of pain and improved quality of life, Shishehbor notes.
Cardiology Today's Intervention magazine/Cardiology Today (3/2017) 
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Exhibit at the AOPA World Congress Sept. 6-9, 2017
The 2017 AOPA World Congress is anticipated to be the largest O&P collaboration in history! Reserve your space to exhibit. Learn more.
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Legislative and Regulatory
Medicaid overhaul will put pressure on state budgets, LTC assistance
If it becomes law, the American Health Care Act will fundamentally change Medicaid, offering states either per capita or block grant funding, and eliminating the open-ended funding states now have for the program, which is a major source of long-term-care support for low-income seniors. Regardless of which approach states choose, observers say budgets would be squeezed and services scaled back as a result.
Kaiser Health News (3/22),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Amputee advocates to lobby Congress
Quincy, Ill., resident LuAnn Kleemeyer will be one of at least 40 advocates representing the Amputee Coalition and will address legislators during an April 25-26 visit to Washington, D.C. She and others will discuss insurance fairness, health care reform, clarification of local coverage, support and research for amputees and the need for local qualified providers.
The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (3/22) 
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Business and Finance
Make social media marketing easier with these tools
The right tools can help you drive better results for your business on social media, writes Pratik Dholakiya, co-founder of E2M. He shares three tools to help you schedule posts, monitor social media mentions and create appealing visual content.
Entrepreneur online (3/21) 
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Consider growing through acquisition
Growing an established business can be a tough proposition, so entrepreneurs should consider buying other companies when it makes sense to do so, writes Burley Consulting principal John Burley. "[T]he opportunity can be huge, and when done right, it's worth it," he writes.
Inc. online (free registration) (3/21) 
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Charles de Gaulle,
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