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January 29, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Former soldier receives double arm transplant
    The first service member from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to survive the loss of four limbs has undergone a double-arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Brendan Marrocco, who lost his left arm below the elbow and his right arm above the elbow, is also the first service member to receive a double arm transplant. Now, a month after the transplant, he is one of only seven people in the country to have undergone the procedure successfully. The Washington Post (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Argo launches updated version of exoskeleton technology
    Argo Medical has introduced ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0, the latest version of the company's exoskeleton tailored for individuals with spinal cord injuries. The updated version, designed to fit a wider range of patients, comes with advanced sizing technology to prepare individuals for each session and a beginner mode to help new users adjust to the system. MedGadget.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Portable device analyzes gait
    A new gait analysis tool that is strapped to the patient’s leg uses sensors to measure 3D acceleration, 3D rotational velocity and absolute direction of movement. When the device is near a wifi server, it analyzes the data, produces a report and transmits it to the clinician. “It’s ... a way for doctors to save money by outsourcing the analysis, instead of maintaining a lab to do so on-site,” said Tal Anker, CEO of SensoGo, the Israel company that developed the product. The Times of Israel (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electric stim device gets FDA OK for treating pediatric foot drop
    A neurostimulation device that helps restore foot mobility by sending electric signals to stimulate the affected leg's muscles has obtained 510(k) clearance from the FDA for use in treating foot drop in pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and other neurological diseases. The L300 Foot Drop System from Bioness has already been cleared for adult use. Medscape (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • 20 to 40 minutes of aerobics daily may cut diabetes risk
    Obese children who had 20 minutes or 40 minutes of daily aerobic exercise showed lower body fat and visceral fat levels and significant improvements in insulin resistance compared with those in the control group, a study indicated. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrate that exercise may help curb diabetes risk in patients even at modest daily levels. Medscape (free registration) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fatty liver raises risk of metabolic syndrome plus diabetes
    Men with fatty liver were more than 12 times as likely to develop metabolic syndrome with type 2 diabetes, while fatty liver was associated with a more than 10-fold increased risk of the conditions in women, a study in Diabetes Care found. Women with fatty liver were also more than twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome with coronary artery calcification, researchers noted. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Revised HIPAA rule gives health groups new challenges
    The just-released omnibus rule on HIPAA privacy and security presents health groups with a new challenge: the need for data segmentation to ensure patient privacy protection. A provision in the rule mandates that health groups grant a patient's request not to disclose to insurers any data on treatments received if the patient pays the whole cost of those services. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • What you should know about asset protection
    There are legitimate ways to protect your assets -- forming a corporation is one -- but there are also some questionable techniques being used, writes Steve Parrish. It's important to remember that asset-protection techniques sometimes have drawbacks and that asset protection is a preventive measure, he writes. "If you're worried that you may have a claim against your business or personal assets someday, now is the time to consider protection strategies," he writes. Forbes (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should you offer employees health insurance?
    When deciding whether to offer health insurance at your business, you should think about what your employees want and remember that tax benefits may be available for doing so, experts say. However, as the implementation of the health care law continues, you may not want to make a decision just yet. "Do absolutely nothing until this shakes out," health care consultant Robert Laszewski advises, because prices and health insurance exchanges might change in a year. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The world of collaboration is expanding! The 2013 World Congress is growing with excitement and world-class partners. Can you guess which association is now part of the largest O&P event in the Western Hemisphere? Hold March 12 and 13 in your calendar for the future of O&P. An AOPA member was elected to serve on the National Health Council. More dates have been added for the extremely popular AOPAversity Coding & Billing Seminar. Find all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Florence Nightingale,
British social reformer, nurse and statistician


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