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February 19, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Breakthrough prosthetic hand will have the ability to feel
    Later this year, an amputee in Rome will be fitted with the first prosthetic hand to offer the sensation of touch. Doctors hope that by connecting the hand’s wiring directly to the patient’s median and ulnar nerves in the arm, he will be able to move the device by thinking as well as receiving sensory signals from the fingertips, the palm and the wrist. “It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” said Dr. Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The Independent (London) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Neuroprosthetic therapies may enable spinal injury patients to walk
    Swiss scientists are developing neuroprosthetic technologies designed to restore voluntary locomotion control to patients with severe spinal cord injuries. Grégoire Courtine, of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, expects to begin clinical human trials within the next two years. He detailed his study, which used a robotic harness and electrochemical stimulation to restore movement in paralyzed rats, and described what's ahead at a recent scientific meeting in Boston. Innovations-Report.com (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists discover new sense that detects light without sight
    Researchers at Duke University say they have discovered a “sixth sense” that enables animals to feel, not see, light. “What we did here was to demonstrate that we could create a new sense in rats by allowing them to ‘touch’ infrared light that mammals cannot detect,” said neurobiologist Miguel Nicolelis, who hopes the technology may help bring the sense of touch back to paralyzed people who use prosthetic devices. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications. The Daily Mail (London) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Diabetes patients show improvements in disease management
    Nineteen percent of diabetes patients in 2010 met or exceeded three measures of good disease management, compared with only 2% in previous decades, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that in 2010, nearly 53% of patients attained an A1C of less than 7%, while 51% were able to achieve their blood pressure goals and 56% met their cholesterol goals, but less than one patient in five met all three goals. U.S. News & World Report (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Zealand honey aids wound healing
    Manuka honey, which comes from flowers native to New Zealand, contains a number of ingredients that make it an effective treatment for chronic wound infections, according to Australian researchers. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, showed that manuka honey inhibited the growth of four types of bacteria. “Honey is an excellent example of where years of evolution can provide an effective, long-term medical solution and our research supports the claim that bacteria will not become resistant to honey,” said lead researcher Liz Harry. Laboratory Equipment (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Review backs diabetes link to a high-glycemic diet
    Eating high-glycemic foods increases the risk of diabetes, an analysis in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated. Researchers said the risk of developing diabetes was 45% higher for every additional 100 grams of sugar per 2,000 calories daily. Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued soon
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange during the first half of 2013. Rather than a formal rule, the guidelines will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices among the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," according to ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • British vets will receive Genium prostheses
    The British government announced that amputee veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will receive the latest generation in prostheses, including the Genium microprocessor-controlled leg, which can anticipate its user’s movements. The Genium allows users to walk backwards, pivot and side-step over obstacles, as well as perform other common movements. The minister of defense announced that about $10 million has been set aside to pay for state-of-the-art prostheses, and he expects 160 vets to receive them. Daily Express (London) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kilimanjaro climb aids prosthetic research
    A team of wounded war veterans summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in January as part of a research mission by the nonprofit Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge. The vets were helping researchers learn how altitude and stress affected their prostheses and conditions such as brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. Arlene Gilles, program director for the J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College in Florida studied how climbers’ residual limbs responded to temperature and altitude, and said the information will be used to improve prosthetic design. TBO.com (Tampa, Fla.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The 2013 RAC Audit Survey is out -- please check your inboxes. It's AOPA award season! We are looking for O&P professionals, including students and residents, in a variety of different areas to be nominated and/or submit their case studies. Learn about all the awards that are accepting submissions and what you could win. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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