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February 7, 2013
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Orthoses aid in the recovery of stroke patients
    Almost 800,000 people suffer from strokes in the U.S. every year, and medical and therapeutic care to restore loss of movement is often a necessary part of rehabilitation. Several types of upper-extremity orthoses are available to patients recovering from strokes, including functional electrical stimulation devices to help patients regain muscle activity and orthoses designed to address drooping shoulder issues. Lower-extremity orthoses available for stroke victims include devices to help with foot drop and others, such as the ankle-foot orthosis IAM Rocker Walk and the Kickstart Kinetic Orthosis, that help with hip weakness. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Lengthening the Achilles tendon might reduce foot ulcer risk
    Adding a procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon helped reduce the recurrence of diabetes-related ulcers of the forefoot and midfoot in a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. However, excessive lengthening or rupture of the Achilles tendon increases the risk for difficult-to-treat heel ulcers, the researchers noted. News-Medical.Net/Medwire News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood pressure drug could improve walking ability
    Australian researchers reported that patients with peripheral artery disease who were given an ACE inhibitor experienced an average 75-second increase in pain-free walking and could walk 255 seconds longer. The study suggests that the medication for high blood pressure could improve the walking ability of those with narrowed arteries in the limbs. United Press International (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Biennial mammograms for older women backed by large study
    The risk of having breast cancer detected at a late stage was no higher for older women who received mammograms every two years rather than annually, according to a study of more than 140,000 women ages 66 to 89. Annual mammograms were associated with an increased risk of false positives. The study appeared online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • CMS to test HIPAA operating rules, transactions
    CMS wants to identify issues tied to the revised HIPAA operating rules and transactions prior to enforcement. To that end, the agency has contracted with Emdeon to test the usability, business usage, interoperability and functionality of draft standards for various health care transactions, in addition to new rules that might be considered for implementation. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • 300 wounded Marines to face off in athletic competition
    More than 300 wounded, ill and injured Marines are expected to participate in the Marine Corps Trials next month, and the top 50 will be chosen to participate on the All-Marine Warrior Games team. The trials will include archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The games are part of a reconditioning program that uses athletics to help Marines regain strength, develop healthy habits and, in some cases, return to active duty. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teen amputees meet to ski and snowboard in Utah
    The Un-Limb-ited Amputee Camp brought together 16 teenage amputees from all over the world to participate in skiing and other activities in Park City, Utah. The campers received skiing and snowboarding lessons from members of the National Ability Center, and their attendance was funded by donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Docs recommend mobile apps to patients
    Doctors are using mobile health applications to access medication data at the point of care and ensure that the drugs they prescribe won't hurt patients, according to a study by Epocrates. The survey also found that more than 40% of doctors are recommending mobile apps to patients, often for patient education, healthy lifestyle tools and chronic disease management. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    The Medicare height requirement for AFOs has been rescinded. Come tell Congress about how their actions are changing how you are doing business at the AOPA Policy forum. Did you know…? All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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