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March 21, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

  Top Story 
  • Wireless brain implant could advance thought-controlled prostheses
    A wireless sensor implanted in animals successfully monitored brain activity for more than a year, marking important progress toward the development of wireless technology that would allow thought control of advanced prosthetic devices. "Brain-computer interfaces harness existing brain circuitry, which may offer a more intuitive rehab experience," said Grace Peng of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The NIH funded the research at Brown University, and the results were published in the Journal of Neural Engineering. R&D Magazine online (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Science and Technology 
 
  • Skin implant can monitor, transmit glucose levels
    Swiss researchers have developed a small, implantable device that can analyze chemical and protein levels and transmit wireless updates. A patch located on top of the skin powers the implant, which can monitor glucose levels in patients with diabetes, warn of impending heart attacks and help determine optimal chemotherapy doses. Research on the device was to be presented at the Design, Automation, and Test in Europe conference. Medical News Today (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Finger prosthesis from bicycle parts draws interest
    When a Washington state man lost a finger in an accident, he used his love of bicycles to fabricate a simple prosthesis from bicycle parts. Colin Macduff's invention, which has only three moving parts, provides dexterity he didn't have before. He has been awarded a U.S. patent and is fitting other amputees with his innovative device. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Other News
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Medical News 
 
  • Tattoo could transmit wound-healing progress to doctor
    An experimental electronic tattoo could monitor patients' heart rate, temperature, stress level, hydration and other symptoms and transmit them to a health care provider. Materials scientists at the University of Illinois say they can print circuits directly onto skin with a rubber stamp, then cover them with a spray-on, protective bandage. A tattoo applied to a wound could transmit healing data to doctors, researcher John Rogers said. The Guardian (London)/Architecture and Design Blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diet drug shows efficacy in lowering calorie intake
    British researchers found that a drug that combines glucagon and glucagon-like peptide 1 hormones helped participants consume 200 fewer calories from a heavy meal. The drug, currently available only as an infusion, may be taken as a once-weekly injection and may be ready for general use by 2020, researchers said. The findings were to be presented at the Society for Endocrinology meeting. The Daily Mail (London) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • 10 ways to achieve HIPAA compliance
    Speakers at a recent webinar offered 10 steps to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations in the HHS Omnibus Final Rule, which will become effective Tuesday with mandatory compliance by Sept. 23. "The revisions ... do not mean a health care organization will need to overhaul its policies and procedures, but certain changes will have to be made," said attorney Holly Carnell. Recommendations include adopting policies for e-mail and mobile devices, conducting regular risk assessments and training all affected employees. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Congressman probes TSA about treatment of Marine amputee
    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., asked the Transportation Security Administration to explain why the agency made a double-amputee Marine get out of his wheelchair at a checkpoint in Phoenix. The Marine was required to stand and walk to a screening area, in spite of his mobility limitations, and also remove his prostheses for inspection. TSA regulations call for a full-body scan and pat-down of all those wearing prostheses, but such travelers are not required to remove the devices, although some arm amputees do so voluntarily. Army Times (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New fashion line focuses on post-mastectomy women
    After being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy, Laurel Kamen launched a fashion business aimed at women who have had the disease. The Alloro fashion line is designed to flatter the figures of post-mastectomy patients, accommodate their range of motion limitations and cater to the physical post-surgical issues that breast cancer survivors face. The clothing was created to be appropriate for women who wear breast prostheses, those who opt for reconstruction surgery or those who choose nothing. The Washington Post (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The Policy Forum is continuing to reap rewards for O&P! AOPA is receiving calls from the Hill and WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep the movement alive! Learn how you can easily and quickly help your practice. Have you seen the new O&P World Congress site? Visit it to see what out expert Planning Committee has been putting together for you! All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."
--Henrik Ibsen,
Norwegian playwright


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