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November 15, 2012
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  • Diabetes cases worldwide reach record number
    As many as 371 million people worldwide live with diabetes -- a record number -- and the disease is expected to affect 552 million by 2030, according to the International Diabetes Federation. The group estimates that 187 million people are unaware that they have diabetes. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Cadaveric skin encourages wound closure in study
    Skin transplanted from cadavers performed well in a study of 145 patients with chronic ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, necrotizing fasciitis or acute traumatic wounds. All wounds treated with cadaveric skin had adequate granulation and were eventually closed using a skin autograft, indicating that cadaveric skin can be used instead of dermal or bi-layered skin substitutes, hydrocolloids and composite dressings, the researchers report in the journal Wounds. Medscape (free registration)/Wounds (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Type 3 polio virus may be on the way out in Pakistan
    Eradicating polio in Pakistan has been a serious challenge, but one of the two types of polio viruses there may be dying out, according to Dr. Steven Wassilak of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who spoke at an Atlanta medical conference. In Pakistan, there has not been a type 3 polio case since April, and CDC scientists say the strain is down to one remaining chain of transmission, which is often a precursor to eradication. Of the three polio types, two remain active. The Windsor Star (Ontario) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Insole plus app provides portable gait analysis
    A professor at the University of Utah is developing a gel insole that works with a smartphone app to give users feedback on how they walk. Designed for people with an artificial leg, a hip replacement or a broken leg, Stacy Bamberg’s Rapid Rehab system allows users and their therapists to monitor gait outside of the lab. Gizmag (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neurally controlled arm addresses stroke paralysis
    Research at the BrainLab at the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to help stroke victims use artificial limbs by thinking. Director Melody Moore Jackson’s team developed a robotic arm that responded to the user’s thought commands. "With this experiment we also learned that we can make neuroplastic change -- we can change the brain signals that control the arm," she said. Jackson said the brain-computer interface could also be applied to prosthetics. CNN (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device creates 3D images of wounds
    Eykona Medical, a University of Oxford spinoff, has developed a mobile imaging system that uses two cameras and four high-powered flash modules to create 3D images of wounds. Software estimates the wound's size, depth and skin tone from the image and allows color changes to be tracked over time. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • EHR adoption challenges remain, despite Obama's re-election
    President Barack Obama's re-election means the Affordable Care Act will proceed, but the complexity of EHR adoption remains. Some experts say the evolving health IT landscape will continue to put a strain on providers as they comply with meaningful use requirements, privacy and security regulations, new reimbursement schemes and other federal mandates. Government Health IT online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some doubt government’s ability to meet health exchange deadlines
    States have until Friday to notify the government they intend to set up their own health insurance exchanges and until Feb. 15 to choose whether they want to partner with the government or opt for a completely federally run program. At least 13 have decided to cede control to the government, and some outside experts have questioned whether federal officials can meet their own deadline of October 1, 2013, to set up the exchanges. “[T]hese are systems that typically take two or three years to build,” said Kevin Walsh, who manages insurance exchanges at Xerox. HHS disagreed and said the department is on track to make the exchanges operational by the necessary deadlines. The Washington Post (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • 4 questions to help you uncover your 401(k) plan's true cost
    While new 401(k) rules require fee disclosure, companies soliciting 401(k) business are not required to do so, says Brandon Bellin, a senior associate actuary for Securian Retirement. He provides several questions employers should ask to determine the true costs of any plan and make sure they're getting the best deal. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Don't miss out! The AOPA-hosted 2013 World Congress for Orthotics and Prosthetics Call for Papers is live. Learn more about how you can submit your scientific and clinical case studies today! It's the holiday season, give the gift of AOPA membership to your employees. Plus, updates on the post-election outlook. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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