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November 1, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • New standards measure upper-limb amputees' progress
    A team of clinical experts has developed a methodology to evaluate the progress of amputees’ use of prosthetic arms. The methodology, called Activities Measure for Upper Limb Amputees, consists of 18 tasks such as changing a shirt or using a spoon and objective standards to measure amputees’ performance of the tasks. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Treated bandages could quickly halt blood loss from wounds
    Researchers reported at a biomedical engineering meeting that they are exploring the use of a chemical called tetraethyl orthosilicate in developing bandages that could halt blood flow from wounds quicker than standard bandages. Experiments showed that fabrics treated with the chemical, which has properties similar to glass fiber, reduced the time needed for plasma to start clotting by 25% to 30%. Wire blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nanotech film holds promise for wound care
    An experimental dressing consisting of a hydrophilic layer and a hydrophobic layer and infused with silver nanoparticles might have application in wound healing, scientists say. "Imagine a medical dressing where the superhydrophobic surface on top protects the wound from dust and bacteria while the hydrophilic surface at the bottom delivers drugs that can accelerate wound healing or help avoid infections," co-developer Jian Ji said. Nanowerk (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis links mortality risk with added weight after diabetes
    Weight gain in the first year following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, according to a Swedish study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting. Data on about 8,500 patients showed that the rates of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality were 63% and 34% higher, respectively, in patients who gained weight compared with those who didn't gain weight. Family Practice News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • New prosthetic foot uses actuator to mimic human ankle
    Researchers at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium have created the Ankle Mimicking Prosthetic Foot, which uses an actuator to store energy in its spring, allowing it to mimic the movement of a human ankle. There are other prostheses that also use an actuated ankle, but the AMP-Foot 2.0 uses a motor that runs off of only 30 to 60W and weighs about the same as a healthy foot, while allowing amputees who weigh up to 165 pounds to replicate 100% push-off while walking on flat ground. Gizmag (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amputee to attempt to climb skyscraper with smart leg
    Zac Vawter, a 31-year-old amputee who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident, will try to climb 103 flights of stairs to the top of the Willis Tower in Chicago using a new bionic leg. The leg’s robotic components respond to electrical impulses from muscles in his hamstring, and researchers will use the event to evaluate the prothesis' performance. The climb is part of the fundraiser SkyRise Chicago, and about 2,700 people will climb the stairs with Vawter. The Washington Times/The Associated Press (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Two men continents apart develop a cheaper prosthetic finger
    Richard Van As of South Africa and Ivan Owen of Washington are working together over 10,000 miles to develop a prosthetic finger that is easier to build and cheaper than most prostheses currently available. The two found each other after amputee Van As’s unsuccessful online search for a prosthesis led him to Owen’s mechanical hand prop YouTube videos. They plan to perfect the design of their prosthetic finger and give it to other amputees at no charge. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Audit finds gaps in VA's research data security strategy
    An investigation by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs found that the agency's medical centers did not adequately monitor the data that they share with their research partners. "In numerous instances, we identified unsecured electronic and hardcopy research data at VA medical centers and in co-located research facilities," the report said. The VA should adopt a centralized governance model and formalize agreements with affiliate universities and research groups to secure sensitive data, according to the OIG. Health Data Management (10/29) , (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • A Sandy recovery FAQ
    If your business is reeling from the superstorm Sandy, you can start to get back on track by finding out if your employees need any assistance, Emily Maltby writes. "The quicker they can get their affairs settled, the quicker they can get back to work." It's a good idea to document your cleanup efforts for insurance purposes and to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she advises. The Wall Street Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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