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March 19, 2013
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  Science and Technology 
  • Engineer uses 3D printing technology to improve prostheses
    3D printing will transform the medical device industry by enabling users to produce more comfortable prostheses, according to product development engineer Bilal Ghalib. His organization, the Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative, seeks to bring such new technologies to the developing world. Ghalib created a better-fitting prosthetic leg for his cousin using 3-D printing. USA Today (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medical News 
  • Being white, male raises diabetes amputation risk, study says
    A British study found an increased risk of lower-limb amputation for diabetes patients who were white, male or lived in deprived communities. White men in poorer areas who have diabetes should have their feet checked annually, receive education on foot ulcers and understand the importance of seeking care for foot problems early, researchers said at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference. (U.K.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis rejects link between hormone therapy and breast cancer
    The association between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer is not strong enough to confirm that HRT causes breast cancer, researchers in South Africa say. The research team re-examined data from three large studies that linked hormone therapy after menopause to higher risk of breast cancer and compared changes in breast cancer rates with changes in HRT use. The fluctuations in breast cancer rates did not correspond to changes in HRT use, the researchers report in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. HealthDay News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Community-based approach is effective in fighting type 2 diabetes
    A new study confirmed previous findings that promoting lifestyle changes to address type 2 diabetes within the community is more effective than in a medical setting. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center followed 301 subjects for two years and found that nearly half of those receiving lifestyle guidance from health workers in community settings lost at least 5% of their body weight, but only 15% of those who received traditional care from doctors did so. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The Inquisitr (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  • CMS notifies some providers about MU incentive pre-payment audits
    CMS is notifying some providers who were chosen at random that the agency will audit their Medicare and Medicaid billing activities to be sure EHR incentives have been given to the right people. "EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals should retain all relevant supporting documentation in either paper or electronic format, [including] documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and quality measures for six years post-attestation," according to CMS. EHR Intelligence (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC reaches out to rural facilities with launch of HIE toolkit
    A new health information exchange toolkit for rural health care facilities was released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The toolkit features a guide that details the fundamental steps in joining or establishing an HIE and a spreadsheet that looks at possible costs and savings of adopting an HIE and an EHR system. Healthcare IT News (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Musician with one hand helps others with disabilities
    World-class violinist Adrian Anantawan uses a custom-made prosthesis called a spatula to hold his bow, creating a unique sound. Anantawan, who was born without a right hand, helps aspiring musicians with disabilities find adaptive technologies to help them continue to play music. CNN (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amputee vet takes on challenging 14.2-mile race
    U.S. Marine Mark Meirink, who lost his lower right leg in Afghanistan in 2011, had been training to run the 14.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March race, which took place in New Mexico on March 17. Meirink planned to wear a carbon-fiber running blade, but also take a heavy-load leg with him in case he needed it. Meirink and the several dozen wounded soldiers scheduled to run were all going to wear a 35-pound pack during the race on a course that includes a 1,500-foot elevation and a half-mile through sand. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    It's a whole new world for the O&P World Congress website! Are you taking advantage of all your AOPA membership benefits? Read about the legislation that was introduced due to AOPA's lobbying efforts. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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