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December 18, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Science News lists prosthetic advances in the year’s top 25 stories
    The increasing reality of bionic technologies took fourth place in Science News' list of the top 25 stories in 2012. The magazine cited neurological control of prostheses, battery-powered robotic suits and the use of carbon blades and microprocessor-controlled legs by Paralympic and Olympic athletes, as well as research that showed paralyzed rats could regain movement with the help of drugs and electric shocks. Science News (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Antidepressant could treat vascular complications of diabetes
    Scientists at the University of Texas found that the antidepressant paroxetine may be helpful in treating the vascular complications of diabetes. The drug, sold under the trade name Paxil, appeared to stave off reactive oxygen species molecules associated with hyperglycemia in diabetes patients, according to the study, which was published in the journal Diabetes. Researchers said the drug prevents ROS damage by lowering concentrations and suppressing production of superoxide. RedOrbit (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breast cancer and diabetes are linked, study finds
    Women who are past menopause and have survived breast cancer are more likely to develop diabetes than women who have not had the disease, according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia. Women who had undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer had an even higher risk of developing diabetes, but that risk decreased over time. "Increased weight gain has been noted [after receiving] chemotherapy for breast cancer, which may be a factor in the increased risk of diabetes in women receiving treatment," said study author Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obese kids see reduction in BMI and blood glucose with metformin
    In a U.K. study, a daily dose of the diabetes drug metformin reduced the body mass index and glucose levels of severely obese children and adolescents. Subjects made no other major changes to their diet or activity levels. The study authors said the BMI reduction was small but significant. "On an individual level, it may bring to an end the often inexorable rise in BMI that has been an ingrained pattern for many years," they said. Medscape (free registration) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Science and Technology 
  • Paralyzed woman uses thought-controlled prosthesis
    A 52-year-old woman who is paralyzed from the neck down was able to use her thoughts to move a robotic hand in a study at the University of Pittsburgh. The DARPA- and VA-funded study continued previous work with microelectronic devices implanted into the subject's brain and resulted in more natural, less machine-like movements, according to lead researcher Andrew Schwartz. "We have a much, much higher level of control than we had before," he said. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • More evidence on value of mHealth is needed, NIH official says
    The lack of clinical studies linking the use of mobile health solutions or services to better outcomes is preventing industry acceptance of the technology, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said during the recent 2012 mHealth Summit. To prove that mHealth is enhancing patient care, Collins recommended building an EMR-based national research network that connects the scientific community to a database of real-time information. Government Health IT online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Amputee tornado hero dances on Ellen Degeneres' show
    Stephanie Decker, who lost her legs protecting her children from a tornado in March, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show walking -- and dancing -- on her prostheses, months before doctors predicted. "It's a good eight to 10 hours a day of work period. ... It is gym work every day," she said. DeGeneres gave Decker a check for $10,000 for her foundation, which raises money for prosthetic technology and to help children with prosthetics play sports. WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Get ready for your 2013 policy revisions: AFO/KAFO & LSO/TLSO. A Jurisdiction D Pre-Payment Review Update. Don't delay! Are you set for your 2013 CE credits? Look at what your entire office can earn on Jan. 9 and Feb. 13. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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