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January 31, 2013
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  • Bionic man demonstrates scientific advances
    A real-world bionic man, created by a U.K television company, a robotics company and a researcher from Zurich University, will be featured on British television and appear at London’s Science Museum. Zurich researcher Dr. Bertolt Meyer, an amputee who uses the iLimb Ultra prosthetic arm, was asked to build himself in bionic form. He agreed, saying, "My aim was to show that prostheses can, instead of conveying a sense of loss, pity, and awkwardness, convey a sense of 'wow' and amazement." The Guardian (London) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Crime Bureau estimates DME fraud could go into the billions
    As the durable medical equipment industry grows, the cost of DME fraud could fall between $1.5 billion and $5 billion in a single year, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The bureau applied the FBI's 2011 estimated fraudulent billing percentages to DME projected spending to arrive at those figures. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TV series episode highlights phantom limb pain
    The issue of phantom limb pain was the subject of an episode of the television series "Grey’s Anatomy," as the character Dr. Arizona Robbins coped with the aftermath of her leg amputation. While the character is fictional, she is dealing with a very real problem, writes author Dr. Michele R. Berman. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First ISPO World Congress in South Asia opens Feb. 7
    The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics opens its global conference in Hyderabad, India, on Feb. 7. The ISPO World Congress is the first to be held in India and South Asia, and organizers expect more than 1,000 delegates from 84 countries. Changing demographics, lifestyle-generated disorders and other factors are creating growing demand for O&P professionals, said ISPO President Jan H.B. Geertzan. The Hindu Business Line (India) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Maggot debridement aids wound healing
    Using medical-grade maggots to clean dead tissue from hard-to-heal wounds can help prevent amputation, according to a doctor in Branson, Mo., who said, “They clean the wounds by dissolving dead and infected tissue, they disinfect the wound and they speed up the rate of healing. They ... help bring blood supply to the surface, allowing for new cell growth.” Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Read the Medicare DMEPOS Round 2 Competitive Bidding Implementation announcement and learn what you need to know. Be sure to read AOPA's take in the Executive Directive Letter link. Read about the Jurisdiction D prepayment review. Advance your career, earn CE credits and improve patient care by speaking at the World Congress. Learn how, plus so much more, in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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