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

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  • Phantom pain stems from post-amputation brain changes
    Scientists at Oxford University used MRI data from amputees who experience phantom limb pain, individuals with congenital limb deficiency and a control group whose limbs are intact to study how the brain responds to amputation. When subjects were asked to move their fingers, the brain responses of amputees with strong phantom pain were indistinguishable from those of people with intact limbs. Currently, phantom limb pain is treated with pain medication, and researchers hope the study will lead to improved therapies. RedOrbit (3/6) , BBC (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Science and Technology 
  • Innovations in cancer surgery pose challenges for O&P practitioners
    New developments in bone cancer surgeries that often include limb salvage and specialized approaches present O&P practitioners with new challenges, writes author Jill Culora. Orthotists must often create unique devices to accommodate limb salvage surgeries, and such techniques as rotationplasty and tibia turn-up offer prosthetists opportunities for fitting more functional prostheses. O&P practitioners should pay special attention to the details of each surgery and consider the effects of radiation and chemotherapy, she writes. O&P Almanac (Adobe Flash required) (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows brain sees prosthetic devices as part of the body
    In a study of patients with spinal cord injuries, Italian researchers found that subjects incorporated the use of wheelchairs into their sense of their own bodies. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, augments previous studies of patients with prostheses and shows that altered sensory input leads people with prosthetic devices to make such tools part of their physical identity, say the authors. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical News 
  • Diabetes costs U.S. $245 billion a year
    The national cost of diabetes and its complications, including pain, nerve damage and amputation, reached a new high in 2012 at $245 billion, a 41% increase over 2007, according to a study published in Diabetes Care, which took into account work-related costs. The increase stems primarily from the growing number of people with the disease, rather than higher prices. "When you look at the per-patient cost of diabetes, it has remained roughly flat," said John Anderson, president of the American Diabetes Association. USA Today (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.D. center takes team approach to preventing amputations
    Sanford Health's new Limb Preservation Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., plans to use a coordinated approach to prevent amputations in high-risk patients. Vascular surgeons, an advanced-trained podiatrist and wound-care specialists will coordinate care with other specialists in infectious disease, plastic surgery, orthopedics, endocrinology, cardiology, nephrology and rehabilitation. "Our mission to protect, prevent and save function in the legs and toes is truly about keeping our patients as mobile as possible," vascular surgeon Patrick Kelly said. Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative and Regulatory 
  Business and Finance 
  • Safeguarding your tax data from hackers
    Hackers are tuned in to the fact that small businesses are handling large volumes of data and money this time of year as they prepare to file their taxes. Protect your business by using reputable software, looking out for phishing scams, backing up sensitive information and making sure your network is secure, advises Grant McDonald of Symantec. "It's amazing how many small businesses don't even set up a password on their Wi-Fi," McDonald said. Small Business Computing (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why leasing works
    Businesses should consider equipment leasing in many circumstances. It can be cost-efficient, provide access to the latest tools and technology, conserve working capital and offer tax advantages. About 80% of companies lease at least some of their equipment, according to the Equipment Leasing Association of America. Entrepreneur online (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AOPA News 
  • Breaking news from AOPA
    PECOS edits for ordering/referring physicians to be implemented May 1, 2013. Take advantage of all AOPAversity has to offer. Check out the latest call for nominations. All of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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