Exoskeleton may aid CP patients | Prosthetic hand responds to brain signals | Injectable gel may speed diabetic wound healing
August 16, 2016
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Exoskeleton may aid CP patients
Researchers at the University of Alberta are investigating whether the gait-training program of the Lokomat robotic exoskeleton can improve the walking abilities of patients with cerebral palsy. The device slowly reduces the degree of body support and control as the patient’s gait improves.
Cerebral Palsy News Today (8/16) 
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How PEL Contributes to a Better Patient Experience.
Healthcare business strategists are redefining value-based healthcare delivery by placing greater emphasis on patient experiences. Patient experience and quality of care are strongly correlated with quality practitioner-patient time. PEL's superior service allows O&P practitioners to spend more time delivering meaningful outcomes to their patients. Learn more
Science and Technology
Prosthetic hand responds to brain signals
A New Zealand engineering student is developing a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that responds to brain signals, closing when subjects wearing a neural interface achieve a certain score on a concentration scale. Mahonri Owen is seeking funding and hopes to refine the hand to respond to specific commands, such as making a pinching movement.
Newshub (New Zealand) (8/16) 
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Medical News
Injectable gel may speed diabetic wound healing
Bangor University in Wales is testing an advanced polymer hydrogel that can be injected to aid in healing chronic wounds often suffered by patients with diabetes.
BBC (8/15) 
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Study: Big benefits seen with replacing one sugary drink a day with water
Adults who swapped a single 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink with an 8-ounce serving of water daily reduced their caloric intake from 17% to 11%, as well as reduced their risk of obesity and other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight gain, according to a study in the journal Nutrients. Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2007 and 2012 that involved 19,718 adults.
United Press International (8/15) 
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Maternal gestational diabetes tied to children's increased obesity risk
Children exposed to maternal gestational diabetes had a 53% increased risk for obesity, 73% increased risk for central obesity and 42% increased risk for high body fat, according to a study in Diabetologia. The findings, based on an analysis of 7,372 children from 12 countries, ages 9 to 11, revealed the overall prevalence of obesity in children was 12.3%, 9.9% for central obesity and 8.1% for high body fat.
Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (8/12) 
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Prevention program reduces incidence of prediabetes to diabetes progression
A study in Diabetes Care showed that 25.7% of overweight or obese Asian Indian adults with prediabetes developed diabetes six months after participating in a culturally tailored US Diabetes Prevention Program-based lifestyle program plus metformin for those at highest risk during three years of follow-up, compared with 34.9% among those who received standard lifestyle advice. Researchers used a cohort of 578 adults and also found relative risk reduction was highest among those ages 50 or older, males and obese patients.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/11) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
HHS sees improving marketplace populations
Costs in the individual market changed little between the first and second years of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, partly because of a healthier risk pool, a CMS analysis found. Health insurers said the CMS report does not reflect what they have seen in claims data, noting that many new enrollees had serious health conditions and used more medical services.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/11) 
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Trend Watch
Double amputee competes in triathlon
Hector Picard lost his entire right arm and the left arm below the elbow to an electrical accident in 1992. He was scheduled to compete in the Miami Mack Cycle triathlon on Sunday and is in training for the Ironman World Championship this fall.
WTVJ-TV (Miami) (8/13) 
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AOPA submits comments to the FDA on 3D printing
AOPA has submitted comments on the publication "Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff." AOPA submitted comments on "additive manufacturing" pertaining only to 3D-printed O&P components. Read AOPA’s full comments in today’s AOPA’s Breaking News.
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