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January 24, 2013
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  Science and Technology 
  • Baby is hitting developmental milestones with help from prostheses
    A nine-month-old baby in Spokane, Wash., who was born without forearms and hands, is reported to be hitting regular developmental milestones with the help of prostheses from Advanced Arm Dynamics. Certified prosthetist Mac Juilian Lang fit the baby for his passive prostheses at the company's Northwest Center of Excellence. The baby will outgrow his prostheses when he is about 18 months old, and plans for the next set include at least one myoelectric arm. ABC News (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Study: Foot ulcer recurrence caused by poor adherence
    Patients who were prescribed custom footwear often did not wear it at home, increasing the danger of foot ulcer recurrence, a study of 107 patients with diabetes, neuropathy and a recently healed plantar foot ulcer found. Adherence away from home was significantly higher than adherence at home, though more steps were taken at home, researchers reported in Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy aids stroke patients
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help stroke patients recover, according to researchers in Israel. Some of the 59 participants in the study showed dramatic improvement, including a 61-year-old woman who recovered her ability to climb stairs, bathe and dress herself. The study, published in the journal PloS ONE, was the first to use the therapy in the “late-chronic phase,” six to 36 months after the stroke, rather than right after the stroke occurred. Health (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Report: EHR is not fulfilling its potential
    A Rand report claims that the automation of medical records has not fulfilled its potential to reduce costs or improve health care, citing a lack of interconnectivity and the difficulty of using many IT products. "In some respects the Rand study is a bit harsh on the lack of progress. We are still at the beginning stages of a major process, and you have to appreciate that," said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO of the eHealth Initiative. E-Commerce Times (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital communication may improve doctor-patient relationship
    A Televox report showed 85% of Americans believe high-tech forms of communication such as e-mail and text messages are at least as useful as conversations with health professionals that occur in person or over the telephone. Researchers also found 51% of those who had received text messages, voice mails or e-mails from their providers reported feeling more valued as a patient. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Advice for preparing your 2012 tax return
    As you prepare to file your taxes, you should store all of your important data so that you can handle an audit should you be subject to one, writes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. You should also review your books to make sure everything is in order. "Reconcile all bank and credit card accounts and review the general ledger to ensure that each transaction has been posted to the proper category," she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 is the year you must prepare for the health care law
    As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, business owners will spend this year getting ready for the new requirements, writes Dinah Wisenberg Brin. Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees may be forced to provide insurance or pay a penalty under the law, which makes determining the size of your workforce essential. "Smaller companies with fewer than 50 employees, while not required to provide health insurance, need to inform employees about the law and make sure new healthcare plans (if they offer them) comply with Obamacare," Wisenberg writes. Entrepreneur online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    AOPA's legal counsel protests excessive and unfair RAC and prepayment audits – a letter from Thomas F. Kirk , AOPA president, and Thomas F. Fise, AOPA executive director, in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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