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February 5, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Prosthetic leg allows Ky. man to work as a paramedic
    Joe Riffe is Kentucky's only amputee paramedic, thanks to an advanced prosthetic leg that uses similar technology to the Wii gaming system and smartphones. Riffe’s leg was amputated above the knee after a fall during a hike in 2011 that left his knee and ankle too badly damaged to repair. He was able to go back to being a paramedic seven months after receiving the leg, which uses four sensors and three microprocessors. "[I]t thinks ahead of me so whatever move I make ... it moves with me,” Riffe said. WLKY-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Scotland launches campaign to prevent amputation from diabetes
    The Scottish government will ensure more diabetes patients receive foot checks through its new CPR for Feet campaign, which is meant to bring down the number of diabetes-related amputations in the country. Through the campaign, everyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes can receive foot care checks in hospitals and foot clinics, where they will identify patients with or in danger of developing foot ulcers and provide them with information and support aimed at helping patients avoid future foot amputation. More than 1,350 people in Scotland had a diabetes-related lower-limb amputation last year. (U.K.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Artificial muscles" could be used in lightweight prostheses
    Researchers are working on coupling graphene with acrylic elastomer in an arrangement that resembles muscle tissue because it contracts when an electric current is used. The idea is to create artificial muscles that could be used in a range of technologies including robotics and artificial limbs. "In particular, they promise to greatly improve the quality of life for millions of disabled people by providing affordable devices such as lightweight prostheses," said Xuanhe Zhao, assistant professor in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Wound care center uses hyperbaric oxygen to treat necrotic bone
    A woman whose jaw bone became necrotic after she received chemotherapy and radiation for tongue cancer is being treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Havasu Regional Medical Center's Wound Care Centre in Havasu City, Ariz. The center uses its hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat large, slow-healing wounds that arise because of complications from peripheral artery disease, diabetes, radiation and bone infections, and that are not getting enough oxygen to the affected areas. Today's News-Herald (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New stroke care guidelines emphasize speed
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS has released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Amputees go through extra security at airports
    Troops and veterans who have had limbs amputated must go through a full-body scanner, receive a pat-down and be swabbed for explosives to get through security at U.S. airports. While service members have heard civilians say the measures should not be necessary, they understand the importance of the security measures. "We have an obligation to check," TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said, adding that objects such as knives and swords have been found inside prostheses. Army Times Prime (subscription required) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Why you should consider management liability insurance
    Lawsuits can be expensive for your company even if you win, so you may want to get insurance to guard against this risk. "There are always exclusions and limitations to policies, but your agent can work with you to identify your risks and find a policy designed to mitigate your exposure," writes W. Reed Moraw, president of Cadence Insurance. Smart Business online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Jurisdiction D DME MAC releases the results of the prepayment probe review on external breast prostheses. Learn about the revision to the coding instructions for microprocessor-controlled knee systems. Don't forget about the economic census. Also: changes to HIPAA, more ways to advance your O&P career, and how to tell Congress your O&P story -- all of this and more is in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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