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December 20, 2012
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News for Professionals in the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Profession

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  • Pa. woman is among the first to get thought-controlled device
    Fourteen years after her right arm was amputated above the elbow, Dana Burke will soon receive her new thought-controlled prosthetic limb from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Contrary to researchers’ expectations, Burke did not need additional surgery to operate the device since the surgeon who performed the amputation had reattached loose nerves to the residual muscle, a practice that may become more widespread. "This is a game-changer for all trauma surgeons," said Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Albert Chi, who has been working with scientists and patients on the technology. The Baltimore Sun (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Vietnam vets report ongoing skin problems from amputations
    Nearly half of Vietnam War veterans with an amputated limb reported having skin problems in the previous year, and many had dermatoses severe enough to interfere with their ability to use a prosthesis. The researchers, reporting in the Archives of Dermatology, found that dermatoses at the amputation site are a "lifelong health problem" and recommended early management and treatment of skin diseases. Healio (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle changes lead to diabetes remission in study
    More than 11% of diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet and exercise program attained partial disease remission at one year, compared with only 2% in the non-intervention group, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Patients with diabetes for a shorter duration, those who lost more weight and those who had stronger fitness gains showed greater improvements in blood glucose, researchers said. Reuters (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black and Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that children with high-risk HbA1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes, and have higher body mass index, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found that impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels, and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science and Technology 
  • Vanderbilt exoskeleton takes a step closer to the marketplace
    Parker Hannifin has licensed a robotic exoskeleton from Vanderbilt University and expects to make it commercially available by 2014. Users’ body motions control the device, which has sensors to determine whether the wearer is standing, sitting or leaning. When the user leans forward, the exoskeleton takes a step; when the user stops leaning, the device comes to a halt. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student's prosthesis invention claims national prize
    An engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was recognized during the National Collegiate Inventors competition for an idea he says he dreamed up as a freshman. Eric Ronning's printable prosthetic hand made from the image of a patient's existing hand isn't just winning him awards. The device, called reHand, is also the genesis for his startup company Re, which he is in the process of launching with help from UW's Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)/On Campus blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • NeHC releases guidelines for successful HIE implementation
    The Health Information Exchange Learning Network of the National eHealth Collaborative has released a series of white papers describing a road map for successful HIE implementation. The road map presents two broad approaches to tackle community-level HIE needs, as well as a formula for attaining long-term HIE financial sustainability and other information. Healthcare IT News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • Business owners take a risky approach to retirement
    Many small-business owners are relying on their ability to sell their companies in order to get the money they need to retire, but this is a risky strategy. "There's a double-whammy if something happens to that company because you'll lose your income and your retirement assets," said Jules Lichtenstein, the author of a report on the issue for the Small Business Administration. Another recent study has also found business owners plan to retire at a later age than do employees. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    AOPA's take on the OIG Report on Back Bracing. Links to the letters sent to all 538 members of Congress on behalf of AOPA members. Jurisdiction D DME MAC releases probe review results for spinal orthoses. Read all of this and so much more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday, Dec. 25
    In observance of Christmas, AOPA in Advance SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday, Dec. 25. Publication will resume Thursday, Dec. 27. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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